In accordance with the UNC System’s decision to move all summer classes online, UNC Greensboro has made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person new student orientation and family orientation program (SOAR) for June 2020. SOAR is not canceled and will transition to a virtual format in June and in-person program in August.

The June virtual SOAR program will be required for all new students where students will participate in virtual small groups, enroll in an online course, and review all of the presentations and orientation materials. Parents & families will also participate in virtual SOAR sessions and have access to all of the presentations and orientation materials.

To ensure you get all of the information and communication, both students and families MUST still sign-up for a SOAR date.

Before You SOAR

SOAR Dates

Online reservations are open now until January 6, 2020.

The January Freshman SOAR is a one-day program and all newly admitted students are required to attend. Spring SOAR is a one day program and will take place Friday, January 10, 2020.

Make Your SOAR Reservation

  1. Log in to your SpartanLink account
  2. Click Steps to Enrolling
  3. Confirm your acceptance to UNCG
  4. Complete the Academic Advising Inventory in SpartanLink
  5. Click Make your SOAR Reservation and select the session you will be attending
  6. Be sure to register any parents or family members attending SOAR

Spartan Link

Take Care of These Items


For more information about the types of accounts required and other IT information, visit The Information Technology and Services (ITS) website.

Apply for financial aid by filing your FAFSA. Our Financial Aid Office can provide more information about our process.

Get familiar with our housing options and review the housing application process through Housing and Residence Life.

Submit your SpartanCard Photo on-line using the SpartanCard Center website.

The UNCG Immunizations office is open Monday – Friday 8 am until 5 pm. The office is located on the second floor of the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center. Find Immunization Forms on the Student Health Center website.

Every student is required to complete a W9S Tax Form and submit to the Cashiers Office.

Verify with your high school and/or current college to confirm that an official copy of your academic transcript(s) has been sent to the UNCG Registrar’s Office.

If you are taking 6 or more campus credit hours, you must submit proof of creditable health insurance at:


New Student Fee: $254

The cost of a SOAR reservation for one (1) parent or family member is included in your student’s New Student fee. The New Student Fee is a standalone fee which covers all SOAR student program costs, accommodations, and materials. The New Student Fee also covers NAV1GATE new student convocation, Rawkin’ Welcome Week, and many other first-year Programs. Students do not pay their New Student Fee at SOAR. The new student fee is applied directly to the student account, and cannot be waived.

The New Student Fee is still applicable if you attend SOAR, yet decide not to attend UNCG.

The New Student Fee is still applicable if you don’t attend SOAR but do attend UNCG for the respective semester.

Additional parents or adult family members may be added to the SOAR reservation for an additional $40.00 per person.

The New Student Fee Includes:
  • Lunch for both student and 1 guest
  • Parking and materials
Additional Parent & Family SOAR Reservation Fee Includes:
  • Lunch
  • Parking and materials

Making Payments and Cancellations

Payments for additional Parent & Family SOAR guests is due at the time of the SOAR reservation by credit card online through SpartanLink. We do not accept personal checks or money orders. Please have your student log into their SpartanLink account to register you for the Parent & Family SOAR program. You will be prompted to pay for the Parent & Family SOAR program at the time you make your reservation. Reservations for the Parent & Family SOAR program not paid by the deadlines will be canceled. Students do not pay for SOAR in advance, their fee is included in the UNCG bill.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your reservation, please have your student log-in to their SpartanLink account and cancel your reservation. Once you have canceled your reservation through the online reservation system, please contact our office at 336-334-5231 to complete your refund request. Partial refunds cannot be made. If a partial refund is needed, your entire reservation will be refunded and a new reservation will need to be made. Changes in rates may apply. SOAR is designed to cover materials presented over a two day period. As a guest you may choose to leave if necessary, however, you may miss presentations and the fees for SOAR will be the full price. Please note that students are required to stay for the entire SOAR program.

Young Children and Friends

The transition to college is an exciting time for the entire family; however, we recommend that young children do not attend. Our program is not designed to accommodate the unique needs and interests of younger people. If children must accompany family members during SOAR, please note that each guest must pay a guest fee, regardless of age.

Day of SOAR

Directions & Parking


Spartan Directions is designed to provide quick driving and walking directions to all UNCG campus buildings. The parking offices also provide a map that may help you navigate campus.


Walker Avenue Parking Deck
1360 Walker Avenue
Greensboro, NC

Check in

Check-in Time: 7:30am
Check-in Location: EUC Auditorium

Because you are being joined by more than 300 other students and their families during your SOAR session, check-in can be very busy and will require you to be here on-time in order to not miss our welcome session. It’s very important to leave plenty of time for traffic around campus and to get checked-in.

Winter Weather Plan

January SOAR 2020

In the event of inclement weather around the January SOAR program, the following plans will be activated and posted on the SOAR website, SpartanLink, All YFY Social Media and Families of Future Spartans Facebook for students/families to access.

  • If the University is delayed on Friday.
    • SOAR will begin one hour after the University opening time, but will include advising only.
  • If the University is closed on Friday.
    • SOAR will be cancelled.
    • Students needing to be advised will attend a general advising session at 8am on Monday (first day of classes) and register for classes in advising offices or designated lab locations.
    • 2 general UNCG orientation information sessions will be held the first week of classes (1 during a lunch hour, 1 in the evening) to offer all students basic information and answer questions.
      • All students who were registered to attend SOAR will receive an email notification of these dates, times, and locations.


Please print and bring the SOAR schedule to your SOAR session:

If you have studied French, German, or Spanish in high school, please register for and complete the Additional Language Placement Diagnostic before your SOAR session.

After clicking on the link, you will need to:

  • set up an account using your new UNCG student ID number, email address (preferably your UNCG email), and a password of your choosing
  • Select the language you plan to study
  • complete the pre-test survey
  • then begin the test

The diagnostic is fully online, will take 15-30 minutes to complete, and is multiple choice (no listening or speaking involved).

Your advisor will help you understand what your score means, and how to use that information in shaping your Fall 2020 schedule. For more information on the value of studying a language and the purpose of the diagnostic, visit

Depending on your major, you may need to take the UNCG Calculus Readiness Diagnostic. You have two attempts to complete the Diagnostic. You should take your first attempt as soon as possible (ideally before your SOAR session). The deadline to complete your second attempt is July 15, 2020.

You will need your iSpartan username and password to log into Once you are logged in, click on the Calculus Readiness Diagnostic, where you’ll find access resources to help you prepare as well as the link to take the Diagnostic.

For more information visit:

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After SOAR

Resources for Academic Success

Regardless of which SOAR you attend, you will need to prepare for Academic Success. UNCG has a strong commitment to student success and provides programs and services that will support students as they grow personally and academically. It is important that students be aware and take advantage of the services that UNCG has to offer. Some of the programs and services designed to assist students are listed below.

Few experiences in students’ academic careers have as much potential for influencing their development as academic advising. Advisors help students understand how to develop sound academic and career goals, become successful learners, and understand their role in the academic community. Advising at UNCG may feel very different from advising in high school. In comparison, choosing classes in high school is relatively simple because there are fewer choices. At UNCG, there are over 100 different majors, providing students with a variety of choices when selecting courses.

During SOAR, students receive advising and register for classes individually or in small groups in a campus classroom computer lab. Experienced academic advisors assist students throughout the advising and registration process. Students are encouraged to contact their advisors or advising centers before making any schedule changes.

At UNCG, academic programs are organized under seven areas: College of Arts and Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Bryan School of Business and Economics, School of Education, School of Health and Human Sciences, College of Visual & Performing Arts, and School of Nursing and, for Exploratory Students, the Students First Office will serve as your advising location. Each academic department provides academic advising to meet the needs of its students. Advising during the first year is much different from the SOAR advising experience. Students are assigned to advisors or advising centers based on their majors during the first semester as advising models vary by department.

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