SOAR will be hosted in-person (students only). SOAR is where you will meet other new students and learn about campus resources to help you feel prepared to make a successful transition to college. All students participating in the SOAR program must follow UNCG’s Covid-19 event standards: https://covid.uncg.edu/uncg-covid-19-event-stadards/

Parents and family members will have access to all of the SOAR materials on the Virtual SOAR Webpage: https://newstudents.uncg.edu/soar/virtual-soar/

Make your SOAR Reservation

Student reservations for January SOAR will open on November 2, 2021

  1. Log in to your SpartanLink account
  2. Click Steps to Enrolling
  3. Confirm your acceptance to UNCG
  4. Log in to the New Student Portal by clicking the picture below
  5. Sign in to the New Student Portal using your UNCG username and password. Your UNCG username and email address are very similar so they are easy to mix up. Here is an example:
    Username: soar
    Email: soar@uncg.edu
    Be sure to use your username, not email, when logging in to the New Student Portal6
  6. Complete the Class Schedule Interest (CSI) Survey
  7. Make your SOAR reservation and select the session you will be attending

Take Care of These Items

 

You need to access and be checking your UNCG email.

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. Immunization forms need to be submitted at or before your soar session.

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: http://www.uncg.edu/shs/student-insurance.

SOAR Fees

New Student Fee: $254

The cost of a SOAR reservation is included in your student’s New Student fee. The New Student Fee covers many programs for new students, including SOAR, NAV1GATE, Rawkin' Welcome Week, Your First Year and more! 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.

SOAR Dates for First Year Students in the Spring

  • Students will make a SOAR reservation for Friday, January 7 and must be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on their SOAR date. The schedule for the program will be available closer to the date.

Academic Advising and Course Registration

As an incoming first-year student, you will be pre-registered for your spring 2022 semester courses by your Academic Advising Center based on your information provided from the Class Schedule Interest Survey (CSI).  Be sure to be checking your UNCG email for more information about how to view your class schedule and schedule an optional meeting with your Academic Advising Center.

 

Parking and Meals

  • Parking will be provided in the Walker Avenue Parking Deck (506 Stirling St, Greensboro, NC 27412).
  • Lunch will be provided in Fountain View Dining Hall

Day of SOAR

Schedule

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 https://casa.uncg.edu/why-is-it-important-to-study-languages/.

MATH PLACEMENT
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 Canvas.uncg.edu. 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: https://mathstats.uncg.edu/undergraduate/placement/calculus-diagnostic-test/

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Virtual SOAR Frequently Asked Questions

UNC Greensboro’s orientation program was postponed and moved to a virtual format in June.
Explore our frequently asked questions below.  Feel free to contact us at soar@uncg.edu

What is June virtual SOAR?

  • June Virtual SOAR is the orientation program that will be conducted online that consists of required welcome sessions, student small groups, and panels for both students and families.  

How do I sign-up for June virtual SOAR?

  • You will sign up for June virtual SOAR at spartanlink.uncg.edu. 

If I’ve already signed up for a June SOAR in-person session, do I need to sign-up for a June virtual SOAR session?

  • Nope! If you’ve already signed up for a SOAR session, that is the date of your virtual SOAR session.  

What is the June virtual SOAR schedule for the day?

  • The June virtual SOAR schedule is as follows:

Is June virtual SOAR required?

  • Yes, all incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students are required to attend their June virtual SOAR session and complete their Canvas course.  You must complete these two items to receive access to your course schedule.

How do I access the June virtual SOAR sessions? 

  • Students and families will receive URLs via email to access the YouTube Live Stream and student small groups on Zoom.

Is there a June virtual SOAR option for parents and families of incoming students?

  • On the June virtual SOAR date, parents and families will attend the Welcome Session and the Get Involved panel with their students.  We will host a Parent & Family only session at 1pm (EST) on the June virtual SOAR date.  

If I already paid for my guest, will I get a refund?

  • Yes, we are processing all of the guest refunds including additional guests and/or overnight accommodations.  

What equipment do I need for June virtual SOAR?

  • You will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone to access the June virtual SOAR sessions and the Canvas course. 

What will June virtual SOAR cost? 

  • There is no additional cost to June virtual SOAR.  The cost of SOAR is included in the New Student Fee.  The New Student Fee is a one-time fee assessed to all new undergraduate students and is used to fund a series of services and programs to support students in the transition to and through the first year of college, such as SOAR, NAV1GATE, Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks, Your First Year, and peer mentor programs.  The New Student Fee is applied to the student bill.

When is my Canvas course due?

  • Your Canvas course is due two weeks after your June virtual SOAR date.  

How do I get my class schedule?

  • After attending your June virtual SOAR date and completing your Canvas course, you will receive an email to your UNCG account in late June or early July to access your course schedule and meet with your advisor if you would like to make changes.  

Who are the Spartan Orientation Staff (SOS)?

  • The Spartan Orientation Staff or SOS are current UNCG students that serve as orientation leaders.  They will lead the small group sessions during June virtual SOAR and as a resource to answer questions as students transition to UNCG.  

Will there be-in person sessions in August?

  • If we are able to gather, we are planning to host in-person orientation programs prior to the first day of classes.  We will follow CDC and mandated guidelines to ensure the safety of all students.  

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.

In the New Student Portal, students will complete the Class Schedule Interest (CSI) Survey. Students' academic advisor will use this information to register students for classes, and they will have an opportunity to finalize their schedule prior to the start of the Spring semester. Students' must complete this survey to sign up for an orientation session, so they should complete the survey as soon as possible. The preferred deadline is December 1.

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.