SOAR is UNCG’s required new student orientation. You will meet other new students and learn about campus resources to help you feel prepared to make a successful transition to college.
Each student is permitted to bring two parents or adult family members to SOAR. To make a reservation for a parent or adult family member, students will need to log in to The New Student Portal. Parents and family members will have access to all of the SOAR materials listed here: newstudents.uncg.edu/soar/soar-resources/soar-resources
Make your SOAR Reservation
SOAR reservations are open now
- Log in to the New Student Portal and be sure to use your UNCG username and password. Your UNCG username and email address are very similar so they are easy to mix up –
- Complete the Class Schedule Interest (CSI) Survey in the New Student Portal
- Make your SOAR reservation and select the session you will be attending – you can add your guest reservation at this time
- Are you ready to make your reservation? Click here
*Students will need to confirm their intent to enroll before attending SOAR.
*Students must make reservations for all guests. There is a maximum of two adult family member guests; the first guest is free and the second guest is charged the guest fee. Guests who do not have a reservation must make one on-site and, if the second guest, must pay on-site.
Take Care of These Items
All official communication about UNCG to the student is in the UNCG email - be sure you are 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.
OARS ensures students have the necessary accommodations for equitable access.
New Student Fee
All new students pay a new student fee. The cost of a SOAR reservation is included in your new student fee. The new student fee covers many programs for new students, including SOAR, Winter Weeks of Welcome, Your First Year and more! One free guest is included in the new student fee.
Students do not pay the 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 or if you don’t attend SOAR but do attend UNCG .
Spring SOAR For First Year Students
Spring SOAR first year students will be a one-day in-person program hosted on January 6, 2023!
All students living on campus in the spring need to be fully moved in prior to the start of your SOAR session. All first-year students should take advantage of Stop Drop and Roll – more info here!
January SOAR Inclement Weather Plan
In case of a University delay or closure due to inclement weather, Spartan Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) will be cancelled. In place of in-person SOAR, we will host live information sessions via Zoom. Each session will feature representatives from across campus to share important information and answer questions to guide you to appropriate resources.
As soon as the University makes a call, we will send all SOAR participants an email announcement and Zoom links. We encourage you to stay tuned to Greensboro weather and your email.
Academic Advising and Class Registration
As an incoming first-year student, you will be pre-registered for your Spring 2023 semester classes by your Academic Advising Center based on your information provided from the Class Schedule Interest Survey (CSI). Check your UNCG email for more information about how to view your class schedule and connect with your Academic Advising Center.
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Day of SOAR
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/.
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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Resources for Academic Success
UNCG is committed 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.
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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Lloyd International Honors College
Bryan School of Business and Economics
School of Education
School of Health and Human Sciences
College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Nursing
Exploratory (Undecided) Majors
Students First Office (SFO)
First-Year Transition Courses
Academic Achievement Center
Office of Accessibility Resources & Services (OARS)
University Writing Center
University Speaking Center
Career & Professional Development
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