Virtual SOAR

We are excited to offer a required January Virtual SOAR program for all new Freshmen and Transfer Students. This full day of virtual programming will allow for students to meet other students, get questions answered about campus resources, and learn tips on how to succeed in the classroom.

Students will receive an email on January 14, 2021, with the links to the videos, a live Q&A panel, and the student small groups hosted on Zoom. This email will be sent to the student's UNCG and personal email address from their Spartan Orientation Staff Member.

Spartan Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) is UNC Greensboro’s new student orientation program for all incoming undergraduates and their families. SOAR is an interactive program designed to support students and their families as they transition into a new academic environment.

During SOAR, you will explore and connect with UNCG's many people, programs, and resources. Students and their families will meet with academic advisors, register for classes, learn about campus resources, experience the UNCG environment, make new friends, and much more! You will build a strong support system to serve as the foundation for your personal and academic success. Following your SOAR experience, we know you will feel prepared to make a successful transition to college, form a strong connection to UNCG, and establish a sense of Spartan Pride.

SOAR Presentations


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, you will complete the Class Schedule Interest (CSI) Survey. Your academic advisor will use this information to register you for classes, and you will have an opportunity to finalize your schedule prior to the start of the Fall semester. You must complete this survey to sign up for an orientation session, so complete the survey as soon as possible. The preferred deadline is May 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.

Take Care of These Items

We have gathered together the most frequently asked questions about SOAR and answered them all in one place.

Reserving Your Spot at SOAR

  • Where do I go to reserve a place at SOAR?
  • Why can’t I see a specific date for SOAR?
    • Sessions are divided by College or School. You will only see SOAR dates that pertain to your major.
    • If you see no dates for SOAR and Reservations are open you may need to check your steps to enrollment and confirm your intent to enroll. Or you may not need to attend SOAR, only new first-time transfers and new first-time freshman including international students are required to attend SOAR.
    • If a SOAR session is full it will disappear from the list.
  • Is it better to register for earlier SOAR sessions?
    • It is best to register for the earliest SOAR session you can attend so that you will have time to prepare for classes and look into getting involved on campus.
    • Getting an earlier SOAR session will help with getting the class times you want. However, you will still get the classes you need regardless of which SOAR session you attend.
  • Can I bring guests to SOAR?
    • Yes, the cost of one guest to attend is included in the freshmen new student fee.
    • You will need to register all guests through your SpartanLink account. Space is limited, register guests as soon as possible.
    • Additional guests require an additional fee. Additional fees must be paid before the deadline through SpartanLink. Fees can be paid on-site during SOAR check-in but at an increased rate.
  • Can I change my SOAR reservation?
    • Yes, you can make changes to your SOAR session through your SpartanLink account up to the day before your reservation. If you missed your scheduled session you will have to cancel your session and register for a new session as the SpartanLink system will not allow you to change a session that has passed.
  • Can I change my major before SOAR?
    • Yes, when you are choosing your SOAR session in SpartanLink it will ask if you would like to change your major. Once you indicate that you would like to change you will be able to select your new major from a drop-down list.

Before You SOAR

  • I’ve made my SOAR reservation, now what?
    • Fill out your immunization forms, which can be found on the student health center website. You will have an opportunity to drop off completed forms during your SOAR session.
    • You will need to activate your computer accounts to get your UNC Greensboro username and email. you can find more information on activating your computer accounts on the information technology services website
    • You will need your official transcripts sent to the registrar’s office before you register for classes.
    • Schedule a Campus Tour so you’ll know your way around campus.
    • Complete your Academic Advising Inventory or AAI on your SpartanLink Account so your advisors can better help you register for classes.
    • Send in a photo to SpartanCard to speed up getting your ID. You will have time to pick up your SpartanCard during SOAR.
  • I’m a freshman attending SOAR, do I have to stay overnight?
    • Yes, the freshman SOAR is a two-day program and it is required to stay overnight in the residence halls.
    • you’ll also want to bring some things for staying overnight such as clothes, toiletries, bed sheets and a pillow.
  • Where am I going for SOAR?
    • You can print out a paper copy of the PDFs available on the website.
    • Check out the Check-in section of our website for specific detals about parking and check-in

Paying for SOAR

  • When do I pay my new student fee?
    • The new student fee is assessed on your student bill with your first semester’s tuition.
    • If you bring additional guests there is an additional fee for their attendance which is not included in the new student fee. The additional fee for guests can be paid prior to the deadline to register for SOAR or on-site during check-in at an increased rate.
  • What does the new student fee include?
    • The new student fee covers all of the cost of SOAR. This includes two days of programming, four meals, overnight accommodations, and the cost of one guest to attend excluding guests overnight accommodations. It also covers all first-year events such as Rawkin’ Welcome Week, NAV1GATE, and more.
  • I want to bring a guest will there be a charge for them to attend?
    • The freshmen new student fee includes the cost of one guest to attend.
    • Additional guests can be added for a small fee that covers the cost of the guests’ meals, materials, and guest specific programming.
    • Space is limited and guests must be registered through your SpartanLink account as soon as possible.
  • I paid for a guest but now they cannot come, what do I do?
    • Requests for refunds must be made prior to the deadline to register for SOAR.
    • To receive a refund you will need to call the office of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience at 336-334-5231

What Happens at SOAR

  • Freshmen Students will spend two days learning about what campus has to offer. This includes taking placement evaluations and registering for classes.
  • All students will have the opportunity to:
    • Meet with student health services, and drop off immunization records.
    • Get your photo taken for your spartan card and obtain your card.
    • Meet with your academic college along with other students in your college.
    • Hear from Financial aid on how to pay for college.
    • and much more.
  • Do I need to stay for the entire duration of SOAR?
    • Students are required to stay for the entire program.
    • If an emergency occurs that prevents you from finishing your SOAR session please notify a member of SOAR staff.
    • Parents/family are not required to stay for the entire duration; however, it is strongly encouraged.
  • Are freshmen students required to stay overnight on campus during SOAR?
    • Yes, even if you do not intend to stay on campus during the year we require all freshmen to stay overnight in the residence halls.
    • Parents/family have the option to stay on campus in separate residence halls for a small fee but are not required to do so. We also have discount rates with several local hotels should parents/family choose to stay overnight off campus.

Will Students and Parents/Family be Together Throughout the Duration of SOAR?

  • Students and parents/family have separate programs throughout SOAR.
  • This gives parents/family the information they need while giving students the opportunity to experience campus on their own.
  • Students and parents/family will have to opportunity to reconnect throughout SOAR during a few programs and during meals.

Who Do I Call if…

I Completed My Days of SOAR, Now What?

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