Family Orientation
(SOAR) 2019

The SOAR Family Orientation is a two-day program for guardians of incoming first year students which:

  • Familiarizes family members with the campus, programs and services available for students;
  • Provides information and addresses concerns through faculty and staff presentations, interactive discussions, and information sessions;
  • Provides opportunities to meet the faculty and administrators who will be interacting with your student on a day-to-day basis;
  • Gives you a chance to have fun and meet other parents and guardians in a relaxed atmosphere.

Please note: Although the student and family orientation programs take place on the same dates, they are separate. Lodging is NOT provided for families attending the family orientation. A list of hotels located near campus can be access by clicking here.

When students register for SOAR, they have the option to register up to two adults who will be attending the Family Orientation, at no additional charge. Please note that due to space and logistical limitations, any additional family members will be charged a fee of $35 per person at check-in on the first day.

Planning Ahead

When arriving to campus, please enter through the main entrance of the University on Boston Post Road.

Here's what to bring:

  • Pack clothes for both days; comfortable shorts and pants are recommended
  • Wear comfortable shoes; you will be on your feet a lot
  • Students should pack sheets and a pillow (or a sleeping bag), towel, toiletries, fan and an alarm clock

Hotel reservations for families attending Family Orientation (if applicable)

Shuttles Schedule to the New Haven Train Station (Union Station). Shuttles will run every 30 minutes Union Station ONLY:

  • SOAR Day 1: 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • SOAR Day 2: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Family Resources

2019 Family SOAR Schedule

Subject to change

Program ENDS at 12:30 p.m. on Day 2

Day 1
Time Event Location
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Check In and Continental Breakfast David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
9:45 - 10:30 a.m. Family and Student Welcome David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Families 101: Introduction to Campus Life Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Financing the College Experience
   Billing, ePay, Financial Aid and FERPA
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Conversations with Academic Deans
   College of Arts and Sciences
   College of Business
   Henry C. Lee College
   School of Health Sciences
   Tagliatela College of Engineering

Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Bayer Hall, Admissions Presentation Room
Gehring Hall, Room 301
Gehring Hall, Room 102
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Health and Safety Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Commuter Family Information Session
Resident Family Information Session
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Family Networking Social David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
Day 2
Time Event Location
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. It's Not Your Idea Anymore
   Introduction to Accessibility Resources
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Partnering for Success: Family, Student, and Counseling Services
   Coffee will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m.
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Family Rotating Sessions (Please select one session to attend.)
   Center for Student Success
   Career Development
   University Dining


Gehring Hall, Room 301
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Family Rotating Sessions (Please select one session to attend.)
   Center for Student Success
   Career Development
   University Dining


Gehring Hall, Room 301
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Resource Fair
   Various University offices and services will be available to provide more information and answer any questions you may have.
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Track
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