Family Orientation
(SOAR) 2018

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:

  • Hotel reservations for families attending Family Orientation (if applicable)
  • Pack clothes for both days; comfortable shorts and pants are recommended
  • Wear comfortable shoes; you will be on your feet a lot
  • Pack sheets and a pillow (or a sleeping bag), towel, toiletries, fan and an alarm clock
Charlie's Fast Pass

Charlie’s Fast Pass is an opportunity for new residential students to come to campus for a day on the weekend before Charge In to move some of their belongings into their Residence Hall! Students will be let into their residence hall room by either an Orientation Leader or Residential Assistant, and will be given an hour to move in their belongings!

Click here to download the Charlie's Fast Pass FAQ.

Family Resources
2018 Family SOAR Schedule - Day 1
Time Event Location
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Family Check in
Continental Breakfast
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Family and Student Welcome Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. "You Made the Right Choice" - Opening Presentation for Students and Families Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Families 101 - Introduction and Campus Life Session Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theatre
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Family Lunch Bartels Hall, Marketplace
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Health and Safety Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theatre
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Financing the College Experience - Billing, ePay, Financial Aid and FERPA Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theatre
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Meetings with Academic Deans College of Arts and Sciences - Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater

College of Business - Bayer Hall, Admissions Presentation Room

Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences - David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1

School of Health Sciences - Kaplan Hall, Room 203

Tagliatela College of Engineering - Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. "Commuter Family Information Session" - Commuter and Dining Family Group Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. "Resident Family Information Session" - Resident and Dining Family Group Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Family Networking Social Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
2018 Family SOAR Schedule - Day 2
Time Event Location
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Residence Hall Tours

Commuter Tour
Bayer Hall

Bartels Hall, Fireplace Lounge
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. It's Not Your Idea Anymore (Family and Students) Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. "Partnering for Success: Family, Student, and Counseling Services" - Counseling Presentation

Coffee will be served
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Family Rotating Sessions
Center for Academic Success and Advising
Career Development and Study Abroad
Gehring Hall, Room 301
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Family Rotating Sessions
Center for Academic Success and Advising
Career Development and Study Abroad
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Gehring Hall, Room 301
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Information Technology for Students and Families

Bookstore Information
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Family Lunch and Resource Fair

Campus Police, Center for Academic Success and Advising, Sodexo, Bursar, Financial Aid, Academic Service Learning, Study Abroad, Health Services, Rec Center, Bookstore, Community Service, Office of Residential Life, Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Office of Information Technology, Accessibility Resources Center, Career Development Center, Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Myatt Center, Counseling
Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
2:15 p.m. Next Steps Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
3:00 p.m. Farewell Address