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

A full schedule of events will be posted soon. For planning purposes, day 1 check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., while the day 2 program generally concludes at approximately at 3:00 p.m.

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.

2018 Family SOAR Schedule

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

Arts and Sciences - Bucknall Theatre

Business - Admissions Presentation Room

Henry Lee - Rec Center, Court 1
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. "Commuter Family Information Session" - Commuter and Dining Family Group Moulton Lounge
4:15 - 5:00 p.m. "Resident Family Information Session" - Resident and Dining Family Group Bucknall Theatre
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Family Networking Social Rec Center - Court 2
Day 2
Time Event Location
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Family Tours Residence Hall Tours

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

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

Bookstore Information
Rec Center
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
Rec Center
2:15 p.m. Next Steps Rec Center, Court 1
3:00 p.m. Farewell Address