First-Year Orientation (SOAR)

Congratulations on joining us at the University of New Haven - Your Success Starts Here!

Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) is our exceptional overnight orientation program, which all new students must attend. SOAR is a great time to meet your classmates, learn more about academic and student life at the University, receive your class schedule, and more.

2019 First-Year SOAR Dates:

  • Monday & Tuesday, June 17 – 18 - This session is now full.
  • Thursday & Friday, June 20 – 21
  • Monday & Tuesday, June 24 – 25
  • Thursday & Friday, June 27 - 28
  • Monday & Tuesday, July 8 – 9
  • Thursday & Friday, July 11 – 12

Register for SOAR!

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Planning Ahead

When arriving to campus, please enter through the main entrance of the University at 300 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
  • 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.

2019 Student 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. Student and Family Welcome David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Orientation Group Time Various Locations
11:45 - 12:15 p.m. Creating Your Home Away From Home
   Residential Life Information Session

You Don’t Have to Live On Campus to be Involved
   Commuter Information Session
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1


Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge
12:30 - 1:15 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
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Rotating Sessions
   Planning for Your Success
   Communicating Across Differences on a Diverse Campus

Various Locations
Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Rotating Sessions
   Planning for Your Success
   Communicating Across Differences on a Diverse Campus

Various Locations
Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge
5:15 - 6:45 p.m. Charge Ahead
   Take Charge Presentation
   Reader’s Theatre
   Breakout Sessions

Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Various Locations
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Dinner
   Center for Student Success Staff Available for Schedule Consultations
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
8:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social with Student Leaders
Evening Activities
   Please see a list of activities posted in the lobbies of Bixler Hall and Gerber Hall
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
Various Locations
Midnight Lights Out Bixler Hall and Gerber Hall
Day 2
Time Event Location
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Class Banner Design David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. It's Not Your Idea Anymore
   Introduction to Accessibility Resources
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Rotating Sessions
   Start Your Career Adventure
   Get to Know Your Fellow Chargers

Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Rotating Sessions
   Start Your Career Adventure
   Get to Know Your Fellow Chargers

Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Final Group Time and Class Banner Voting David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
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.

After you’ve visited the Resource Fair, be sure to check out and return your keys to the staff in the Bixler/Gerber Quad.
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Track
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