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.

2018 First-Year SOAR Dates

  • Monday & Tuesday, June 18 – 19
  • Thursday & Friday, June 21 – 22
  • Monday & Tuesday, June 25 – 26
  • Thursday & Friday, June 28 - 29
  • Monday & Tuesday, July 9 – 10
  • Thursday & Friday, July 12 – 13

Register for SOAR!

Our interactive Road Map for New Undergraduate Students shows you everything you need to do before classes this fall. This is where you're learn about all the steps you need to complete to officially become a Charger - including registration for Orientation (SOAR)! Click the button below to get started.

Register Now In Your Road Map!

Note: Students will receive an email from the University with their login information 2-3 business days after paying their enrollment commitment fee.

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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:

  • 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! Registration for Charlie’s Fast Pass will be available later in the summer.

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

2018 Student SOAR Schedule

Day 1
Time Event Location
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Student Check in
Continental Breakfast
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Student and Family Welcome David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. "You Made the Right Choice" - Opening Presentation for Students and Families David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Orientation Group Time Various Locations
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Creating Your Home Away From Home - Residential Life Information Session David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. You Don't Have to Live On Campus to be Involved - Commuter Information Session Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Student Lunch Bartels Hall, Marketplace
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Conversations with Academic Deans College of Arts and Sciences - Gehring Hall, Room 301

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
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Rotating Sessions
"Planning for Your Success" - Advising Session and Getting Involved
"Leadership on a Diverse Campus" - Diversity and Inclusion Session
Various Locations

Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge and Annex
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Rotating Sessions
"Planning for Your Success" - Advising Session and Getting Involved
"Leadership on a Diverse Campus" - Diversity and Inclusion Session
Various Locations

Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge and Annex
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Charge Ahead
Take Charge Presentation
Readers Theater
Breakout Sessions
Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theatre


Various Locations
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Dinner Bartels Hall, Marketplace
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Center for Student Success Staff Available for Schedule Consultations Faculty Dining Room
7:45 - 8:15 p.m. Class Banner Design Bartels Hall, Marketplace
8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) Introduction

Hypnotist
Bucknall Theatre
9:30 p.m. Evening Activities

Please see a list of activities posted in Bixler Hall and Gerber Hall
Various Locations
Midnight Lights Out Bixler Hall and Gerber Hall
Day 2
Time Event Location
8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Class Banner Voting Bartels Hall, Marketplace
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Rotating Sessions
Start Your Career Adventure
Get to Know Your Fellow Chargers
Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge and Annex
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Rotating Sessions
Start Your Career Adventure
Get to Know Your Fellow Chargers
Bartels Hall, Alumni Lounge and Annex
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 2
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Financing the College Experience - Billing, ePay, Financial Aid and FERPA
Study Abroad Presentation
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Information Technology for Students and Families

Bookstore Information
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Student Lunch by College

OL Final Group Time
Bartels Hall, Marketplace
2:15 p.m. Next Steps David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
3:00 p.m. Program Concludes