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.

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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

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 Student SOAR Schedule

Day 1
Time Event Location
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Student Check in
Continental Breakfast
Rec Center, Court 2
9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Student and Family 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 - 11:45 a.m. Group Time Various Locations
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Creating Your Home Away From Home - Residential Session Rec Center, Court 1
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. You Don't Have to Live On Campus to be Involved - Commuter Session Alumni Lounge
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Student Lunch Bartels Marketplace
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Meetings with Academic Deans Engineering - Moulton Lounge

Arts and Sciences - Alumni Lounge and Annex

Business - Admissions Presentation Room

Henry Lee - Rec Center, Court 1
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

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

Alumni Lounge and Annex
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Take Charge Presentation - Readers Theater Bucknall Theatre
7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Dinner Bartels 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 Marketplace
8:30 - 9:30 p.m. USGA Introduction

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

Snacks, Rec Center, Game room, USGA Kickball
Rec Center/Kayo/German Club
Midnight Lights Out Bixler Hall
Day 2
Time Event Location
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. It's Not Your Idea Anymore (Family and Students) Moulton Lounge
8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Class Banner Voting Bartels Marketplace
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Rotating Sessions
Start Your Career Adventure
Get to Know Your Fellow Chargers
Alumni Lounge and Annex
Rec Center
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Advising Group Fitness Room
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Rotating Sessions
Start Your Career Adventure
Get to Know Your Fellow Chargers
Alumni Lounge and Annex
Rec Center
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Advising Group Fitness Room
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Financing the College Experience - Billing, ePay, Financial Aid and FERPA Rec Center
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Information Technology for Students and Families

Bookstore Information
Rec Center
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Student Lunch by College

OL Final Group Time
Bartels Marketplace
2:15 p.m. Next Steps Rec Center, Court 1
3:00 p.m. Program Concludes