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SOAR (orientation) for first-year students is a two-day program that includes an overnight stay in a residence hall for BOTH residential and commuter students. The Family Program runs parallel to the Student Program, but overnight accommodations for family members are NOT provided.

Below is the Family SOAR schedule (summer 2017) for families of first-year students.

(There is no formal parent program for Transfer SOAR. Transfer SOAR information can be found here.)

Day 1

Time Event Location
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Check-In and 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. Opening Presentation for Students and Families - You Made the Right Choice
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Families 101 - Introduction and Campus Life Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Family Lunch Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Health and Safety Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Financing the College Experience
Billing, ePay, Financial Aid and Bursar
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Commuter Family Information Session
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Resident Family Information Session
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Meetings with Academic Deans
Engineering - Buckman Hall, Room 120

Arts and Sciences - Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater

Business - Bayer Hall, Admissions Presentation Room

Henry Lee - Gehring Hall, Room 301
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Family Networking Session
Residence Hall Tours and Commuter Tour
Westside Hall, FöD
6:00 p.m.
Parents Leave for the Night
Your Own Accommodations

Day 2

Time Event Location
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 Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Family Rotating Sessions
Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA) - Gehring Hall, Room 301
 
Career Development, Study Abroad and Experiential Learning - Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
10:50 - 11:30 a.m.
Family Rotating Sessions

Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA) - Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater

Career Development, Study Abroad and Experiential Learning - Gehring Hall, Room 301

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Information Technology and Bookstore Information
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. 
Family Lunch and Resource Fair
University Police, CASA, Sodexo, Bursar, Financial Aid, Academic Service Learning, Study Abroad, Health Services, Rec Center, Bookstore, Community Service, Office of Residential Life, ROTC, Office of Information Technology, Accessibility Resources Center, Career Development Center, Air Force ROTC, Alumni Relations, Myatt Center, Counseling
Beckerman Recreation Center, MAC Court
2:00 p.m.
Wrap Up
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1
3:00 p.m.
Program Concludes
Beckerman Recreation Center, Court 1