Family Orientation (SOAR) 2022
As part of the transition process, we offer an orientation program for new students and their families called, SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration). SOAR is designed to provide you, a family member of an incoming student, important information about programs, services and offices that are here to assist you and your student in their transition.
Students must register all guests for SOAR, maximum two guests per student.
Arriving to SOAR
Regardless of whether you drive to campus or get dropped off by other transportation, all students and families should first arrive to Westside Hall parking garage for an initial check-in with health services. Then, you will be directed to park and return to Westside Hall to complete the SOAR check-in process.Parking and Arrival Map
Schedule subject to change.
Event Time Description Location Check-In 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Time to begin your Orientation experience. Your first stop is Check-In. Westside Hall
Parking and Arrival Map
University Welcome 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Join us as we welcome students and their families to the University of New Haven. Students and families will hear from University leadership and will be introduced to the Orientation Team. David A. Beckerman Recreation Center The Student Life Forum — Transition, Support, and Engagement 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The University of New Haven’s commitment to its students’ academic, social, and emotional journey means the development of a world-class education and intentional resources to connect and thrive within the University community. Students and families will learn how to best prepare for college. Dean Ophelie Rowe-Allen will be joined by various student affairs administrators to answer students’ and families’ questions in this interactive session. David A. Beckerman Recreation Center Hammering Down Your Finances 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. We know families are concerned about the cost of a college education and how to navigate the financial aid process. You are not alone! We encourage all families and students to attend this session to learn about tuition payments, the financial aid process, and how families can finance and plan for the four years at the University of New Haven. David A. Beckerman Recreation Center Lunch 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Family Lounge 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Families, stop by and relax, grab a snack, interact with other family members, chat with University staff, or just chill out. Bergami Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Academic Planning with Your Dean 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Spend time meeting with the deans of the different colleges. You will hear about the core curriculum, classroom life, faculty support, expectations of students, and an overview regarding their program of study. You will learn about and become aware of the academic expectations of your student at the University. College of Arts & Sciences | Bergami Center for Science & Technology, Room 307
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences | Dodds Hall, Bucknall Theater
Pompea College of Business | Bergami Center for Science & Technology, Rooms 301/302
School of Health Sciences | Gehring Hall, Room 301
Tagliatela College of Engineering | Buckman Hall, Room 120
Wellness, Health & Safety & the Charger Community 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Safety, health, and wellness go hand in hand with students’ college success. The University of New Haven has a support system in place to help students maintain good mental health and emotional well-being. In addition, learn how we strive to keep the Charger Community a safe environment through protection and service. Family Networking Social 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Come by and mingle with each other, talk with University staff, and grab a snack before you head out. David A. Beckerman Recreation Center
Schedule subject to change.
Event Time Description Location Student's Right to Know 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. The Dean of Students Office will introduce the services on campus as well as federal and college policies impacting student rights and responsibilities. David A. Beckerman Recreation Center Family Flip: Families, choose one of the following events for each time slot. 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Center for Student Success & Center for Learning Resources
David A. Beckerman Recreation Center
Join the Center for Student Success and Center for Learning Resources to learn about academic services to aid in your student’s success.
Supporting Students in the Residence Halls
Bergami Center for Science, Technology and Innovation, Room 307
Join the Office of Residential Life staff and learn what it’s like to be a residential student on campus.
Supporting Our Commuter and Off Campus Students
Buckman Hall, Room 120
Come meet the staff and see what opportunities and resources are available to commuter and off campus students.
Accessibility Resource Center
Bartels Hall, Moulton Lounge
Join the Accessibility Resources Center to learn about the specific services for students who need extra support inside and outside the classroom.
Digital Resources for Families
Gehring Hall, Room 301
A quick introduction to some of the digital resources available to help stay connected to Charger Nation. We’ll cover both what’s available to families, and what’s available to students, including the University website, myCharger, Facebook groups, weekly emails, and more!
See locations in each session's description. Resource Fair 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Stop by and visit various offices and staff to learn about resources and services available during your Charger journey. David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, 2nd Floor Track