New Student and Transfer Orientation (SOAR)

SOAR is designed to provide you with a seamless transition to the University community while connecting you with your fellow classmates and sharing valuable information. Please know we are committed to creating a vibrant and engaging SOAR experience for you and your classmates.

Highlights of SOAR:

  • Learn about the various campus resources available to you.
  • Get an inside look at student life and how to get involved on campus.
  • Interact with the dean of your academic school or college and students from your major.
View the Accepted Student Portal

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

Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Schedule 2022
  • Day 1

    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
    Supporting BIPOC, First-Generation, and LGBTQ+ Students 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with some of our amazing faculty and staff who are passionate about working with students who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+ first-generation. Learn about their perspectives on how to navigate college during the first year and connect with a community of people with shared experiences. Westside Hall
    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.
    Charger to Charger: Meet Your Orientation Transition Leaders (OTLs) 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Students will meet with their OTLs to start building community with fellow Chargers. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about one another and show their Charger pride.
    Academic Planning with Your Dean 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Students will spend time meeting with the deans of the different colleges. Students will hear about the core curriculum, classroom life, faculty support, expectations of students, and an overview regarding their program of study. Students will learn and become aware of the academic expectations at the University.
    Lunch 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Course Registration and Advising 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Join the Center for Student Success to discuss your curriculum, major requirements, and academic advising. Our success advisors will review your fall course schedule in preparation for your first semester of study. Additionally, learn about the Foundation for Success programs that can help you navigate your first year of college.
    Courageous Conversation - #ThePowerOfWe 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    and 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    The University of New Haven embraces diversity and recognizes our responsibility to foster a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment. Join in conversation about diversity, inclusion, and social justice to promote critical self-reflection.
    Readers Theatre 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. As a University community, there are values and expectations that we all share that provide the framework for how we interact as individual members of the community and speak to who we are and what we stand for as a community. Learn what this means through interactive presentations and small-group conversations with the Orientation and Transition Leaders (OTLs).
    Dinner 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
    Evening Activities - Being in Community 8:00 p.m. The Orientation student leaders have prepared activities for students to meet other students in an informal atmosphere. Activities will include a hypnotist, s’mores, and more.
  • Day 2

    Schedule subject to change.

    Event Time Description Location
    Breakfast and Class Banner Making 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
    Student Flip: Start Your Career Adventure 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    As you start your college experience, you also start your career adventure! Learn how to begin connecting your interests, skills, major, and personality to career options and discover the resources available to make your personal career adventure a success.
    Charger to Charger — Meet Your Orientation Transition Leaders (OTLs) 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
    10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Students will meet with their OTLs to start building community with fellow Chargers. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about one another and to show their Charger pride.
    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
    Your Journey Continues in Charger Nation 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Check out at Westside Hall. Please stop by to return your keys and retrieve your belongings. The University looks forward to seeing you again in August for Charge In. Westside Hall