New freshman or transfer students (*we are encouraging all transfer students to attend the July 21st or August 3rd date) enrolling for the Fall 2018 semester are encouraged to participate in the summer Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) event. During your SOAR session, you will review your class with an advisor, have your photo taken for your UC ID card (your student ID), meet other new students and so much more! We also encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to:
You must be admitted to UC before you can register to attend a SOAR event. If you have questions regarding your admissions status, please contact the Office of Admissions at 304-357-4750.
When you register for SOAR online, you must select a major or undecided. View our list of majors before selecting the online registration page. http://www.ucwv.edu/Academics/Degree-Programs/Undergraduate-Programs/
Who should attend SOAR?
All new students who have been admitted and who have deposited.
Is SOAR mandatory for all new students?
SOAR is highly encouraged for new students to attend. During SOAR you will meet with a faculty member in your chosen academic department to create your class schedule for the Fall 2018.
Is SOAR a two day or one day event?
SOAR is a one day event.
Should I arrive early?
Financial Aid will have appointments available before and during check in if you wish to meet with them. Otherwise, please arriving during the specified check in time on the SOAR schedule that you will receive in your email prior to the event.
Should my parents attend?
We encourage parents to attend SOAR. There is a lot of information provided during SOAR.
What should I wear to SOAR?
Dress for the day is casual.
Will I get my UC student ID at SOAR?
Yes. You will have your picture taken- so be prepared! We ask that you do not wear hats for your photo.
Your UC ID card will be given out during lunch.
Will I get to see my residence hall room?
We would love to show you your future residence hall room during the tours, but we are unable to do so due to students and campus being on campus. A show room will be available for you to view during the tour.
Do parents and students stay together all day?
Students and parents will be together for some of the sessions during the morning. In the afternoon, students go to their advising without their parents. Parents will attend their own orientation session during the students’ academic advising session.
Where should I park?
For the April SOAR event, please park in the parking garage as you enter campus on your right.
For all other SOAR events, you are welcome to park on any service lot or in the parking garage on campus.
Yeager Airport serves Charleston, which is approximately 10 minutes from the campus. Airlines providing service to Charleston are:
Rental services are available. Rental cars providers are:
Driving from the airport to campus, follow the Airport Road (merges onto Greenbrier Street) to I-64 West and proceed to the Oakwood Road Exit. Follow the signs to State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue) toward Marmet. Once on State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue) travel approximately 1.5 miles. The University of Charleston is on the left.
Taxi services are available from Yeager Airport to UC. Taxi providers are:
Amtrak serves Charleston with a passenger station on MacCorkle Avenue only 5 minutes from campus. For inner-city rail passenger service, general information, and reservations call 1-800-872-7245 or locally
Greyhound Bus Lines serve Charleston. The terminal is located on Reynolds St. approximately 10 minutes from campus. For fare and schedule information call 1-800-231-2222 or locally 304-357-0056.
From the North: Travel I-77 South or I-79 South into Charleston. Follow the signs to I-64 West. Take Oakwood Road Exit 58A and follow the signs to State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue). Once on State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue), travel approximately 1.5 miles. The campus is on the left.
From the South: Travel I-77 North (West Virginia Turnpike). Go through downtown Charleston (ignore the UC sign at MacCorkle Avenue) to I-64 West. Take Oakwood Road Exit 58A and follow the signs toward State Route 61 South. Once on State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue), travel approximately 1.5 miles. The campus is on the left.
From the East: Travel I-64 West or I-79 South. From I-64, go through downtown Charleston (ignore the UC sign at MacCorkle Avenue), continuing West. Take Oakwood Road Exit 58A and follow the signs toward State Route 61 South. Once on State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue) travel approximately 1.5 miles. The campus is on the left.
From the West: Travel I-64 East to Charleston. Take the Oakwood Road Exit 58A and follow the signs to State Route 61 South. Once on State Route 61 South (MacCorkle Avenue), travel approximately 1.5 miles. The campus is on the left.
Visit http://charlestonwv.com/directory/stay/hotels.aspx for a complete list of places to stay. The following hotels offer a discount to visiting UC families: (Be sure to ask for the UC rate.)
Holiday Inn Express (ask about the Charlie West rate)
100 Civic Center Drive
Marriott Town Center
200 Lee Street East
Four Points by Sheraton
600 Kanawha Boulevard East
Wingate by Wyndham
402 2nd Avenue, South Charleston
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
400 2nd Avenue, South Charleston
Hampton Inn @ Southridge
95 RHL Blvd, South Charleston