• Connecting to UC - Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

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    New freshman or transfer students enrolling for the Fall 2017 semester are encouraged to participate in the summer Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) event. During your SOAR session, you will register for classes, 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:

    • Talk with a financial aid counselor
    • Learn more about the following programs and services during the UC fair
      • Housing and Meal Plans
      • ADA and Tutoring Services
      • Security and Parking
      • First Year Programs
      • Technology
      • Clubs and Intramurals
       
    • Meet with a faculty member from your academic department of interest
    • Visit the University Bookstore
    • Socialize with other new students
    • Talk to current UC students about ways to get involved on campus and their campus experience

    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.

    • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
    • There is no fee to register for SOAR.
    • To provide the best service, there are a limited number of spaces for each program. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need to cancel the date that you have registered for, please call your admissions representative 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/

    • SOAR FAQ’s

      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 2017.

      Is SOAR a two day or one day event?
      SOAR is a one day event.

      Should I arrive early?
      Check In will begin at 8:45a.m. and the Opening Session will start at 9:30a.m.

      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 camps 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.

    • How do I get to campus?

      UC by Plane

      Yeager Airport serves Charleston, which is approximately 10 minutes from the campus. Airlines providing service to Charleston are:

      • Continental
      • Delta
      • Northwest
      • United
      • US Airways

      Rental services are available. Rental cars providers are:

      • Avis
      • Budget
      • Enterprise
      • Hertz
      • National

      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:

      • Yellow Top Taxi $8-$9
      • C&H Taxi Service $12-$15

      UC by Train

      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 304-342-6766.

      UC by Bus

      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.

      UC by Car

      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.

    • If I arrive the night before, where can we stay?

      Knights Inn
      304-345-6300
      1.58 miles from campus

      Charleston House Ramada Inn
      304-344-4092
      2.92 miles from campus

      Hampton Inn Downtown
      304-343-9300
      3.28 miles from campus

      Holiday Inn Express
      304-345-0600
      3.42 miles from campus

      Marriott Town Center
      304-345-6500
      3.78 miles from campus

      Embassy Suites
      304-347-8700
      3.97 miles from campus

      Red Roof Inn Kanawha City
      304-925-6953
      4.13 miles from campus

      Days Inn
      304-925-1010
      4.24 miles from campus

      Best Western
      304-345-9779
      4.60 miles from campus

      Wingate by Wyndham*
      304-744-4444
      4.80 miles from campus
      *Offers a UC Discount. Ask for the UC Discount upon making reservation.