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

    SOAR Dates

    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:

    • 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 and have paid your enrollment deposit 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 Lyndsay Lanham at 304-357-4745 or email at lindsaylanham@ucwv.edu or 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 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.

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