Welcome to the Office of Orientation!
We encourage all parents and families to participate in their student's orientation experience. We offer orientation for parents and families simultaneously with the student orientation. This gives us an opportunity to welcome you and share information about academics, campus life and how to best support your student. Our goal is to answer all of your questions and give you the resources you need to help make your student’s transition as smooth as possible.
The Office of Orientation provides three orientation opportunities throughout the year for students on the Misenheimer campus.
1. SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advising, and Registration)
SOAR is mandatory for every new student entering in the Fall semester. This includes first-time freshmen, transfers and commuters. SOAR is a two-day, overnight experience that occurs several times throughout the summer. Parents are encouraged to attend SOAR with their student. Parents and families should arrange for overnight accommodations at a local hotel. Please see the Local Accommodations handout on this page for special rates.
Students must register for a SOAR session via their EMP site that is given to them via Admissions. Registration will close one week prior to each session or when the maximum number of attendees has been reached.
2. Fall Orientation
Fall Orientation occurs during the three days prior to classes beginning. Fall Orientation is mandatory for new students entering in the fall semester. This includes first-time freshmen, transfers and commuters.
3. Spring Orientation
Spring Orientation occurs during the two days prior to classes beginning. Spring Orientation is mandatory for new students entering in the spring semester. This includes first-time freshmen, transfers and commuters.
Every new student will be charged an orientation fee regardless of participation. The fee is non-negotiable.
Students who are being re-admitted to the university after a time away need not attend orientation.
Director of Orientation and Assistant Director of Residence Life