Each summer before the school year starts, Eastern's Division of Student Affairs, through its Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) program, brings groups of new freshmen, many accompanied by their parents, to campus to help them transition to college. The goal of SOAR is to provide opportunities for new students to learn how to succeed academically and socially at Eastern. The program is mandatory for all new first-year students.
During SOAR, which took place in June and July, students stayed overnight in Constitution Hall, a first-year residence hall, to give them an opportunity to experience life on campus. The program, designed to make first-year students aware of the resources available to them, consisted of six two-day sessions, where approximately 170 incoming students per session attended informational meetings, interactive presentations and social events.
SOAR allows incoming students to meet other new students, current student leaders; members of the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs staff; and with faculty and advisers on course requirements and schedules. Entering students also will participate in Warrior Welcome, Eastern's fall orientation program on Aug. 26 and 27. Classes begin on Aug. 28.