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SOAR Program to Help Prepare Students for their First Year

Written by Christopher J. Herman

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Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program, mandatory for all new first-year students, starts on Eastern's campus on June 24 and runs through July. The program, which is designed to make first-year students aware of the resources available to them, consists of six two-day sessions, during which approximately 165 incoming students per session will attend informational meetings and social events.

The goal of SOAR is to provide opportunities for new students to learn methods of academic and social success at Eastern. SOAR allows incoming students to meet other new students, current student leaders and members of the academic and student affairs staff.  Students will receive academic advisement and then register for the fall semester.

During SOAR, students will stay overnight in Constitution Hall, one of Eastern's freshman residence halls, to give them an opportunity to experience life on campus. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in several group sessions facilitated by student orientation counselors (SOCs), where they will engage with other students socially; have discussions; and be able to ask student leaders questions about their experiences at Eastern. There will also be sessions about living on campus and commuting to Eastern.

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