First-Year Student Orientation

First-Year Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (S.O.A.R.)

As a first-time, first-year student, you will participate in an overnight SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising & Registration) program in the summer before your fall enrollment, and the Fall Warrior Welcome program in August before you begin your fall semester.

Summer SOAR sessions for the incoming first-year students will be held on the following dates in the summer of 2019.

Sign up for SOAR 1Monday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 25
Sign up for SOAR 2Thursday, June 27 - Friday, June 28
Sign up for SOAR 3Monday, July 1 - Tuesday, July 2
Sign up for SOAR 4Monday, July 8 - Tuesday, July 9
Sign up for SOAR 5Thursday, July 11 - Friday, July 12

To sign up for a SOAR session, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Pay your required tuition deposit. Tuition deposit must be received before you can reserve your SOAR date. (If you are a residential student, please also submit your housing deposit as soon as possible)

Step 2: Select your date of choice on the list above by clicking the SOAR session link. You must attend the SOAR session in its entirety. if you are unable to do so, you must select another session.

Step 3: Complete the Eventbrite reservation form and submit online.

Step 4: You will receive an email confirmation with the SOAR ticket, which you should print and bring with you, along with a photo ID. Details regarding the SOAR schedule will be sent to student Eastern email accounts approximately one month before your SOAR date.

Orientation Fee:

There is a separate fee of $150 for Orientation that is included in your fall tuition bill.

What to Bring to overnight SOAR sessions: (does not apply to Late SOAR)

  •  A bag with a change of clothes for your overnight stay
  •  Toiletries and a towel
  •  Linens or a sleeping bag and pillow for your bed
  •  Photo ID (needed in order to receive your Eastern student ID)

* Please do not bring any valuables with you.
* All meals will be provided to students during SOAR.

Students should check in upon arrival between 9 -10 a.m. with their overnight bags and a photo ID.

After check in, students will to have their Student ID photo taken (be sure to bring your photo ID with you).

Parents and students will then attend the University Welcome in the Student Center Betty Tipton Room to begin the Orientation Program.

Upon completion of the parent program on Day 1, Parents will depart and should return to campus on Day 2 of SOAR to pick up their student at 4:30pm.

Overnight parking will be available for students who will attend without parents or for students who wish to travel in their own vehicle.