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Campus Activities and Orientation (CAO)


To create, implement, and support innovative programming and training that fosters individual and group development and that helps to build environments where students can connect to and engage with the Augsburg community.


Campus Activities and Orientation (CAO) recognizes the benefits associated with the first-year experience and student engagement outside of the classroom. We work to enhance and supplement the liberal arts instruction at Augsburg University through quality transitional programs for new students as well as through leadership education for new and continuing students.

CAO Program Areas


CAO offers several programs and activities throughout the academic year designed to connect and engage students with the Augsburg and surrounding community.



Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) is a required two-day overnight summer orientation experience for all incoming first-year students who will be starting at Augsburg University for the upcoming fall semester. SOAR is designed to help with the transition to Augsburg and allows students to register for fall classes; meet fellow classmates and faculty and staff; learn about university resources and services; explore the campus and surrounding community; obtain an Augsburg University student ID; and get a taste for life on campus.

Parent SOAR

Parent SOAR is an optional two-day orientation experience for the parents of incoming first-year students that runs concurrently with the student SOAR sessions. Parents will obtain important information about the campus; meet fellow parents, current students, faculty, and staff; learn about university resources and services; and get a taste of what life will be like for their student on campus.

Evening Parent SOAR is available for parents who cannot attend one of the two-day Parent SOAR sessions. This abbreviated program will cover the basic information provided in the two-day Parent SOAR sessions.

Transfer SOAR

Transfer SOAR is a required day-long orientation experience for transfer students designed to help with the transition to Augsburg University.  Students will learn about university resources and services, hear about academic programs, and discover why being a part of the Augsburg community is so rewarding.

Auggie Days

Auggie Days is a required week-long orientation experience for incoming first-year students designed to compliment SOAR, provide opportunities to enhance academic and personal success, and offer a helpful advantage in starting at Augsburg University.


Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an initiative designed to develop new leadership at Augsburg University by empowering first-year students to cultivate and to apply their inherent leadership skills through a semester-long skill-building training program.

Orientation Leaders

The Orientation Leader Training Program is designed to develop effective (i.e. self-aware, empathetic, flexible, curious, and patient) high-level leaders who not only work to create welcoming and inclusive environments for incoming students during orientation programs, but who also work to move on to other leadership roles across campus to facilitate internal movement towards institutional equity-mindedness and social justice.

Annual Student Leadership Institute

CAO provides student groups with social justice-themed training which helps them to not only integrate inclusivity into their recruitment, event planning, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, etc., but also helps them to create a more inclusive and equitable campus environment at Augsburg.


Students have the opportunity to become involved in a number of different student organizations at Augsburg University.  Participation allows students to meet fellow classmates, have fun, and lead and develop a group around a common purpose while making an impact on both the Augsburg and greater community.