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Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

Session Dates

SOAR I: Mon, Jun 15 – Tues, Jun 16, 2020

SOAR II: Wed, Jun 17 – Thurs, Jun 18, 2020

SOAR III: Fri, Jun 19 – Sat, Jun 20, 2020

SOAR IV (tentative): Mon, Jun 22 – Tues, Jun 23, 2020

SOAR V: Thurs, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 28, 2020

Register for SOAR (and Auggie Days)

Registration for SOAR is closed.

What is SOAR? 

Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) is a required two-day overnight orientation experience for all incoming first-year students who will be starting at Augsburg University in Fall 2020. SOAR is designed to help with the transition to Augsburg and allows students to register for fall classes; meet fellow classmates, 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.

Are students required to attend SOAR?

SOAR is required for all incoming first-year students who will be starting at Augsburg University in Fall 2020.

What do students need to do prior to attending SOAR?

Academic Advising will email incoming first-year students prior to SOAR to review placement tests in writing and math, that need to be completed before or during SOAR. This email will also help students activate their Augsburg email account and prepare students for selecting and registering for fall classes at SOAR. For questions or concerns, please contact Academic Advising at 612-330-1025. For more information, please visit augsburg.edu/advising/new-student-registration.

If you are planning to live on campus your first year at Augsburg, it saves time and energy to submit your housing contract earlier rather than later. To submit your Residence Life & Meal Plan Contract, complete the information found at this link: augsburg.edu/reslife/housing/first-years. (You will need to log onto AugNet with your username and password.) Contact the Department of Residence Life at reslife@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1526 for more information.

What should students bring to SOAR?

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator for Math Placement Test (graphing
    calculator okay)
  • Comfortable walking shoes*
  • Comfortable weather-appropriate clothing
  • Fan
  • Notebook
  • Overnight items/toiletries
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag or linens
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Umbrella

*During each SOAR session students will be exploring different communities, businesses, organizations, and campus partners surrounding the Augsburg University campus and will be traveling varying distances by walking and/or using public transportation.

Are students required to stay overnight during SOAR?

All incoming first-year students who will be starting at Augsburg University in Fall 2020 are required to stay overnight on campus during their SOAR session (SOAR I-IV only) regardless of their resident or commuter status. SOAR V students do not need to stay overnight, though required programming does go late the first day and starts early on the second day.

Any student who would like to request disability-related overnight accommodations or who has a disability-related concern about staying overnight should contact the CLASS/Disability Resources Office at class@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1053. Contacting CLASS two or more weeks prior to your SOAR session will help ensure that all necessary accommodations will be available.

For more information about the CLASS/Disability Resources Office, please visit http://www.augsburg.edu/class.

Where do students stay overnight during SOAR?

Students will be staying overnight in Urness Hall, a first-year student residence hall. Please note: Housing is not available on campus for parents or siblings.

Can parents attend SOAR?

SOAR is specifically designed for incoming first-year students. A Parent SOAR option is available (TBD).

Can siblings attend SOAR?

Unfortunately there is no programming available for siblings during SOAR.

When and where do students check-in for SOAR?

SOAR I-IV: Check-in and other pre-orientation activities will take place between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. on Day 1 in the Christensen Center Lobby.

SOAR V: Check-in and other pre-orientation activities will take place between 9:15 – 10:00 a.m. on Day 1 in the Christensen Center Lobby.

What time do the SOAR Sessions end?

SOAR I-IV: Required SOAR programming will conclude by 11:00 a.m. on Day 2.

SOAR V: Required SOAR programming will conclude by 10:00 p.m. on Day 1 and conclude by 11:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Where can students park during SOAR?

Students can park free of charge in Augsburg University Parking Lot L during the hours of their SOAR session. A map of parking lots on campus can be found at augsburg.edu/about/map.

Need accommodations?

Any student with a disability-related concern in regards to SOAR should contact the CLASS/Disability Resources Office at class@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1053. Contacting CLASS two or more weeks prior to your SOAR session will help ensure that all necessary accommodations will be available.

During each SOAR session students will be exploring different communities, businesses, organizations, and campus partners surrounding the Augsburg University campus and will be traveling varying distances by walking and/or using public transportation. Any student with a disability-related concern about participating in this activity should contact the CLASS/Disability Resources Office at class@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1053.

For more information about the CLASS/Disability Resources Office, please visit http://www.augsburg.edu/class.

Additional questions?

Please contact Campus Life at orientation@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1100 with any additional questions and concerns regarding SOAR.

AND DON’T FORGET!

Auggie Days, the second part of the required orientation experience for first-year students, starts Friday, August 28 and runs until Friday, September 5, 2020. (Aug 30-Sept 1 are required programming days and Sept 2-4 are optional programming days.) STUDENTS SHOULD MARK THEIR CALENDARS!