In-Person SOAR Schedule at a Glance

Student Program

Day One

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Students and families will check-in to the program at Union South. Students staying in University Housing overnight, may have an earlier arrival time to SOAR. Throughout the check-in period information sessions will be available from

  • Center for Leadership & Involvement
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Multicultural Student Center Resources
  • Study Abroad
  • Service Learning
  • Career Services
  • Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
  • UW Credit Union

1:00 PM
The program will begin with a formal welcome from University administration and the Center for the First-Year Experience. Following the welcome, students will learn about the advising structure at the University and meet with their advising group for the rest of the afternoon.

4:30 PM
Students and families will have an opportunity to interact with a variety of campus offices during our SOAR resource fair.

5:45 PM
A buffet dinner will be provided for all participants.

6:45 PM
Students will participate in required programming after dinner including a welcome from University administration, learning about campus resources, meeting with a New Student Leader for small group discussions, and learning about campus traditions.

8:45 PM
An evening social for new students will be hosted at the Nicholas Recreation Center.

Day one programming will conclude at 9:45 p.m. Please plan to be on campus the entire time. 

Day Two

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Students will complete the SOAR advising process and enroll in their fall semester of courses.

10:00 AM
After enrolling in courses, students will explore campus resources and offices throughout the Red Gym, Alumni Park, and the University Club.

Optional Activities
After completing the SOAR programming students have the option to participate in the following activities:

  • Repeated information sessions from Day One (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Drop-in tours of select University Housing buildings (12:30 PM – 2:00 PM)
  • Campus Walking Tour (12:30 PM – 2:00 PM)

Day two required programming will conclude at 11:30 am. Please plan to be on campus the entire time. 

Parent & Guest Program

Day One

The SOAR program offers a concurrent parent/guest program for interested family members. The program is highly encouraged.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Students and families will check-in to the program at Union South. Students staying in University Housing overnight, may have an earlier arrival time to SOAR. Throughout the check-in information sessions will be available from

    • Center for Leadership & Involvement
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • Multicultural Student Center Resources
    • Study Abroad
    • Service Learning
    • Career Services
    • Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
    • UW Credit Union

1:00 PM
The program will begin with a formal welcome from University administration and the Center for the First-Year Experience. Following the welcome, families will learn about the advising structure at the University, resources for supporting your student, and services provided by University Housing and Campus Area Housing.

4:30 PM
Students and families will have an opportunity to interact with a variety of campus offices during our SOAR resource fair.

5:45 PM
A buffet dinner will be provided for all participants.

6:45 PM
Families will have the opportunity to participate in optional evening activities while their students complete the required SOAR programming.

While the SOAR parent/guest program will conclude early, students are expected to be on campus till 9:45 p.m.

Day Two

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Parents/Guests will learn about resources related to financial aid, tuition/fees, campus safety, health & wellness, and other campus resources.

Optional Activities
After completing the SOAR programming families have the option to participate in the following activities:

  • Repeated information sessions from Day One (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
  • Drop-in tours of select University Housing Buildings (12:30 PM – 2:00 PM)
  • Campus Walking Tour (12:30 PM – 2:00 PM)