Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR)

WHAT IS SOAR?

SOAR (Summer Orientation & Academic Registration) is a special program designed to introduce you to the university campus and “college life”. When you arrive to your SOAR session you will be greeted by Student Orientation Staff (SOS) members who are ready to assist you and make your stay with us an exciting and informative experience. As a new student you will have the opportunity to register for fall semester classes, be introduced to the many services offered by the university, explore career opportunities and meet with Student Orientation Staff members to learn more about the UCA community and the social activities available.

SAMPLE SOAR SCHEDULES

[SOAR schedules to be updated Spring 2015]

SOAR DATES

[SOAR dates to be updated Spring 2015]

*This session is required for those students admitted into the Schedler Honors College ONLY. If you are unable to attend this session, please contact Lanita Addison in the Schedler Honors College at LanitaA@uca.edu or 501-450-3198.

SOAR Directions and Parking

Navigating campus can be difficult if you’ve never visit the grounds before. There will be updated maps posted in Spring 2015 that will help you find your way when you get here!

Should I Do Anything Before SOAR?

There are a few things that can help you get prepared for attending SOAR. Below is a checklist to help you get everything ready.

SOAR TO-DO LIST

SHOULD MY PARENTS ATTEND?

Yes! We encourage them to do so. Our parent program will provide them the opportunity to discover UCA. Parents will be involved in informative discussions on student services, academics, fees and expenses. Small groups of administrators and students will meet informally with parents to answer their questions and discuss their concerns. Parents are invited to stay at our official Orientation Sponsor Hotel:

As a sponsor of the Office of Orientation, Country Inns & Suites are offering a reduced rate* for all students, parents, and other guests attending SOAR! Visit the Hotel Information page for more information.

*Make your reservation by phone (501-932-0500) and mention UCA’s SOAR program in order to take advantage of this partnership discount!

WHAT IS THE COST PER PERSON FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS?

$55 For students staying on campus (Students are encouraged to stay in the residence hall).

$50 For those providing their own accommodations.

COST INCLUDES:

  • Orientation materials
  • Lodging (For students that request lodging)*
  • Snacks and three (3) meals

*SOAR sessions are intended for the incoming student and their guardian(s) or spouse. Lodging is provided for the student only, guests can visit our hotel information page for information on a discounted hotel rate.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Don’t wait to reserve your place at SOAR! The deadline to apply will be updated Spring 2015, so please check back regularly!

Space is limited and we only accept applications on a first come first served basis. To schedule your session simply complete and mail back this registration form along with payment to:

Department of New Student Programs
RE: SOAR
UCA PO Box 5101
Conway, AR 72035

Once we have received your application and payment has been confirmed we will send confirmation of your SOAR session via email within 2 business days. We will also send you additional information to prepare you for your SOAR experience.

SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING TO SOAR?

We suggest the following items be on your “What to Bring” checklist:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Notebook
  • Spending money
  • Light jacket (meeting rooms are sometimes cool)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Toiletry products
  • Pillow
  • Sheets/Blanket/Sleeping Bag
  • Towels
  • Shower Shoes

CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY

If you are unable to attend your assigned session, we must receive notice in writing no later than [date to be updated Spring 2015]. No refund will be issued after a session for which we did not receive prior notification. Refund requests may be emailed to soar@uca.edu.

WHAT STUDENTS HAD TO SAY

“SOAR was so much fun and I feel so much more comfortable about the fall. I am so excited about my classes and the experiences ahead!”

“I was ready for UCA before, but now I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle the wait!”

“SOAR has really confirmed my decision to go to UCA.”

“I will recommend SOAR to every prospective UCA student I know.”

WHAT PARENTS HAD TO SAY

“This was a GREAT thing for parents to attend. Instead of being apprehensive about our son leaving for college, we are now very excited and pleased that he chose UCA!”

“Thank you very much for everything. I am now extremely excited for my child to attend UCA.”

“Thanks for a great experience! SOAR was very informative and fun! We love UCA already!”

“It was a very informative two days. I feel much more at ease. Thanks!”

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of New Student Programs
Colin Stanton
UCA P.O. Box 5101
Conway, AR 72035
501.450.5873
Fax: 501.450.5874
cstanton@uca.edu
www.uca.edu/orientation