Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR)

What is SOAR?

SOAR is NOT mandatory. If you choose not to attend a SOAR session, you will still register for classes through our Summer Registration program. To do so, please log in to your myUCA account, click on the GET REGISTERED button, and follow the instructions.

SOAR (Summer Orientation & Academic Registration) is an overnight orientation experience that is designed to introduce you to the university and ease your transition into college life. You’ll meet your SOS team leaders, hear from faculty and staff about what to expect in your first year, and have a chance to meet other incoming freshmen. On the second day of SOAR, you’ll meet with your Academic Advisor to register for classes and get a custom campus tour of where your classes will be in the fall. You’ll also have the opportunity to tour different campus facilities like the HPER Center, Library, and Student Health Clinic.

How do I register for SOAR?

Don’t wait to reserve your place at SOAR! The deadline to apply is April 10 for the May and June sessions and June 1 for the July sessions. Space is limited and we only accept applications on a first come first served basis. To schedule your session complete and mail back this registration form. We regret that we are unable to process online applications. Give us a call at 501-450-5873 if you have any questions!

SOAR 2015 APPLICATION

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 you will receive a confirmation email at the address listed on your application within 2 business days.

SOAR DATES

May 20-21
(Honors College ONLY)*
May 27-28 June 1-2
June 4-5 June 7-8 June 10-11
July 12-13 July 16-17
*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.

Sample SOAR Schedules

Check in for SOAR on Day 1 will be from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. The program begins at 1:30pm. A more detailed schedule will be provided once it is finalized, but plan on staying all day both days of your session!

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 SOAR?

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 partner with the Department of New Student Programs , Country Inns & Suites is 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 student and guest to attend SOAR?

$60 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.

SOAR Directions and Parking

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

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 April 30 for the May and June sessions and June 19 for the July sessions. 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!”