Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR)

What is SOAR?

SOAR is NOT mandatory. If you are unable to attend a SOAR session, you will still register for classes through our New Student Summer Registration program. Please click the button below to access the site. You will need to use your UCA login information and then follow the instructions.Register for a NON-SOAR Registration Day

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?

Registration is easy! Click the date of the session you want in the table below, and fill out the online registration form. You can also pay online. Space is limited and we only accept applications on a first come first served basis. Give us a call at 501-450-5873 if you have any questions.

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.  Please note the refund deadlines for each session. NO REFUNDS CAN BE GIVEN AFTER THOSE DATES.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to house parents/guests on campus at this time. Our sponsor hotel, Country Inn & Suites, offers a discounted rate for all SOAR families. Call 501.932.0500 to reserve your room!


Click on the Session, in the table below, to go to the online registration/ payment page for that session. Please note each session has a maximum registration number and sessions may fill prior to the listed deadline.

Session 1 (HONORS*)

May 21-22

Session Closed


May 4th

Session 2

May 23-24

Session Closed

Session 3

May 30-31

Session Closed

Session 4

June 4-5

Session Closed

Session 5

June 7-8

Session Closed

Registration Deadline

May 18

Session 6

June 18-19

Session Closed

Session 7

June 21-22

Session Closed

Registration Deadline
June 19

Session 8

June 24-25

Session Closed


Session 9

July 9-10

Session Closed

Registration Deadline
July 4

*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 or 501-450-3198.
If you’d like to attend SOAR but are unable to because of the cost of the program, please apply for our financial assistance program. Funding is limited so apply soon.  Just click the purple button below!
**2018 Financial Assistance limitation has been met and applications are no longer being accepted.**

Apply for SOAR Financial Assistance

2018 SOAR Schedules

***The following schedules are subject to change for individual SOAR sessions. Printed schedules showing any revisions will be given out at registration.***



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 Directions and Parking


Soar Parking Map

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?

$75 For students staying on campus (Students are encouraged to stay in the residence hall).

$60 For those providing their own accommodations.

Cost includes:

      • Orientation materials
      • Lodging (For only 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.

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 or a parent are unable to attend your registered SOAR session, we must receive notice in writing no later than two weeks prior to your SOAR date. No refunds will be issued less than two weeks in advance or after a session for which we did not receive prior notification. All refunds will be issued by check to the registered student unless otherwise designated. Refund requests may be emailed to