Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR)


What is SOAR?

SOAR (Summer Orientation & Academic Registration) is an orientation experience for incoming freshmen designed to introduce you to the university and jumpstart your transition to college life. You’ll meet your Academic Advisor and receive your fall schedule of classes, hear from faculty, staff, and Student Orientation Staff (SOS) members about what to expect in your first year, and have a chance to meet other incoming freshmen. We are excited you are coming to UCA and want to connect you to campus!

There are 1-Day session options (View 1-Day Schedule) and also 2-Day options (View 2-Day Schedule) for students and families looking for an expanded orientation experience. The 2-Day option offers additional sessions and group activities with your incoming class, a personalized class schedule tour, and in-depth tour of some campus facilities including the HPER Center and Library.


When is SOAR?

Numerous SOAR sessions will be held throughout the summer of 2022. Select the date that works best for you and register below. 

You will be required to login with the email address you used when applying to UCA. If you cannot remember which email address you used, please email

You will be able to register yourself and any parent/family members/guests you would like to attend with you. You will be prompted to pay with a credit or debit card when registering. Space is limited for each session. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation email and payment receipt at the email address listed on your registration form.

If you previously registered for a SOAR session and would like to make any changes (examples: adding/canceling a guest, moving session dates, adding/removing housing, or canceling your SOAR registration), please do not edit or cancel your original registration.

Instead, please submit this SOAR Cancellation/Change form.


1-Day Sessions


2-Day Sessions 

MAY 31-JUNE 1 (Honors College Programs ONLY) CLOSEDJUNE 2-3 CLOSEDJUNE 5-6 CLOSEDJUNE 26-27JUNE 28-29 CLOSED

Virtual Session

Participation in our virtual session is reserved for students who are experiencing extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from coming to campus.  Therefore, only students who are approved to participate in this option will have the opportunity to register for a virtual session. Please select a date below to complete a Virtual Session Request form. Once completing the request, you will be notified whether or not your request has been approved within three business days.



Online Orientation

If you were not able to participate in a SOAR session, please register for UCA’s online orientation here.


SOAR Cancellations/Changes

If you previously registered for a SOAR session and would like to change your session date or cancel your SOAR registration, please do not edit or cancel your original registration.

Instead, please submit this SOAR Cancellation/Change form.


What is the cost to attend SOAR?

The registration cost is $25 per person for the 1-Day session and $50 per person for the 2-Day session. You will pay the cost when registering each person online.  This cost covers orientation materials, programming costs, refreshments and meals (one meal for the 1-Day session and three meals for the 2-Day session).

For students attending the 2-Day session, lodging on campus during SOAR is encouraged! You will need to bring your own bedding and linens as you will be staying in one of our residence halls. Lodging on campus is an additional $20 and you will stay overnight in Donaghey Hall. Make sure to indicate on your registration form that you would like to stay on campus.

On-campus lodging is only available for the student; guests can visit our hotel information page for contact information from our sponsor hotel.


Covid-19 Planning

We are looking forward to connecting with you and your family in a safe and responsible manner this summer! You can find up-to-date information about UCA’s response to Covid-19 here.


For additional questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
You may also email us at or call us at 501-450-5892.