SOAR Frequently Asked Questions


Registration and Payment Questions

What do I do if I can't remember the email address or password I used when applying to UCA?

If you cannot remember the email address you used on your admissions application, email and provide your UCA ID number and your UCA email address. We can look up your information and tell you the email address you used when applying to UCA. If you cannot remember your password, you can simply select the "reset password" link and you will be emailed a link to reset your password.

What is the difference between a 1-Day session and a 2-Day session?

A 2-Day SOAR session covers all the same material and information you will receive at a 1-Day session but has additional sessions and group activities for both students and parents. You also have the option of going on a personalized class schedule tour hosted by a Student Orientation Staff (SOS) member and an in-depth tour of some campus facilities including the HPER Center and Library.

Is coming to SOAR required?

Attending SOAR to complete your university orientation and register for classes is required for all incoming freshmen. If you have extenuating circumstances and cannot attend in-person, please reach out to us at and we can work together to make alternate arrangements.

Do my parents need to come?

Parents are not required to attend, but we encourage them to come along! Our parent program will provide them the opportunity to discover UCA. Parents will be involved in informative discussions about student services, academics, campus resources, fees and expenses. Small groups of administrators and current students will meet informally with parents to answer their questions and discuss any concerns. Please note that this programming is created for parents of incoming freshmen; siblings, significant others, and non-parental figures will not find the same value in attending.

What does the fee cover?

The fee to attend SOAR 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.

Why do I have to pay for orientation?

All schools do charge in some way for orientation. Many schools include a one-time orientation/new student fee on your student bill. UCA does not include this on your student bill but instead charges at the time of registration.

What if I have a scheduling conflict and am not able to attend the in-person SOAR dates this summer?

We understand there may be extenuating circumstances, and we are offering two virtual SOAR dates on June 14 and June 16 for students who are unable to attend in person. To request to attend a Virtual Session, please complete this Virtual Session Request Form. Once completing the request, you will be notified whether or not your request has been approved within three business days.

What if I need to change my SOAR session or cancel my SOAR registration?

We understand there may be circumstances that arise that require you to change your SOAR session or cancel your SOAR registration. If you need to make a change or request a cancellation, please complete the SOAR Registration Cancellation or Change Form.


Planning Your SOAR Experience

What should I bring with me to SOAR?

Students should bring the following items: comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothes, writing utensil, notebook, spending money, light jacket (meeting rooms are sometimes cool). For students attending a 2-Day session and staying on campus, they should also bring these items: toiletry products, pillow, sheets and blanket/sleeping bag, towels, shower shoes. Your overnight stay is in a residence hall, not a hotel room, so remember to bring things like soap, a hair dryer, and towels.

Do I have to stay on campus for a 2-Day session?

No, staying overnight on campus is not required. However, staying overnight on campus during SOAR gives you a glimpse of what living in a residence hall will be like and you get to stay in the newest residence hall on campus, Donaghey Hall! Donaghey Hall is an upperclassmen hall during the academic year. Remember this is a residence hall (not a hotel) so sheets, pillows, toiletries, and towels are something you will need to bring. Staying on-campus during your SOAR session costs an additional $20, but where else can you stay overnight for just $20 a night?! On-campus accommodations are only available to the incoming student and not for parents/guests.

Can I choose my roommate for a 2-Day session?

Yes, if you would like to request a specific roommate for your overnight stay in Donaghey Hall, both you and your requested roommate must complete this Roommate Request Form.

Where can my parents/guests stay?

Parents/guests may book accommodations at the Country Inn & Suites with a discounted rate for SOAR attendees. Visit the Hotel Information page for more information.

Do I need to bring anything to register for classes?

Please bring your MyUCA login information (username and password) so you are able to access your MyUCA account. You should bring copies of AP scores and CLEP scores, official college transcripts (if you have taken courses at other colleges or universities), Accuplacer exam results, and foreign language placement results. You may call the Academic Advising at 501-450-5149 or email for more information. If you do not have certain scores or transcripts available before SOAR, you will still receive your class schedule. Your academic advisor will provide you with instructions of what to do once you receive your test scores and/or transcripts.

If you have more questions or need more information, please call us at 501-450-5892 or email! We would be happy to talk with you about the SOAR experience.