Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR)


What is SOAR?

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 Student Orientation Staff (SOS) members, 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 an 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.

2019 SOAR DATES and Registration Deadlines

All sessions are closed to student registration, but parents/guests can still register! See instructions below.

Click here to register a parent/guest for SOAR.

Step 1: Click “Additional Guest Registration” then “Additional Registration #”.

Step 2: Complete registration form, including your student’s name and UCA Student ID number so we may link your registration to theirs. Note: your student must have already registered for SOAR prior to the deadline.

Step 3: To add additional parents/guests, click “Browse Catalog” and repeat step 2.

Step 4: Checkout!

SOAR Financial Assistance

If you would like to attend SOAR but are unable to because of the cost of the program, please apply for our financial assistance program.

Apply for SOAR Financial Assistance

2019 SOAR Schedules

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




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

*Lodging is only available for the student; guests can visit our hotel information page. More information below.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions after looking through our website, please check out our FAQ page. If you have more questions or need more information, please call us at 501-450-5873 or email! We would be happy to talk with you about the SOAR experience.

SOAR Parking Map

Soar Parking Map

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

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 with the Academic Advising Center. 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