Quotes from Students:

“At SOAR I was able to become acquainted with potential future classmates. It was an enlightening experience and succeeded in making me feel comfortable with how my social transitioning will be as a whole.” First-Year SOAR Session Twelve Participant

“I was able to meet people in my small group that are also in my major. The Niner Night program was also a lot of fun. It was great to check out all of the different activities to be a part of at UNC Charlotte.” First-Year SOAR Session One Participant

“My advisor worked with me and was able to find me more credits than I expected, as well as answered all of my questions completely.” Transfer SOAR Session Two Participant

“During the SOAR day, all of the staff was welcoming and quite informative and friendly.” Transfer SOAR Session Seven Participant

“SOAR provided me the opportunity to be able to see the campus and meet with advisors to understand what steps were required to correctly register for the upcoming semester.” Fall Transfer SOAR Session Participant


Students who attend the SOAR program experience an easier transition to UNC Charlotte. The experience that you will have at SOAR is much more than a campus tour. During your SOAR experience you will:

  • Register for the upcoming semester
  • Meet with an academic advisor within your major department
  • Take the required placement exams
  • Receive your student I.D.
  • Connect with important campus departments, such as Housing and Financial Aid.


In addition to connecting with campus resources and your academic department, SOAR also provides you with an opportunity to begin acclimating to the university community. During your SOAR day, you will be assigned to an Orientation Counselor to assist you with any needs you might have. You will also have the opportunity to interact with fellow incoming new students.

Who do I call if...

College of Art & Architecture: 704-687-0100

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 704-687-0066

Belk College of Business: 704-687-7585

College of Education: 704-687-8725

Lee College of Engineering: 704-687-1991

College of Computing & Informatics: 704-687-8450

College of Health & Human Services: 704-687-7922

University College: 704-687-7717

During first-year and transfer Summer SOAR sessions, some of our meals and general academic workshops will be held with both student and family but otherwise, students and family will be separate so they can learn information that pertains specifically to them. This gives families the opportunities to get the most information possible and give the students an opportunity to see the university on their own.

It is highly recommended that you pay for your registration for SOAR prior to your session date. Without a payment, we cannot secure your place in a particular session, thus if a session fills before a payment is made; the student must select another SOAR session to attend.

Yes. Students must remain with the program throughout its duration. All incoming first-year students are required to stay in the on-campus residence hall during the SOAR program. Critical information is given to our incoming students throughout the SOAR session; information you don’t want to miss. Should an emergency occur that prevents you from remaining with the SOAR program, please notify a member of the SOAR Staff as soon as possible. Parents and family members are not required to stay for the entire family program; however, it is strongly encouraged. 

If you were not able to submit your immunization records prior to your arrival to your SOAR session, please visit the Student Health Center website for more information: www.studenthealth.uncc.edu

Adding an additional guest to your SOAR Registration can be done by logging into the SOAR Registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and including the individual on the “Guest” tab of your SOAR Registration. Payment for these newly added guests can be done using a credit card or debit card while logged into the SOAR Registration website.

You can make changes to your SOAR Registration anytime by logging into the SOAR registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and selecting the accommodations you need.

Registration for SOAR can be done by visiting the SOAR website ( http://soar.uncc.edu), then clicking on the “Register for SOAR” link, located on the left side of the page. From there you will want to click on the link directing you to the registration website.

Our First-Year SOAR sessions are a day and a half long. During First-Year sessions, students are also required to stay in the SOAR residence hall. Our Transfer SOAR sessions are only one day.

We make locating buildings on campus as easy as possible, by placing green and yellow SOAR signs across campus, pointing you to the key locations throughout the program. In addition, our orientation counselors will be available to guide you throughout the program.

If you cannot attend any of the sessions listed on your registration page, please notify the SOAR Office weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm at (704)-687-5509 or email us at soardos@uncc.edu

Yes. In order to provide first-year students the full college experience at SOAR, we require that all First-Year students stay on-campus in Lynch Hall. Family members have to option to stay on campus if they please but it is not required.

The SOAR Registration fee covers all materials throughout the program, various meals, and the student’s housing accommodations for the evening. Additional charges upon registration may include guest housing accommodations and “early arrival” housing. Any additional costs at SOAR should be completely voluntary, unless otherwise noted by the SOAR program.

If you are not going to enroll at UNC Charlotte for the fall, please contact the SOAR Office at (704) 687-0340 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm to notify our staff of your cancellation. Once we have keyed in your cancellation, a refund will be issued. (Please note the SOAR Refund Policy.)

You can reschedule your SOAR session by logging into the SOAR Registration website (http://soar.uncc.edu) and choosing a different SOAR session to attend. There is no additional charge associated with changing your session date.

No. At SOAR, there is a parent session of academic advising in which family can learn more about their student’s major college and advisors. However, due to FERPA regulations, parents or family members cannot attend registration for classes. We can assure that your student will meet with their academic advisor (assigned based on their major), and our orientation counselors will be readily available to assist our incoming students with the registration process.For more information on FERPA please see the following link for more information.

Our registration website updates itself every (6) six hours. It is strongly recommended to check back after 6pm that evening or again the following morning.

Typically, the SOAR check-in process runs from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.; however, should you arrive after 8:00am, please make your way to the second floor of the Student Union. Please note that we will not accept late arrivals after 9:00 a.m. on the first day for First-Year SOAR sessions and by 9:30 a.m. for Transfer SOAR sessions.

The Department of Biological Sciences established a placement exam to determine preparedness for introductory majors level biology courses. We will again be using the exam for Summer and Fall 2018 registration. The exam results will allow us to place students into the most appropriate introductory course.  If students have not had a biology course recently or have previously struggled in biology courses we still recommend taking BIOL 1110 (and earning a B or higher) as a pre-requisite prep course to BIOL 2120. The exam will be available on Canvas until Friday, August 17 2018 at Noon.

If you would like to access the exam for the fall semester please have them contact Tonya Bates, Stan Schneider or Sue Levin directly (contact information is below). Alternatively, you can enroll in BIOL 1110, earn a B or higher and enroll in BIOL 2120  in the following semester. 

Exam Format

  • The placement exam is currently administered via Canvas and is set up as 50 multiple-choice questions. Students have exactly 60 minutes to complete and submit the placement exam. 
  • Students have a maximum of two attempts on the exam.
  • Students receive their score immediately and are provided an explanation for the next steps for pursuing biology courses at UNC Charlotte. 


If you have any questions, please contact:

Tonya Bates, Undergraduate Coordinator:  tonya.bates@uncc.edu or 7-5015

Dr. Stan Schneider, Academic Vice Chair:  sschnedr@uncc.edu or 7-8527

Sue Levin, Biology Advisor: slevin3@uncc.edu or 7-7855


SOAR is where students are introduced to the campus, meet with their academic advisors, learn about university policies and register for their classes. Most academic advisors will not meet with incoming students outside of the SOAR program, so in order to have your SOAR and academic advising holds removed from your records; you must attend SOAR. First-Year students are also required to stay in the SOAR residence hall overnight for the program.

My student is scheduled to live on campus in the fall and has been assigned to live in ____________. (Moore Hall, Hawthorn Hall, Lynch Hall, etc.) Is it possible to see a room while I’m at SOAR so that I can take measurements?

Several residence halls will be available for tours at SOAR. These tours will take place on Day 2 of the first-year sessions at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. To see an up-to-date listing of buildings available for tour, please download the Niner DestiNation app and see the schedules section within the SOAR Guide. If you have specific questions regarding your student’s housing facility, please contact Housing & Residence Life at (704) 687-7501 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. For  more information about summer housing tours visit: https://housing.uncc.edu

Yes. Our campus is not only beautiful but hilly as well, so it is imperative that both students and family members wear comfortable shoes during SOAR. If you need wheelchair/ transportation accommodations, you may make arrangements by contacting Disability Services at (704) 687-0040 weekdays between 8:00am until 5:00pm.

Early Arrival Check-in takes place in the lobby of Belk Hall between 3:00pm and 11:00pm the day before each Summer SOAR session. There is a 24 hour desk located on the side of the courtyard of Belk, Miltimore, Wallis and Lynch Halls.  

I am transferring into UNC Charlotte and provided my last institution with a copy of my immunization records. May I have them send a copy/fax of my immunization records to UNC Charlotte?

Yes, you may request a copy of your immunization records from your previous university to be sent directly to the Immunizations Department. Please visit www.studenthealth.uncc.edu for contact information. Please note: immunization records are NOT automatically transferred. Transcripts that contain immunizations sent during the admission process are used for the purposes of admission only.

 We are unable to accommodate any roommate requests for the First-Year student program.

To discuss options in case-specific occurrences regarding the submission of immunization records, please contact the Student Health Center at (704) 687-7424 weekdays between 8:30am and 5:00pm.

  • For Freshman SOAR, students should bring with them the following items: a photo ID, toiletries needed for overnight stay, towel(s), and change of clothes.
  • For Transfer SOAR, students should bring with them the following items: a photo ID, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts.
  • For a more detailed list of items to bring, please visit the SOAR website at http://soar.uncc.edu.

Unfortunately, we do not provide a copy of the session schedule prior to SOAR because we want to provide our students and families the most up to date information regarding their session. For specific questions regarding the schedule of events, please visit the SOAR website, (http://soar.uncc.edu).

The Freshman SOAR Registration fee covers all of the student’s meal throughout the duration of the SOAR program. This includes a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on day one, and breakfast on day two. The registration cost for family members and guests covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day one, if the guest or family member is staying overnight; and breakfast on day two. The Transfer SOAR Registration fee covers a continental breakfast and lunch for the student; while the Transfer registration fee for family members and guests covers a continental breakfast and lunch.

If accommodations are needed, parents and guests will be lodged in the suites of Belk Hall, located next to Lynch Hall. While every individual will have their own room to themselves, families may be asked to share a suite.

SOAR Check-In is from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. for all students.  First-Year check-in starts in the Lynch Residence Hall Courtyard, and then moves to room 200 of the Popp Martin Student Union. Transfer check-in is also from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. in room 200 of the Popp Martin Student Union.

Your immunization records are due when you are admitted to the university and should be submitted to the Student Health Center for review by the first day of class according to state law. Failure to comply with the law will result in being dropped from classes and losing on-campus housing if applicable. It may take extended lengths of time to obtain records from other facilities, thus it is recommended that you submit your records immediately upon learning of your admission into UNC Charlotte. For more information regarding your immunization records, please contact (704) 687-7424 or visit their website at http://studenthealth.uncc.edu.

Registration for Summer 2018 opens on April 2, 2018 and remains available throughout the spring and summer. You may register any time of day as well.

If your major is incorrect at the time of registration, please contact The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (704) 687-5541 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Parking for Summer SOAR will take place near Wallis Residence Hall in Lot 25. When you arrive on campus, please follow the yellow SOAR directional signs.

It is important to note that these are the designated parking areas for SOAR, and your vehicle will not be charged. Should you park in any other parking locations across campus, parking fees may apply.

The SOAR sessions displayed on your registration screen are those sessions in which your academic major is advising. If your major appears to be incorrect, please notify The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (704) 687-5507 weekdays between the hours of 8:00am until 5:00pm.

The cost for orientation covers all information handed out, meals and, if you stay over night it covers your on-campus accommodations.  Staying overnight is optional for our parents and family at all first-year SOAR sessions, but is a great way for families to make connections and get a more personal look at university life.

Students and parents/family members will have separate programs throughout the duration of SOAR. We do this because we understand that the needs of both groups are very different, and it is our goal to have your family leave SOAR feeling better prepared for the fall semester. There are, however, opportunities throughout the day where we encourage students and parents to regroup and share the knowledge they have gained throughout the SOAR experience. For the Freshman program, these times include: the Meet the College session, dinner, and breakfast on day two.  For the Transfer program, these times include:  Welcome Session, Meet the College session, and lunch.

SOAR Outdoor is an optional experience for student interested in making connections and building on the on-campus SOAR experience through an outdoor adventure. During this 5-day, 4-night program, new UNC Charlotte students will backpack multiple miles per day, tent or tarp camp each night, and rock climb.  Overcoming the many challenges presented by these activities, students will develop their ability to thrive in adversity, build community, and prepare themselves for a successful college experience.  SOAR Outdoor will take place prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Please note that SOAR Outdoor does not replace the on-campus SOAR experience, rather it is an optional and supplemental experience for incoming students.