Fall First-Year Family Orientation


Parents and family members are critical in the success of their student’s transition to UNC Charlotte. First-Year Family SOAR is designed to introduce families to information and resources that will assist them in being the best support system for their students, as well as address their own transitions as family members of incoming college students.

While SOAR is not mandatory for family members, they are highly encouraged to attend as the program offers a wealth of information and opportunities to connect with other students, family members, faculty, and staff. (Please note: While family member attendance is not mandatory, student attendance is mandatory in order to be advised and register for their first semester.)​

SOAR dates are available throughout the months of June, July, and August. Students may only attend a session if their major is available for academic advising. The SOAR reservation system only allows students to reserve sessions when their academic major is available. Please see the below dates and advisor availability chart to help identify the best available option for your family. Sessions will open on a rolling basis, with June sessions available first and additional sessions opening as they fill.

Sessions fill fast, so make sure you register for SOAR as soon as you can!

First-Year SOAR Advising Availability (Available Soon)

Summer 2020 Sessions will be held on:

  • First-Year Session 1:  Tuesday, June 9 - Wednesday, June 10
  • First-Year Session 2:  Thursday, June 11 - Friday, June 12
  • First-Year Session 3:  Tuesday, June 16 - Wednesday, June 17
  • First-Year Session 4:  Thursday, June 18 - Friday, June 19
  • First-Year Session 5:  Tuesday, June 23 - Wednesday, June 24
  • First-Year Session 6:  Thursday, June 25 - Friday, June 26
  • First-Year Session 7:  Tuesday, July 7 - Wednesday, July 8
  • First-Year Session 8:  Thursday, July 9 - Friday, July 10
  • First-Year Session 9:  Tuesday, July 14 - Wednesday, July 15
  • First-Year Session 10:  Thursday, July 16 - Friday, July 17
  • First-Year Session 11: Tuesday, July 21 - Wednesday, July 22
  • First-Year Session 12: Thursday, July 23 - Friday, July 24
  • First-Year Session 13: Thursday, August 20 - Friday, August 21

New Student & Family Services works hard to keep our orientation fees as one of the lowest in the state of North Carolina. All fees can be paid via the student reservation system. Students are not officially registered for SOAR until the student program fee is paid.

Parent/Family Member Fee: $85
This includes two continental breakfasts, a buffet lunch, all program materials, and all other expenses associated with the program. All parents/family members attending the SOAR program (regardless of age) must pay the $85 fee.

Parent/Family Member Optional Overnight Stay: $55 per person
Family members have the option to seek out overnight on-campus accommodations for the night of their student's SOAR program. This fee includes overnight accommodations and dinner. This fee is in addition to the $85 program fee. 

Additional Overnight Accommodations: $25 per person/per additional night
This is available for students and family members should you need to arrive early to stay a night before the SOAR program. 

Refunds: Requests for refunds may be submitted in writing five (5) business days in advance of the session. Refunds will not be granted for any reason after the five (5) business day timeline has expired. 

Special Notes:

  • Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until your student completes the SOAR reservation process and receives confirmation of their assigned SOAR session.
  • Not all academic departments advise every session. Please have your student review First-Year SOAR Advising Availability (link) to confirm their major’s participation in a particular session.
  • Students are only able to reserve a SOAR session where academic advising is available for their major.
Should students need to change their major prior to registering for SOAR, contact the Office of Admissions at 704-687-5507 or at admissions@uncc.edu; the process may take several business days to complete.

In an effort to share as much important information as possible, we have designed sessions specifically for family members. Throughout the day, families will have a variety of sessions that are spent together and apart from their student. A brief schedule overview is included:

Day 1:
  • Overnight Housing & SOAR Program Check-in
  • Welcome to UNC Charlotte
  • Successful Family Transitions
  • 49er Community Presentations for Families
  • Lunch & Family Forum
  • Introduction to Academics
  • 49er Community Presentations
  • Campus Life Interest Sessions
  • Safety & Support in Niner Nation
  • Dinner*
  • Family Reception with Student Affairs
Day 2:
  • Academic College Overview
  • 49er Community Presentations for Families
  • Campus Resource Fair

*Only included for families who have paid for overnight accommodations.

Selected Highlights

Successful Family Transitions focuses on helping families understand student transitions to college, how families best support students, as well as resources available to family members through UNC Charlotte.

Family Forum allows family members to ask our Orientation Counselors for advice on supporting their students as well as pose questions about the student experience at UNC Charlotte.

The Family Reception with Student Affairs closes out the first day of orientation with a dessert reception for families. This reception allows family members to connect with other session participants as well as representatives from across the Division of Student Affairs.

Families in need of special accommodations (i.e. mobility assistance, sign language interpreters, etc.) should include those requests with their SOAR reservation. For additional assistance, please contact New Student & Family Services at soardos@uncc.edu.

In order to provide the best experience for all family members, New Student & Family Services asks that all accommodation requests be made at least five (5) business days in advance of their reserved session.

SOAR is just the beginning of family involvement at UNC Charlotte! New Student & Family Services offers a variety of different programs and services that seek to keep families informed and engaged in their student’s experience, including:

  • Niner Nation Family Association
  • Family Council
  • New Family Reception
  • Family Weekend
  • Spring Family Night Out
  • …and more!

To learn more about our other programs and services for family members, please visit the Family Programs page.’

Family Programs

If you choose to attend SOAR, please be aware that some portions of the program are only open to students. Federal law broadly prohibits the disclosure of confidential information from student records, even to parents and family members – regardless of student’s tax status or the funding of the student’s education.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), enacted in 1974, has the primary purpose of protecting the privacy of student information by controlling access to, and disclosure of, students' education records. Faculty, staff, and administrative officers at UNC Charlotte are required by FERPA to treat education records confidentially unless a student provides written consent to disclose.

Additional information about FERPA and the student waiver of protection is available at the Office of Legal Affairs.

If you have additional questions, please contact us!

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd. 
209 King Building
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001

Phone: 704-687-5509

Email: soardos@uncc.edu