Fall First-Year Student Orientation


SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a mandatory program for all new first-year students that works to ensure that students and families have all the information and resources needed to succeed in their transition to UNC Charlotte. SOAR focuses on providing students and families with important information about the University and all the programs and services in place to promote success. Additionally, students will learn more about their academic college, meet with an academic advisor, and register for their courses during the program.

SOAR IS MANDATORY FOR ALL INCOMING STUDENTS: In order to register for your first semester of classes, all students must attend all components of the SOAR program. If a student fails to attend or participate in any of the elements of the program, they will be dismissed from their session and asked to attend another SOAR session to complete this requirement. 


ACTIVATE YOUR NINERNET ACCOUNT: Before you proceed to reserve your SOAR session, you need to activate your NinerNET account at ninernet.uncc.edu. If you need assistance logging into your NinerNET account, please call IT Service Desk at: 704-687-5500, Option 2.

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.

First-Year Student Fee: $160
This includes overnight accommodations, two breakfasts, snacks, one lunch, one dinner, and all program materials as well as all other expenses associated with the program.

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. For students, all sessions are mandatory and the full program must be completed in order to register for classes. A brief schedule overview is included:

Day 1:
  • Overnight Housing & SOAR Program Check-in
  • Welcome to UNC Charlotte
  • Orientation Counselor (OC) Small Group Meetings
  • 49er Community Presentations
  • Lunch & OC Small Group Meetings
  • Introduction to Academics
  • 49er Community Presentations
  • OC Small Group Meetings
  • Campus Life Interest Sessions
  • Dinner
  • Community Building Skits & OC Small Group Meetings
  • Niner Night
  • Overnight Stay in On-Campus Housing
Day 2:
  • Academic College Overview
  • Academic Advising
  • Course Registration
  • Campus Resource Fair
Academic Advising:

At First-Year SOAR sessions, students have the opportunity to meet with a representative from their academic college in either an individual or group setting depending on their major. Advisors and faculty members will be available to present specific information related to the student’s college and major.

REMINDER: Students must attend every aspect of the SOAR program to complete advising and registration.

Changing Your 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.

Students with documented disabilities such as vision, hearing or mobility impairments, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or learning disabilities that may require test accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at least one month in advance of attending SOAR by calling 704-687-0040 V/TDD. Students must provide disability documentation to the University in order to determine eligibility for services and appropriate accommodations. 

While there are no required tests that occur during SOAR, test accommodations, such as low distraction environment, extended test time, computer assistance, or enlarged print, must be requested one week in advance and must be appropriate for the documented disability for those students who wish to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam at their SOAR session.

Students who need sign language interpreters or materials in Braille should contact the Office of Disability Services at least one month in advance of attending SOAR. For more information check the Disability Services website or contact the Office of Disability Services via email or phone.

Students whose majors are in the College of Arts + Architecture and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in addition to those majoring in International Business must demonstrate a competency in either a foreign language or American Sign Language.

The Foreign Language Placement Exam will be offered at 1 p.m. on day 2 of First-Year SOAR Sessions. The exam costs $10, and payment can only be received with a credit card through their office.

Additional questions about foreign language requirements and exemptions for CLEP, AP, and prior course work is available on the Foreign Language Placement Exam website (linked below) above or may be directed to the Department of Languages & Culture Studies at 704-687-8754.

Additional Information

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