First-Year Student Orientation

First-Year STUDENT SOAR INFORMATION

On behalf of the University community, we would like to congratulate you on your admission to UNC Charlotte! We are sure you are excited about beginning your career as a 49er. In order to make your time here the most rewarding, you should take advantage of the SOAR Program. This program assists you with your transition to UNC Charlotte and allows you to meet with your academic advisor and register for your spring classes. You will also learn important information about the university and all of the services in place to promote your success.

In order to register for your first semester of classes, it is mandatory that all students attend all components of the SOAR program. Failure to attend and participate (including staying overnight) will result in a student’s dismissal from the program. If a student misses any of the elements of the SOAR program, they will be asked to attend another SOAR session to complete this requirement. 

Activate your NinerNET Account:
Before you proceed with registration for orientation 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.

Sample First-Year SOAR Schedule:

In an effort to share as much important information as possible, we have designed sessions specifically for students and 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:

  • SOAR Housing and Program Check-In
  • Orientation Counselor Small Group Meetings
  • 49er Community Presentations
  • Lunch & Small Group Meetings
  • General Education & Meet the College
  • Interest Sessions & Community Building Skits
  • Niner Night
  • Overnight Stay in the Residence Hall
  • Academic Advising & Course Registration
  • Student ID Pick-Up

Congratulations on your admission into UNC Charlotte. All incoming first-year students are required to participate in an on-campus Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) session.   Students may only attend an orientation sessions if their major is available for academic advising.  The SOAR registration system allows students to only register for orientation sessions at which their academic major is advising. Please see the below dates and advisor availability chart to help identify the best day. Sessions fill fast, so make sure you register for SOAR as soon as you can! Registration will open on April 1 at noon. 

Our SOAR sessions will be held on:

First-Year Session 1:  Tuesday, June 4 - Wednesday, June 5

First-Year Session 2:  Thursday, June 6 - Friday, June 7

First-Year Session 3:  Tuesday, June 11 - Wednesday, June 12

First-Year Session 4:  Thursday, June 13 - Friday, June 14

First-Year Session 5:  Tuesday, June 18 - Wednesday, June 19

First-Year Session 6:  Thursday, June 20 - Friday, June 21

First-Year Session 7:  Tuesday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 26

First-Year Session 8:  Thursday, June 27 - Friday, June 28

First-Year Session 9:  Tuesday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 10

First-Year Session 10:  Thursday, July 11 - Friday, July 12

First-Year Session 11: Tuesday, July 16 - Wednesday, July 17

First-Year Session 12: Thursday, July 18 - Friday, July 19

First-Year Session 13: Thursday, August 15 - Friday, August 16

Students may only attend an orientation sessions if their major is available for academic advising.  The SOAR registration system allows students to only register for orientation sessions at which their academic major is advising.

Registration for these sessions is currently available.

Please click here for academic advising availability 

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 registration portal. Student's are not officially registered for a SOAR program until the student program fee is paid.

See the below program fees:

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 accommodations in Hunt Hall for the night of their student's SOAR program. This fee includes overnight accommodations, dinner, and breakfast. 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 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 you complete the SOAR registration process and receive confirmation of your assigned SOAR session.
  • Not all academic departments advise every session.
  • Students are only able to register for SOAR sessions at which 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.
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. Advisors and faculty members will be available to present specific information related to the student’s college and major. Students must attend every aspect of the SOAR program to complete advising and registration. 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.
Check-In is from 7:30 am – 8:15 a.m. for SOAR sessions. The first part of the check-in process is at Scott Hall to check-in for your overnight housing. Once you have received your room key, our orientation team will guide you to the Popp Martin Student Union (PMSU) for the formal SOAR check-in located in PMSU 200.  For more information on what to plan before SOAR and instructions for the day of arrival, please click here.

Getting to SOAR early? If you’re excited to get here and plan to arrive the night before your SOAR session, you may purchase a night’s lodging in Scott Hall via the online SOAR registration process. Campus housing is available the night before your SOAR session at an additional cost of $25 per person, and includes all linens and towels. To check-in for your early housing (make sure you pre-register) then arrive to the Hunt Hall 24-hour desk the evening prior to check-in to your hall. Students will stay in Scott Hall (right across the way) and families will stay in Hunt Hall. In the morning, please continue with the general SOAR programming by going downstairs between 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 

Parking for First-Year SOAR sessions is in the South Village Deck (next to Lot 8 in the bottom left corner of this map). Look for "SOAR" signs to direct you to the garage.  We will also have our students directing you to parking until our program begins at 8:15 a.m.

  • Once parked, you will be walking across the street to Scott Hall for Student Check-In. Families choosing to stay on campus will check-in to Hunt Hall. Once you get your residence hall key, drop your things off but make sure to bring anything you need for the day with you as we will not be returning to the halls until the end of the day.
  • SOAR Check-In will be open for students who have pre-registered for the program from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. in Popp Martin Student Union room 200 (building 69 on the campus map). We will have buses offered for participants to take you from Scott Hall to the Popp Martin Student Union for check-in.
  • It is very important that you arrive during the check-in period to ensure you are able to participate in the SOAR session.
  • The formal program will end around 12:00 p.m. on the second day. All student participants must stay for the duration of the program, including overnight in the SOAR Residence Hall, so please plan accordingly.
Individuals parking in the Visitor’s Deck are personally responsible for any parking fees.

Because spring SOAR sessions take place just prior to the start of classes, these sessions are each 1.5 days in length and do require an overnight stay for students. All new first-year students are required to stay on campus overnight during your SOAR session. You’ll be hanging out with other new students.  You will even get paired up with a new roommate. The rooms come furnished, so all you need is an extra blanket and an alarm clock and you’re set. You will be staying in a residence hall, so you’ll be without a TV for a night; this is a great opportunity to get to know other students here for SOAR! Please bring the following items with you to your SOAR session: 

  1. Pen, pencil, notebook
  2. Copies of unofficial transcripts
  3. Umbrella
  4. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes
  5. Lightweight jacket
  6. Registration confirmation email and parking pass
  7. Virtual SOAR Completion Confirmation
  8. Photo Identification
  9. UNC Charlotte Student ID Number (You should memorize this number)

In the event you have yet to send in your required immunization records, visit the Student Health Center website at studenthealth.uncc.edu or contact the Immunizations Department directly at (704) 687-7424 for submission instructions. A Student Health Center representative will also be available for questions during resource fair sessions. 

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 Lanugage Proficiency 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 at www.ds.uncc.edu or contact the Office of Disability Services.

Students whose majors lie within the College of Arts and Architecture and Liberal Arts and Sciences in addition to those majoring in International Business must demonstrate a competency in either a foreign language or American Sign Language. You can access information regarding taking the proficiency exam at: https://languages.uncc.edu/undergraduate-programs/requirements-and-policies/language-placement-test. Additional questions about foreign language requirements and exemptions for CLEP, AP, and prior course work is available at the website above or may be directed to the Department of Languages and Culture Studies at (704) 687-8754. The foreign language 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 at the website above or may be directed to the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies at (704) 687-8754.

QUESTIONS?

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
King Building Rm. 208
9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704.687.5509
soardos@uncc.edu

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