Before SOAR

Planning for SOAR: 

There are quite a few things you need to do to prepare for your on-campus SOAR experience. After registering for SOAR, the first thing is for all incoming students to complete the Virtual SOAR pre-orientation program.

All new UNC Charlotte students are required to complete Virtual SOAR which is an online pre-orientation program that will supplement the on-campus SOAR experience. This program does not replace the on-campus experience rather is a requirement for all students to complete BEFORE attending SOAR in-person. This program includes the first part of the academic advising process that must be completed prior to SOAR.  You will be able to access Virtual SOAR within 48 hours after you complete your SOAR reservation. Make sure to check your UNC Charlotte email for the information to access the Virtual SOAR program. 

It is important to note that this program usually takes students between 60-90 minutes to complete. If you are unable to complete it at one time, you can save progress to finish at a later date. Virtual SOAR MUST be completed prior to participating in the on-campus SOAR experience as there is important information from your colleges to support the course registration process. Once completed, you are able to access the information within Virtual SOAR through your first semester at UNC Charlotte.

A few other things to complete prior to SOAR include:

  • Read your entire confirmation packet after you register for your on-campus SOAR program
  • Complete the required Virtual SOAR Program (this is mandatory for all new students; login information is sent to UNC Charlotte email account within 48 hours of registering for SOAR)
  • Submit your immunization records by visiting studenthealth.uncc.edu
  • Send any final transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Submit your housing application online at housing.uncc.edu
  • Submit your photo for your student ID card here (https://aux.uncc.edu/49er-card/online-photo-submission)
  • Update your SOAR registration with any guests attending the session with you on-campus
  • Review information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at legal.uncc.edu/ferpa
  • Email soardos@uncc.edu with any accommodations with our office, including dietary restrictions, mobility needs  or other needs for your on-campus SOAR experience. Include your student ID number, session date and phone number.

*Planning to change your major? Make sure you change your major through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions 704.687.5507 or at admissions@uncc.edu; the process may take several business days to complete. Complete a change of major prior to completing Virtual SOAR so you can access the appropriate academic information.