SOAR Frequently Asked Questions
- What is SOAR?
SOAR stands for Student Orientation and Academic Registration. It is an orientation program that all incoming students must attend. Sessions are offered over the summer prior to the start of fall classes.
Once a student commits to the University of Evansville by submitting their admission deposit, they may then register for SOAR. In 2020, all SOAR sessions will be offered Online on Friday, May 15, Saturday, May 16, Friday, June 12, Saturday, June 13, or Friday July 17. Students and parents will be provided with a series of information videos to view in advance of the registered SOAR date.
While course registration for the fall semester is one of the key components of SOAR, there will also be opportunities for parents and students to interact with a variety of offices across campus including Student Financial Services, the Office of Residence Life, the Center for Career Development, and more. Students will engage with orientation leaders and meet with current faculty.
- Who attends SOAR?
All incoming, students are required to attend SOAR.
International students will receive information about International Orientation from the Cultural Engagement and International Students office (812-488-2279).
- When is SOAR?
For incoming students starting classes in the fall 2020, SOAR will be offered on the following dates:
- Friday, May 15, 2020
- Saturday, May 16, 2020
- Friday, June 12, 2020
- Saturday, June 13, 2020
- Friday, July 17, 2020
Students choose the SOAR session which best suits their family needs.
- How do I register for SOAR?
Students who have been accepted to the University and who have made their deposit will receive an email invitation to register for SOAR. Registration for the student and his/her parents (or other supporting adult attending in the parents’ place) will be processed online by the student when the reservation for SOAR is made.
- What is the cost for participation in the SOAR?
The deposit you made with the Office of Admission will cover the costs associated with SOAR for the student and your guests.
- What testing will be required before SOAR?
The Office of the Registrar will provide testing information to incoming students. Please contact that office at 812-488-2601 or by email at email@example.com if you have any questions. Testing accommodations are handled by the Disability Services Coordinator who can be reached through the University’s Counseling Center at 812-488-2663.
- What health information must I provide to the University Health Center?
All new incoming students are required to submit an updated, physician certified immunization record and physical prior to the beginning of classes at the University of Evansville. Visit www.medproctor.com to learn about the health requirements, obtain appropriate forms, and register for your new account, using your University of Evansville email address. Follow the Med+Proctor instructions for completing this process. Please do not mail your immunization record to the university or health center.
Students not in compliance with the University of Evansville’s health requirements by the beginning of classes, risk their eligibility to attend class and live in residential housing. If you have any questions regarding the health requirements, please contact the UE Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-488-2033. If you take prescription medication or have ongoing health concerns, now is the time to secure a local physician and pharmacy.
- How do I request technical assistance with my computer, laptop, UE email, et cetera?
The Office of Technology Services (OTS) helpdesk can be reached at 812-488-2077 or visit the OTS website. Email is considered the primary means of communication for University business. Please check your email on a regular basis.
- How do I obtain a Student ID Card?
During this online SOAR, students will receive directions for how to upload a picture for their Student ID. IDs will then be printed and mailed to the student’s home address this summer. While there is no charge for the first Student ID issued, please see the safety and security website regarding fees for lost/replacement ID cards.
- How do I obtain a parking permit?
Parking permits are required for all students parking on campus during the school year. Parking permits will be available during Welcome Week and are not available during SOAR. Please watch your email for more information about this process.
- How do I apply for student housing and a meal plan?
The Office of Residence Life handles student housing and meal plan reservations. Information about how to apply for housing and a meal plan will be emailed to students by early March. In the meantime, visit the residence life website to explore options available and learn more about residential living. The residence life office phone is 812-488-2956.
- How do I know what textbooks are required for my courses?
In late July, students may go the University bookstore website to see what texts are required for their courses. To find a current course schedule or register for classes, students should visit Self-Service.
Ordering Books: Students receive a Textbook Reservation and UrEntal form in their SOAR folder. The form can be turned in during SOAR to prepay and reserve books at the University bookstore. The form can also be mailed or taken to the bookstore at a later date. View our Bookstore Information sheet for more details regarding book buyback, rentals, reservations and more.
The University Bookstore is located in the Ridgway University Center/Phone: 812-488-2678.
- What do I need to know about Welcome Week?
You can learn more about Welcome Week online and encourage your student to watch for more information in mid-July. This is an exciting, required program for incoming students so clear his/her calendar for August 22-25, 2020. Our Orientation Leaders will keep incoming students very busy with activities all day long on these dates. Students commuting from home should plan to participate fully, only returning home to sleep at night.
- Additional questions?
Please feel free to contact the Dean of Students Office at 812-488-2500 for assistance. We’re here to help!