Regent's Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR)

Regent's SOAR is an event designed specifically for traditional-aged freshmen who plan to study on campus.

Regent's Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR)

Regent's SOAR is an event designed specifically for traditional-aged freshmen who plan to study on campus.

SOAR

Regent’s Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) is designed for traditional-aged freshmen (23 and younger) who plan to study on campus. Parents are encouraged to attend as well. You will connect with other students, view your potential housing arrangements, meet with Academic Advising, and get ready for the fall. If you are a traditional student transferring from another institution plan to attend Welcome Week.

About

SOAR highlights for students

  • Enjoy food, fun and fellowship with other students who’ll be starting in the fall semester
  • Preview a night in the Regent Commons residence halls
  • Meet with Academic Advising
  • Register for classes
  • Get your student ID

SOAR highlights for parents

  • Attend special sessions about financial aid, business office policies, residence hall living, campus security, and more
  • Gain a better understanding of campus life and culture
  • Meet with the university’s administrators
  • Learn more about the role of the university as well as the changing roles of both students and parents

Registration

Orientation Registration is Now Closed

Students starting in fall 2020 should plan to attend the following on-campus orientations:

FRESHMEN – Summer Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR) – Our summer orientation, for new students and their parents, is something you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars one of the following dates for a fabulous overnight experience: June 25-26, 2020 or June 29-30, 2020. Visit www.regent.edu/soar for more info. Registration for this event should open in March.

FRESHMEN AND TRANSFERS – Welcome Week in fall 2019 – Mark your calendars for August 17, 2020. Beginning with move-in day Monday Welcome Week is mandatory for first-time freshmen and transfers 23 and younger.  It is a program designed for you and is proven to build your confidence for when you begin classes. Students will connect with friends, student leaders, learn how to navigate classes, and settle in. Registration for this event should open in March.

Contact the orientation staff at 757.352.4511 or orientation@regent.edu with questions.

Date: June 20 – 21, June 24 – 25

Time: On-site check-in from 10:45 am – 12:45 pm on the first day (June 20/June 24) in the Regent Commons (# 9 and 10 on the map)

Fee: Students – No Cost
Parents & Guests – $35 each (Please submit this fee at the end of the registration process.)

Location: 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Student attendees must complete the Enrollment Agreement Form and pay the Enrollment Deposit before registering for this event.

Please complete the following form to register for SOAR.


Schedule

This is a sample schedule only for general planning purposes. Check-in, start, and end times will not change. Students will receive their exact orientation schedules when they arrive.

Day 1 Activity
10:45 – 12:45 PM On-site check-in at Regent Commons
10:45 – 1:00 PM Regent Ordinary Café open for lunch
11:30 – 12:30 PM Optional Campus Tour
1:00 – 1:30 PM Worship & Welcome
1:30 – 3:30 PM Leadership Learning for Life®
3:30 – 5:45 PM Team Activities
6:00 – 7:00 PM Barbeque Dinner
7:00 – 9:30 PM Office of Student Activities & Leadership sponsors a variety of activities with your orientation leaders and others, such as movies, indoor/outdoor games, and more (changes year-to-year)!

 

Day 2 Activity
7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast Buffet
8:15 – 9:15 AM Large Group Activities
9:15 – 10:15 AM Student Panel
10:15 – 11:45 AM Advising & Registration Sessions
11:45 – 12:00 PM Closing session
12:00 – 12:45 PM Campus Services Fair (roommate requests, submit FERPA forms, student employment, quick questions)
1:00 – 5:00 PM All offices open – scheduled or walk-in appointments available (Academic Advising, Career Services, Financial Aid, Business Office, Counseling & Disability Services)

This is a sample schedule only for general planning purposes. Check-in, start, and end times will not change. Parents and guests will receive their exact orientation schedules when they arrive.

Day 1 Activity
10:45 – 12:45 PM On-site check-in at Regent Commons
10:45 – 1:00 PM Regent Ordinary Café open for lunch
11:30 – 12:30 PM Optional Campus Tour
1:00 – 1:30 PM Worship & Welcome
1:30 – 3:30 PM Leadership Learning for Life®
3:45 – 4:15 PM Family Fellowship with Faculty & Key Staff
4:30 – 6:00 PM Safety, Security, & Well-being
Great Conversations Breakout with Faculty & Staff
6:00 – 7:45 PM Barbeque Dinner
Day 2 Activity
7:30 – 8:15 AM Breakfast Buffet
8:15 – 9:15 AM Paying for College
9:15 – 10:00 AM Option 1: Residential Living @ Regent
9:15 – 10:00 AM Option 2: The Commuters’ Campus
10:00 – 11:00 AM Holistic Support Info Session
11:00 – 11:45 AM Parents in Prayer
11:45 – 12:00 PM Closing session
12:00 – 12:45 PM Campus Services Fair (roommate requests, submit FERPA forms, student employment, quick questions)
1:00 – 5:00 pm All offices open – scheduled or walk-in appointments available (Academic Advising, Career Services, Financial Aid, Business Office, Counseling & Disability Services)

FAQs

Many students and parents find a summer event convenient and relaxing. This time is especially dedicated to helping students transition, get class schedules early, request roommates, and learn more about what to expect in the fall. Further, parent participants have found this event to be very helpful and encouraging.

We highly encourage residential or commuting students (and their parents) to attend. Past participants have found this experience very beneficial. Statistically, students who attend SOAR persist to their second year at a higher rate than students who do not attend.

Your registration helps us tremendously in preparing a nice experience for you. Further, this event has a limit on the number of people who can register. Please register here.

Good financial stewardship is a basic principle we embrace; thus, we must defer some costs to non-student attendees. However, we work diligently to keep these deferred costs as low as possible while offering a quality experience.

We encourage students to bring people who will be most directly involved and invested in their educational experience—usually their parents. Limiting the number of guests helps to focus on students and their parents and create a nice experience.

Yes! Students and/or parents must do the following:

  • Complete the Enrollment Agreement Form and pay the Enrollment Deposit
  • Set up your login to access the MyRegent system. This is very important. Students received instructions in an email from our IT department. Students should contact the Help Desk at 757.352.4076 for assistance.
  • Register for the event. It is very important that we know who is coming! Further, space at the event is limited, so early registration is recommended. Students should register themselves and their guests here.
  • Think of questions to ask. This event is for you! Transitioning to a University experience is both rewarding and challenging. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your experience.

Students should bring a sleeping bag or blankets, pillow, and towels, as well as any personal hygiene items (e.g., toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.). In addition, students should bring several changes of clothes, as some of our activities may prompt students to change clothes afterward. Further, while the weather is normally beautiful and very warm, please bring a light sweatshirt or something with sleeves if you are sensitive to air conditioning, an umbrella, and very comfortable shoes. Finally, students sensitive to the sun should bring sunscreen/sunblock.

All students attending SOAR will sleep in the Regent Commons residence halls for the first night of the event. All student attendees are required to stay overnight in the commons, even if they live locally or do not plan to live on campus in the fall. Students will be required to return their swipe card and room key, and check out by 5:00 p.m. on the second day.

Guests cannot stay on campus. We have provided a list of nearby accommodations for parents and guests.