Regent's Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR)

Regent's Summer Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR) is an event designed specifically for first-year traditional-aged freshmen who plan to study on-campus.

Register Now

Regent's Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR)

Regent's Summer Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR) is an event designed specifically for first-year traditional-aged freshmen who plan to study on-campus. Register Now

SOAR

Regent’s Summer Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR) is designed for first-year 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 your academic advisor, 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 your academic advisor
  • 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


Date: June 21 – 22, June 25 – 26

Time: On-site check-in from 10:45 am – 12:45 pm on the first day (June 21/June 25) 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
7:45-8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:30-9:00 am Large Group Activities
9:00 am-11:30 am Advising & Registration Sessions
Student Panel
11:30-12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Campus Services Fair (roommate selection, submit FERPA forms, student employment, quick questions)
1:45-2:45 pm Optional Tours: COM/ARTS Building. Commons Residence Halls, Campus Overview
12:30-5:00 pm All offices open – scheduled or walk-in appointments available (Academic Advising, Gift Shop, Financial Aid, Business Office, Student Services, Disability Services)
12:30-6:00 pm Regent Ordinary Café open for lunch or dinner

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
Paying for College
6:00-7:45 pm Barbeque Dinner
Day 2 Activity
7:45-8:30 am Breakfast Buffet
8:30-9:15 am Residential Living
The Commuters Campus
9:30-11:00 am Holistic Support Panel
Supporting Their Journey
Parents in Prayer
11:30-12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Campus Services Fair (roommate selection, submit FERPA forms, student employment, quick questions)
1:45-2:45 pm Optional Tours: COM/ARTS Building. Commons Residence Halls, Campus Overview
12:30-5:00 pm All offices open – scheduled or walk-in appointments available (Academic Advising, Gift Shop, Financial Aid, Business Office, Student Services, Disability Services)
12:30-6:00 pm Regent Ordinary Café open for lunch or dinner

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.