Fall Orientation (SOAR)
2016 SOAR (Student Orientation, Activities and Registration) will be held August 19th-21st
RSVP for Family Meal Tickets and Buses
Orientation at Concordia University, Irvine is designed to help you:
- Transition smoothly into your new environment
- Connect you with the student body and develop friendships with your peers
- Meet faculty and staff in an interpersonal setting
- Learn about the campus culture
- Acclimate to a new living situation
- Problem-solve correctly to deal with transitional issues you may/will experience
With the support of Peer Advising Leaders (PALs), Resident Assistants (RAs)
and other student leader groups, along with Concordia staff, orientation
will help you make connections that will benefit your experience at
Concordia. Orientation is mandatory and features a myriad of fun activities
and informative sessions. Each event has been planned with a specific
purpose in mind to aid your academic and personal success at Concordia.
Research shows that participation in orientation contributes to a smoother
transition in to college. Therefore, your involvement in orientation is the
first step toward building your college experience at Concordia University,
Who is orientation for?
- ALL incoming Fall students (freshmen, transfer students, visiting students and readmits)
Is there an orientation fee?
All new students will be assessed a $125 New Student Orientation fee on their student account whether or not they choose to participate. SOAR is mandatory as the schedule is designed specifically to help you transition positively to Concordia.
How do I reserve a spot for myself and my parents/family?
All information and communication will be relayed electronically; therefore, check your Eagles Email consistently to make sure you are prepared for your arrival in August.
What should I wear?
Orange County will be somewhat warm when you arrive, so please dress accordingly to accommodate the weather. Concordia is a relaxed atmosphere. Attire is casual and we encourage you to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be walking around campus and engaged in sessions that require you to be active.
How can I prepare for my arrival?
Prepare for your arrival by perusing our New Student Booklet and New Student Checklist. Here you will find information about our residence halls, meal plans, student mailboxes, campus resources, student involvement, etc. Check off the items on the New Student Checklist that you have already completed. Be aware of the deadlines and paperwork required of you.
Also, continue checking your Eagles email as relative information on SOAR, HOLDs, and/or housing information will be relayed to you. To expedite your Clearance process, take care of your HOLDs, otherwise you will be taking care of it when you check in. Only those students who have completed Clearance can check in for Housing.
2016 SOAR Theme
“Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”
College is an adventure. It is the time in which students are brought out of their comfort zone and are invited into a community of people seeking to learn and grow. For some, Concordia University Irvine may just be down the road from home, but for others, it has been a journey just getting here. Concordia is also just the first step of something much greater. It is a time for individuals to become wise, honorable, and cultivated. A time to learn what to think about, and how to think about those things. Here at CUI students are not told who to be or how to act, but rather are gifted tools in order to become the best person they can be.
Our theme, “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” acknowledges and encourages exploration of not only the world, but of exploration of self, different ideas, educational fields, and ways of thinking through a well-rounded liberal arts education. Concordia offers students countless opportunities to do this through the Enduring Questions and Ideas Curriculum, Study Abroad, Clubs and Organizations, Student Leadership, and so much more. Concordia itself is only one of the many places students will go, but it is the first of many destinations that our students learn and develop virtue.
Matthew 28: 18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Contact the Office of First-Year Experience at (949) 214-3065 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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