Fall Orientation (SOAR)
2014 SOAR (Student Orientation, Activities and Registration) was held August 15-24
Student Orientation Schedule
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)
SOAR Theme: Embrace the Change
Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s YOU!!
Starting college means taking on a lot of change and responsibility. This could mean a number of things; being away from home for the first time, creating your own schedule, being a part of a club or organization, or even making tons of new friends. This change is similar to the beginning of any superhero’s journey when they first receive an extraordinary power. Student Orientation Activities and Registration (SOAR) is a time to connect with students, who are just as nervous and excited to unleash their heroic ability as you. So don’t be afraid, because you are not alone.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Is there an orientation fee?
All new students will be assessed a $110 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.
Contact the Office of First-Year Experience at (949) 214-3065 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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