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Fall Orientation

Student Orientation, Activities, and Registration (SOAR)

Concordia University Irvine

Fall SOAR

Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22, 2021
We welcome you in person, on campus!

Make connections. With the support of Peer Advising Leaders (PALs), 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 into college. Your involvement in orientation is the first step toward building your college experience at Concordia University Irvine.

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

Meal Registration

2021 SOAR Schedule

Friday, August 20th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All New Student Check-in
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All New Student Clearance
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Residential Student Move-in
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mandatory Commuter Student Workshop
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. SOAR Family Lunch
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Academic and Resource Fair
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Presidential and PAC Welcome
2:00 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. Mandatory New Student Session w/ PALs (Parent Session separately)
2:00 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. Parent Session
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. SOAR Family Worship
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Honors Welcome Session
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Family Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mandatory Transfer Workshop
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Multicultural Community Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Parent Wine and Cheese Reception
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Concordia Live: Town Hall Meeting
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Social Crawl
Saturday, August 21st
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Parent Session
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. What you need to know about Campus Technology
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Farewell Family Brunch
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CU Later Send Off: Photo Booth and Root Beer Floats
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Mandatory Campus Safety Protocol Student Session
1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Academic Advising and Career Services Workshop
1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eagle Eye Scavenger Hunt with SOAR Teams
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Eagle Eye Award Ceremony
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. SOAR Team Dinner
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. The HUNT Introduction
6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Throwdown
7:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Throwdown After Party
10:15 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. Movie Under the Stars
Sunday, August 22nd
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Brunch
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Explore Irvine
4:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. SOAR Team Dinner & Dessert with the President
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CU Source Kickoff

* Schedule is subject to change. Please keep checking this page for updates to the schedule.

New Student Orientation

SOAR is for all incoming students - First-Year freshman, transfer students, visiting students, and readmitted students.


Registration & Fees

All new students will be assessed a $165 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.


Preparing for Orientation

We want to be sure you have everything you need as you prepare for the Fall semester. If you have questions at any step along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of First-Year Experience Programs & Initiatives at (949) 214-3059 or email [email protected]

  • Complete each step found in Concordia’s Checklist for Admitted Students.
  • Check MyRecords weekly for any HOLDs placed by the Bursar Office, Office of Financial Aid, or Wellness Center for any outstanding paperwork you have yet to submit.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct.
  • Purchase your books needed for each class by viewing your class schedule in MyRecords and selecting "Buy Textbooks."
  • Visit Campus Safety online to apply for your student ID card and parking permit.

Special Hotel Rates

CUI is pleased to offer special rates in partnership with two local hotels: Hilton Garden Inn and Sonesta. Both hotels are close to Concordia and offer competitive rates and comfortable spaces.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Irvine
2381 Morse Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
Book Hotel

Sonesta Hotel

Sonesta Hotel
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614
*Use promo code CONC for special rates
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Continue to check your Eagles Email as this will be the way the University will send you important information.

Helpful Resources

Contact Us

Concordia University Irvine
First-Year Experience

Phone: (949) 214-3065
Email: [email protected]

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