More than 4,000 new Spartans will visit UNCG’s campus this summer for SOAR, the university’s undergraduate orientation program.
The two-day orientation sessions kicked off last week with hundreds of new students arriving in Greensboro – some for the very first time – to begin their new journey as UNCG Spartans.
A required program for all incoming freshmen and transfer students, SOAR (Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration) provides an opportunity for students to meet with an academic adviser, learn about campus resources and make meaningful connections with students, faculty and staff.
Parents, guardians and family members are invited to attend a special program that runs alongside the student program. The two-day sessions are organized by academic discipline.
“We want students to build their academic community early,” said Austin McKim, assistant director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience. “We want them to feel comfortable and excited about their class schedule for the fall.”
From workshops to campus tours to meals at the Caf, SOAR provides incoming students with a glimpse of campus life.
“This is my first time on campus. I got here and I absolutely fell in love,” said incoming freshman Alexia Charlton, who attended the first SOAR session. “I like the diversity. There’s just so much going on – it seems like there’s always something happening on campus.”
This year’s SOAR program features several new activities, including a “Traditions Walk” on the first night, a “Life at the G” program in UNCG’s state-of-the-art Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, and a reception where parents and family members can meet and network with the university’s administration.
Incoming students also have an opportunity to hear from Spartan orientation staff members – sophomores, juniors and seniors representing a variety of academic majors and student organizations – about their UNCG experience.
“I like sharing my knowledge with new students who have the same energy and anxiety that I did when I came here,” said Vaughan Hazeldine, a sophomore interior architecture major and one of 27 orientation staff members. “I think the students’ favorite part is realizing that their worries about university life are completely normal.”
For more information, visit newstudents.uncg.edu/soar.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications