SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

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Phase I of the UDM freshman orientation program is SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration.  It's a two-day, overnight session where incoming freshmen become familiar with life at UDM by actually living on campus, touring the buildings and registering for the first semester classes that you and your advisor decide fit your needs.

SOAR is offered five times throughout the summer:

June 4/5
June 11/12
June 18/19
July 9/10
July 19/20

During SOAR, you will:

Take placement exams

Placement exams in English, math, chemistry (for select programs), foreign languages, and computer skills will be given.  Results from placement exams will help your advisor recommend the appropriate level of courses.  For information on how you can prepare for your exams, check out our placement exam page. 

Meet your Academic Advisor

During SOAR, you’ll have the chance to meet with an academic advisor, who will help you map out a plan for your undergraduate course work leading to a degree in your chosen field.

Register for the fall semester

Your academic advisor will help you register for your fall semester courses that you can leave SOAR with your actual schedule.


Each orientation session has limited capacity.  Register today for your preferred session. 

Two-day schedule

For details on what you will be doing during the SOAR program, see the SOAR schedule page.

Pack for your overnight stay

You will stay for the night on campus, so refer to our SOAR packing list for suggestions on what to bring with you.

If you have questions

...about admissions, financial aid, the tuition payment plan, on-campus housing, SOAR, PTV, academic advising, registering for classes, health services – or anything else – please call the Office of Admissions at 800-635-5020 or