SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Student leader with freshmen at SOAR

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) 

The freshman orientation program at University of Detroit Mercy is a two-part, hybrid program (in-person and online) called Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR).  


This full day, in-person event will give you the opportunity to become more familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy by meeting other new students, touring university facilities, learning about available resources and registering for classes. 

SOAR Part I will be held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the days listed below.

  • Thursday, June 16 
  • Thursday, June 23
  • Thursday, July 14
  • Friday, July 15

Make a Reservation for SOAR Part I

Download Student Schedule (PDF) | Download Parent Schedule (PDF) 


This 60-minute, online module will give you additional new student information and can be completed any time before classes begin.

Launch SOAR Part II


Download the App

View your SOAR schedule in the free CrowdCompass Events app!

Step 1: Download CrowdCompass Events to your phone (Tip: Look for the app's teal icon).
Step 2: In the app, search for the event titled "SOAR Student Orientation 2022."
Step 3: Select the event and click "download."
Step 4: When prompted, you may choose to create an account with CrowdCompass. You can skip this step by clicking the X in the corner of your screen.
Step 5: On the event dashboard, click the schedule icon.

Academic Advising

During SOAR or just before your SOAR session, you will meet with your academic advisor who will help you choose your classes. Find your academic program below to determine whether you will connect with your advisor before or during SOAR.

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    Academic Advising for My Major

    Use the list below to find your major and the associated school/college.

    College of Business Administration (Meeting in-person at SOAR)
    Business Administration
    5-Year Accounting
    5-Year Business Administration
    6-Year Law — Business Administration

    College of Engineering & Science (Meeting virtually prior to SOAR)
    Architectural Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Computer Science
    Electrical Engineering
    Engineering — Undeclared
    Mechanical Engineering
    Pre-Occupational Therapy
    Pre-Physical Therapy
    Pre-Physician Assistant
    Robotics & Mechatronic Systems Engineering
    Science — Undeclared
    5-Year Biochemistry to Environmental Engineering
    5-Year Biology to Environmental Engineering
    5-Year Chemistry to Environmental Engineering
    5-Year Civil Engineering
    5-Year Computer Science to Software Engineering
    5-Year Electrical Engineering
    5-Year Mechanical Engineering
    5-Year Physician Assistant
    5-Year Robotics & Mechatronic Systems Engineering
    6-Year Architectural Engineering
    6-Year Law — Biology
    6-Year Law — Chemistry
    6-Year Law — Mathematics
    6-Year Pharmacy
    7-Year Dental

    College of Liberal Arts & Education (Meeting in-person at SOAR)
    Addiction Studies
    Communication Studies
    Criminal Justice
    Developmental Psychology
    Financial Economics
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Political Science
    Pre-Social Work
    5-Year Criminal Justice
    5-Year Criminal Justice to Intelligence Analysis
    5-Year Cybersecurity
    5-Year Economics
    5-Year Financial Economics
    5-Year Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    6-Year Law — Economics
    6-Year Law — English
    6-Year Law — Political Science

    Department of Dental Hygiene (Meeting in-person at SOAR)
    Pre-Dental Hygiene

    McAuley School of Nursing (Meeting in-person at SOAR)

    School of Architecture & Community Development (Meeting virtually prior to SOAR)

    Student Success Center (Meeting virtually prior to SOAR)
    Academic Interest & Major Exploration
    Health Exploration

Class Placement

While registering for the fall semester, your SAT/ACT and/or placement test results will be used to help place you in appropriate-level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. If you do not have an SAT/ACT score on file in the Admissions Office, you are required to take placement tests. Placement tests need to be completed at least two weeks before meeting with your academic advisor and attending SOAR.

Read More about Class Placement