Freshmen Summer SOAR 2013
Student Program Information
On behalf of the University community, we would like to congratulate you on your admission to UNC Charlotte! We are sure you are excited about beginning your career as a 49er. In order to make your time here the most rewarding, you should take advantage of the SOAR Program. This program assists you with your transition to UNC Charlotte and allows you to meet with your academic advisor and register for your fall semester classes. You will also learn important information about the university and all of the services in place to promote your success. We thank you for your interest in attending SOAR. Feel free to review additional information about the SOAR program in our invitation brochure.
Freshmen enrolling for Summer Session I at UNC Charlotte must contact their academic department for advising and registration information. Freshmen enrolling for Summer Session II should attend SOAR prior to beginning summer classes at UNC Charlotte.
In order to register for fall semester classes, it is mandatory that all students attend all programs within a SOAR session. Failure to attend and participate may result in a student’s dismissal from the program.
SOAR Outdoor is an optional outdoor, adventure-based experience offered in conjunction with Venture, UNC-Charlotte's professionally managed outdoor program. Following SOAR, join a small group of other incoming students and upperclassmen leaders for five days of backpacking and ropes course experiences in the Pisgah National Forest located in the western North Carolina mountains. SOAR Outdoor dates are Thursday, June 13 through Monday, June 17, 2013.
While participation will be most convenient for students attending Freshmen SOAR 4, you are able to sign up for SOAR Outdoor as long as your SOAR session happens before SOAR Outdoor (i.e. Freshmen attending sessions 1-4). Please note SOAR Outdoor will not provide transportation to and from campus.
To learn more about SOAR Outdoor, please visit their website.
- SOAR Dates
- SOAR Cost
- Specific Academic Information
- Academic Advising
- Arriving at SOAR
- SOAR Parking
- What to Bring
- Reasonable Accommodations
- Frequently Asked Questions
2013 Summer Freshmen SOAR Dates
- Freshmen Session 1: Tuesday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 5, 2013
- Freshmen Session 2: Thursday, June 6 – Friday June 7, 2013
- Freshmen Session 3: Monday, June 10 – Tuesday, June 11, 2013
- Freshmen Session 4: Wednesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 13, 2013
- Freshmen Session 5: Monday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 18, 2013
- Freshmen Session 6: Wednesday, June 19 – Thursday, June 20, 2013
- Freshmen Session 7: Monday, June 24 – Tuesday, June 25, 2013
- Freshmen Session 8: Wednesday, June 26 – Thursday, June 27, 2013
- Freshmen Session 9: Monday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 2, 2013
- Freshmen Session 10: Monday, July 8 – Tuesday, July 9, 2013
- Freshmen Session 11: Wednesday, July 10 – Thursday, July 11, 2013
Students may attend orientation sessions at which their major is available for academic advising. The SOAR registration system allows students to only register for orientation sessions at which their academic major is advising.
General Program Fees
Freshmen student = $120
Includes: overnight accommodations, both breakfasts and snacks,
a lunch, a dinner, all program materials, and all other expenses
associated with the program.
Freshmen parent/family member = $55 each
Includes: two continental breakfasts, a buffet lunch, all program
materials, and all other expenses associated with the program.
ALL parents/family members attending the SOAR program, regardless of age, must pay the $55 fee.
Housing Accommodation Fees
Please note housing accommodations are provided for students as part of the general program fees as they are required to stay on-campus. Parent/family members will incur an additional fee as on-campus housing accommodations are optional.
Parent/family member overnight = additional $55 each
Includes: overnight accommodations, dinner, and a ‘hot’ breakfast option.
ALL parent/family members staying overnight on campus, regardless of age,
must pay the additional $55 per person fee. This is in addition to the $55 program fee, therefore a parent/family member attending the program and also staying on-campus would have a total registration fee of $110.
Additional overnight = additional $25 each
Includes: overnight accommodations only
This option is only for those students and parent/family members arriving the day before their scheduled SOAR session.
ALL students, parents, or family members staying overnight on campus, regardless of age, must pay the additional $25 per person fee.
PLEASE NOTE: YOUR RESERVATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.
Refunds require a written notification submitted five (5) business days prior to the student's confirmed SOAR date.
- Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you complete the SOAR registration process and receive confirmation of your assigned SOAR session.
- Not all academic departments advise every session.
- Students are only able to register for SOAR sessions at which academic advising is available for their major.
- Should students need to change their major prior to registering for SOAR, contact the office of Admissions at (704) 687-2213 or at firstname.lastname@example.org; the process may take several business days to complete.
Placement Testing at SOAR
To facilitate the academic advising process and to ensure you are placed at the appropriate level in certain courses, placement examinations are given at Summer Freshmen SOAR. If you need testing accommodations because of a documented disability, call Disability Services at (704) 687-4355 before you attend SOAR.
Mathematics Proficiency Examination
All new freshmen are required to complete the math proficiency exam at SOAR. Doing so helps determine the appropriate level of math courses for which a student may register. It covers the topics in a standard high school Algebra II course. The math proficiency exam does not contain any material on trigonometry. Students are not allowed to use calculators for the exam. Test scores are given to students during the SOAR program and are used for academic advising and course registration. It is highly recommended that you take the practice math proficiency exam found online at http://math.uncc.edu/undergraduate-programs/math-placement-test-faqs. You can learn more information about the math proficiency exam by contacting the Mathematics Department at (704) 687-2580.
Foreign Language Proficiency Examination
Students whose majors lie within the Colleges of Arts and Architecture and Liberal Arts and Sciences in addition to those majoring in Nursing, Social Work and International Business must demonstrate a competency in either foreign language or American Sign Language. You can access information regarding taking the proficiency exam at: https://languages.uncc.edu/undergraduate-programs/requirements-and-policies/language-placement-test. Additional questions about foreign language requirements and exemptions for CLEP, AP, and prior course work is available at the website above or may be directed to the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies at (704) 687-8754. The foreign language exam costs $10, and payment can only be received with a credit card through their office.
At Summer SOAR, students have the opportunity to meet with a representative from their academic college. Advisors and faculty members will be available to present specific information related to the student’s college and major. Should students need to change their major prior to registering for SOAR, contact the office of Admissions at (704) 687-2213 or at email@example.com; the process may take several business days to complete.
SOAR begins with check-in at Lynch Residence Hall. Most sessions begin with checkin at 7:30 a.m., and conclude by 1:00 p.m. the following day. For those attending the July 1st session, check-in will occur from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. with programs concluding at 5:00 p.m. the following day.
Parking for Summer SOAR is near Wallis Residence Hall in lot 25. There will be yellow signs directing you to the parking and check in areas. Individuals parking in the Visitor’s Deck are personally responsible for any parking fees. Click here for campus maps.
- Pen, pencil, notebook
- Change of clothes for overnight stay
- Photo ID
- Comfortable clothes and walking shoes
- Lightweight jacket
- Book bag
- Immunization records
- Registration confirmation email
- UNC Charlotte Student ID Number (You should memorize this number)
Required Immunization Forms
In the event you have yet to send your required immunization records, please bring them to SOAR Check-in. A Student Health Center representative will be available to review your records. For additional information on immunizations contact Student Health Center at (704) 687-7424 or via the web at www.studenthealth.uncc.edu
Students with documented disabilities such as vision, hearing or mobility impairments, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or learning disabilities that may require test accommodations should to contact the Office of Disability Services at least one month in advance of attending SOAR by calling (704) 687-4355 V/TDD. Students must provide disability documentation to the university in order to determine eligibility for services and appropriate accommodations. Test accommodations such as low distraction environment, extended test time, computer assistance, or enlarged print must be requested one week in advance and must be appropriate for the documented disability. Students who need sign language interpreters or materials in Braille should contact the Office of Disability Services at least one month in advance of attending SOAR. For more information check the Disability Services website at www.ds.uncc.edu or contact the Office of Disability Services.
When do I check-in for SOAR?
Check-in for Freshmen Sessions 1-8 and 10-11 is from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. in Lynch Residence Hall. Check-in for Session 9 is from 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Where do I park once I arrive at SOAR?
Parking for Summer SOAR is near the Lynch Residence Hall, in lot 25, and there will be yellow signs directing you where to park. Individuals parking in the Visitor’s Deck are personally responsible for any parking fees. Click here for campus maps.
What is the math proficiency exam and do I have to take it?
The math proficiency exam is mandatory for all first year students, regardless if they have AP, Dual Enrollment or Middle College credit. This exam covers basic Algebra which is comparable to high school level Algebra II. The math proficiency exam does not contain any material on trigonometry. Calculators are not permitted. You can learn more information about the math proficiency exam by contacting their office at (704) 687-2580 or visiting their website at: www.math.uncc.edu.
Do I need to take the foreign language placement exam?
Students whose majors lie within the Colleges of Arts and Architecture and Liberal Arts and Sciences in addition to those majoring in Nursing, Social Work and International Business must demonstrate a competency in either foreign language or American Sign Language. You can access information regarding taking the placement exam at: https://languages.uncc.edu/undergraduate-programs/requirements-andpolicieshttps://languages.uncc.edu/undergraduate-programs/requirements-andpolicies.
Additional questions about foreign language requirements and exemptions for CLEP, AP, and prior course work is available at the website above or may be directed to the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies at (704) 687-8754.
Am I required to stay overnight on campus as part of the SOAR program?
Yes, students must stay overnight in Lynch Hall at the end of the first day as a part of the SOAR program. This is to help students adjust to University life, and is included as part of the SOAR fee.
My major is listed as University College. Why does the registration system say that I am getting a Bachelor of Arts degree?
A Bachelor of Arts degree does not mean that you are actually an Art major. In fact, many academic majors are considered Bachelor of Arts degrees, while others may be considered Bachelor of Science degrees. If you need assistance differentiating the two, please contact your academic major.
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