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Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)

The SOAR program aims to help ease the transition of our incoming first-year students and their families. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about academic expectations, resources, learning strategies, and common student transition issues.

Get ready to SOAR in July 2015!

Register for SOAR 2015!

This July, incoming students will take part in one-day summer orientation program to learn how to: 

  • Prepare effectively for new academic expectations
  • Prepare for potential personal stresses and academic pressure points during first year
  • Make the most of services and resources to support student learning and academic success
  • Anticipate important academic dates and deadlines
  • Navigate administrative processes, including academic registration and financial accounts
  • Get tips for staying healthy and getting involved in the campus community

There are separate SOAR days for students in Arts and Science (Note: This also includes students in Concurrent Education, Computing, and Kinesiology and Health Studies), for those attending BISC, and for those in Engineering and Applied Science, Commerce, and Nursing. Please see below for the 2015 dates.

Arts & Science

  • Friday, July 3
  • Saturday, July 4
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Friday, July 10
  • Saturday, July 11


  • Friday, July 10
  • Saturday, July 11

Commerce and Nursing

  • Thursday, July 16
  • Friday, July 17
  • Saturday, July 18


  • Friday, July 17
  • Saturday, July 18

Check-in for SOAR is at 9:00 am each morning, and official programming begins at 9:30 am. The program ends between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm, followed by an optional campus tour.

Download the SOAR 2015 brochure (299 KB)