Student Orientation, Advising & Registration Schedules

  • Now that you have registered to attend SOAR, there are a few things we want you to know about the event as well as a few tasks you will want to complete prior to attending.

    Tasks to Complete Prior to SOAR

    1. Complete steps applicable steps on the Admitted Freshman New Student Steps
    2. Review the English and Math course placement information
    3. Purchase a $20 SOAR Guest Pass for any individual planning to attend the program with the student for Fall 2020 SOAR dates.
    4. Contact Accessibility Resources if you require special accommodations during SOAR
    5. Confirm that your degree audit is showing the correct major


    The schedule below is an overview of the day. You will receive a more detailed schedule when you check-in at your SOAR.

  • Fall 2020 Schedule - June 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19; and July 24

    • 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | Comstock Memorial Union
      • Check-in
        Please note: You will not need to display a parking permit or put change in the meters in any of the lots labeled 'metered' (M) or 'general' (G) when you attend your SOAR.
    • 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom & Livingston Lord Library
      • Welcome and Concurrent Information Sessions
        Joint and concurrent information sessions are designed to inform and support students and their family/guests through this first phase of the transition to MSUM. Part of this transition includes students' taking their first of many new, independent steps towards owning their college experience by participating in several information sessions that are separate from their family/guest. Information covered in these sessions will include similar topics areas with messages that are geared towards the respective groups. Topics include scholarships, financial aid, career development, housing, dining, learning communities and more.

        Although family/guests are not required to attend with their student, we strongly encourage family members who are supporting students in their college experience to attend, especially if you are sending your first student to college.
    • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom
      • Lunch
        Students and their family/guests will reconnect and enjoy lunch together.
    • 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Comstock Memorial Union & Livingston Lord Library
      • Concurrent Sessions
        Students will meet with an advisor in their area of study to recommend appropriate coursework and professional staff and student leaders will help register students into the recommended courses.

        Family/guests will learn how they can best support their student throughout this transitional time.
    • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Comstock Memorial Union
      • Student Services Tabling
        Student Service representatives that you have heard from throughout the day will be available for individual questions and additional information customized to meet your needs. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the residence hall of your choice. Students will reconnect with their family/guests at this time.

    Parents and guests are welcome at Student Orientation, Advising & Registration! They will attend programs designed specifically for them, with topics that include financial aid, housing, safety, health and wellness and more.

    Because the transition to college can be a big change for the entire family, Student Orientation, Advising & Registration is an important part of the transition process. Parents and students will attend some sessions jointly and be separated for others. This separation allows us to customize the content you receive and allows students to take their first steps toward independence.