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FAQ for Freshmen Students

The following frequently asked questions are pertinent to first-year students beginning class in a fall term, and attending our two-day, overnight SOAR program.  

Am I required to attend the entire event? 
Yes. Students should not make travel or work plans during their SOAR session. The entire orientation schedule is required, and student attendance is monitored. 

Am I required to spend the night on campus? 
Yes. All students, even local Texarkana residents, must spend the night on campus Thursday.   

Is it necessary to sign up ahead of time? 
Yes, all students must pre-register for the SOAR date of their choice. We have limited capacities at each session and close registration two weeks before each date or when full—whichever comes first. For the best date availability, make plans now and register early!  

What is the cost to attend? 
Every student is charged an orientation fee of $125. This fee is added to your student account; you do not need to pre-pay before attending SOAR. However, parents and guests will be required to pay their fee(s) at the time of check-in.  

How do I register for classes? 
Each student will register for classes at SOAR with the help of our academic advising team. Your specific advising and registration appointment is dependent on your group assignments, provided at check-in.

Are meals provided? 
Yes! On Thursday, we provide dinner, and on Friday, we provide breakfast and lunch. We will also have snacks available throughout the event.  

May I bring a guest? 
Yes! We highly encourage it! See Family and Guest SOAR for more details. Please note that “friends” are not considered guests and will not be allowed to attend SOAR with you.

What should I pack? 
See our “Preparing for SOAR” page for a complete packing list and other helpful information for preparing for your SOAR session.  

When will the orientation hold be removed from my account? 
In preparation for class registration, holds are removed at SOAR.  


Text or email your recruiter or email soar@tamut.edu if you have any additional questions. 

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