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SOAR FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We know this is an exciting and sometimes nerve-racking time! To help you, here are a answers to a few questions we're frequently asked about the two-day SOAR program.  Should you have specific questions about the 1 day transfer program, or the program taking place on Friday, August 22, please send an email to new2du@dom.edu.

Do I have to attend the Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program?

Yes.  All incoming freshmen are required to attend a two-day SOAR session.

But I am a transfer student. Do I need to attend SOAR?

Yes.  Transfer students are required to attend a one-day Transfer SOAR session.

When is the Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program?

Freshman SOAR sessions take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 11 – Thursday, June 12
  • Tuesday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 18
  • Tuesday, June 24 – Wednesday, June 25
  • Tuesday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 15 – Wednesday, July 16

Transfer SOAR sessions take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 3
  • Saturday, June 28
  • Tuesday, July 29

What happens at SOAR?

At SOAR, you will take placement exams, register for classes, be introduced to services and resources available on campus, discover opportunities for involvement, and be welcomed into the Dominican University community.

>>View the full Freshman SOAR schedule

How do I register for SOAR?

To register for SOAR, you must complete the online Reservation Form (which will be activated soon). Please note that you must pay your Tuition Deposit, prior to registering for SOAR. If you have questions about registration, please contact the admission office at (800) 828-8475 or domadmis@dom.edu.

How will my date be confirmed?

You will receive an email from Dominican University once your SOAR date has been confirmed.  You should NOT make any travel arrangements until after you have received your confirmation email.

What time do I need to arrive?

Check-in takes place from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Coughlin Commons.

Can I come a day early/stay a day later?

For students traveling long distances, certain accommodations can be made with enough advanced notice.  Please contact the Office of Student Involvement at (708) 524-6037.

Where can I park?

If you are driving to campus, please park in the East Parking Lot (off Park Dr.) and enter at Coughlin Commons. Vehicles can be left overnight, and you will not need a parking permit for the SOAR program. 

>>Download a campus map

Do I have to stay overnight?

Yes.  The overnight experience is required at Freshman SOAR and overnight accommodations will be provided in Murray Hall, which has cluster-style rooms and semi-private baths.

What should I bring to SOAR?

Bed linens and towels will be provided. Please bring clothes for the second day, toiletries, and an alarm clock. You will also be asked for your social security number (to change your network password), so you should have that information on hand.  Pens, pencils, and something to take notes on.

Who can attend the Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program?

The SOAR program is designed specifically for new students. Parents, family members and guests are invited to attend Welcome Weekend, which takes place August 22–24.

How do I change my SOAR date?

Please contact the admission office at (800) 828-8475 or domadmis@dom.edu with such requests. Please note that space is limited and it may not be possible to change the date of your SOAR session.

How does course registration work?

You will meet with your academic advisor on the second day of SOAR, who will help you select and register for your fall semester classes.

When will I take placement tests?

You will take three placement tests on the first day of SOAR: Modern Foreign Language, English/Writing, and Math. Results of placement tests will be shared that same day.

>>View additional information about placement exams

If you are a student with a documented disability requiring testing accommodations, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (708) 524-6822.

When will I get my Placement Test results?

The results of each test will be given to your advisor and will assist with appropriate selection of classes on the second day of SOAR.

Who should I contact if I need information about disability-related accommodations for the SOAR program?

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at (708) 524-6822 or deanofstudents@dom.edu.

Who should I contact if I have questions about Placement Tests?

Please contact the Academic Advising Office at (708) 524-6814 or rcas@dom.edu.

I have food allergies. Will there be something for me to eat at SOAR?

Students with dietary concerns should contact the Dean of Students Office at (708) 524-6822.

When and how will I find out the name of my assigned advisor?
Information on your academic advisor will be provided in the folder provided at check-in. 

What if I have other questions?

If you have additional questions concerning the Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR) program, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (708) 524-6822.