Freshman SOAR FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We know this is an exciting and sometimes nerve-racking time! To help you, here are answers to a few questions we're frequently asked about the two-day SOAR program. Should you have specific questions about the one-day transfer program please send an email to

Do I have to attend the Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) program?

Yes! All incoming freshmen are required to attend a two-day SOAR session, and to spend the night on-campus during the program.

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, Advising & Registration (SOAR) program?

The new student SOAR programs will take place on the following dates in 2018:

  • June 13-14
  • June 19-20
  • June 26-27
  • July 10-11
  • July 17-18

What happens at SOAR?

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

>>View the full Freshman SOAR schedule

How do I register for SOAR?

Click on the registration link on the left side of this website to register for a specific SOAR date.  SOAR dates fill up quickly, so register today!

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

How will my date be confirmed?

You will receive an email from Dominican University once your SOAR date has been confirmed.  The confirmation will be sent to the email on file in our admissions office.  If you have changed your email and would like to update your information, please contact:  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 8:00a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Coughlin Commons.  You can access the Coughlin Commons through either the East Parking Lot or the Circle Drive.

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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. Be sure to bring pens, pencils, something with which to take notes, a water bottle and bag/back pack.

Who can attend the Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) program?

The two-day SOAR program is designed specifically for new students. Parents, family members and guests are invited to attend a Family Orientation that takes place from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on the first day of your confirmed two-day program.

How do I change my SOAR date?

Please contact the admission office at (800) 828-8475 or 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 both your peer advisor and your academic advisor during the course of your SOAR program.  They will help you select and register for your fall semester classes.

When will I take my academic assessments?

You will take your English/Writing assessment online prior to attending SOAR. During SOAR you will take two additional assessments: Modern Foreign Language and Math. Results of your assessments will be shared prior to your class registration, and used to identify appropriate courses for your fall schedule.

>>View additional information about assessment tests.

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

Who should I contact if I have questions about the academic assessments?

Please contact the following individuals with specific questions about individual assessments:

For general questions, please contact the Academic Advising Office at (708) 524-6814 or

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

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.  Dining services can accommodate the vast majority of food allergies, with advanced notice of requested accommodations.

What if I have other questions?

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