WILKES HONORS COLLEGE FIRST-YEAR SOAR

Student Orientation, Academics, and Resources

Congratulations on your admission to Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University.  We are so excited to have you join the Owl Family! This is an exciting time, with lots of steps to prepare for your first day on campus. The Offices of New Student Orientation and Campus Life are here to help you through this transition.

First-Year Student Orientation is specially designed with you in mind. All new incoming students are required to complete an orientation session. Please read through these pages carefully, as there is a lot of information to know before you make your reservation.

"See you soon!" — 2020 Orientation Leader team


Accommodations

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations please complete the Application for Support Services and submit with documentation of your disability to mshaw@health.fau.edu. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) will process the application and contact you to discuss your accommodation needs. SAS requires that this information be provided at least two weeks prior to your orientation date so that they have sufficient time to set up the accommodations requested. Thank you!



FIRST-YEAR ORIENTATION CHECKLIST

 

First-Year Students and Transfer Students with 1-29 College Credits

Before starting class your first semester, there are quite a few items on your To-Do list. No worries—new Student Orientation is here to help. We've put together this handy list for you to know the right steps before, during, and after your orientation session. Many of these items are required, so follow this timeline closely.


Before Attending Orientation

**Items marked with an asterisk are REQUIRED before attending orientation. If you do not have these items completed, you will need to reschedule your orientation session.

Submit your Tuition Deposit to Undergraduate Admissions.** First-Year Deadline Fall:
May 1

Transfer Deadline Fall:
August 1
Select your Orientation session date, and make your reservation.**

Complete the Orientation Reservation form through the OwlDone portal. Once you submit your orientation fee, your reservation is confirmed, and your orientation hold is removed.
Fall: Opened
Complete the Immunization Compliance process in your OwlDone Portal or follow this link for additional information. Deadline:
ASAP
Complete Faculty Advising

Each student must meet with a Faculty Advisor for course advisement. Following the Faculty Advisor meeting, you must register for your courses on your own once approved by your Faculty Advisor. If you have questions about faculty advising, please contact Academic Support Services at 561.799.8622.
First-Year Students are advised virtually.
Complete Major KnOWLedge
Major KnOWLedge is an online resource developed by career counselors at the FAU Career Center that helps FAU students identify personal interests and their relationships to FAU majors as well as occupations. If you have any questions about Major KnOWLedge, please contact the FAU Career Center at 561.297.3533 or career@fau.edu.
Deadline:
ASAP
Register for your classes through MyFAU Self-Service.** Once you have completed your orientation reservation, Faculty Advising completion and approval, and submitted your Immunization records, you should be ready to register for classes. Check your MyFAU account for any other holds that may prevent you from registration. Reserve your orientation space as soon as possible. For assistance registering for classes, view the Registration Tutorial! Fall Registration at: Wilkes Honors College Student Orientation, Advising, & Resources (SOAR)
Apply for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA. The Office of Financial Aid can help you begin the process of applying for scholarships, grants, and loans. Check your Financial Aid package status on MyFAU Self-Service, or contact your financial aid counselor for more information. Deadline:
ASAP
The Housing Application is currently closed. If you would like to be added to the housing wait list, please go to the Housing portal at https://housingportal.fau.edu and complete the Housing Wait List form. We are unable to guarantee on-campus housing to students on the wait list.  If housing becomes available, we will contact you at your FAU student email account and invite you to complete a housing contract for Fall 2020 - Spring 2021.  Please check your FAU email regularly.  If you are invited to complete a housing contract, you will be granted access to the housing contract for 72 hours.  You must complete the housing contract within the 72 timeframe. If you do not complete the housing contract within 72 hours you will be placed back on the waiting list. The Housing Application is currently closed. If you would like to be added to the housing wait list, please go to the Housing portal and complete the Housing Wait List form.
Complete your Residency Form through Undergraduate Admissions. Are you a Florida resident seeking in-state tuition? Then please complete this form to receive in-state tuition rates. Deadline:
ASAP




Things to do before Orientation Day on August 20

  1. Log in to Canvas and complete the Wilkes Honors College Virtual Orientation. This course is required and you need 100% on all quizzes in order to complete
  2. Check the OwlDone portal to see what tasks you have left to complete. *Max Planck Academy students excluded.*
  3. Register for classes.
  4. Check to make sure your microphone and camera are working on the device you will be utilizing during Virtual Orientation Day.
  5. Refer to your reminder email from the New Student Orientation office (orientme@fau.edu) with more specific information after reserving their sessions!





FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ORIENTATION, ACADEMICS, AND RESOURCES (SOAR) DATES

Orientation First-Year Student Orientation, Academics and Resources (SOAR) program at FAU shares important information with students and their families regarding academic and student services as well as what it means to be an Owl. We are committed to providing all incoming students the resources to be successful as they enter the university setting. We strive to provide excellent student experiences and knowledge about Florida Atlantic University (FAU) by way of intentional and specific programming for first-year students, transfer students and their families. Our Orientations are designed with these goals in mind.

First-Year students complete the Orientation requirement by participating in the following phases:

Phase 1—Virtual Orientation: Complete First-Year Virtual Orientation session through Canvas.
Students should complete the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas by July 8. You will be added to the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas within two business days or less, and receive a separate email with instructions on how to log onto Canvas to complete the orientation course.

Phase 2—OWL Engagement.
Students met their Orientation and Welcome Leader (OWL) to learn more about the transition to the Wilkes Honors College as an incoming first year student. Each OWL hosted an opportunity for engagement within their parliament (small) group so each incoming student can meet their peers prior to arrival on campus.

Phase 3—Orientation Day & How to FAU
Students will attend Orientation Day on Thursday, August 20. How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything you need to know to get started at FAU! These sessions will be held virtually on August 20 - 23.

Refund Policy

All orientation fees, including guest fees and orientation housing fees, are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please review your orientation reservation page carefully before submitting payment. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

HOW TO PLACE YOUR ORIENTATION RESERVATION

  1. Log in to owldone.fau.edu using your FAU Net ID and password. If you do not know your FAU Net ID, click “Claim NetID”.
  2. Once you have entered the portal, you will be able to access your financial aid, tuition deposit, immunization records, and reserve a spot for your New Student Orientation. All new incoming first-year students are required to complete an orientation program. Click the Sign-up Now button in the Student Orientation, Academics, and Resources module.
  3. This will take you to the Orientation Reservation system. This should display your student information. If you notice errors on this personal information page, please refer to this Registrar link to revise your personal information or log in to your MyFAU account to update your address and phone number.
  4. Complete the entire reservation system following the tabs on the left. The session dates that appear on your account show available sessions for your campus, major, and student type. If a particular session does not appear, it is likely full or not available for your major or campus. If NO dates appear, then please go back and confirm your campus and major.
  5. At the end of My Reservation, you must submit payment for your orientation reservation. Please submit your orientation fee payment in order to reserve your spot.
  6. Once payment is received, you will receive confirmation emails to your FAU email account. Please refer to those emails for further details on your orientation session. Be sure to check your FAU email account regularly, as this is the official communication method from Florida Atlantic University.
  7. Refer to the Checklist to be sure you have completed all required steps before attending your orientation session. If you encounter trouble placing your reservation, please contact our office at 561.297.2733 or orientme@fau.edu.





FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Participation in the orientation program is a requirement for all incoming students.

The Office of New Student Orientation is excited for you to attend your First-Year Student Orientation session. It's an exciting time to join the Owl Family, and the orientation program is designed to help you make this transition. Get ready for a fun and informative session to help you prepare to be a successful FAU student.

After you have reserved your spot, check your FAU inbox or spam to read through your confirmation email for more check-in details. Be sure to accomplish all your checklist items before attending orientation.

Throughout your orientation program, you will learn from several university departments and resources, along with a chance to meet your fellow classmates. Here are a few things you'll do during your Orientation Experience:

    • Learn about Wilkes Honors College Campus Safety and Emergency Management
    • Learn more about FAU Business Services – Owl Card, Dining Services, FAU Campus Store, and Parking & Transportation
    • Learn about Wilkes Honors College Campus Life, including Student Government and Organizations
    • Learn from Student Health Services about healthy decision making
    • Learn how to get involved and connected on campus
    • Learn about FAU traditions
    • Make new friends, including your Orientation Leader!


Things to bring:

      Orientation Day will be hosted virtually so bring a notebook, writing utensil, and something to drink to your electronic device.




FIRST-YEAR SOAR FAQ'S

What are the phases of the SOAR experience for fall 2020?
Phase 1 - Virtual Orientation
Complete First-Year Virtual Orientation session through Canvas. Students should complete the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas by July 8. You will be added to the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas in two business days or less, and receive a separate email with instructions on logging into Canvas to complete it.

Phase 2 - OWL Engagement
Students met their Orientation and Welcome Leader (OWL) to learn more about the transition to the Wilkes Honors College as an incoming first year student. Each OWL hosted an opportunity for engagement within their parliament (small) group so each incoming student can meet their peers prior to arrival on campus.

Phase 3 – Orientation Day & How to FAU
Students will attend Orientation Day on Thursday, August 20. How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything you need to know to get started at FAU! These sessions will be held virtually on August 20 - 23.

Should I still reserve my Orientation?
Yes. You will still need to complete Orientation. If you have already reserved an orientation session, you will be automatically enrolled in our Canvas course and receive information via your FAU email regarding the phase process and if you are eligible for any refunds. 

Do I have to register for each phase of the new SOAR experience?
No. Students only need to reserve Orientation once through the OwlDone portal. Once reserved, students will receive a confirmation email with steps to complete the different phases of the experience.

If I already signed up for Orientation, do I need to do anything to secure my spot in the fall 2020 Virtual SOAR Experience?
No. Your registration and fees will carry over to the virtual SOAR experience.

How do I cancel my reservation?
CSOAR is required for all incoming fall students. Please email hcadmissions@fau.edu if your enrollment plans have changed.

Can my family member attend the new SOAR experience?
Yes. As a family member with a WHC student, you will participate in Family Virtual Orientation. Family Virtual Orientation is hosted on Canvas. If you had multiple guests register for Orientation, you all may complete the virtual session using one account. Your access to the Family Virtual Orientation will open within five business days of orientation guest registration. In addition to the Canvas course, families have the opportunity to attend August 20 Orientation Day virtually. More information will be sent within three business days of the event.

Will my family members receive this information?
Family member(s) will receive more information via the email provided in the reservation form about Family Virtual Orientation. 

I reserved for the First-Year SOAR Premium experience on June 12/13 or July 9/10. Will I be refunded the difference for the new Virtual SOAR experience?
Yes. Your refund will be processed, and a credit will be applied to your original method of payment (i.e., credit card) for the following charges assessed when you reserved for the on-campus orientation reservation in the following manner:

      • $75 for Orientation Programming
      • $38 for Pre-Event Housing Accommodations and/or $46 for Overnight Housing Accommodations, if applicable



A portion of the Student Orientation Fee - $35 - will not be refunded as this amount will be applied to the required Virtual Orientation, OWL Engagement Day, Orientation Day, and How to FAU.  

Any Guest Orientation Fees in excess of $50 will be refunded. Your family member(s) will receive more information via the email provided in the reservation form about Family Virtual Orientation. 

I reserved for the First-Year SOAR Basic experience on July 9. Will I be refunded the difference for the new Virtual SOAR experience?
Maybe. The $35 Orientation Fee will not be refunded as this amount will be applied to the required Virtual Orientation, OWL Engagement Day, Orientation Day, and How to FAU.  Any Guest Orientation Fees in excess of $50 will be refunded. Your family member(s) will receive more information via the email provided in the reservation form about Family Virtual Orientation. 

Who should I contact if I need assistance reserving an orientation date or an error appears?
Please contact the New Student Transitions & Family Engagement team at orientme@fau.edu or 561.297.2733 to better assist you in troubleshooting the issue.

Do I need to attend orientation again if I changed my term of entry?
Your attendance/completion of orientation is valid for one year.

When will the orientation hold be removed?
The orientation hold is automatically lifted within two hours of payment submission.

  • OR hold for incoming freshmen with 29 credits or less post high school
  • OT hold for transfers with 30+ credits post high school



How do I update my records to show that I have earned 30+ college course credits accomplished after high school to be classified as a transfer for orientation?
An official transcript with current courses in progress, if applicable, must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Once it is received and processed, the credits will be updated and the transfer orientation options will be displayed in the orientation reservation form. Please contact Transfer Student Services at transfer@fau.edu if this is not the case.

TRANSFER ORIENTATION OVERVIEW

SailingAll newly admitted Transfer students (30+ college credits earned) must participate in a one-day, virtual orientation experience hosted Thursday, August 20, 2020 at Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend How to FAU programs on Thursday, August 20 – Friday, August 21, 2020.

Once you pay for orientation, your orientation hold will be lifted.

Advising should take place before orientation, so we ask that you schedule an academic advising appointment as soon as possible. Please refer to the instructions in the advising module at https://owldone.fau.edu, or call 561.799.8673.

Through the virtual program you will learn about services and resources that are essential to your success. An added benefit of the virtual experience is that you will have the opportunity meet with fellow transfer students and meet with university personnel who will form part of your support network. Here are the topics covered in orientation:

    • Academic Resources
    • Career Resources
    • Safety and Conduct
    • Health and Wellness Resources
    • Registration Policies