WILKES HONORS COLLEGE FIRST-YEAR SOAR

(Student Orientation, Academics, and Resources)

Congratulations on your admission to 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

First-Year Transfer Deadline Fall:
August 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 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.
Students are advised at WHC SOAR, as well as WHC How to FAU (the week prior to fall 2020 semester) as needed.
Complete Major KnOWLedge
Major KnOWLedge, fau.kuder.com/landing-page, 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 to allow for best selection for class seats. 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 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
Apply for On-Campus Housing and preference your residence hall.** All incoming new students who live further than 30 miles from the FAU MacArthur (Jupiter) campus are required to live on campus for their first two years. Complete your application and non-refundable application fee early so you are more likely to receive your top preference(s). Newly admitted first time to college students and transfer students for Summer 2020 and Fall 2021 may complete a housing contract starting December 1.
Complete your Residency Form through Undergraduate Admissions. Are you a Florida resident seeking in-state tuition? Then you will want to complete this form to receive in-state tuition rates. Deadline:
ASAP



Things to bring for Orientation

  1. Your eight-digit student ID number (also known as a Z Number)
  2. Driver's License or some form of ID (for student ID)
  3. Variable clothing for hot weather and air-conditioned rooms. Some buildings and lecture halls will have room temperatures that cannot be adjusted or controlled
  4. Snacks (if desired, as meal times are staggered)
  5. Umbrella in case of rain
  6. Water Bottle to fill up with water in case you get thirsty and it is hot
  7. Money if you want to purchase any snacks or cold drinks outside of meal hours, or want to shop at the FAU Campus Store pop-up after Orientation ends
  8. 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

OrientationFirst-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.

Each session has limited space available, and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. SOAR reservations are NOT confirmed until the orientation fee payment has been submitted. SOAR reservations close automatically once they reach full capacity. Reservations close three (3) business days before a session starts. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you have completed your reservation, paid your SOAR fee, and have received a confirmation email in your FAU inbox or spam. All SOAR session dates are not available to all students and are based on term of entry.

Students have options for completing the Orientation requirement. Please refer to the Premium and Basic tracks below: 

Premium Track: Two-day, on campus experience. $110 fee for students and $75 fee per family member. An optional $46 housing overnight stay can be added on to the student experience (night of event) which will include linens and a light breakfast on day two. If you would like to stay the night before the start of SOAR, you may opt into a $38 optional housing overnight stay.  

First-Year SOAR Premium Track (2-day) includes Campus Recreation & Housing facility tours and learning about high impact engagement opportunities like Education Aboard, Research and Inquiry, Experiential Learning and Internships, promotional materials and FAU gear from Hilton and other partners, special guest appearances from FAU VIPs (maybe even FAU mascots Owlsley or Hoot!), community discounts, perks and resources, meal vouchers (lunch and dinner on Day 1) and snacks, space, equipment rental, orientation staff, and other materials. In 2-day SOAR experience, Day One content has thorough content, human connection, and action planning that adds value to the student transition into university. Attendees of the Premium Track will also receive community discounts, perks, and local resources as well as meal vouchers (lunch and dinner on Day 1) and snacks, technology (Owl Guides application), space, equipment rental, orientation staff, and other materials.

Basic Track: A one-day, on campus experience. $35 fee for students and $50 fee per family member. This track should only be selected if there are extenuating circumstances or financial hardship.


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. 


Students entering in Fall 2020

Premium Track Offerings:
Session Dates Session Days
June 12 – 13, 2020 Friday and Saturday
July 9 – 10, 2020 Thursday and Friday


Basic Track Offering:
Session Dates Session Days Pathways
August 19, 2020 Wednesday First-Year Basic and Transfer Experience




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. If a session fills before you submit your payment, you must return to the "Dates" page, and select another orientation session. For your convenience, do not make travel arrangements until you have received your confirmation email.
  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 interact with several university departments and resources, along with a chance to meet your fellow classmates. Here are a few things you'll do during your two-day Premium Experience at orientation:
  • Meet with Wilkes Honors College Academic Advisors.
  • Work with Financial Aid and Tuition & Billing Services to manage your tuition & fees.
  • Learn how to get involved and connected on campus.
  • Take a tour of student life on campus.
  • Learn about FAU traditions.
  • Make new friends, including your Orientation Leader!
  • Things to bring: a sweater or light jacket, government issued photo ID, an umbrella or raincoat, money for snacks.



FIRST-YEAR SOAR FAQ'S

What do I get in the First-Year SOAR Premium Track, 2-day experience?
First-Year SOAR Premium Track (2-day) includes Campus Recreation & Housing facility tours and learning about high impact engagement opportunities like Education Aboard, Research and Inquiry, Experiential Learning and Internships, promotional materials and FAU gear from Hilton and other partners, special guest appearances from FAU VIPs (maybe even FAU mascots Owlsley or Hoot!), community discounts, perks and resources, meal vouchers (lunch and dinner on Day 1) and snacks, space, equipment rental, orientation staff, and other materials. In 2-day SOAR experience, Day One content has thorough content, human connection, and action planning that adds value to the student transition into university. The Premium Track costs $110 for students and $75 per family member.

What do I get in the First-Year SOAR Basic Track, 1-day experience?
First-Year SOAR Basic Track includes a 1-day, on-campus experience. The in-person experience focuses on academics. The Basic Track costs $35 for students and $50 per family member.

Why should I attend the 2-day experience over the 1-Day?
First-Year Orientation is an event that only happens once in a lifetime at FAU. Outside of the various perks listed above, the 2-day experience allows you to build affinity to the FAU community, develop a network of peers, staff and faculty and embrace the diversity of the FAU community! Students attending the 2-day experience have twice the interaction with Orientation Leaders, who are their FAU peers, and families have increased interaction with faculty and staff. The basic option is for students and families expressing hardship or those who have extenuating circumstances. This program meets minimum requirements of the state for an orientation program.

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+ credits post 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.

I really wanted to attend both days, but I have concerns about the cost. Will I be missing out on important information? How can I still get the full experience and be prepared to start school strong?
You may be able to utilize Financial Aid funding to cover the cost of the First-Year SOAR Premium Track. Please make the request in writing to the New Student Transitions & Family Engagement team at orientme@fau.edu. Please note you must have a FAFSA on file to be considered.

When you come to campus for the in-person portion of the Basic Track, it is advised that you connect with campus officials and peers and take care of any lingering business following the conclusion of the program. Keep in mind that all incoming first-year students are required to attend How to FAU extended orientation program, which can add value to in-person connections. Can I stay in a residence hall the night before my Orientation?
Are you attending First-Year SOAR Premium Track (2-Day)?
If Premium Track starting in summer or fall semester, yes, you can stay in the residence hall on Day 1 for an additional fee. The additional fee is $46 the night of your SOAR experience and $38 the night before your SOAR experience. When making your SOAR reservation, you will have the option to add on Housing accommodations for the night before your first day of SOAR and/or the night before your second day of SOAR.

Overnight stay is not available for students admitted for the spring semester.



TRANSFER ORIENTATION OVERVIEW

Sailing All newly admitted Transfer students (30+ credits earned) must participate in an one-day, in-person orientation experience hosted Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Florida Atlantic University Wilkes Honors College.

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 561.799.8622.

Through the in-person program you will learn about services and resources that are essential to your success. An added benefit of the in-person 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