First-Year Student Orientation, Academics, and Resources (SOAR) Dates

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.

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 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 starting in the summer/fall will complete Orientation through a three-phase process:

Phase 1 - Self-Directed First-Year Virtual Orientation

Complete the course through Canvas starting April 3. You must score 100% on all quizzes to satisfy the orientation requirement, and we encourage you to work on this as soon as possible. The deadline, to complete the course and to avoid withdrawal from your courses, is June 23 at 9 a.m. for students starting in Summer 2023, and August 18 at 9 a.m. for students starting in Fall 2023.

Phase 2 - Live Orientation Day Experience (Reservations open early March - please keep an eye on your Owldone Portal).

First-Year students have options for their live Orientation Session. Review your options in the reservation system once available.

Phase 3 - Extended Orientation 

Check your FAU email for more information as we get closer to the start of the semester.

Phase 2 date options: 

First-Year students entering in the SUMMER will experience their live Orientation virtually.

  • Friday, June 9, 2023
  • Wednesday, June 14, 2023
  • Thursday, June 22, 2023

First-Year students entering in the FALL will experience their live Orientation in-person.

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2023
  • Friday, July 21, 2023
  • Thursday, July 27, 2023
  • Tuesday, August 1, 2023
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023
  • Thursday, August 17, 2023 Out of State ONLY 

First-Year students entering in the FALL will have one virtual option.

  • Friday, August 4, 2023