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:

  1. Phase 1 - Self-Directed Virtual Orientation: Complete your First-Year Self-Directed Virtual Orientation through Canvas. 
    Students should complete the Orientation Canvas Course by June 25 for summer starts and August 20 for fall starts. 
    1. ALL STUDENTS must complete Canvas Virtual Orientation available beginning March 29. You will receive a separate email with instructions on logging into Canvas to complete it. 
  2. Phase 2 – Orientation Day
    1. First-Year students starting in the summer will only have a Virtual option. 
    2. First-Year students starting in the fall will have two options for their Orientation Day - Basic or Premium.
    3. You will reserve your Orientation Experience at Reservations open March 8.  
  3. Phase 3 - How to FAU
    How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything you need to know to get started at FAU! Families are encouraged to attend the Family Success Conference that occurs during How to FAU. More information will be shared via your FAU email. Students starting in the summer will attend How to FAU virtually on Saturday, June 26 and on Saturday, August 21 (in-person). Students starting in the fall will attend How to FAU on Saturday, August 21. 


 **Recordings from the summer virtual experiences will be made available to reserved summer starting students (and any reserved families) the week of June 28. website dates