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 spring will complete Orientation through a three-phase process:


Phase 1 - Virtual Orientation: Complete Self-Directed First-Year Virtual Orientation course through Canvas starting October 18. 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 Canvas course and to avoid withdrawal from your courses is January 7 at 9 a.m.

Phase 2 - Orientation Day: Live Virtual Session or In-Person Session
First-Year students have options for their live Orientation Session. Review your options in the reservation system (opening October 11). 

Phase 3 - How to FAU: January 8 
How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything else, providing “just in time” information you need to know to get started at FAU! Plan to attend How to FAU on January 8 (extended Orientation program). Check your FAU email for more information from 

Phase 2 date options: 

  • Dec. 9 In-Person
  • Jan. 6 Virtual