At FAU, “family” is defined as anyone our students feel impacts their lives, through trust, love, and support. Adult family members who are interested in attending SOAR with their student(s) are strongly encouraged to do so. First-Year Family SOAR is held concurrently with the student program; parts of the family program are separate from the student program and some of the content is experienced together.

Family SOAR provides an opportunity to see and learn about FAU in a deeper way and make connections with university staff and other families. It also provides families with the tools to be of support to their new FAU student(s).

As a family member with a spring start student, you can participate in a three-phase experience:

Phase 1 - Virtual Orientation: Complete Virtual Family Orientation session through Canvas.
Students must complete their Virtual Orientation course on Canvas by January 7. Families have the option to partake in a Virtual Canvas Course (request via a sign up process to be shared soon).

Phase 2 – Orientation Day

  • First-Year students starting in the spring will have two options for their Orientation Day - Virtual or In-Person:
    • 100% virtual:
      • $35 for students, $50 for families
    • In-Person Experience
      • $110 for students, $75 for families
      • Individuals at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (including older adults and people of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions) are encouraged to avoid in-person events and gatherings and participate in the virtual experience.
  • Families may reserve their Orientation with their student reservation at 

Phase 3 - Family Success Conference at How to FAU on January 8
How to FAU will fill in the gaps on everything your student needs to know to get started at FAU! Families are encouraged to attend the Family Success Conference that occurs during How to FAU.

You will also receive access to our Owl Family Newsletter hot of the press! The Newsletter is only directly emailed to our incoming Owl Families.