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 summer or fall start student, you can participate in a three-phase experience:

Phase 1 - Virtual Orientation: Complete Virtual Family Orientation session through Canvas.

  • Students starting in the summer must complete their Virtual Orientation course on Canvas by June 24 at 9 a.m. for students starting Summer III. For students starting in the fall, the deadline to complete the Canvas course is August 19 at 9 a.m.
  • Families may request access to their own Canvas Orientation once reserved via a Google Form.

Phase 2 – Orientation Day

  • First-Year students starting in the summer will complete their Orientation experience virtually. 
    • 100% virtual:
      • $35 for students, $50 for families
  • First-Year student starting in the fall will complete their Orientation experience in-person. 
    • In-Person Experience
      • $35 for students, $75 per family member
  • Families may reserve their Orientation with their student reservation at 

Phase 3 - Family Success Conference 
Families may attend our Family Success Conference at the start of the semester for no additional cost. More information will be shared soon.

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.