First-Year SOAR FAQs

Students entering in the Summer/Fall

What are the phases of the  SOAR experience?

Students starting in the Summer/Fall will complete Orientation through a three-phase process:

  1. Phase 1 - Virtual Orientation: Complete First-Year Virtual Orientation course through Canvas.
    Students should complete the Virtual Orientation course on Canvas by June 25 for summer starts and August 20 for fall starts. You will receive a separate email with instructions on logging into Canvas to complete it. 
  2. Phase 2 – Orientation Day: Live Virtual Session OR In-Person Session
    Students can select to attend either a virtual or in-person Orientation Experience. Your options will be listed on the Dates page in the reservation form. Be sure to log in to https://owldone.fau.edu/ and visit the SOAR module to reserve your spot now!
    • 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.
  3. Phase 3 - How to FAU: June 26 Virtual Session, August 21 In-Person Session
    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.


Should I reserve a spot Orientation?


Yes. You will need to log in to OwlDone.fau.edu and sign up for SOAR. If you have already reserved to attend one of our SOAR sessions, you will be automatically enrolled in our Canvas course and receive information via your FAU email regarding the phase process.

Do I have to reserve for each phase of the new SOAR experience?


No. Students must only reserve Orientation through the OwlDone Portal. Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with steps to complete the different phases of the experience.

 

How do I cancel my reservation?


The SOAR Experience is required for all incoming students. Please email admissions@fau.edu if your enrollment plans have changed.

Can my family member attend the new SOAR experience?

Yes. As a family member with a summer or fall starting student, you will:

  1. Phase 1 - Virtual Orientation: Complete First-Year Virtual Orientation course through Canvas.
    Students should complete their Virtual Orientation course on Canvas by June 25 for summer starts and August 20 for fall starts. Families also have the option to partake in a Virtual Canvas Course.
  2. Phase 2 – Orientation Day: Live Virtual Session or In-Person Session
    1. Families can select to attend either a virtual or in-person Orientation Experience with their student for an additional cost. Students will reserve their guests on the Guests page in the reservation form. Ensure your student logs in to https://owldone.fau.edu/ and visits the SOAR module to reserve their spot now!
  3. Phase 3 - How to FAU: Virtual Sessions
    1. 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.

 

Will my family members receive this information?

Family member(s) will receive more information via the email provided in the Guests Section of the reservation form about Family Orientation.

Pathway Students or specific Majors and Programs entering in the Summer/Fall

If I am a part of the Engineering Bridge Pathway, is there a specific Orientation I will need to reserve a spot in?

Yes, the options available to you (based on your term of entry) will appear in your reservation form. Engineering Bridge Pathway students may select from the following: 

  • Students starting in summer:
    • Friday, June 18 (Basic Experience)
    • Wednesday, June 23 (Basic Experience)
  • Students starting in fall:   
    • Thursday/Friday, July 15-16 (Premium Experience)
    • Tuesday, July 20 (Basic Experience)
    • Wednesday/Thursday, August 11-12 (Premium Experience)

If I am a part of the Academic Success Pathway, is there a specific Orientation I will need to reserve a spot in?

Academic Success Pathway students may attend any orientation date that aligns with their term of entry and major requirements. The options available to you will appear in your reservation form. 

If I am a part of JUMP Start, is there a specific Orientation I will need to reserve a spot in?

Students admitted to the summer Jump Start Program may attend any virtual orientation date that is offered for Summer III starting students and aligns with their major requirements. The options available to you will appear in your reservation form. 

If I am a Music Major, is there a specific Orientation I will need to reserve a spot in?

Yes, the options available to you (based on your term of entry) will appear in your reservation form. Music Majors may select from the following: 

  • Students starting in summer:
    • Wednesday, June 23 (Basic Experience)
  • Students starting in fall:   
    • Thursday/Friday, July 15-16 (Premium Experience)
    • Tuesday, August 17 (Basic Experience) 
    • Thursday/Friday, August 19-20 (Premium Experience)


If I am a Nursing Major, is there a specific Orientation I will need to reserve a spot in?

Yes, the options available to you will appear in your reservation form. Nursing Majors may select from the following: 

  • Students starting in fall:   
    • Tuesday, July 20 (Basic Experience) 
    • Friday/Saturday, July 23-24 (Premium Experience) 
    • Tuesday, August 17 (Basic Experience) 
    • Thursday/Friday, August 19-20 (Premium Experience)

If I am an FAU High student, is there a specific Orientation I will need to reserve a spot in?

Yes, the options available to you will appear in your reservation form. If you are enrolled as an FAU High Student on the Boca Raton Campus you will have a $35 Basic Experience (100% virtual) option. 

If you are enrolled as an FAU High Student (MPA) on the Jupiter Campus you will have options available to you that will appear in your reservation form: 

  • $35 fee for external Transfers (new Transfers to FAU High Jupiter) 
  • $35 fee for transitioning 10th grade students accepted to program in Jupiter
  • Free for FAU High Boca Transfers

 Families may attend at either campus for an additional $50 per family member. 

 All FAU High students must also complete a Self-Directed Virtual Orientation in Canvas.