First-Year SOAR FAQs

Students entering in the Spring

What are the phases of the  SOAR experience?

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 

Should I reserve a spot Orientation?

Yes. You will need to log in to 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 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:

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.

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.