Student Orientation and Registration (SOAR)

SOAR is a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration program that is required for all new students. Here’s everything you need to know to get ready!

January 2017 SOAR:

All students entering Lyndon State in the Spring of 2017 will need to attend a SOAR session on January 12-13. *Please note, students transferring in with 30+ credits will only need to attend on the second day, they do not need to attend both days but are welcomed to if they wish! Students who will be living on campus for the spring semester will move in to their permanent housing assignment the morning of the 12th between 10am-12am.

Summer 2017 SOAR:

Upon receipt of your tuition deposit, you will be assigned to a SOAR session. If you have a personal conflict with your assigned SOAR date, a session change request can be made. Space is limited in each session; therefore, session requests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. All session change requests MUST be made at least 2 weeks prior to your assigned SOAR session. Please contact the First Year Experience Office at 802.626.6319 to make your session change request.

SOAR Evaluation:
At the completion of your SOAR program (students and guests), please complete this short evaluation. Your feedback is very important to us! *2017 evaluation coming soon!

Summer 2017 SOAR Dates:
Please note, students transferring in with 30+ credits will only need to attend on the second day, they do not need to attend both days but are welcomed to if they wish! Students with fewer than 30 credits or new first year students need to attend the full 2 day program.

SOAR 1: July 10-11
SOAR 2: July 12-13
SOAR 3: August 15-16

Sample Schedule:

Day 1:

1pm- Check-in
2pm- Welcome/Meet your SOAR Peer Leader
2:24-5pm- Workshops
5pm- Dinner
6-7:45pm- Transitions Skit and Discussion
8-11pm- Evening Entertainment

Day 2:

8am- Transfer student (30+ credit) check-in
8am- Breakfast for overnight students
9-11:30am- Morning Workshops
11:30am- Group Photo
12:45-2pm- Introduction to Your Major and Advising/Registration
2pm- Closing Program
2:15-4pm- Resource Fair and open offices

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Documentation of any CollegeBoard AP exams
  • Comfortable, casual clothing, and walking shoes
  • Backpack/bag
  • Spending money (bookstore, snacks, etc)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket)
  • Towels/Toiletries

Travel and Lodging

Students who would like to experience a night in the residence halls or are traveling long distance and need accommodations during Summer SOAR are welcome to stay with us free of charge. Students will be assigned to a double-room with a roommate in our residence halls. Our apologies, but special requests for roommates during SOAR cannot be accommodated.

Please be aware that due to space limitations on campus, we can only provide lodging accommodations for students. Parents and guests need to make their own lodging arrangements.

Special Needs

Students needing special accommodations for any portion of the SOAR program should contact Mary Etter, Lyndon’s Learning Specialist at 802.626.6210 or via e-mail at Please make your requests 14 days in advance of your SOAR session to guarantee the availability of accommodations on-site.

Failure to Attend

All new students are REQUIRED to attend and fully participate in the full duration of the SOAR program. Students who fail to show or do not complete their SOAR session will need to reschedule and attend another session.



The First Year Team