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 2018 SOAR:

All students entering Lyndon in the spring of 2018 will need to attend a SOAR session on January 18-19. *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 18th between 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

Summer 2018 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 Session Dates:
SOAR 1- July 9-10
SOAR 2- July 11-12
SOAR 3- August 14-15

SOAR Evaluation:
At the completion of your SOAR program (students and guests), please complete this short evaluation. Your feedback is very important to us! *2018 evaluation coming soon!


Sample Schedule:

Day 1:

1 p.m. – Check-in (Students entering with 0-29 completed credits)
2 p.m. – Welcome/Meet your SOAR Peer Leader
2:30-5 p.m. – Workshops
5 p.m. – Dinner
6-7:45 p.m. – Transitions Skit and Discussion
8-11 p.m. – Evening Entertainment

Day 2:

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

What to Bring

  • Photo ID
  • Documentation of any College Board 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 Mary.Etter@NorthernVermont.edu. 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