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Why is orientation necessary?

At SVSU, we feel it is important for students to become familiar with academic requirements, important deadlines, and the University calendar. We also want to help students find their way around campus and introduce them to academic support services and extracurricular opportunities. During orientation, students will receive academic advising, schedule classes, and learn about ways to get involved on campus. We've also seen many lasting friendships begin at SOAR and have a significant impact on students.

Is orientation mandatory?

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

When will I receive information about SOAR?

After you have applied and been accepted to SVSU, you should receive an Admissions Packet. Included will be information on the SOAR program, as well as instructions on how to reserve your SOAR date. To make a reservation, following the steps outlined on the Next Steps page  by creating your online account and using mySVSU to sign up.

Will I get the orientation day I want?

Orientation days are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the registration is received, a confirmation screen is displayed instantly, and confirmation materials with the assigned SOAR date will be mailed to the student.

Is there an orientation session for my parents?

During the SOAR events for the Fall semester, SVSU hosts a Parent Conference. This program is separate from the student program, and parents are able to select which Conference Sessions they are most interested in attending to create their own experience.

Will I see my parents during SOAR?

No. The parent program is separate from the student program.

How many students attend each SOAR?

There are 120 students at each SOAR event.

What accommodations are made for those with special needs?

If you will need services to fully participate in orientation such as large print, interpreting services, braille, assistance filling out forms or assistance reading forms, please call us at 989.964.4070 or email SVSU is committed to provide equal access to all university services, programs, and activities. See information on policies, procedures, resources, and forms available to current students .

Who can I contact for further information?

If you have any questions, please call Orientation Programs at 989.964.4070 or email .

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