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    All new full-time freshman and transfer applicants who plan to attend Chowan University are required to attend Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR).

    SOAR is a one-day event that gives new students an opportunity to:

    • Meet their academic advisor
    • Register for fall classes
    • Get their student ID
    • Socialize with other new students and active members of the Chowan University community
    • Attend important information sessions about life in college
    Parents of new students are encouraged to attend this event as there will be multiple parent sessions available.

    Students who have paid the $100 Advanced Tuition Deposit are eligible to attend. You may pay your deposit online.

    SOAR is FREE for incoming students (including lunch).

    Please choose only one SOAR date from the list. SOAR is an all-day event so we ask that you plan accordingly and prepare to remain on campus for the duration of the event. 
    Please note that SOAR is an all-day event. Please plan to stay until at least 3 PM. We also encourage wearing comfortable shoes and clothes.

    9:30 a.m. Registration & Advising Packet Pick-Up
    Front of McDowell Columns

    10:00 a.m. Learn How to SOAR!
    Turner Auditorium

    10:30 a.m. Student Breakout Groups:
    Get Involved in Student Life!Hawks Nest
    How to Thrive in the Classroom: Academic Life at Chowan UniversityVaughan Auditorium
    Who are you? Who will you be?Library
    How to Use Technology to Maximize Your Academic PotentialVaughan Auditorium

    10:45 a.m. How to Parent a College Student: Parents' Information Session
    Turner Auditorium of the McDowell Columns Building

    11:45 a.m. The Nitty Gritty: Parents' Information Session
    Turner Auditorium of the McDowell Columns Building
    Learn more about housing and academic support services.

    11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Take a break & have lunch!
    Thomas Dining Hall
    Students will eat lunch with their breakout groups. 
    Parents and guests will eat lunch with parent breakout groups around 12:30 p.m.

    1:30 p.m. Group Advising Session
    Locations across campus

    2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Individual Advising and Class Registration

    2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Get to Know CU Bingo!
    Chowan University Campus and the Hawk's Nest

    Finish important paperwork, learn about the campus, meet other new students, and get a free T-shirt! Simply complete the game instructions on your HAWKS BINGO game sheet located in your packet. When you have completed your HAWKS BINGO sheet, go to the Hawks Nest & receive your free Chowan University T-shirt!

    2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Get Housing Info, Check Out the Bookstore, & Grab a Snow Cone!
    The bookstore is located in the back of the McDowell Columns Building.
    Popcorn and snowcones will be available in the Hawks Nest!


    2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Residence Hall Tours
    Tours will leave from the front of the Columns Building every half hour.

    You and your families must have an admissions representative with you to enter a residence hall.