Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR)

Welcome to SOAR

All new full-time freshman and transfer applicants who plan to attend Chowan University are required to attend Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR). This one-day event gives new students an opportunity to meet their academic advisor, register for fall classes, attend important sessions on preparing for college, learn more about the Chowan University experience, and socialize with other new students and members of the Chowan University community. Parents of new students are encouraged to attend this event. Sessions designed for parents will be 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). Guests of prospective students, including parents, will need to pay $5.00 each for lunch.

Register online.


SOAR Agenda*

Chowan University is continuing to monitor changes occurring because of the coronavirus. We are working to follow local, state, and federal guidelines to keep you and our campus community safe. As of December 2020, SOAR will occur in-person at the Chowan University campus on three dates (April 24, 2021; June 19, 2021; and July 17, 2021). However, these dates may change or move online.  Continue to monitor your email as we move closer to these dates for any additional updates from us.

"I loved the fact that all my questions were answered." – Recent Visitor

"I had a very positive experience during SOAR! The entire Chowan family was very professional, sincere and knowledgeable. The Chowan pride was demonstrated on all levels - from the administration and staff to the professors and students!" – Recent Visitor

April 24 SOAR Agenda*

9:30 a.m. Registration & Advising Packet Pick-Up
Squirrel Park or Turner Auditorium of the McDowell Columns Building
Lunch for future Chowan students is FREE. Guests may purchase lunch tickets for $5.00 each.
10:00 a.m. Learn How to SOAR! 
Turner Auditorium of the McDowell Columns Building
10:30 a.m. Student Breakout Groups:

Learn More About Academic and Student Life
Get Involved in Student Life! 
How to Thrive in the Classroom: Academic Life at Chowan University
Who are you? Who will you be?
How to Use Technology to Maximize Your Academic Potential

10:45 a.m. How to Parent a College Student: Parents' Information Session
Turner Auditorium of the McDowell Columns Building
Parents and guests may purchase lunch tickets for $5.00 each during this session.
11:45 a.m. The Nitty Gritty: Parents' Information Session
Squirrel Park or 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. Upon arrival, guests may purchase lunch tickets for $5.00 each.
1:30 p.m. Group Advising Session
Locations across campus
Your name tag and folder contain information about your meeting location.
Parents are encouraged to attend this session about academic advising and class registration.
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Individual Advising and Class Registration
Locations across campus
Your name tag and folder contains information about your academic advising location and time.
 Parents will not attend the class registration sessions.
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. 
Housing information is located on the first floor of Penny Hall (adjacent to the Columns Building). 
World famous sno-cones and popcorn are available in the Hawks Nest.
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Residence Hall Tours
Tours will leave from the steps of the Columns Building every half-hour. 
You and your families must have an admissions representative with you in order to visit the residence halls.
  *SOAR agenda is subject to change. Keep an eye on your email. The date and format of SOAR is subject to change as we monitor changes surrounding COVID-19.