UNC Greensboro Hosts 4,200 New Spartans
This summer, approximately 2,800 first-year students and 1,400 transfer students will begin their UNC Greensboro journey at SOAR, the university’s signature two-day orientation program for incoming Spartans.
Hands-On Summer Orientation Program Sets Students up for Success
SOAR is specifically designed to help students get connected to their academic community. Students build their schedules for the fall with the help of academic advisers, meet with faculty and deans, and learn more about academic resources on campus. Students stay overnight in residence halls, experience the different food options – including a sneak peek at the new food court underway in the Elliott University Center – visit the Kaplan Center for Wellness and more.
Additionally, the program is a way to learn more about student organizations and start meeting fellow Spartans. This year, the SOAR staff is piloting a new program called Connect Up, which helps students meet peers with similar interests.
At SOAR, students share information about their hobbies, and later in the summer, UNCG staff will identify the different groups so that students can begin reaching out to one another.
“It’s an informal, low-key way to help build social connection before they even step foot on campus,” said Austin McKim, assistant director for New Student Transitions & First Year Experience.
Sophomore Olivia Tarpley, a SOAR staff member and vice president of the Student Government Association, encourages incoming students to take advantage of the resources that are introduced at SOAR, whether it be the Writing Center, tutoring, exercise classes or counseling services.
“By utilizing these resources sooner than later, you’ll set yourself up for success,” she said. “I’d also encourage new students to take a chance and try something new, something you think you won’t like. You may be surprised.”
SOAR runs through June 29, 2018.
About UNC Greensboro
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.