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).

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. At this time, SOAR will occur in-person at the Chowan University campus on three dates (you are only required to attend one).  

Please note that the front entrance to campus is closed. We ask that you use the secondary entrance at Hawks Drive, located off Union Street.

9:30 a.m. Registration & Advising Packet Pick-Up
Squirrel Park
10:00 a.m. Learn How to SOAR! 
Turner Auditorium
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
11:45 a.m. The Nitty Gritty: Parents' Information Session
Turner Auditorium
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
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 contain 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). 
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Residence Hall and Campus Tours

Tours will leave from the steps of the Columns Building every half-hour. 
You and your family 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.