SOAR Frequently Asked Questions

Getting ready to SOAR? Here are some common questions.

Here we've answered some common questions about SOAR. If you need more information, you may contact the Director of the SOAR Program.


Who will be there?

Each SOAR session includes up to 160 new students who will be assigned to small interactive groups. This allows personal interaction with the faculty adviser and other administrative staff members. Parents engage with other parents in staff-led discussions regarding Albion College services and support networks. Discussions will explore academic and extracurricular life at Albion College.

What happens at SOAR?

The SOAR program acquaints new students with the campus and its academic expectations. Discussions and program content will focus on aiding the new student and their families transition to Albion College's residential campus. The Student and Parent programs are interactive and participants will get to know many faculty and administrative staff members throughout the day. More detailed schedules for students and parents are also available on our SOAR day schedule.

Why should parents/guardian attend?

Whether this is the first time you are sending someone to college or your last child leaving home, we want to work as partners to help your student have a positive college experience. At SOAR for Parents and Families, you wil be able to discuss Albion's academic programs with our faculty and get insights on campus life from our administrative staff. You will learn about our expectations of student engagement on campus and about problem solving strageties you and your student can pursue.

While new students are required to attend the SOAR Program, the parent/family portion of the SOAR program is optional.

What about siblings or other family members?

We welcome family members. However, we do not offer a separate program for younger children or day care service.

Can I arrive late or leave early, do I need to spend the entire day?

The SOAR program is tightly programmed and every momen'ts packed with information. All new students are required to participate from the program's beginning at 10:30 AM until is completion around 4:00 PM. If you arrive significantly late or leave early it will impact the effectivensss of the information that we provide. If you have a concflict that causes you to arrive late or leave early, our best suggestion is to select another SOAR session date. If you have registered and need to switch your date (subject to availability), please contact the SOAR staff at 517/629-0433.

What if I'm an international student?

All new students must attend a SOAR program. All F and J student visa holders (degree-seeking and exchange) are required to attend Albion's International Student Orientation, beginning with airport pickups on Friday, August 16 and ending with the SOAR Orientation on Thursday, August 22.  F and J student visa holders do not need to sign up for a SOAR session and will automatically be assigned to the August SOAR session.   For additional information, please contact the Center for International Education at 517/629-0307 or .

Should I contact Disability Services in advance?

To support you to the best of our abilities, please contact the Disabilities Service Office during the summer before your first fall semester. Our staff will work with you to make appropriate arrangments and deveop a plan for your first academic term. You can also contact the staff prior to the SOAR program. Pamela Schwartz, Ph.D., Campus Disability Coordinator can be reached at 517/629-0825 or . See also

What does SOAR cost?

There's no charge for incoming first-year students participating in SOAR, including lunch and all program materials. There is a $10 participation fee for each parent and family member who would like to attend. Children under age 12 many attend at half-price, $5. The participation fee covers all program materials and lunch.

What if I need overnight lodging?

For those needing overnight accommodations, please visit our list of local hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts.

What should I bring? What should I wear?

Just bring your excitement and enthusiasm. You may also want to bring any questions you have. We'll provide the rest. Attire for both students and parents/family members is casual for all SOAR programs, and we recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes.

How do I register?

Student may log into their Briton Bound account, the Admission office portal site, Briton Bound to sign up to attend a SOAR session through our Online Registration Form.

Once we receive your registration form, we will send you a confirmation indicating which SOAR session you have been assigned to the student's and primary parent's email address. Parents/Guardians, we do not share a student's Briton Bound log-in information. If you would like to select a session with your student, please have your student log in with you present and you can work on that project together.

Please note that in order to register for SOAR you must have paid your $350 general deposit to our Admission Office. The SOAR program cannot place you into a session until that deposit is received by Albion College.