The first of several orientation sessions for new students of the University of North Georgia kicked off recently, attended by nearly 180 students and numerous friends and family members on UNG's Gainesville Campus.
SOAR (Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration) is the orientation program used to welcome students to the UNG campuses located in Cumming, Gainesville, and Oconee. Each campus has multiple sessions planned to accommodate the influx of soon-to-be freshmen.
"These sessions are incredibly important, as they teach new students everything about getting registered and connected with their campus and university," said Dr. Cara Ray, associate dean for student life. "This is also where students form their first connection with the university; here they will learn about their campus, programs, clubs, and they will also learn some of the faces that will be around them in the future."
To help the students acclimate to their environment and its many offerings, exhibits are set up showcasing a large portion of the clubs, departments, services, and programs associated with the Gainesville Campus.
"There will be at least two more SOAR sessions on the Gainesville Campus, and there could be as many as 300 students at each of those," said Admissions Counselor Stephanie Hungerford.
Incoming freshmen Abby Wagner and Kacie Barge, who will be attending UNG's Oconee Campus, said that the program has been very helpful.
"It's been great to get more familiar with what the university has to offer, and it's been exciting to meet so many new people who are going to be freshmen as well," Wagner said.
There are five more SOAR sessions planned: June 18 on the Cumming Campus; June 22 and July 20 on the Gainesville Campus; and June 8 and July 13 on the Oconee Campus.
T-SOAR (Transfer- Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration), which is designed specifically to help transfer students acclimate to the university and their new campus, will be held July 15 on the Oconee Campus and June 12 and July 24 on the Dahlonega Campus.
Orientation sessions for traditional freshmen on the Dahlonega Campus, called INTRO, will be held: June 10-11; June 13-14; July 22-23; and July 25-26. There will also be an Express INTRO on August 12.