Due to the recent events involving COVID-19, the University has put our community’s health and well-being at the forefront of each decision. Because of that, all SOAR sessions for new summer and fall students are being moved to a fully virtual format. For information on Georgia Southern’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our information page.
Update from August 1st – There is Still Time to Enroll!
There is still time for new admits to complete Virtual SOAR and enroll for the fall term! Please complete the following steps to ensure you can start classes on August 17th.
Sign up for SOAR and pay the $25 fee. Go to your Admissions Status Check Page and click the Orientation tab. This is for degree-seeking students only (Dual-Enrolled, Transient, Post-Bacc students do not need to register).
Complete the SOAR 1000 Folio course, found in your MyGeorgiaSouthern portal. This is crucial to getting a schedule from your advisor. New freshmen must complete the course preference form in the last module of SOAR 1000. An academic advisor will email you at your GS email address with schedule information.
About Virtual SOAR
There is not a single date to complete Virtual SOAR. It is is a combination of information, links, videos, live webinars, live small groups and checklist items, working together to provide you a flexible and engaging experience to prepare you to enroll at Georgia Southern. To get started with SOAR, you should visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/VirtualSOAR. There is a video tutorial (top right corner) that walks you through how to complete everything available to be ready for the fall.
There are many live webinars and meetings that will be held via Zoom. Our calendar of events is here. Most events happen multiple times throughout the summer, and you can attend based on your calendar. Each item on the calendar has a description and link in it when you click on it. If a link isn’t there yet, we likely haven’t set it up yet or received that info from the department. If a session is full, check for a later one.
There are 3 live events that we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you participate in: SOAR Live, Academic Q&A, and SOAR Leader Small Group. They can be done in any order at any time and only have to be done once each. Family members can attend SOAR Live and Academic Q&A with their student. In the Academic Q&A, you choose the college that your major is in.
How to Register To register for your Virtual SOAR, log into your Admission Status Check Page, click on the “Orientation” tab at the top of the page, and follow the link to our reservation website. You will then select your SOAR session – you should only see one – and pay the associated $25 fee.
There is a tutorial video in the top right corner to walk you through the process.
Part of Virtual SOAR is SOAR 1000, your first “class” at Georgia Southern, and it will be available to you once you register for SOAR. SOAR 1000 will begin the partnership with your advisor and provide input that will help them design your first semester of college coursework.
As an incoming student, it is important to get connected with campus resources and get involved. Closer to the fall semester, our team will reach out to tell you more about Move-In Weekend and Weeks of Welcome, early fall semester events geared specifically to welcoming new students. You’ll also be able to attend a fun social event to pick up your official SOAR t-shirt and meet your SOAR Leaders.
Tips & Reminders
When you register, your session will have a date and time attached to it, but you can ignore that. All live sessions have multiple options to fit your schedule later in the summer, and many will be pre-recorded to watch at your own pace.
The $25 SOAR fee for new fall students covers costs associated with online programming and staffing along with Move-In Weekend and Weeks of Welcome events and your SOAR t-shirt.
Family members and supporters – Don’t worry! We will have virtual content for you as well. And you can participate in nearly everything with your students if you want.
All refunds have been processed. If you have not received a refund of your original payment minus $25, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your student’s name and Eagle ID #.
If you previously registered for a face-to-face SOAR session and paid a higher fee, you will receive a refund for the difference.
Refunds will be issued to the credit card of the original payment.
We expect to begin issuing refunds around April 22, but it may take a few weeks for them all to be processed. Thank you in advance for your patience.
You will receive an email at the address entered on the original payment screen.
New Student Advising
How are schedules made? The courses on a student’s schedule were based on required courses, progression in their selected major, preferences and incoming course credit. Additionally, there are some programs with limited options for courses that students need to progress. Academic advisors are trying their best to create block schedules that will allow ample time to study and/or work.
Can students request to make changes to their schedule? The courses on your schedule were chosen for you based on required courses, progression in your selected major, preferences and incoming course credit. Additionally, there are some programs with limited options for courses that students need to progress. We cannot make changes for students who are wanting a different professor or time of day. If you have concerns about the amount of hours you are taking, accessibility needs, or online vs. on-campus, please express these to your academic advisor. They will make accommodations when possible. Please consider watching the videos at the top of this page and attend a live Academic Q&A.
When will students receive their schedule? Students must complete SOAR 1000. Completion of this course means they have filled out the Advisement & Scheduling survey. SOAR 1000 can be found in the Folio section of the MyGeorgiaSouthern Portal.
Freshmen: You will receive your schedule within three weeks of filling out the survey. Please allow your advisor time to reach out to you before you reach out to them.
Transfer: In order to develop your schedule successfully, your advisor needs to know a little bit more about you. Please be on the lookout for an email or phone call from your academic advisor here at Georgia Southern. The email your advisor will be using is the one you provided when you applied to Georgia Southern. Once you have communicated with your advisor, they will start developing your schedule.
How should students get in touch with their advisor?
Attend a live Academic Q&A (Check the calendar of Live Events on Virtual SOAR)
Respond to the email with their schedule (emailing their personal and GS – initial reach out for transfer is with the email they applied to GS with)
Sign up for an appointment via EAB after June 15th (Appointment type: Incoming SOAR Student)
For additional information on academic advising please visit their website.