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New Student Orientation

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)


All SOAR sessions are full.  If you have not signed up for a SOAR session, please see an advising specialist in one of the Enrollment Services Centers to be properly advised for fall classes. 

New students must attend a SOAR session to register for fall classes. If you are a parent and have questions, visit Resources for Parents.

SOAR is a two-hour program for new students that focuses on the nuts and bolts of registering for fall classes. Sessions are held at the Parham Road Campus (PRC) and Downtown Campus (DTC). Students can attend SOAR at either campus even if they will take most or all of their classes at one campus.

There is a session at the Goochland Campus (GC) on Tuesday, July 21 for specific programs: Automotive Technology, Diesel Mechanics Technology, Floral Design, Horticulture Technology, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology, Sustainable Agriculture, and Welding.

Culinary Students:  You must attend a SOAR session when the Culinary Advisor is present.  He will not be available on:  July 14, July 16, July 22, July 23,  and August 3.  He will be present at all other SOAR sessions at the Parham Road and Downtown Campuses. 

Watch online orientation before you attend SOAR: 

SOAR Online Orientation

SOAR Online Orientation

*Script is included on “Notes” tab for ADA compliance.

Before SOAR:

1. Submit an application for admission at www.reynolds.edu
2. Take the placement tests at one of the campus Testing Centers. If you do not take the placement tests one week prior to your SOAR session, you will not be able to be properly advised for your fall classes. For Testing Center locations, visit www.reynolds.edu/testing.
3. Set up your username and password in MyREYNOLDS.
4. Have you applied for financial aid? www.fafsa.ed.gov
5. Bring your username, password and EMPL ID# with you to SOAR.
6. Submit your official high school transcripts to Reynolds before SOAR.

At SOAR you will:

  • Check-in at the Massey Building lobby at the Parham Road Campus, Downtown Campus lobby, or Building C20 at the Goochland Campus.
  • Confirm your username and password with a Student Ambassador.
  • Report to an assigned classroom to be advised in a group setting.
  • Learn how to navigate the Student Information System.
  • Register for fall classes with the suggested class list provided to you by an advisor.
  • Leave with a class schedule.
  • One guest may accompany his/her student to SOAR. Seating is limited in the advising classrooms and guests may have to wait for students outside the classroom if there are no seats available, due to fire codes. Guests who are permitted into the rooms must sit at the back of the classroom in designated chairs. Students sit at computer terminals.
  • Questions?  Contact soar@reynolds.edu

Summer 2015 SOAR Dates

Students must register for a SOAR date.  Register Now! 

Check-in begins 30 minutes before each session.  At the Downtown Campus (DTC), check-in tables are located in the lobby.  At the Parham Road Campus (PRC), the check-in tables are located in the Massey Library Technology Center.  At the Goochland Campus, check-in tables are located in the lobby of building C20. 

Once you register for a date you should see a confirmation pop up on your screen.  If you did not see this, your registration did not go through.  Please contact soar@reynolds.edu for assistance.  Bring your confirmation with you to the check-in tables. 

Approximately 1 week prior to your session you will receive an additional confirmation at the e-mail address you provided when you registered.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact soar@reynolds.edu for assistance. 

SOAR will be held on the following dates and locations:

Date

Time

Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session

Location
Monday, July 13 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Monday, July 13 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Tuesday, July 14 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Tuesday, July 14 2-4pm THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Thursday, July 16 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Friday, July 17 10am-noon    THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Monday, July 20 10am-noon   THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Monday, July 20 2-4pm   THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Tuesday, July 21 4pm - 6:30pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED GC
Wednesday, July 22 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Wednesday, July 22 6-8pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Thursday, July 23 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Thursday, July 23 6-8pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Friday, July 24 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Friday, July 24 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Monday, July 27 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Tuesday, July 28 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Thursday, July 30 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Friday, July 31 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Monday, August 3 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Monday, August 3 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Tuesday, August 4 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Tuesday, August 4 6-8pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED PRC
Thursday, August 6 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Thursday, August 6 6-8pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Friday, August 7 10am-noon  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC
Friday, August 7 2-4pm  THIS SESSION IS CLOSED DTC

Dates that are full will not appear in the drop down list on the registration page.

Questions?  Contact soar@reynolds.edu

If you experience problems registering for a SOAR session, please contact soar@reynolds.edu and provide the following information:  Name, Student ID number, address, phone number, e-mail address, program (ex. Nursing), and the date & time of your preferred date of attendance.  We are experiencing problems with registrations from iPhones and iPads.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 

To help students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the Office of Financial Aid will hold workshops on the following dates, on a walk-in basis, between 12pm and 1:30pm:

Date Location
July 13 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 14 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 16 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 17 DTC, Room 435 and 433
July 20 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 21 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 23 DTC, Room 435 and 433
July 24 DTC, Room 435 and 433
July 27 DTC, Room 435 and 664
July 28 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 30 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
July 31 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
August 3 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
August 4 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
August 6 DTC, Room 435 and 433
August 7 DTC, Room 435 and 433
August 10 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
August 11 PRC, 117 Library Technology Center
August 13 DTC, Room 435 and 433
August 14 DTC, Room 435 and 433