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New Student Orientation

SOAR:  New Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

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 and Downtown Campus. 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 for specific programs: Automotive Technology, Diesel Mechanics Technology, Floral Design, Horticulture Technology, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology, Sustainable Agriculture, and Welding.

Before SOAR:

1. Submit an application for admission at
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
3. Set up your username and password in MyREYNOLDS.
4. Have you applied for financial aid?
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.

Summer 2015 SOAR Dates

Students must register for a SOAR date.  Registration for SOAR will begin in mid-May at this site. 

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. 

SOAR will be held on the following dates and locations:



Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each session

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

Goochland date to be announced soon.