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New Student Orientation

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

Welcome to Reynolds!

Your educational journey starts with the New Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) process.  This 3-step approach prepares you for fall semester.  Students should:

1.  View Online Orientation.  At the end of online Orientation, you will be able to schedule an on-campus orientation, called SOAR.

2.  Attend SOAR at the Parham Road Campus (PRC), Downtown Campus (DTC) or Goochland Campus (GC).  SOAR sessions last approximately 3-4 hours.

3.  Attend the Jump Start program the week before fall classes start so you can take a campus tour, get your Student ID, and obtain your parking permit.

New students seeking assistance for summer classes, should see an advisor in one of the Enrollment Services Centers

At on-campus SOAR, which is the second step in our 3-step Orientation process, you will:

  • Learn how to navigate your Student Center
  • Have your placement test results interpreted
  • Receive a recommended set of classes from an advisor
  • Create a fall schedule
  • Learn about Reynolds resources and policies

Before you attend on-campus SOAR:

  • Apply to the College. 
  • Set up your username and password, including the required security questions, in MyREYNOLDS. 
  • Study for and take your placement tests.
  • Send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Complete online orientation.
  • If you do not have one, obtain a photo ID, which is necessary for placement testing and some MyReynolds password re-sets.  A valid state drivers license or state-issued ID is acceptable.  Other forms of government issued IDs are acceptable, such as a current passport.  

Online Orientation Instructions

Students may register for on-campus SOAR after completing the online Orientation.

It is recommended to view online Orientation in Google Chrome. 

When you enter the online Orientation site for the first time, using the link above, follow these steps:

  • Click register and complete the registration form.
  • Enter you student ID number.  This is the 7-digit number you received after you applied to the college.
  • You will be at your dashboard.  You can start viewing the online orientation from here.
  • Watch the videos, read each section, and take the quizzes.
  • When you complete online Orientation, do not leave the site, as you will need to stay on it to register for a SOAR date.  It will send a certificate of completion to your e-mail inbox.   Be prepared to show this certificate of completion at the check-in table for on-campus soar.  You may print it out or show it to us on your phone.
  • Register for an on-campus SOAR date at the end of online orientation.  On the last slide of online Orientation, there is a link to the SOAR registration site.  Click on the SOAR link and complete the questions and registration form.  If you encounter problems with registering, contact or register here

For your planning purposes, the dates for SOAR are listed below.  You must register to attend a session, which you can do at the end of the online orientation.  On the registration page, if a session is not listed, it means that the session is closed and you need to choose another date.  You should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the program to check-in.   Bring your SOAR confirmation, your online-SOAR certificate of completion, your government issued photo ID and Student ID number with you.

Date  Campus

Welcome Program Starts at posted time.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior for

the check-in process. 

 June 17  PRC  9 a.m.
 June 17  PRC  2 p.m.
 June 24  DTC  9 a.m.
 June 24  DTC  2 p.m.
 July 8  PRC  9 a.m.
 July 8  PRC  2 p.m.
 July 12  PRC  6 p.m.
 July 15  PRC  9 a.m.
 July 15  PRC  2 p.m.
 July 18  GC*  4 p.m.
 July 19  PRC  6 p.m.
 July 22  DTC  9 a.m.
 July 22  DTC  2 p.m.
 July 26  PRC  6 p.m.
 July 27  GC*  4 p.m.
 July 29  PRC  9 a.m.
 July 29  PRC  2 p.m.
 August 2  PRC  6 p.m.
 August 5  DTC  9 a.m.
 August 5  DTC  9 a.m.**
 August 5  DTC  2 p.m.
 August 5  DTC  2 p.m.**
 August 9  DTC  6 p.m.
 August 9  DTC  6 p.m.**
 August 12  DTC  9 a.m.
 August 12  DTC  2 p.m.

 *Students who attend a Goochland session should be in one of the following programs:  Automotive Technology, Diesel Mechanics Technology, Floral Design, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology, Sustainable Agriculture, Welding.

**These sessions are for students receiving military education benefits.

Check-in Table Locations:

Parham Road Campus (PRC):  Massey Library Technology Center main lobby

Downtown Campus (DTC):  1st floor main lobby

Goochland Campus (GC):    Main lobby

Check-in Table Times.  Students must check in within the allotted time to be advised:

Tuesday evenings:  5:15 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.

Friday Mornings:  8:15 a.m.  - 8:55 a.m.

Friday Afternoons:  1:15 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Goochland sessions:  3:30 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

At check-in, we will verify your program of interest (such as Nursing, Engineering, or Paralegal Studies), you will be given an information packet, and you will check your username and password in MyReynolds. 

Directions to campus

Questions?  Contact

We look forward to meeting you at SOAR!