New Student Orientation

To help students with their transition to College, view our online Orientation, which will be posted soon. Online Orientation will provide you with tips and information about: -transcripts and transferring credit -financial aid (also at -advising -student accommodations -campus resources -paying for classes -photo IDs and parkng passes -types of degrees -choosing classes.

Summer Orientation 2015

Specific dates for Summer Orientation will be posted in the spring.

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 are two sessions 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.