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College of Business & Technology
Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR)
The Summer Orientation & Registration (SOAR) program is one of the first steps that students take in their transition to the University. During Summer Orientation and Registration, you will meet with an academic advisor from your intended major in the College of Business and Technology, register for classes, and interact with other students. You will also learn academic requirements and services that will be invaluable your first semester. In addition to being a great transition for you as a new student, the program is also beneficial to parent and family members as well by providing family orientation session and information about campus resources and services.
During SOAR all new freshmen will take the English placement test which is a 40-minute writing sample. This is regardless of whether a student already has credit for English composition courses (for example transfer credit or dual course credit for English 180 or 280).
The Mathematics Department will do an initial placement into math courses using a student's math ACT score and the math courses completed in high school as guidelines. The department may recommend that a student take the math placement test (called COMPASS) to improve the placement level.