Mar 31, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2021-2022 Previous Edition

New Student Orientation, Registration, and Convocation

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR)

Once admitted, new undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in one of the Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) sessions scheduled during the Summer and immediately prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.  Separate programs are offered for new first-year students, transfer students, and their parents and family members.  Activities include academic advising; introduction to academic support services, student organizations, and campus life; and registration for classes.  Contact the Office of New Student and Family Services at 704-687-5509 or visit for additional information

International Student Orientation

An orientation, held at the beginning of every semester, is required for non-resident (F-1 and J-1 visas) students. Orientation topics include immigration, academics, cultural adjustment, and program opportunities. Contact the International Student/Scholar Office or visit their website online at for more information.

Day of Convocation

The Day of Convocation is a day dedicated to welcome and introduce new undergraduate students (first-year and transfer) to the UNC Charlotte community.  It is typically the first day of classes.  The day starts with students assembling with the Dean of their colleges for the Dean’s Welcome.  Then, students walk as a group to the Dale Halton Arena to participate in the New Student Convocation ceremony.  The ceremony is followed by departmental and collegiate activities.  See for more information.

New Student Convocation

The New Student Convocation is a ceremony attended by faculty, first-year course instructors, and students to officially welcome and induct new undergraduate students into the UNC Charlotte community of learners.  During the convocation ceremony, students learn about UNC Charlotte’s history, mission, values, and academic expectations.  Just as graduation marks the completion of a course of study, Convocation marks the beginning of the new students’ academic journey at UNC Charlotte.  The New Student Convocation Ceremony is part of the Day of Convocation events.