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Welcome Freshmen! SOAR is your first step to becoming a full-fledged Falcon. SOAR helps incoming students have a smooth transition to UT Permian Basin. Students will learn about academic programs, resources, expectations, and traditions. I Yes, all first year students are required to complete SOAR. Once students complete the SOAR program they will be advised and enrolled for courses.

SOAR occurs at various times throughout the year. Students entering in the summer or fall semesters will complete a SOAR program in June, July, or August. Students entering in the spring semester will complete a SOAR program in January.

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Review the information below then register for SOAR. If you have questions regarding our SOAR Program, please contact us at (432) 552-2651 or orientation@utpb.edu.

Before SOAR

All students are required to register for SOAR. Please note you must be admitted to UTPB to register for SOAR. Sessions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis once registration opens. Admitted students are encouraged to register quickly to guarantee their session. 

Steps to register:

  1. Students must claim their new FalconID prior to registering for SOAR. Claim your FalconID online. Please note you will need your ten-digit student ID number to claim your FalconID.
  2. Students must know their Texas Success Initiative (TSI) status. Students will fall into one of the following categories:
  • Exempt
  • Not exempt but have taken the required tests
  • Not exempt and have not yet completed the required tests
  1. Students must know about their bacterial meningitis vaccination. Students will fall into one of the following categories:
  • Yes I have submitted proof
  • I have received the vaccination but have not submitted proof
  • I have not received the vaccination
  • I am exempt from this requirement
  1. Registration

All admitted students will receive an email invitation with a direct link to register for SOAR.

SOAR FAQs

  • How much does SOAR cost? All incoming freshmen will be charged a $130 SOAR fee. The cost of SOAR is assessed in your first semester bill. 
  • What will I do during SOAR? Students will learn about campus policies and procedures, academic programs, and resources. SOAR also includes advising and registration for classes. In addition, SOAR provides an opportunity for you to meet other incoming students and current students.
  • How do I prepare? Continue to check your email for the invitation to register and further updates about the program.
  • Can family members participate in SOAR? Yes! We encourage family members to join in. Please make sure you register them with you. 
  • Will I register for my classes during SOAR? Once you complete the online program the Academic Advising office will contact you to schedule a virtual appointment for advising and class registration.  It is important to note students will be contacted in the order they complete orientation. Once contacted by Academic Advising, it will be your responsibility to schedule the appointment.
  • Do I need to have completed the TSI requirements prior to SOAR? Since registration occurs during SOAR it is important to have your TSI requirements completed prior to SOAR. Students who have not completed their TSI requirements will be limited during class registration. If you are unsure of your TSI status, please contact the Registrar's Office at (432) 552.2635. You can schedule your test date online. Contact the Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department at 432.552.2360 for questions about TSI testing and fees.
  • Do I have to complete the Chemistry Diagnostic prior to SOAR? Those that are required to take the Chemistry Diagnostic test will be contacted with more information on how and when to complete the test.  
  • Is payment for classes required for SOAR? You cannot pay for classes until bills post. Please contact the Accounting Office at (432) 552-2706 for additional information.

Orientation & Enrollment Forum Summaries

Throughout the summer we will be offering virtual live chats to help address your orientation questions along with having representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office, Accounting, and Academic Advising available to assist with any enrollment questions. Check your email for announcement of future forums and check back here for the summary notes after each forum.