SOAR is your first step to becoming a full-fledged Falcon. In order to have the best possible experience, below you will find information regarding fees, FAQs, what to do before and after orientation, and parent/guest details. This will ensure you are fully prepared for our program. 

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.


  • When will I receive an invitation to SOAR? Transfer students will receive their invitation to SOAR after they have been admitted to the university and registration is available.
  • Am I required to attend SOAR? It is mandatory for transfer students to complete SOAR.
  • When is SOAR? SOAR occurs at various times throughout the year. Students entering in the summer or fall semesters will complete a summer SOAR program in May through August. Students entering in the spring semester will complete SOAR in January. 
  • How much does SOAR cost? All incoming transfers will be charged a $75 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. 
  • 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? As a transfer student you are gain the benefit of being able to register for classes before you complete orientation so you can register for classes at your convenience. We do recommend the sooner you enroll the better options you will have. Simply email advising@utpb.edu to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
  • Do I need to have completed the TSI requirements prior to SOAR? TSI requirements need to be completed prior to registration for classes. If you plan on being advised and registered for classes during SOAR, TSI requirements need to be completed prior to SOAR. 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) 552-2630 for questions about TSI testing and fees.
  • Is payment for classes required for SOAR? You are only required to pay for your classes by the due date. Please contact the Office of Accounting at (432) 552-2706 for additional information.

Orientation & Enrollment Forum Summaries

Add new paragraph: 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.