Southern's Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR)

Once accepted for admission, all undergraduate students must attend Southern’s Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR). SOAR is a mandatory program for all new incoming students (freshmen and transfers) to assist with their transition to University life. It provides academic advisement, an opportunity to register for classes, The Blue & White student handbook, and other resource materials. Parent and family members are invited and encouraged to attend SOAR. There is a fee for both students and guests to attend SOAR. Accepted students may complete an online orientation reservation, which can be found on the Office of New Student and Family Programs website,

For fall semester enrollment, freshmen and transfers will select a SOAR session to attend during the months of June, July, and August. For more information about SOAR, contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs at (912) 478-SOAR,, or visit the website at