SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Student leader with freshmen at SOAR

SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration is Part I of the freshman orientation program at University of Detroit Mercy.  The two-day, overnight session gives you the opportunity to become familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy by meeting other new students, touring university facilities, learning about available resources and registering for classes. You will be assigned to a room in one of our residence halls for your stay.  

Class Placement 

During SOAR you will meet your academic advisor who will help you choose the classes that best fit your needs.  Your SAT and/or ACT scores along with placement exam results will be used to help place you in appropriate level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. 

Placement exams for English, math and foreign language are available online and need to be taken at least seven days before attending orientation.  The chemistry placement exam will be taken on campus during SOAR.  Additional information for each subject area can be found here.

SOAR session dates are coming soon.

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    SOAR Schedule

    The SOAR schedule will be available in the spring.

    SOAR Packing List

    SOAR is an overnight program and we want you to be comfortable. The items listed below are suggestions for what to bring. You are welcome to bring additional items if you would like.

    • My Portal username and password (required to register for classes)
    • A copy of your vehicle registration driver's license to get a parking pass
    • Pencils and calculator if you are planning to take the chemistry placement exam 
    • Sleeping bag/bedding
    • Pillow
    • Towel
    • Bathrobe (optional)
    • Shower shoes/flip flops
    • Personal toiletries
    • Casual clothes
    • Fitness attire for evening activities
    • Alarm clock
    • A small fan