SOAR - First Year Overview, Advising & Registration

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SOAR is required for all new first-year students (freshmen) because it is how they register for fall and spring classes at KSU Tuscarawas.  College can be an exciting and challenging time for you and your family, so we've developed SOAR to help you make a smooth transition to life as a college student.

Who Attends SOAR?

All new first-year students (freshmen) who will begin at Kent State Tuscarawas in the fall and spring semesters.  Transfer students are not required to attend SOAR and should make an individual advising appointment to register for classes.  Transfer students can call 330-339-3391 to schedle an advising appointment.

What is Covered During SOAR?
  •     First semester course placement
  •     Meeting with an academic advisor
  •     Registering for Fall/Spring classes
  •     Receiving your Kent State FLASHcard ID
  •     Financial Aid / Scholarship Information
  •     Graduation Planning System (GPS) training

Plan your day accordingly so that you can attend SOAR for its entire duration. SOAR is considered an excused absence for high school seniors and participation letters for Guidance Offices can be provided.  SOAR is offered several times per month beginning in March and/or November.  Choose the earliest SOAR date available to get the best selection of classes.

How Do I Register for SOAR?

After you've been admitted, you will receive an official Welcome Letter which contains SOAR registration instructions. Before you register for SOAR, you are required to take the ALEKS online math placement assessment---detailed in your letter---complete the admissions application and COMPASS Assessment (if required). Please check to see if these items are checked in your Flashline Accounts Dynamic Checklist.

SOAR Contacts

If you have additional SOAR questions please contact Erica Girard (espargro@kent.edu) or Rebecca Graff (rgraff@kent.edu) in the Office of Student Services at 330-339-3391. Additional SOAR information is below:

SOAR PARKING

You are welcome to park in any Student / Visitor Lot. Parking passes are not required.  There is no parking along University Drive.

PLAN TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE SOAR PROGRAM

Critical information pertaining to registration and campus resources will be provided. Plan your day accordingly so you can attend SOAR for its duration. 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO SOAR

  •     Photo ID so you can get your FLASHcard ID (driver's license or state-issued ID)
  •     Transcripts reflecting college credit earned through PSEO or dual enrollment.

9 A.M. SOAR AGENDA  

  8:30   Check-In / Founders Hall Lobby
  9:00   Welcome | Campus Introduction
  9:15   Financial Aid
  9:45   Student Success
10:00   Break
10:10   Placements & Flashline
10:45   Advising & Registration Workshop
  1:00   FlashCard Student IDs
 

NOON SOAR AGENDA  

11:30   Check-In / Founders Hall Lobby
12:00   Welcome | Campus Introduction
12:15   Financial Aid
12:45   Student Success
  1:00   Break
  1:10   Placements & Flashline
  1:45   Advising & Registration Workshop
  2:00   FlashCard Student IDs

 

Make Your Reservation NOW to Attend SOAR

YES, I have takeN the ALEKS Math Assessment

Have your KSU ID number & KSU email ready

NO, I have NOT taken the ALEKS Math AssessmenT

Take ALEKS now!

WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE ALEKS MATH PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

Math placement is an important step for new Kent State students since all students need to complete at least one college level math course to fulfill graduation requirements. The purpose of the placement process is to assess your current level of proficiency in math and place you into an appropriate course based on your competency and chosen major. An academic advisor will review your placement with you during SOAR.

CAN I WAIT TO TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT UNTIL AFTER I FINISH MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL?

We highly recommend that you DO NOT wait. Registration for fall classes begins in March while registration for spring classes begins in October and the earlier you attend SOAR, the better selection of courses you’ll have.

I STARTED TAKING THE ALEKS MATH PLACEMENT BUT DIDN’T FINISH. HOW DO I GET BACK INTO ALEKS?

Your session probably timed out. Call the Kent State help desk at 330-672-0969 to have your session reset and have your Kent State ID Number and Kent State Email ready.

I DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER AT HOME - OR - I DON’T WANT TO TAKE ALEKS AT HOME. CAN I TAKE IT AT KENT STATE TUSCARAWAS?

You can come to the Computer Cyber Cafe on the second floor of Founders Hall to take the ALEKS math placement. We have set up specific days for students to take ALEKS on-campus if they choose.  Testing is available on Tuesdays between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Fridays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE OTHER PLACEMENT OPTIONS. DO I HAVE TO TAKE THEM?

Your reading and English placements are determined by your ACT test scores, or COMPASS Assessment scores for adult students and will be discussed with you during SOAR. Math is the only placement assessment required before attending SOAR. You are welcome to take the foreign language placement now if you are planning to major in a foreign language, or if you think you might take a foreign language class during your first semester. Students whose majors require CHEM 10060 will need to take the ALEKS Chemistry placement assessment in July.  More detailed chemistry placement information will be given at SOAR.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHERE I PLACED?

Your academic advisor will explain all of your course placements to you at SOAR.