SOAR - First Year Overview, Advising & Registration
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 schedule 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 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---and Accuplacer Assessment (if required). Please check to see if these items are checked in your Flashline Dynamic Checklist.
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 - about three hours.
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 College Credit Plus (CCP) or Advanced Placement (AP)
9 A.M. SOAR AGENDA
1 p.m. SOAR AGENDA
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 Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. - 3 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 Accuplacer Assessment scores for adult students, and will be discussed with you during SOAR. Math and Accuplacer (if required) are the only placement assessments 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.