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How to sign up for SOAR


PICK A DATE Choose a date based on availability. Remember, if you are a music major or minor, you must choose June 15. although other majors may attend that day as well. The sooner you sign up, the more likely you are to get your first choice. The deadline is June 1, don’t miss it! ■■ Friday, June 14 ■■ Saturday, June 15 ■■ Tuesday, June 18 ■■ Wednesday, June 19 ■■ Friday, June 21 ■■ Saturday, June 22 ■■ Tuesday, June 25 ■■ Wednesday, June 26





Use the enclosed card as a guide to register for SOAR on CatPAWS. Click Connect on the top right side of the Northwest website,, then choose CatPAWS under Quick Tools. You will need your student number to log in, which can be found on your acceptance letter or can be looked up directly from CatPAWS. If you haven’t logged in before, your PIN will be your 6-digit birth date. Once logged in, click the SOAR tab to register. If you do not have internet access, you can mail the enclosed postage paid card to us.

WAIT FOR THE NEXT BROCHURE When you register online, you’ll know immediately which day you will be attending. You’ll receive a follow up newsletter and confirmation after you sign up. Watch for it in the mail! In the meantime, you can view FAQs about SOAR at orientation/soarfaq.htm

QUESTIONS Call 800.633.1175, or locally at 660.562.1951, and ask for a member of the SOAR team.

SOAR 2013 Northwest Missouri State University

Summer Orientation and Registration

What goes on at SOAR? SIGN UP ONLINE SOON After we receive your registration to attend SOAR, you will get a confirmation packet within a few weeks. This will have details about your SOAR date, a campus map, payment policies and other important information. Our SOAR team will begin working on your fall course schedule as soon as we receive your SOAR registration. Schedules are completed based on the receipt of your SOAR registration, so the first person to register will be scheduled into classes first. Signing up online will speed up this process. It doesn’t matter which SOAR date you choose — just sign up early! Your schedule is constructed based on former students’ successful schedules, faculty recommendations, your major, any previous college credit, your interests and your academic profile. At SOAR, you can accept the entire schedule, or change part or all of it. THE SOAR LEADERS During SOAR you will be teamed up with a SOAR Leader and a small group of about 10-15 students who share similar interests. Your SOAR Leader will lead you through the day’s activities and help you become acquainted with Northwest.

SOAR Leaders are actual Northwest students. They have been on campus for at least two years and know the ins and outs of Northwest life.

However, if you do know what you want to major in, make sure to check that this information is correct on the confirmation card.

As a part of your SOAR group, you will also get to know other first-time students before moving on campus. You may even find a future roommate. This will help make your college transition even smoother.

If you have decided to switch majors from the time you sent in your application, make sure to let us know by calling or changing it when you register for SOAR, as this impacts your fall schedule.



A freshman directory will be available through CatPAWS in the same place you registered for SOAR, starting May 1. This directory will include your name, hometown, high school, major and SOAR date, and later, your Northwest email. It is set up to help you connect with other Northwest students in your major or from your geographic region. This tool is only accessible by other new freshmen. To be included, you just need to check the box in your SOAR registration on CatPAWS.

If you’re considering a major or minor in music, you must attend the June 15 SOAR date in order to take the departmental placement exams. FAMILY

At the Student Services Fair, families can ask those last-minute questions about student life, student support and financial assistance.

If you haven’t decided on a major, that’s OK. In fact, some students will tell you that coming to college without a declared major is a positive experience. Some would even recommend an undeclared major if you aren’t absolutely certain about what you want to do.

There is no charge for you or your guests to attend SOAR. GET OFFICIAL You must submit all final transcripts to make your admission complete. For a transcript to be official, the school must send the transcript in a sealed envelope to Northwest’s Office of Admissions. Remember to also have an official transcript sent from any college from which you have completed any dual credit, AP or college credit. FINANCIAL AID

Parents should attend SOAR with you if possible. We have a day full of activities to help your family become familiar with Northwest personnel and the community. We give them an orientation to campus, answer questions and show them a little fun, too.



Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at List Northwest’s school code (002496) to give us access to your record for processing. If you plan to borrow money, don’t forget to complete the Master Promissory Note at and the Entrance Counseling Session at


SOAR SCHEDULE Student and parent check-in and light breakfast, early bird tours of campus, information stations (Residential Life, Wellness Center, changing major, ROTC) Performing Arts Center 8-9 a.m.

Student and parent check-in and light breakfast Performing Arts Center 8-9 a.m.

Welcome Performing Arts Center 9-9:45 a.m.

Welcome Performing Arts Center 9-9:45 a.m.

Meet the SOAR Leaders and learn the day’s overview 9:45-10 a.m.

Meet the SOAR Leaders and learn the day’s overview 9:45-10:10 a.m.

Break – Students leave with SOAR Leader 10-10:40 a.m.

Advisement and registration overview 10:10-10:25 a.m.

“What I’ve Learned About College Life” Student Union Boardroom 10:40-10:50 a.m.

Break 10:25-10:40 a.m.

Northwest student panel Student Union Boardroom 10:50-11:15 a.m.

Student Services presentation Performing Arts Center 10:40-11:40 a.m.

Advisement and registration overview Student Union Boardroom 11:15-11:30 a.m.

College life skits Performing Arts Center 11:40-11:50 a.m.

Student Services information Student Union Boardroom 11:30 a.m.-NOON

Northwest student panel 11:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Student Services Fair Student Union Boardroom NOON-1:30 p.m.

Lunch Student Union Ballroom 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Meet with your faculty advisor and SOAR Leader for advisement and registration 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Writing and Math Challenge Colden Hall 3-4 p.m.

Choose from a variety of afternoon activities: • Student Services Fair • Residence Hall browsing – Dieterich and Hudson Halls only • Visit Java City and the Bookstore • Information sessions for parents e lin Student Union, 3rd Floor n ro 1:30-3:30 p.m. te

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Soar brochure 1 2013  

Summer Orientation and Registration brochure 2013, Northwest Missouri State University

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