Eastern Michigan University to kick off orientation with SOAR program dates – March 10 - August 12

YPSILANTI –  Eastern Michigan University encourages future students to receive guidance and explore their pathways during a series of Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) programs. The SOAR program includes advising and fall course registration, small group time led by a peer mentor, and presentations from the Office of Financial Aid and other campus departments. 

“We’re hoping students will use this opportunity to learn about EMU and campus life and create for the students a sense of belonging,” said Calvin McFarland, associate vice president of academic service. “We have various departments that will attend to help students get the inside scoop on what an education can look like at EMU.”

To increase the momentum and awareness of the SOAR program, incoming students and their families will start the day at a resource fair where they can gather information from 25 different departments, engage with other students and check out Eastern's amenities. In addition, Campus Life will host a photo booth to get students excited about the day and small giveaways for participation.

With over 100 students expected to visit EMU for orientation, prospective students are encouraged to register at EMU to experience SOAR and its many benefits. EMU has open availability to register for the following dates:

  • Friday, March 10
  • Saturday, March 11
  • Saturday, March 25
  • Saturday, April 15
  • Saturday, May 13
  • Wednesday, May 17
  • Saturday, May 20 (virtual)
  • Friday, May 26
  • Saturday, June 3
  • Saturday, June 17
  • Friday, June 23
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Saturday, July 29
  • Saturday, August 5
  • Saturday, August 12 (virtual)


SOAR is mandatory for all new first-year students and a required part of the orientation process. For more information about SOAR, visit EMU’s orientation page

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

March 06, 2023

Written by:
Brittany Mobley

Media Contact:
Melissa Thrasher