Tennessee Tech opens registration for summer ‘SOAR’ sessions, encourages early sign-ups to guarantee preferred dates

April 2, 2024
Members of the Tech cheerleading squad welcome attendees to SOAR last year

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Tech University will welcome its newest class of Golden Eagles to campus for Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) sessions throughout the summer. University leaders encourage students to sign up early to lock in their preferred dates.

SOAR is a two-day program to help admitted freshmen get acclimated to Tech, finalize information for their academic major, set a class schedule for the fall semester and learn about student life on campus.

Registration for SOAR opened on March 19 and continues throughout the summer. Incoming students and their families can choose from among 10 different session dates, with the first kicking off on May 28 and the final session beginning on July 29. Space is limited at each SOAR session, but students can attend a session that works for their summer travel schedule by completing their SOAR registration now.

“There are many different facets to my job, but leading and organizing SOAR is one of my favorites,” said Courtney Brehm, director of New Student & Family Programs at Tech. “I love seeing the campus come together to support the transition process of our incoming students and roll out the welcome mat for them.”

Assisting Brehm in facilitating SOAR sessions will be a group of 17 student orientation assistants (SOAs) – current Tech students who help guide incoming freshmen through the orientation process and stay connected to them even after their SOAR session ends.

“When students and their parents come to campus for SOAR, we want them to feel welcomed and connected to Tech. The SOAs play a crucial role in that by answering questions, connecting with students and their parents and providing insight into their own personal experiences as a student here on campus,” Brehm explained. “They truly are there to be a resource and assist students throughout the entire transition process.”

As Brehm looks ahead to this summer’s sessions, she hopes each SOAR participant will come away with their questions answered and a sense of confidence in their decision to enroll at Tech.

“You’ll be provided with resources to help you remember all the important details, so just fully enjoy the experience and soak it all in – and maybe wear a comfortable pair of shoes!” she concluded.

Tech is ranked as a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report and offers more than 200 programs of study. Tech grads leave with the least debt of all public universities in the state. In fact, based on total cost and alumni earnings, Tech provides students with the highest return on investment for any public university in Tennessee, according to PayScale.

Incoming Tech freshmen can register for SOAR at www.tntech.edu/soar.