SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Student leader with freshmen at SOAR

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) 

The freshman orientation program at University of Detroit Mercy is a two-part, hybrid program (in-person and online) called Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR).  

SOAR Part I:  This half-day, in-person event will give you the opportunity to become more familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy by meeting other new students, touring university facilities, learning about available resources and registering for classes. 

View the SOAR Part I schedule and make a reservation.

Students who are not able to travel to campus for SOAR Part I can make a reservation for virtual advising/registration in lieu of the in-person event and should also complete SOAR Part II (below).  

View the Virtual Advising/Registration schedule and make a reservation.

SOAR Part II:  This 60-minute, online module will give you additional new student information and can be completed any time before classes begin. 

Begin the SOAR Part II module.

Class Placement

During SOAR or just before your SOAR session, you will meet with your academic advisor who will help you choose the classes that best fit your needs. Your SAT/ACT/placement test results will be used to help place you in appropriate level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. Placement tests need to be completed two weeks prior to meeting with your academic advisor. Read more about placement tests.

Financial Aid Consultations

Interested in discussing your scholarship and financial aid package or out-of-pocket costs? Our financial aid counselors stand ready to assist you and your family as you finalize your financial plans. We offer both in-person and virtual meeting options.  In-person appointments are available after each SOAR session and virtual appointments are available on non-orientation days.  Click your preferred link below for availability and to make an appointment.

In-Person Consultations

Virtual Consultations