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FAQ For Starting Out at Roosevelt

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to SOAR. 

If you  have other questions please contact for assistance.

What is SOAR?

SOAR stands for Starting Out at Roosevelt and is a required 2.5 hour program for incoming undergraduates, who are not attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA).  SOAR programs are held during the months preceding the Fall or Spring semesters.  The purpose of SOAR is to help incoming students complete the business components related to financial aid, student accounts and advising in order to have a successful, stress-free beginning at Roosevelt University.  All students will have the opportunity to register for classes during SOAR. It is your one-stop-shop to prepare you for Orientation.

Do I have to attend Starting Out At Roosevelt (SOAR)?

SOAR is required for all new undergraduates unless you will be attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA).  SOAR is not required for parents and guardians, but they are strongly encouraged to attend.

How do I make a reservation for SOAR?

You must register using the SOAR Registration Page after you submit your $200 admission deposit. We do not take phone or fax reservations.  Please note that only a limited number of students can be accommodated each day to ensure appropriately small advisement groups. Register early to ensure you get your desired date and time.

How do I get there?

SOAR sessions will be available at the Chicago Campus.  See Wabash Maps and Directions.

Will I be able to take a campus tour?

Yes, there is an optional tour available at the end of the session.

What should I bring to SOAR?

  • Photo identification card (i.e., driver's license or state identification)
  • Cash, check or credit card to pay the $200 admission deposit if you have not paid your deposit prior to registering for SOAR. Registration for classes will only be open to students who have paid the deposit.
  • Comfortable shoes and attire for walking around the campus
  • Pen, pencil, and paper
  • Be sure you're ready by following the checklist what to do before SOAR.

Do I need to take a placement exam before I register for classes?

Maybe. The Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA) is necessary for students who have not taken either the ACT or SAT within the past two years or who do not have the appropriate English or math transfer credit. If you are required to take the Roosevelt University Assessment (RUA), you must complete the RUA before attending SOAR and registering for classes. Read more about placement and the RUA.

May I bring my siblings to SOAR?

We recognize and appreciate how valuable the entire family is to the student's academic success however the SOAR program is designed for students and their parents or guardians. Families needing special assistance are also welcome to bring their primary support provider.  

Do Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) students attend SOAR?

No, CCPA students do not attend SOAR and should not register for SOAR.  CCPA students will attend a kick-off week in August and receive information directly from the college regarding next steps for class registration. 

Where should I call if I need to arrange for an accessibility accommodation for my SOAR visit?

If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in the SOAR program, please email at least 72 hours prior to your reserved SOAR date.  

What hotels are in the area?

Click here for details on rates and hotels located near Roosevelt University campuses.

Where should I park?

Chicago Sessions: Click here for discounted parking options for Chicago Campus sessions.  All patrons of these lots must have their parking ticket validated at the security desk in the lobby entrance of the Wabash Building in order to receive the discount.

How much does SOAR cost?

Participation in the SOAR program is free.

Will refreshments be provided?

Yes. There will be light refreshments provided.