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Your first step to becoming a Cardinal and the first step in your freshmen orientation sequence is SOAR (Student Orientation & Academic Registration).

SOAR Programs are offered from May through July, and all incoming freshmen must attend SOAR in order to enroll at SVSU. At SOAR, you will meet with an academic advisor to discuss your major and register for your first year of courses, learn about financial aid and important academic resources on campus, and connect with your new classmates and learn how to become involved on campus!

2019 SOAR Dates

Tuesday, May 14
Friday, May 17
Thursday, May 23
Wednesday, May 29
Friday, May 31
Wednesday, June 5
Friday, June 7
Tuesday, June 11
Friday, June 14
Wednesday, June 19
Friday, June 21
Friday, June 28
Thursday, July 18
Tuesday, July 23


Steps to Register for SOAR:

  1. Activate your SVSU username and password at 
  2. Go to and login using your SVSU username and password.
  3. Locate the "Self Service (Cardinal Direct)" box in the left column, and select the "Students" tab.
  4. Before attempting to select your SOAR date, click on the "My Financial Account" tab, and select "Make a Payment."
  5. Follow the prompts through the CashNet system to submit your $95 non-refundable orientation fee via e-check or credit card.
  6. Once you have submitted your payment, return to the "Students" tab and select the "New Student Next Steps" tab. Then select "Orientation Registration"
  7. Complete this form to select your SOAR date.  Be sure to click Submit and review your confirmation details.‌  â€Œ

‌If you have any questions or need assistance with this process, please contact the Office of Orientation Programs at 989-964-4070 or 

Need to Change Your Reservation?

If you need to change your SOAR date, you can do so online. Simply log in at and go to the "Orientation Registration" page, and select a new date.

If you have any questions or difficulties registering for your SOAR program, please call us at (989) 964-4070