Welcome to Saints Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)!

We are thrilled to welcome all our new Saints to Holy Cross College! All new students are required to attend SOAR, which is a one-day orientation session that takes place the summer before you begin classes. During SOAR you will learn about campus resources, meet other new students, faculty, and staff, and register for fall classes. Once you pay your enrollment deposit you can start the process of registering for SOAR. This website has all the information you need to prepare and register for SOAR. Please take time to explore the website and register for a session that works with your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!

Welcome to SOAR

Before Attending SOAR

1. Complete the math placement exam.
All new students are required to take an online math placement test at least 2 weeks before attending SOAR. You will need to take the math placement test to determine your appropriate math placement and potentially waive a math course that is a requirement for you.

You must complete the math placement test before coming to SOAR to ensure that you will be able to register for the correct math class. There will not be time during SOAR for you to take this test.Click here to learn more about the math placement test.

To complete the math placement test, go to:

  1. Click Sign Up Now!
  2. Insert the Course Code: DETN9-MXLX9
  3. Click “I have never used ALEKS before”
  4. Click purchase access online
  5. Enter your payment information (math placement exam costs $25) and create a log-in account using your Holy Cross ID provided to you by our Admissions Office. Call the Admissions office at 574-239-8400 if you forgot your ID.

NOTE: If you do not complete the test before SOAR, you will have to change your class schedule after orientation. If you have questions about the exam or have difficulty accessing it, contact Dr. Martin Sulkanen at

2. Complete the Comprehensive Health Form
If you have any questions, please contact Tom DeHorn, Director of Counseling and Health at

3. Review the Academics Majors
Review the academic majors Holy Cross offers to familiarize yourself with our programs. At this point, you may already have an idea of what you would like to major in. If you are undecided, that’s completely fine! You will have plenty of time to decide on a major. What you decide to major in may determine which classes your register for at SOAR.

Holy Cross’ Academic Majors

4. AP and Transfer Credits
If you have any Advanced Placement credit from high school, Holy Cross will grant you credit for appropriate scores. Please have your AP test scores sent to us directly from College Board.

If you are a transfer student and have previous college coursework or have dual-enrollment credit from high school, please have an official transcript sent to us as soon as possible.

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Register for SOAR

soar 4We are excited that you have made Holy Cross your college choice! It is now time to make plans to attend your academic orientation.

Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration, or SOAR, is a daylong orientation where you and will learn about academic expectations, campus technology, financial aid, residential life, upcoming events, and best of all, register for classes.

Please register to attend one of the following dates:
Monday, June 12, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017


What to Bring

Please bring copies of your immunization records. For more information, click here.

We will have all the supplies you need to register for classes. Just get a great night’s rest and come prepared to learn, meet your classmates, and register for classes!

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Map and Directions

Holy Cross is easily accessible by car, plane, train or bus. Please visit for more maps and complete directions.

Campus Map

Click here for a printable PDF version of our campus map.


Do I have to attend SOAR?

Yes! SOAR is mandatory for all new students. At SOAR you will learn about important resources to help you prepare to start in the Fall semester. Most importantly, you will register for Fall classes during SOAR.

How much does the program cost?

The $80 SOAR fee assists in covering the cost for students to attend the program. The non-refundable fee for all incoming students is assessed on the Fall tuition statement. This fee covers lunch and refreshments, materials and all other program-related costs.

What if I can’t attend SOAR?

All new students are expected to attend SOAR. We hope you are able to find a session that works with your schedule. However, if you are unable to attend due to distance or an unavoidable conflict, you must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor after the last SOAR date in June. Keep in mind that at this point you will not get your first choice of which classes to take. Your first step to doing this is to contact Admissions to make sure your application requirements are complete. If you do not attend one of the June SOAR dates, you will be required to attend a final SOAR session in August.

What time does SOAR start?

SOAR is an all-day program, typically running from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Students are required to attend the entire program.

Where do I park for SOAR?

The closest place to park is number two on the map, Off Campus Student Parking Lot. Follow the sidewalk into the Atrium, number five on the map, where you will check in. You do not need a permit during a SOAR Session. See our Campus Map.

When do I register for classes?

You will register for classes at SOAR. You will listen to a presentation by an academic advisor and then have the opportunity to register yourself for Fall classes.
What else happens during the day?
By the end of SOAR, you will have taken a tour of campus, learn about the various offices and resources provided, and sit in special sessions where you will talk with current students, faculty and staff about academic and social aspects of the campus. You also will get your Student I.D picture taken. Lunch is provided for the student and registered guests.

Are parents required to attend SOAR?

No, parents are not required to attend SOAR, but are encouraged to attend. Parents and guests will have their own agenda for the day and participate in separate sessions than the students

Do I have to take a placement test before SOAR?

Yes. All students must take the math placement test at least 2 weeks before coming to SOAR. Click here for more information on the math placement exam.

What if I want to improve my math placement score in order to take a higher level math course?

You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result. You can learn more by visiting

Will I have an advisor assigned to me during SOAR?

First-year advisors are assigned during the second week of the fall semester. You will be able to contact any first-year advisor during the summer if you need assistance. Click here for more information on academic advising.

2017 SOAR Leaders

Information coming soon!

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