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

2. 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

3. 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.

All new students will be required to attend one of the following dates:

Monday, June 11, 2018 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET)
Friday, June 22, 2018 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET)

Gateway Scholars can click here to register for SOAR

Registration now open!

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. Your first step to doing this is to contact Admissions to make sure your application requirements are complete. Next, please contact Phyllis Scott at 574-239-8377 to set up a phone appointment with an academic advisor to register for fall classes.

What time does SOAR start?

SOAR is an all-day program, typically running from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Students are required to attend the entire program.

What should I expect at SOAR?

Students and parents will begin the day together, then are split into two separate groups during the day. Students and parents will join back together at the end of the day.
The students are divided into three groups led by SOAR leaders, who are current Holy Cross students. Throughout the day, students will have social activities with their fellow classmates, register for classes, get their student ID picture taken, and attend various campus resources sessions. The parents will stay in the auditorium for most of the day listening to campus resources presentations led by faculty and staff and will also have a chance to tour the campus. Lunch is served halfway through the day. SOAR will conclude at 5 p.m. with an ice cream social and optional residential hall tours.

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

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

Name: Katie Luczak
Year: Junior
Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Zionsville, Indiana
Clubs/involvement at HCC/ND/SMC: Zumba at St. Mary’s
Favorite class taken at HCC: Children’s Literature
What is your dream job? Teacher, Event planner, or personal organizer
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Being an RA in Anselm Hall
Interesting fact: I am an Irish twin.

Name: Max Coduti
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Saint John, Indiana
Clubs/involvement at HCC/ND/SMC: Notre Dame Rugby player
Favorite class taken at HCC: THEO 140
What is your dream job? Business management position
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? More classes specific to my major
Interesting fact: two time all conference rugby player in Chicago

Name: Ayari Lopez
Year: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Clubs/involvement at HCC/ND/SMC: Cheer, Student Government Association (SGA)
Favorite class taken at HCC: Composition 1 with Dr. Watson
What is your dream job? Biomedical engineer
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Being able to continue my education while having fun in the process.
Interesting fact: I have attended 11 schools.

Name: Abby Magyar
Year: Sophomore
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Art
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Clubs/involvement at HCC/ND/SMC: Assistant Secretary in the Faculty Office, VP of Yoga Club
Favorite class taken at HCC: Children’s Literature
What is your dream job? Art Teacher
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? The opportunities, new experiences, and hopefully travel
Interesting fact: I lived in Maui, Hawaii for 6 months and went cliff diving while there

Name: Steven Juzwiak
Year: Junior
Major: Business
Minor: Communications
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Clubs/involvement at HCC/ND/SMC: Intramural Chair
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Meeting new people
Interesting fact: I am missing a tooth

Name: Caleb McDaniel
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business
Minors: Marketing and Computer Science
Hometown: Elkhart, IN
Clubs/involvement at HCC/ND/SMC: Entertainment Co-Chair
Favorite class taken at HCC: Public Speaking
What is your dream job? ESPN Broadcaster
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Growing socially, academically, and in my faith here at Holy Cross.
Interesting fact: I can throw a football behind my back 20 yards

Name: IC Young III
Year: Sophomore
Major: Communications
Minor: Global Perspectives
Hometown: Capitol Heights, MD
Favorite class taken at HCC: Theology 240
What is your dream job? Copywriter
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Getting a single in Basil Hall and next semester’s Assassin game
Interesting fact: I live in the edge of D.C. but still in Maryland

Name: Bashar Saleh
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Med, Business
Minor: Biology
Hometown: Amman, Jordan/Indiana
Favorite class taken at HCC: Psychology, Introduction Computer Applications
What is your dream job? Cardiologist
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Continuing school to make it to med school
Interesting fact: I am the oldest of 5

Name: Tess Swastek
Position: S.O.A.R. Intern
Year: 2nd year graduate student
School: Grand Valley State University (in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
Undergraduate major: Clinical Exercise Science (at GVSU)
What is your dream job? A position working with college students in the area of health and wellness
What are you looking forward to in 2017-2018? Completing my Master’s degree!
Interesting fact: I sing and am self-taught on guitar