SOAR – Summer Orientation for New Students

Welcome to Holy Cross College!

We are thrilled to welcome you to Holy Cross College! All new first year (freshmen) and transfer students are required to attend Saints Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), which is a one-day, summer orientation session that takes place before classes begin. During SOAR you will learn about campus resources, tour residence halls, meet other new students, and register for fall semester classes. You are encouraged to bring at least one parent or guardian. We look forward to meeting you!


You may register for SOAR after submitting your enrollment deposit. To allow for one-on-one advising sessions, SOAR registration will close if capacity is reached. Early registration is recommended.

There are three available SOAR dates for summer 2019. Please register for one session:

Monday, June 10, 2019 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Registration Closed
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Registration Closed
Monday, June 24, 2019 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) Registration Closed

Gateway SOAR registration


You will be assigned a detailed itinerary upon check-in. Your day will include the following topics and activities:

  • Finalizing financial aid requirements
  • Understanding your student account and billing
  • Health and counseling resources
  • Campus employment
  • Core curriculum and First Year Seminar overview
  • Fall semester course registration
  • Campus technology and HCC email accounts
  • Student ID photos
  • Campus security
  • Academic success tips
  • How to get engaged on campus
  • Residence Hall tours and housing applications

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for you and your guests

Before Attending SOAR

  1. Complete the Online Comprehensive Health Form
    The Online Comprehensive Health Form can be completed on your HCC Student Portal. More information about campus health and wellness resources can be found at If you have any questions, please contact Tom DeHorn, Director of Counseling and Health at
  2. Acquire Immunization Record
    You are required to present Holy Cross College with a copy of your immunization record. Please bring a copy with you to SOAR or send it electronically to Tom DeHorn at A list of all required immunizations can be found at
  3. Review Academics Programs
    Review the academic majors and minors Holy Cross offers to familiarize yourself with our programs. Come prepared to discuss academic, graduate school, and/or career goals so that we can build a curriculum that best meets your needs. If you are undecided or have several interests, you are in good company! Many students change majors or add minors after enrolling, and there is plenty of time to explore your interests before declaring a major—or two!
  4. Send Final Transcripts
    Please have a final high school transcript sent to Holy Cross College as soon as it becomes available. If possible, please have it sent prior to SOAR. Final transcripts show a graduation or completion date.
  5. Submit AP Scores and Transfer Credits
    If you have taken Advanced Placement exams, you may be eligible to earn Holy Cross credit prior to enrolling. Please have your AP test scores sent to Holy Cross College directly from the College Board. Adjustments to your fall semester schedule may be required for test scores that arrive after SOAR. If you are a transfer student, have completed previous college coursework, and/or have dual-enrollment credit, please have official college transcripts sent to Holy Cross College prior to SOAR if possible.

Map and Directions

Holy Cross College is located on Indiana State Road 933 across from the University of Notre Dame and next to Saint Mary’s College. Click here for travel suggestions.

You may park in the off-student parking lot (#2 on the campus map). Check-in will take place in the Vincent Atrium (#5 on the campus map).

Campus Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What if I cannot attend SOAR?
A. 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. Please inform the Office of Admissions if you are unable to attend SOAR.

Q. Is there a SOAR registration fee?
A. A $125 orientation fee will be assessed to your fall semester bill on your student account to assist in covering the cost of SOAR in June and Welcome Weekend in August. This fee covers meals, refreshments, materials, and all other program-related costs.

Q. What should I expect at SOAR?
A. Students and guests will begin the day together, and then there is separate programming throughout the day. Students are divided into small 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 resource sessions. Parents and guests will attend campus resource presentations led by faculty and staff and tour campus. A continental breakfast and lunch in Siegfried Dining Hall are provided.

Q. Are parents required to attend SOAR?
No, parents are not required to attend SOAR, but you are encouraged to bring at least one parent or guardian with you. Other guests (i.e. younger siblings, grandparents) are welcome to attend as well. Parents and other guests will have their own programming throughout the day.