Do I have to attend?
No, but you are encouraged and welcome to attend! Approximately 60% of the
first-year students who attend bring at least one guest. If you cannot or do
not want to attend, your student certainly won't be the only one without a
parent/guardian with them.
Why should I attend?
You will be given the opportunity to meet with and hear from representatives
from many different departments on campus. You will learn about some of the
expectations that will be placed on your first-year student. You will be able
to ask questions, receive answers, and share information with other
What if I can't attend?
When your student returns from S.O.A.R., ask questions and ask to see the
folder of material each student receives. Consult the Helpful Phone Numbers
list and call the appropriate offices to get the information you need. You may
wish to be a part of our e-mail connection -- call Karen Gavula at 724-836-7497
or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Is there a fee?
Yes. A fee of $50 is assessed for those parents/guardians not staying on
campus; for those staying on campus, the fee is $65. The fee covers meals,
materials, evening entertainment and linens for those staying. Unfortunately,
the fee is not pro-rated if you must leave early or can't attend the second
Will I be with my student?
Please consult the tentative schedule. You will not be with your student about
half the time. You will not be with your student during their placement exams
or during their class registration times.
How many parents/guardians stay on campus?
115 parents/guardians stayed on-campus during S.O.A.R. 2008. Parents/guardians
are housed in a different area than the students. You will be housed in a 4
bedroom, 2 bathroom air-conditioned apartment. If attending alone, you will be
housed with other parents of the same gender.If attending with a significant
other, you will be housed with another couple.
Can I bring my sister/other children/friend, etc?
Small children can easily become bored (as you know!), so they sometimes have a
difficult time at S.O.A.R. Older children are welcome, as are other family
members. It's up to you!
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