Freshmen Parent and Family Member Program Information

Yes, parents and family members are welcome at SOAR, we even designed an experience just for you.

The SOAR Parent/Family Member program consists of a series of special presentations designed to help parents and family members gain additional information about the University and its resources. It will also offer insight into the adjustments faced by new college students and their families during the next few years. There are no activities scheduled during SOAR for siblings; however, they are welcome to attend the parent/ family member program. Students may not to bring personal guests (other than family members) to the SOAR program.

While you are attending information sessions, your student's first day is devoted to campus orientation, academic advising, and developing #NinerPride. The second day consists of student services information and fall semester registration.

NOTE: Some presentations are offered jointly to students, and parents/ family members, while others are designed specifically for either students or parents/family members.

Niner Nation Family

We realize that parents and family members are a very important part of the university community and strive to provide valuable programs, services, and communication between the parents and families and the university in order to support student success and promote family involvement within the campus community. Membership to Niner Nation Family is free and open to all parents and families.

If you are interested in becoming a part of Niner Nation Family please visit their website at

Recommended Sessions for Graduates of Early College High Schools

Specific SOAR sessions are recommended for new students who graduated from early college high schools.  On these dates, academic advisors will be better prepared to work with early college graduates and a special breakout session will be offered for students and family members.  The Director of Early College Programs will provide information on programs and services available to this special population of new students.  All graduates of early colleges are encouraged to attend one of these three SOAR sessions.  For additional information, contact Dr. Michele Howard, Director of Early College programs, at

Summer SOAR Program Fees

Freshmen student = $135
Includes: overnight accommodations, both breakfasts and snacks,
a lunch, a dinner, all program materials, and all other expenses
associated with the program.

Freshmen Parent/family member = $65 each
Includes: two continental breakfasts, a buffet lunch, all program materials, and all other expenses associated with the program.

ALL parent/family members attending the SOAR program, regardless of age, must pay the $55 fee.

Freshmen Parent/family member overnight = additional $55 each
Includes overnight accommodations, dinner, and a ‘hot’ breakfast option.

The overnight fee is in addition to the program fee. For example, if you are a parent/family member attending SOAR, and you stay overnight, the total fee is $120.

ALL parent/family members staying overnight on campus, regardless of age, must pay the $55 fee.

Additional overnight = additional $25 each
Includes: overnight accommodations only.

This option is only for those students and parents and family members arriving the day before their scheduled SOAR session.

ALL students, parents, or family members staying overnight on campus, regardless of age, must pay the additional $25 per person fee.

SOAR reservations are not complete until payment is received.

Refunds require a written notification submitted five (5) business days prior to the student's confirmed SOAR date.

Parents/Family Members Staying Overnight at SOAR

Off-Campus Option

The SOAR program does not have any preferred hotel partners in the area. There are several hotels convenient to the University, located near campus. If you do not wish to utilize the on-campus housing available to you, we recommend that you research the best hotel for your family's needs.

On-Campus Option

Parents/family members choosing to stay on campus (see the Parent/Family Member Program Fee section above) should be aware that they will have a single room sleeping accommodation but will share a suite with another individual parent/family member. The suites have separate sleeping areas, yet share common living and bath areas. If two parents/family members (or more) attend, they will have a suite including separate bedrooms, common living and bath areas. Since parents/family members and students stay in different residence halls, separate luggage for each individual is recommended, as well as multiple alarm clocks. Parents/family members requiring special needs for housing accommodations (strobe fire alarms, wheelchair accessible facilities, disabled parking, etc.) should note this during the SOAR Registration process. Due to the per person fee structure (see the Parent/Family Member Program Fees section above), some families find that it is more cost effective to utilize area hotels should several individuals accompany the student to SOAR.

Privacy of Student Records

If you choose to attend SOAR, please be aware that some portions of the program are only open to students. Federal law broadly prohibits the disclosure of confidential information from student records, even to parents and family members – regardless of student’s tax status or the funding of the student’s education. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), enacted in 1974, has the primary purpose of protecting the privacy of student information by controlling access to, and disclosure of, students' education records. Faculty, staff, and administrative officers at UNC Charlotte are required by FERPA to treat education records confidentially unless a student provides written consent to disclose. Additional information about FERPA and the student waiver of protection is available at