Summer Orientation and Academic Registration


Summer Orientation and Academic Registration is the official beginning of your life as a student at Saint Francis University.  During SOAR, you and your parents will be introduced to the many academic and student-support resources that you will be receiving throughout your time at SFU.  You’ll also receive your fall class schedule, meet your academic advisor, and you’ll meet many of your fellow Red Flash classmates.


SOAR will provide you with everything you need to successfully start your SFU experience! 



New students (freshmen and transfers) and their parents/guardians are expected to attend only one SOAR date.  The 2024 dates are as follows: 


  • Thursday, June 6 - In Person
  • Friday, June 7 - In Person
  • Friday, June 14 - In Person
  • Thursday, June 20 - In Person
  • Friday, June 21 - In Person
  • Monday, June 24- In Person
  • Friday, July 12 - Virtual

2024 SOAR Agendas: 

Start your SOAR experience with your Student To-Do list.  See details about your To-Do List below.  Follow the our guide for your login information to begin then proceed to below to login and continue to the future students tab.


Your Student Preparation Checklist

log into:

In  the "My 'TO DO' Folder" first complete the Class Registration Financial Terms Agreement and Merit Scholarship Terms and Conditions then you will be prompted to complete the remaining items:

  • SOAR Registration
  • FERPA Release
  • Personal Goals & Pre-Course Registration Questionnaire
  • Roommate Assignment Questionnaire
  • Meal Plan Selection
  • Student Health Services
  • Emergency Contact 
  •  Laptop Opt-In/Out

Before you begin, download our guide to help you navigate though the registrations screens. 


SOAR Student Guide 2024

SOAR Parent Guide 2024

SOAR Family Resource Guide 2024

Places to Stay

Altoona, PA (Approximately 18 miles to campus)
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Courtyard Marriott
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
Cresson, PA (Approximately 6 miles to campus) 
  • Cresson House Bed & Breakfast
Ebensburg, PA (Approximately 8 miles to campus)
  • Quality Inn
Johnstown (Approximately 30 miles to campus)
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites 


Additional Accommodations