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  • Welcome to Your Virtual SOAR Experience 

    Our faculty, staff, and administration are happy to provide these resources to our new students and their families as we make final preparations for the arrival of the SFU Class of 2025!

    Below you will find important information pertaining to both on-campus and interactive virtual SOAR sessions, a library of helpful resources including downloadable presentations and handouts and on-demand pre-recorded presentations, as well as links to help you schedule follow-up appointments with such offices as the Business Office (billing), the Office of Financial Aid, Student Health Insurance, and the Center for Academic Success (accommodations, course schedules, advising, and more).

    As always, if there are any additional questions or concerns regarding the SOAR programming or preparing for the 2021-2022 academic year, please don’t hesitate to email orientation@francis.edu.

  • Preparing for Your SOAR Experience

  • Registering for SOAR Events

    The Office of Admissions invites you to attend Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (S.O.A.R.).  To sign-up for your SOAR session, visit my.francis.edu and log-in using your student credentials.

    Once you've logged in, select the "Future Students" tab and locate your "My 'To Do' Folder."

    As you begin completing the various required enrollment-registration forms, you'll also find the SOAR sign-up form.

    After you've signed-up for SOAR, the Office of Admissions will be confirming your attendance through written, phone, email, or text correspondence.

    The 2021 SOAR Agendas can be found at francis.edu/soar.

      Attending a Virtual SOAR Session?

      If you sign-up for one of the Virtual SOAR sessions (June 18th or July 9th), the Zoom link will be sent to students/families the day before their scheduled SOAR session.  These links will provide access to the main meeting/presentation room using the Zoom platform. 

      To access the Zoom presentation room, you need only a reliable internet connection and a device with both audio/video capability so that you may see and hear the presentations.  Tablets, PCs, Laptops, or smartphones will suffice. 

      You are not required to have a web-camera or built-in microphone to attend/participate as you will be able to communicate with the presenters via the Zoom chat feature, but we always like to see and hear our students and families so web-cameras and built-in microphones are preferred.

      Please change your Zoom account name to that of the student's name so that the speakers can address the students accordingly.  To help you change your displayed name in Zoom, check out this helpful video.

      • Additional SOAR Resources

      • Downloadable Resources

        Peruse through these downloadable PDF versions of presentations and handouts to help your family become more familiar with some of the various programs and services available to your student:

        Family Resource Guide

        Academic Success

        Student Billing

        MyHealth@School (Student Health Center)

        Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

        IT Services & Laptop Program

        Meal Plans

        Residence Life: What Not/To Bring and Room & Furniture Measurements

        Commuter Success Guide

        Additional Academic Advising Information to help you prepare for your first year!

        On-Demand Presentations

        Browse through these pre-recorded presentations to help further introduce your student and family to many of the support services that are integrated into the SFU experience:

        Schedule Follow-Up Meetings (optional)

        Consider your options to connect with key offices/personnel to discuss your student-specific accounts.  You can request to schedule a meeting over the phone or through video conferencing.

        • Connect with our Business Office for billing questions or concerns at billing@francis.edu.
        • Connect with our Financial Aid Office for questions or concerns about your financial aid award package at finaid@francis.edu.
        • Connect with our Center for Academic Success to discuss any questions or concerns about academic support, accommodations, etc. by emailing April Fry, Assistant Director of Academic Success & Accessibility Services Coordinator at afry@francis.edu.
        • Connect with our Student Health Center - UPMC's MyHealth@School - to discuss your student's healthcare services, prescriptions, or other health-related questions at studenthealth@francis.edu
        • Connect with our Office of Residence Life with any questions or concerns regarding your campus housing or dining plan at residencelife@francis.edu.

        Additional Services and Opportunities for Students

        Explore many other services and opportunities available to support your student’s experience through these helpful downloads: 

        • Saint Francis University is founded on Catholic, Franciscan values and those values are very much alive throughout the fabric of the University...check out this brief introduction to Campus Ministry and download their handout to learn more.
        • Thinking about exploring the world through Study Abroad?  Learn more from this helpful guide!
        • Interested in bringing your Cheer and/or Dance experience to Loretto to represent the Red Flash spirit on campus?  Check out our Cheer and Dance teams' informational brochures or visit their website for more information -- scholarships are available!
        • Want to boost your leadership acumen and train to serve in the U.S. Army while studying at SFU?  Find out why SFU ROTC students are some of the very best in the U.S...download their program overview -- scholarships are available!
        • Career Services assists every SFU student and alumni for free for life, starting with your first year as a Red Flash student.  Various major and career exploration resources  are available to you on-demand and appointments with our career coaches can be scheduled on Handshake.  If you're a family member, here are 7 tips for how you can support the career development of your student.
        • The local poor and needy are always remembered at Saint Francis University through our very own Dorothy Day Outreach Center.  The DDOC provides many essential services to our neighbors who need our assistance.  Download their informational brochure or complete and return the student involvement sign-up sheet to get involved now!
        • Don't plan on bringing  your car to campus?  No sweat!  The Center for Student Engagement provides excellent Transportation Services for local transportation depots, non-emergency medical appointments, and local shopping, too!  Download their Transportation Services Guide to learn more!
        • Looking to get involved on campus and making the most of YOUR SFU experience? Check out the live, interactive student-life platform through Engage where you can browse exciting campus events, student clubs and organizations, and much more!
      • Next Steps:

        • Following your SOAR experience, you’ll want to make sure that your Student To-Do list is all checked-off so that you’ll be ready to Check-In/Move-In in August.  See details about your To-Do List below.
        • Students, be sure to begin checking your SFU email regularly for important updates and announcements about Check-In/Move-In, your classes, your housing/roommate information, vehicle registration, and more!
        • Students & Parents, you’ll continue to receive updates about any changes that may be made related to meeting with your Academic Advisor, changes to your Fall schedule, details regarding Check-In/Move-In details, the start of classes and the Fall semester, and more.
        • At any time, feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns at orientation@francis.edu and we’ll be happy to connect you to the appropriate office/personnel.
        • DOWNLOAD this helpful Next Steps Checklist to help you stay organized and get prepared for your transition into the Red Flash Family (looks great hanging on a fridge!)

        Important Dates:

        • Check-In/Move-In for Fall Sport Pre-Season Camps will be coordinated and communicated by each team's coaching staff.
        • Check-In/Move-In for New International Students: Contact Dr. Renee Bernard for details at rbernard@francis.edu.
        • Check-In/Move-In for New Domestic Students: August 12
          • Additional information regarding Check-In/Move-In times and procedure will be sent home.
        • New Student Orientation: Thursday, August 12 through Sunday, August 15 (required for ALL new students: residential and commuter)
        • Classes Begin: Monday, August 16
        • Check out the Fall 2021 Academic Calendar for other important dates.
      • Your Student Preparation Checklist

        log into:
        my.francis.edu

        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 
      • Virtual Campus Tour

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        Can’t wait to check out our beautiful campus in person? Check out our virtual campus map. 

        Select the Virtual Campus Visit if you prefer a guided campus tour.  

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