FAQ -  Freshmen SOAR

What is the schedule for Freshmen SOAR V?

SOAR V Schedule

12:00 PM Check-In
1:00 PM Opening Session
2:00 PM Parents/Students split and Parent SOAR begins
2:00 PM Meet & Greet with SOAR groups
3:00 PM Student Life & Residence Life Overview
4:30 PM Financial Aid Session
4:45 PM Student Organization Fair Starts
5:30 PM Dinner in McNair Hall
6:30 PM SOAR V Concludes

What about my parents?
  • We have a program for parents too!
  • Click here for information on Parent SOAR!

Where should I park for SOAR?

  • If coming from 59, take the Fondren exit and head South on Fondren.  Take the second entrance to HBU on the right.  Go straight until you get to the stop sign.  Turn right at the stop sign and park anywhere you like.  Check in is in the Lake House (the big six story dorm straight ahead!)  
  • If you take the Beechnut exit, head South on Beechnut and turn left into HBU when the baseball field becomes visible on your left.  Take your first left into the parking lot.

Anything Else?

  • Bring your completed HBU Meningitis Form and Proof of Vaccination (if not already turned in).  We must have these items per Texas law!
  • Spending money for HBU apparel and gifts at the HBU Bookstore!

What will be provided for me at SOAR?

  • You will be given your Fall class schedule. 
  • The opportunity to register for your parking pass and have your HBU student ID made.
  • The opportunity to meet with Financial Aid counselors and get help with payment plans.
  • All meals are provided by HBU.
  • Great opportunities to meet the campus community, meet fellow new Huskies, learn about HBU traditions, and gain valuable information concerning your transition to HBU!

Do I need to meet with an advisor before I attend freshmen SOAR?

  • No. All new freshmen will be pre-registered for fall classes before arriving at SOAR.  The Office of Admissions will be working closely with academic advisors to place you in the best possible schedule to start you on your academic journey.
  • We will take into account your major and selected career path, AP/IB credit, dual credit, and other factors to get you the best possible schedule for your first semester at HBU.  

Do I have to pay my tuition and fees at SOAR?

  • You will not be required to make full payment during SOAR. 
  • You will, however, be asked to make payment arrangements at SOAR, which often requires paying $50 to set up a payment plan.
  • Please fill out out your Financial Arrangments Worksheet with your parents BEFORE arriving at SOAR!  This will expedite your clearing of Financial Aid and give you and your parents more time for the fun stuff!
  • Your Financial Arrangements worksheet will be sent in your SOAR Confirmation packet in mid-May.
  • Our Financial Aid and Cashier's Office staff will be available and happy to help you with your financial aid and payment plan questions.

Further Frequently Asked Questions about SOAR!

What is SOAR?
HBU’s new student orientation

What does SOAR stand for?
Student orientation and registration

Do I need to attend SOAR?
Yes all new students will need to attend SOAR.

Can my parents come?
Yes parents are more than welcome. We will have specific programming for the parents in attendance.

Will I register for classes or meet with an advisor at SOAR?
No, you will be given a schedule when you check in during Day 1. If you have a major change for you schedule then you can contact admissions at admissions@hbu.edu.

What does a basic schedule look like for SOAR?
Please see the schedule at the top of this page. 

What are the topics I will hear about?
You will have everything covered about your life here at HBU including about your academic college, freshman year experience, spiritual life here at HBU, Career and Calling, Campus Recreation, Academic Success Center, Student involvement, residence life, and financial aid.

Where will I stay?
All students will stay in our Freshman Village with other Class of 2018 Huskies! Parents you can find a list of area hotels here.

What should I expect?
Discover all that HBU has to offer; connect with fellow first year students, current HBU students and faculty and staff here at HBU; prepare for the upcoming semester by clearing financial services; and enjoy your new home and start preparing your 4 years at HBU.

What should I bring?
                Comfortable clothing and shoes (outdoor appropriate)
                Sleeping bag or a blanket
                Spending money

What should I not bring?
HBU is a dry campus therefore drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products are prohibited.

How will I know which SOAR session I am registered for?
You will receive a confirmation email and packet from us in Mid-May to early June. 
Will I have a chance to talk with financial aid?
There are many different times to talk with financial aid during SOAR, including a session to talk one on with one of our financial aid counselors. Be sure to have your FAFSA complete and filed in order to have a productive meeting with the counselors.

How do I contact financial aid?
You can contact financial aid by email: financialaid@hbu.edu or by phone: 281.649.3749.

What does "financially cleared" mean?
It is our hope that all students, after attending SOAR, will be financial cleared. This means that payment options have been set up. You will NOT have to pay all tuition and fees but you need to have a plan.

What is the math placement exam and do I need to take it?
The math placement exam will help to determine which math class you should be placed in freshman year. You can find more information by going to www.hbu.edu/testing. It is encouraged that all science and math majors take the math placement exam.

Where do I check in and check out?
You will check in at McNair Hall and you will checkout in the Hinton Center.

What happens if I cannot attend SOAR at all?
You will need to contact admissions (admissions@hbu.edu).

What happens if I cannot attend both days of SOAR?
You will need to contact admissions (admissions@hbu.edu) to let us know.

What happens if I have to leave SOAR early?
You will need to contact admissions (admissions@hbu.edu).

What things to I need to have done before attending SOAR?
Make sure you have sent HBU your final HS transcript, any official college transcripts (dual credit), meningitis shot record, and any AP test scores you may have.

What is a SOAR Leader?
A SOAR Leader is a current student that will lead you during your Orientation. They are experts in all areas of HBU and are here to make sure your transition to college is as smooth as possible!  Check out the SOAR Leader Tumblr page!