• SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration) is for new first-year undergraduate students.
  • ROAR (Regents Off and Running) is for new undergraduate transfer students.


Rockford University’s orientation program for new first-year students is a two-part process. The first part is Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR), and the second part is Fall Orientation. SOAR is designed to specifically make your transition to college life as smooth as possible. During SOAR we will begin to cover everything you need know to be a student here so that when you start classes, you and your classmates, will be ready to hit the ground running. Your SOAR experience will start you on the road to success at Rockford University. SOAR is by appointment only so call the Office of Admission at 815-226-4050 or toll-free at 800-892-2984 to schedule your appointment.

What Happens at SOAR?
Student Orientation, Advising and Registration welcomes new first year students and answers many important questions. SOAR isn’t just for students; it involves parents and guardians as well. They are invited to campus for their own Parent/Guardian orientation program. During SOAR you and your parents will:

  • Meet other new students
  • Meet exceptional current students
  • Receive your Rockford University email address
  • Learn about student life
  • Understand financial aid
  • Meet your academic advisor and receive your fall class schedule
  • Have the opportunity to visit the residence halls

Upcoming SOAR Dates:

  • April 14, 2018
  • May 5, 2018
  • June 8, 2018
  • July 13, 2018
  • August 4, 2018

Bottom Line: This is one action-packed day! We are always mindful that RU students have a busy schedule, so we keep it relevant, informative, fast paced and fun.


Regents Off and Running is a registration event specifically focused on transfer students.  Meet with your faculty advisor to sign up for classes, chat with Financial Aid, get your student ID card, and find out about all of the services Rockford University can offer; all in one day! ROAR is by appointment only so call the Office of Admission at 815-226-4050 or toll-free at 800-892-2984 to schedule your appointment.

Upcoming ROAR Dates:

  • November 16, 2017 (Spring registration)
  • January 9, 2018 (Spring registration)
  • April 12, 2018
  • June 9, 2018
  • July 14, 2018
  • August 4, 2018

Department Information

Office of Admission
Nelson Hall--2nd floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax 815-226-2822
Office of Admission

Mon-Thurs - 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sat - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm -- Please call to reserve an appointment on Saturdays.

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