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SOAR 2021

Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) is a series of two day on campus sessions with a companion parent/guardian program where we officially welcome you to our learning community and register you for your fall semester courses. Transfer students may elect to participate in one of the traditional two day SOAR events or elect in participating in a one day transfer specific program.

A true unique WNE tradition, you'll get a preview into life as a first year Golden Bear from faculty, staff, and our highly trained student Orientation Group Leaders, learn about important resources on campus, and get tips on how to make a smooth transition to life as a WNE college student. Once you're finished you'll be ready to soar into a successful fall semester.

Students have the option of an overnight experience and will get to stay in one of the Residence Halls on campus in their own individual room. Whether you are planning to live on campus or commute in the fall semester, all students are welcome and encouraged to stay on campus for SOAR. It’s a great way to meet new students and build friendships before classes even begin! For parents and guardians, we have partnered with the Sheraton in Springfield to reserve and offer special rates who live further away. More detailed information and a directed link are provided when you sign up for a SOAR session.

Welcome to SOAR!

  • Register for SOAR

    SOAR A: June 16-June 17
    SOAR B: June 23-June 24
    SOAR C: June 29-June 30
    SOAR D: July 6-July 7
    SOAR E: July 12-July 13

    Transfer SOAR: July 15

    Register now and claim your spot at one of the SOAR sessions!

    If you have specific questions or concerns regarding available dates, please contact Nicole Semanie, Assistant Director of Divisional Operations, at 413-782-1282 or email her at nicole.semanie@wne.edu.

    View SOAR Schedules
  • Congratulations on Becoming a Golden Bear!

    Join our Facebook group at Western New England University Class of 2025 (Official Group). Here you will be able to meet your future classmates, receive updates from Orientation Group Leaders (OGLs), and stay up to date on everything related to the Class of 2025!


    Beginning May 3, you will receive an email from the University within 1–2 business days of making your deposit containing your User ID, with details on activating your ID and accessing your WNE email. 

    If you have not received this email, please call the Office of Admissions at 413-782-1321.


    Kodiak is the online learning platform that the institution uses to assist with both online and in person courses at the University.  You must activate your WNE ID and email in order to log in. Kodiak is an important platform for you to use as you will be using it during your entire tenure at WNE. Kodiak can be accessed here.

    As a new member of the Golden Bear Community, you have been added to the Orientation Resource classroom in Kodiak. The orientation resource classroom will give you access to all the information you will need to:

    • Complete your English and Mathematics placement exams
    • Complete your Housing Application if you plan on being a resident student in the fall
    • Fill out the pre-registration survey that will assist your University Advisor in preparing for your registration session at SOAR or later in August
    • Learn about weekly fun virtual events where you get to meet fellow classmates and win awesome prizes
    • Meet your advisors, orientation group leaders, and other resources on campus
    • Discover the support services available for students

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about SOAR and other important information for incoming first-year students!