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Summer Registration and Orientation (SOAR) is a unique WNE tradition where we officially welcome you to our learning community and register you for your fall semester courses. This year, SOAR has gone virtual giving you more flexibility to participate in dynamic programming and new ways to get to know your classmates, make new friends, and meet the people in your WNE network of support.

From faculty, staff, and our highly trained student Orientation Group Leaders, you'll get a preview into life as a first year Golden Bear, 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.

Welcome to SOAR!


    Join our Facebook group at Western New England University Class of 2024 (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 2024!


    Beginning May 1, 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 platform on which Virtual Summer Orientation will take place. You must activate your WNE ID and email in order to log in to Kodiak. Kodiak can be accessed here.

    Summer Orientation will be held virtually through Kodiak. This program will take place throughout the summer and details will continuously be emailed to you.

Complete the Health Record Form

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the University require that all students submit certain health records and maintain medical insurance coverage. To complete your health record requirements, please visit Health Services. On the left side of the screen you will find the menu option, click on Forms. There you will find the specific forms required, depending on your category of enrollment. Forms can be submitted until August 1, 2020.

How do I apply for on-campus student employment/earn my Federal Work Study Award?

Information will be provided regarding on-campus student employment during SOAR. For now, the following can help you prepare:

  1. Plan to attend the on-campus Student Job Fair. 
  2. Be prepared to complete employment paperwork at SOAR. Another opportunity to complete the paperwork will be at the student job fair, including application tax forms, I-9 forms. You will need the following identification:
    • An original Social Security Card AND driver’s license or official ID
    • A passport is also an acceptable form of identification for the purpose of completing an I-9
  3. Additionally, in the fall you will be able to visit the Human Resources webpage for a complete list of on-campus student employment opportunities.


Fall semester bills are available early July. Student accounts and financial aid can be viewed online using Colleague self-service. If choosing to make payments using a payment plan, enrollments will start early July. More information to follow.

How do I register with Student Accessibility Services (SSS)?

Step One: Visit SAS online and complete the SAS Registration Form.

Step Two: Submit the SAS Registration Form and documentation or evidence that substantiates a disability as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act.

Step Three: SAS reviews the Registration Form and disability-related documentation and subsequently schedules an intake appointment to discuss eligibility for accommodations.

Step Four: During the Intake Appointment, SAS and the student will discuss and confirm reasonable and appropriate accommodations and students will learn more about their role and responsibilities in the accommodation process.

Please Note: Students seeking on-campus housing accommodations must also complete the SAS Campus Housing Accommodation Request Form and provide it to SAS along with their completed SAS Registration Form and disability-related documentation. Consideration of requests will be reviewed on a space available basis.

2020-2021 Golden Bear Parent and Family Network

We encourage parents and guardians to join our Facebook group! This year it will be a way for you to follow along with your students' orientation experience. The Virtual Summer Orientation is an important way for your family to begin to feel connected to the University community, have questions answered by the many academic and professional staff, and connect to other family members who are experiencing many of your same feelings.

2020-2021 Golden Bear Parent and Family Network