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!
Congratulations on Becoming a Golden Bear!
Join our Facebook group at Western New England University Class of 2026 (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 2026!
ACTIVATE YOUR WNE ID AND EMAIL
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.