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Parent & Family SOAR

Congratulations on becoming part of the Golden Bear Family!

This summer your student will be taking part in our WNE Virtual Summer Orientation. 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.

At WNE, we consider parents/guardians and families to be partners in ensuring student success. The Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition takes great pride in creating a vital and meaningful relationship with you. As partners, we look forward to working together with you to help you learn more about the first year, University, as well as connect you to the many programs and resources Western New England University has to offer!

We’d like to personally invite you to join our 2020–2021 Golden Bear Parent and Family Network Facebook Group, which will be a way to follow along with your students’ orientation experience. For those of you not on Facebook, you’ll receive a weekly email with information about where you can find the resources covered each week; this page will be updated regularly with the resources you’ll need.

Opening Days

Move In Map—PDF Flyer

Please follow this map and its stops in the Campus Center for move in day. Students will be able to get their photo taken for their IDs, complete forms for student employment with Human Resources, meet with an Enrollment Services counselor, get textbooks, and pick up their mailbox key.

Transitions—PDF Flyer

Highlights of events and required activities for incoming students starting Wednesday, August 26 and continuing through Sunday, August 30.

Throughout the summer, forms, surveys, and other items will need to be completed as part of SOAR.

June 2020

  • Housing Application: Complete by Friday, June 12. Students must log into their THD account located in the “Housing” module in Kodiak.

July 2020

  • Pre-Registration Survey: Complete by Wednesday, July 1. Survey can be founded under the “Advising” module in Kodiak.
  • College Student Inventory (CSI) Survey: Complete by July 1. Inventory can be founded under the “Advising” module in Kodiak.
  • Bills Available: Starting July 1. Students must add parent/guardian as a proxy in order to view the bill in students self-service. Students can reach out to their Orientation Group Leader on the proper steps.
  • Summer Reading Assignment: Will be posted on July 1 in Kodiak and the students assignment will need to be completed by August 31, the first day of class.
  • Parking Permits: Will be released starting July 15. The cost is $220 for resident students and $110 for commuter students.
  • Advising and Registration: Will start the week of July 20. An email with the students scheduled appointment time will be sent the week of July 13th to the address provided to the Office of Admissions.

August 2020

  • Health Forms: Must be submitted by August 1. All information including physical and immunization need to be included. Click here for the form.
  • Promissory Note for Federal Loans: Should be completed by August 1 and can be found in the student’s Self-Service account.
  • Entrance Counseling for Federal Loans: Should be completed by August 1 and can be found in the student’s Self-Service account.
  • Early Drop-off Days: Will take place August 10-14. Appointments will be scheduled through the students THD account starting July 10.
  • Commuter Early Days: Will take place August 14 and August 17.
  • Move-in Days: Will take place on August 26 and August 27. Assigned move-in day will be emailed by July 31.
  • Return Financial Aid Offer Letter: Must be signed and submitted by August 28.
  • Final High School Transcript: Must be submitted before August 31.
  • Final College Transcript (Transfers): Must be submitted before August 31.

September 2020

Other Important Items

  • Picture for Student ID: Will be completed either during Early Drop-Off or Move-in Day.
  • I-9 Student Employment Paperwork: Will be completed either during Early Drop-Off or Move-in Day.
  • OGL Zoom Meetings: Will take place every Wednesday during the month of July. It is strongly recommended for the student to attend these meetings to get up to date information.

Peer Advisor Meetings with Parents

Peer Advisor meetings with first year parents will take place Thursday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Zoom Links

SOAR Videos & Resources

  • ROAR into SOAR for Parents and Families

    Hear from Lara Temkin-Pisani, assistant director of events & SOAR parent and family liaison, and learn more about Virtual SOAR, how to get involved in the parent community, and some of the fun activities that we have planned for you this summer!

  • Meet the First Year Office

    Hear from Kerri Jarzabski, assistant vice president for enrollment management and retention and dean of first year students, and learn more about SOAR and how to prepare for your first year as part of the Golden Bear Community.

    First Year Program
  • Residence Life

    Caitlin Daley, associate director of residence life for operations, takes you through a tutorial on how to fill out your housing application and how to search for and select roommates.

    Residence Life
  • Health Services

    Jen Brouillette, DNP, FNP, associate director of health services, explains the health form that is required for all full-time students.

    Health Form

    Health Services
  • Mathematics: Pre-calculus & Calculus

    David Mazur, chair of the department of Mathematics, talks to students whose programs require taking MATH 123 or MATH 133 Calculus I course but for whom we’re recommending taking our MATH 109 Pre-calculus course.

    This applies to students majoring in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Biology, Forensic Chemistry, Health Sciences, Health Studies, Neuroscience, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-physician Assistant, and all College of Engineering majors.

    Learn more in the Prerequisite Knowledge for MATH 133 Calculus I packet.

  • Residence Life Presentation and Q&A with Caitlin Daley

    Caitlin Daley, associate director of residence life for operations, discusses Resident Advisors, the undergraduate student housing application, roommate selection, selecting a room, and campus involvement with parents of incoming Golden Bears. There’s a question and answer portion along with additional information about Residence Life.

  • Financial Aid & Billing

    Kathy Chambers, director of financial aid, and Taija Newton, assistant bursar, give overviews of financial aid and billing at Western New England, including loans, payment plans, and enrollment services.

  • Student Accessibility Services

    Hear from Director of SAS Tynisha Henderson and Accommodations Coordinator Jennifer Brazenall about how our Student Accessibility Services office can help students with academic, housing, or campus accommodations that allow them to be successful.

  • Self-Service

    Executive Director of Enrollment Services and University Registrar Julie Richardson walks you through Self-Service, which is where you can access your student finances, financial aid, course catalog, grades, and register for classes.

  • University Advising

    Director of University Advising Jessica Hill gives you the important next steps for students as we head toward the fall semester.

  • 4U Advising Model

    A team based advising program! Learn about who to go to, and for what, from Jessica Hill, director of University advising.

  • Academic Success Center

    Learn more about the Academic Success Center and the various academic support options it offers, like peer tutoring, life skills mentoring, supplemental instruction, Success First program for first-generation college students, and more.

  • Advising Panel

    Director of University Advising Jessica Hill and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Retention and Dean of First Year Students Kerri Jarzabski discuss the 4U Model of Advising and how the advising process for course registration works for incoming first year students.

  • Parking Permit

    Director of Public Safety Adam Woodrow walks you through how to apply for a parking permit on campus.

Campus Tour Videos

  • WNE Tours

    Join real Western New England students for an exclusive virtual tour of our campus, which includes all of the best campus hotspots and hangouts. You’ll feel like you are right here with us, discovering what life is like as a Golden Bear and learning your way around campus. And when you can finally come see us for yourself, we’ll still be here for you.

    View Our Video Playlist

Summer Reading

  • What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

    Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children of Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead in their tap water—and then battled her own government and a brutal backlash to expose that truth to the world. Paced like a scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided austerity policies, broken democracy, and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. And at the center of the story is Dr. Mona herself—an immigrant, doctor, scientist, and mother whose family’s activist roots inspired her pursuit of justice.

    What the Eyes Don’t See is a riveting account of a shameful disaster that became a tale of hope, the story of a city on the ropes that came together to fight for justice, self-determination, and the right to build a better world for their—and all of our—children.

  • Summer Reading Guide

    All first year students are required to read the summer reading assignment for their ENGL 132 course. Below please find a detailed reading guide. We would encourage students to review this as they read and take notes. This will help students to be active participants in class discussions related to the book and be prepared to write an in-class essay on the book. Students may also be asked to discuss and write about the book if they are in the College of Arts & Sciences and Engineering seminar courses.


Additional SOAR Resources

Enrollment Services


Western New England University adheres to a policy of compliance with the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA). This policy:

  • permits students to inspect their educational records;
  • limits the disclosure of information from educational records; and
  • provides students with the opportunity to seek correction of their educational records when appropriate.
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Financial Timeline

A financial timeline and checklist for freshman and transfer students.

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a standard used to measure progress toward the completion of coursework toward a degree. Western New England University is required by federal regulations to establish a reasonable Satisfactory Academic Progress policy to determine whether an otherwise eligible student is making SAP in his or her educational program.

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Tuition Refund

Our refund policy is based on the fact that the University makes commitments in advance to our teaching staff and others who provide vital services to students and the University.

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4U Comprehensive Advising

As a first-year student at WNE, you will have your own four-person team of advisors to guide you every step of the way. It’s all a part of what we call the 4U Comprehensive Advising Program.

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Four Year Plan for Success

A four-year plan for success at WNE.

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Success First

Success First is a yearlong program designed to help first generation college students be successful through one-on-one mentoring, valuable workshops, group outings, and an opportunity to receive financial assistance for books and supplies. The goal is to help you develop a sense of community with other first-generation students as well as a valuable support system.

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Career Development Center

Get To Know Your Career Counselor

A resource list of contact information for the career counselors for the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Engineering.

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Team Approach

The Career Development Center provides guidance and direction to support your student’s individual career journey, starting in their first year and continuing into alumni status. Your student’s career team includes their specialized career development advisor, University faculty and administration, our alumni population, and our established relationships with companies and organizations.

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Top Ten Reasons to Visit the Career Development Center

Reasons include help finding the right major or career path, free assessment tools, how to write cover letters and résumés, and the art of networking.

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Student Life

United & Mutually Equal

U&ME is one of the most popular student organizations on campus because it offers a unique mix of social justice, educational, and fun programming. It is a student-run arm of the Office of Diversity Programs and Services.

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life at Western New England University extends an open invitation to explore and deepen our faith traditions and beliefs. We welcome all thoughts, questions, and conversations.

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Why study theatre? Theatre can teach you abilities that you would never imagine!

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D'Amour Library

D’Amour Library is committed to supporting your student’s academic success through in-person and online academic resources and professional services.

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Parents Association

Parents Association

A letter from Neil Abramson, the President of the Parents Association.

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