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Summer Online Advising and Registration (SOAR)

Welcome! We are excited to have you on campus and get to know you better in the coming months.

We stand ready to partner with you in making a smooth transition to living and learning at UMR.

Traditionally, UMR has offered students and families an on-campus summer orientation and registration program. The COVID 19 Pandemic has challenged all of us to be adaptive and innovative. Our new Summer Online Advising and Registration (SOAR) Experience is a product of these demands.

Parent and Family Resources can be found linked on the right of this page. 

UMR is confident that you will find this alternative orientation experience a meaningful and effective means to:

  • Connect with your incoming classmates.
  • Meet your Student Orientation and Welcome Week Leaders (OWLS).
  • Consult with the team of educational professionals dedicated to your success and well-being.

Accessing SOAR resources and programming will also allow you and your families to learn more about UMR majors and career pathways, financial aid, residential life, student organizations and other University services. With the assistance of your Success Coaches and OWLS, all students will leave SOAR fully registered for the Fall 2020 semester.

SOAR steps


To get started as a new student at UMR, review these steps and click the icons to be directed to each respective page.

Housing Icon Apply for housing. All first-year students are required to live in the 318 Commons Residence. 

Email Icon Activate your Internet Account. You will need your Internet ID and password to begin your online orientation, schedule an appointment with your success coach, register for classes, and access the University's online resources.  

Checklist Icons From the UMR Homepage, login to your MyU Portal to access your university email account for an email invitation to join the "UMR Registration 2020" canvas course. Once in the course, click on "Announcements" to view the SOAR checklist for you to complete. Between June 1-July 1 complete the SOAR Checklist. All students must complete the SOAR Checklist before scheduling an appointment with their Success Coach and registering for classes.  

Share Icon Share this information with your parents/guardian to access family orientation resources and programming.

Appointment Icon Schedule a Student Success Coach appointment. Student Success Coaches provide academic, career, life and pre-health career coaching to UMR students.

Check Email IconCheck your U of M email regularly. It is the official method of communication at the University of Minnesota.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at New Student Advising and Registration is mandatory. UMR remains enthusiastic to offer you an easy onramp to your college experience.

Upcoming SOAR Events:

Town Hall Q&A with Chancellor Carrell
June 30 7-8 p.m. 
Learn more about how UMR will approach the fall semester in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will cover educational and/or health and safety concerns you may have. 

Check your UMR email account for the event's Zoom link and question submission form.


Students must confirm their enrollment at UMR ( BEFORE completing New Student Advising and Registration. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at or 507-258-8686.

Immunization Form

All incoming students need to complete the Immunization Form in its entirety. Information on what is needed to complete the form can be found here. A hold will be placed on your account if the form is not completed.