FAQs for Parent Orientation

We have compiled a short list of common questions asked by parents regarding first year orientation (SOAR). If you don't find the answer here, then let us know by using the "Contact Us" link!


Am I required to stay on campus overnight? Is my student required to stay or can he or she stay with me at a local hotel? (back to top)

During our Freshman SOAR sessions in June and July, we offer on-campus housing to both students and guests. This is a wonderful way to meet other students and parents and experience a night of living on campus. Students are not required to stay on campus and may choose to lodge at a local hotel with parents for the night. Please visit "Lodging During SOAR" for more information. There is an additional fee per student or guest staying on campus during SOAR.

Can I stay on campus with my child overnight? (back to top)

On-campus housing is available for both students and parents during Freshman SOAR in June and July. There is an additional fee for staying on campus. Students will be housed with other students, and parents/guests can reserve either a private room or a double occupancy room. If two parents/guests are attending and wish to stay on campus overnight, they may room together. If only one parent/guest is attending and reserves a double occupancy room, you'll have the opportunity to meet another parent who will share the room with you for the night.

I'm not sure what classes my student needs to enroll in. Will I be helping with advisement? (back to top)

To start forming the advisor/student relationship, the parent(s) will not be in the advisement session. Each student will be working with an academic advisor at SOAR, and the advisor will help your child choose the right classes for the following term. All of our academic advisors are experienced in helping students enroll in the correct classes and in the right order. Parents are not responsible for their student's course selection.

I can't attend SOAR with my child. Will there be anyone to help him/her? (back to top)

We will have numerous faculty, staff, administrators and current students assisting your child during SOAR. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend SOAR, but if a student needs to attend alone, we will be available to help him/her find all the session locations, participate in events, and register for classes.

I can't attend both days of SOAR with my child. Can I still register to attend one day? (back to top)

We understand that some parents and guests have difficulty planning around our orientation sessions. Although parents/guests aren't required to attend orientation with their student, we do strongly encourage their participation. We do offer specialized parent/guest programming to help with their transition as well. If you are unable to attend both days, you may perform a "parent swap" and have one parent attend the first day and the other parent attend the second day. We apologize; however, we do not offer partial guest fees if you are only able to attend one day.

I have another young child at home. Can I bring him/her, and is there an attendance fee for children? (back to top)

SOAR is designed for incoming college students and their parents. Young children probably won't enjoy the activities, and we encourage parents to find alternative care for young children while at SOAR. All attendants of SOAR, regardless of age, are required to pay the attendance fee.

(Guest attending SOAR) I will not be eating the provided meals during SOAR. Do I have to pay the attendance fee? (back to top)

All students and guests attending are required to pay the attendance fees. These fees cover meals as well as the registration materials that each student receives, a color booklet that explains many aspects of being a TTU student, and the staffing costs associated with SOAR.

My student cannot attend SOAR. Can I attend for him/her and register for classes in place of my child? (back to top)

Parents are not able to register for classes for their student. If a student cannot attend a particular SOAR session, please make arrangements to attend a later session of SOAR or simply register the Friday before classes start in the Fall (August 22, 2014).

My child will be at SOAR for the entire session, but I can only come for one day. Can the other parent come on the other day? (back to top)

We do allow "Parent Swapping" during SOAR. If only one parent is at SOAR at a time, then only one guest attendance fee is required. For example, Mom can come with Son/Daughter on Day 1, leave that night, and Dad can come to be with student on Day 2.

What is the fee for me to attend SOAR with my student? (back to top)

For each guest of the student, the attendance fee is $50. This includes three meals, activities, programming, and materials (the Attendance Fee does not include lodging).

Why should I attend? Will there be anything for me to do and learn? (back to top)

We encourage our parents of new students, especially new freshman, to attend SOAR. While your child is learning about being a Tennessee Tech student, you'll learn about being a parent to a TTU student. Our faculty, administrators and staff will be at SOAR so you can meet the people who will be working with your student during college. It's a great time to get those "last-minute" questions answered, experience our beautiful campus, and help your child prepare to join the TTU family.

Will I have to pay my student's tuition at SOAR? (back to top)

No. Students will need to confirm their schedules and pay their tuition/fees by 11:59pm CST on August 13, 2014 for the Fall 2014 semester. Students attending SOAR Session 10 will need to complete this process by 11:59pm CST on Sunday, August 24, 2014 (the day before Fall classes start) for the Fall 2014 semester. For more information regarding how to confirm enrollment and pay tuition & fees visit http://www.tntech.edu/bursar/confirmenroll/. Students who do not pay & confirm by the above deadlines will have their schedules purged and will be required to re-register for the upcoming semester.

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