Golden Eagle Experience

Next Steps Checklist

Now that you’ve attended SOAR, you may be thinking “What’s Next?” as you enjoy the remainder of the summer while also gearing up for the start of your freshmen year. Here are a few items that you can do between now and the start of the fall semester to ensure a successful start on campus:


Purchase a Parking Permit. If you plan to park a vehicle on campus, you’ll need a parking permit if you plan to have a car on campus. New students will be able to register for parking permits starting on August 1. You’ll receive an email once you’re able to begin this process. For more information visit

Review Your SOAR Book. We know that there was a lot of information covered during SOAR. Flip through your SOAR Book to review the information covered during orientation to make sure you are familiar with campus resources!

Select a Meal Plan. Meal plans are required if you are living on campus in the residence halls. If you are commuting to campus, a meal plan is great to have if you think you’ll be eating on campus often. Learn more about meal plan options and how to purchase at

Order Your Textbooks. Don’t wait until classes have started to order you textbooks! Based on availability and shipping delays, it is best to have them in hand and then return them if not needed. Always keep your receipts and know the return policies before purchasing/renting textbooks from any vendor. Our University Store is the official textbook source for Golden Eagles and have all the correct versions and options to fit your budget. Visit

Set Goals for Yourself. What are you hoping to accomplish during your first semester? Now is a great time to do a little self-reflection and set some realistic goals for your first semester.

  • Are you wanting to join a student organization?
  • Do you have a GPA goal? What do you need to do each week to obtain this goal?
  • Are you undecided and hoping to declare a major?


Think about what your goals are and be realistic about how you can accomplish them while also allowing yourself some grace. The transition to college can be a challenging and exciting one. Even if you don’t achieve all of your goals this semester, always remember to be proud of your progress!

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