COVID-19 Reporting and CARES Act Information

Freshman Orientation (SOAR)

In the university's response to COVID-19, and to help allow for social distancing during SOAR, the university has decided to only allow a maximum of 1 guest per student and to not provide overnight lodging on-campus.

Students currently registered for a session who have more than 1 guest on their reservation or who have reserved overnight lodging (student and/or guest) will be contacted by the Office of New Student & Family Programs and will receive a refund.

SOAR Fees & Lodging

Below is an explanation of the SOAR fees for both admitted students (freshman) and their guests. Guest registration may vary once SOAR registration opens due to overall session occupancy.

Payment for any applicable fees (guest attendance fees) will be accepted online during the registration process by using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover) or an authorized Visa/MasterCard debit card.

SOAR Attendance Fee

Attendance Fee Type Fee
Admitted Freshman Student No Fee
Guest* $36 per guest
1 guest limit per student

*Due to overall occupancy restrictions per SOAR session, we cannot guarantee all students will be allowed to bring a guest. In this case, we encourage students to select the next available session where guest registration is possible.

Overnight Lodging 

Due to guidance received from the University surrounding COVID-19, we are unable to offer overnight lodging on campus.

SOAR participants may choose to make their own arrangements at a local hotel, or if feasible, can stay at home or with a friend overnight. For a list of hotels that have partnerships and discounts with the University, check out the Cookeville Visitors' Bureau "Stay Here" website and locate the "Hotels" section.

Don't Forget... When making your reservation to ask if the hotel provides a "Tech discount".

New Student & Family Programs