SOAR: Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Student leader with freshmen at SOAR

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) 

SOAR is part I of the freshman orientation program at University of Detroit Mercy. Our half-day, in-person event will give you the opportunity to become more familiar with collegiate life at Detroit Mercy by meeting other new students, touring university facilities, learning about available resources and registering for classes.

Class Placement

During SOAR or just before your SOAR session, you will meet with your academic advisor who will help you choose the classes that best fit your needs. Your SAT/ACT/placement test results will be used to help place you in appropriate level English, math, chemistry and foreign language classes. Placement tests need to be completed two weeks prior to meeting with your academic advisor. Click here for placement test information.

SOAR will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the days listed below. Due to limited capacity for each session, we encourage you to reserve early for your preferred session. Click here to make a reservation.

SOAR Dates
Thursday Sessions Friday Sessions
June 10
June 17
July 8
July 15
June 11
June 18
July 9
July 16


If you have questions or to cancel/reschedule a reservation, please contact the Office of Admissions by calling 313-993-1245 or emailing

Arrival Details

Check-In Begins: 8:30 a.m.
Program Begins: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Student Fitness Center
Parking: Lot D
Entrance: West McNichols Road
McNichols Campus Map

Health and Safety Guidelines

Before your visit to campus, review our health and safety measures that are in place.

  • Masks are required
  • Save time at the entrance by pre-answering our health screening questions the morning of your visit to campus.  Show the confirmation email along with your face covering to the gate attendant in order to enter campus.  Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed on campus.

Financial Aid Consultations

Interested in discussing your scholarship and financial aid package or out-of-pocket costs? Our financial aid counselors stand ready to assist you and your family as you finalize your financial plans. We offer both in-person and virtual meeting options.  In-person appointments are available after each SOAR session and virtual appointments are available on non-orientation days.  Click your preferred link below for availability and to make an appointment.

In-Person Consultations

Virtual Consultations