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Preparing for SOAR

Think of preparing for SOAR as if you are planning for an adventure. There are many things to do, but it’s going to be so worth it. SOAR is a huge step in your journey to college, and we can’t wait to welcome you to your new home. 

Check out the helpful planning information below. If you still have questions, text or call your recruiter or email soar@tamut.edu 

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Join the offices of admissions and academic advising on Zoom to learn more about your SOAR session and ask questions live!

You must pre-register for a session- click the date below to register for that session:

 Pre-SOAR Checklist

  • Get registration ready! See the bottom of the page for more information. 
  • Submit the FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid  
  • Apply for housing in Web for Students if you plan to live on-campus 
  • Submit your final high school transcript – you can mail it, bring it in a sealed envelope, or have your counselor email it to admissions@tamut.edu 
  • Complete bacterial meningitis immunization requirement 
  • Check your AceMail account regularly – this is the only way TAMUT will communicate essential information with you (i.e., housing updates, financial aid, etc.)  
  • Upload your student ID card photo 

 Schedule of Events

SOAR is a two-day, overnight program. Lunch will not be served on Day 1, so be sure to eat before arriving for check-in. Students should not make travel or work plans during these hours. The entire orientation schedule is required, and student attendance is monitored. All students, even local Texarkana residents, must spend the night on campus Thursday.   

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STUDENTS TIMES

FAMILIES & GUESTS TIMES

DAY 1 (Thursday) 

12pm-9pm 

12pm-7pm 

DAY 2 (Friday) 

8am-3pm 

8am-3pm 

 

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What to Pack

  • Comfortable clothes and walking shoes (activities are held in various buildings across campus, and walking is required) 
  • Twin XL bed sheets, pillow, and blanket 
  • Towel and washcloth  
  • Toiletries 
  • Pen, paper, or another method to take notes 
  • Umbrella or rain jacket 
  • Swimming suit and towel (pool will be open Thursday evening) 
  • Jacket or sweater (some buildings may be cold) 
  • Immunization records (if you have not already submitted them) 
  • Photo ID (valid driver’s license, passport, etc.) 

Overnight Housing

On the Thursday night of your SOAR session, you must spend the night at Bringle Lake Village, our on-campus residence hall. You are responsible for furnishing your bedding, towels, and toiletries. Under “what to pack,” you can find the specifications for these items. 

If you are traveling a long distance and need housing for Wednesday and/or Friday nights, please indicate this on your SOAR registration or email soar@tamut.edu. Your room assignment and key are both provided at check-in.  
 
Guests are not allowed to stay on campus. However, we have partnered with the Fairfield Inn & Suites Texarkana to provide our guests with an exclusive discounted nightly rate of $85. This rate includes breakfast. You can reserve your room online using this unique booking link 

Registration Ready?

Let us help you get REGISTRATION READY!

Complete these checklist items to ensure you’re ready to register for classes at SOAR:

How to Satisfy College Readiness Requirements (Meet TSI Requirements)
All new students must satisfy the TSI College Readiness Requirements for Reading, Writing, and Math. We encourage completing testing requirements before arriving at SOAR to ensure a fun and seamless registration process.

Here are some ways to satisfy this requirement.  Please email any documentation from below to dualcredit@tamut.edu

  • You’ve completed college-level English and Math courses with a letter grade of “C” or better.
  • Your ACT composite score is at least 23, with a 19 on the English portion to exempt you from Reading and Writing and/or a 19 on the Math portion to exempt you from math.
  • Your SAT is a minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing test to exempt you from both the reading and writing portions. A minimum score of 530 on the Math test exempts you from the Math portion.
  • Your score for the STARR End-of-Course is a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the English III to exempt you from reading and writing, and a minimum Level 2 score of 4000 on the Algebra II to exempt you from the mathematics portion.
  • You have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.
  • You are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
  • You have taken the TSI-Assessment in all areas and have scores for placement.

Study and complete the ALEKS exam if required by your major. You will need to complete ALEKS if you have selected one of the following majors: Chemistry, Chemistry Education, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, Math Education, or Mechanical Engineering. (Note: Satisfy TSI before moving forward with the ALEKS placement exam.)

Submit your final high school transcript to the Office of Admissions. The fastest and simplest way for us to get your transcript is for your high school counselor to email it to admissions@tamut.edu, and it must come directly from your counselor’s email.

Submit any college transcript to show completed dual credit course work earned during high school to the Office of Admissions. Email an unofficial copy of your dual credit college transcript to dualcredit@tamut.edu

Submit all AP test scores if you completed AP classes in High School.

Verify your major is correct with your academic advisor. To find your academic advisor, click here.

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