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Student Orientation Assessment & Registration


What is SOAR

SOAR is a program at Foothill College that helps students complete requirements for priority registration. Students must complete the following steps prior to registration dates for the term that they plan to enroll.

  1. Apply for Admission

  2. Complete an Orientation. You will learn about:

    • Academic expectations, progress and probation standards
    • Maintaining registration priority
    • Prerequisite/co-requisite challenge process
    • Maintaining fee waiver eligibility
    • Services and Programs at Foothill College
    • Academic calendar
    • Registration and college fees
    • Educational planning

  3. Complete Assessment (in both math and English)

  4. Create an Educational Plan

  5. Register for Counseling 5: Introduction to College prior to the term you plan to enroll full time
Getting Started at Foothill

First, apply for admission. You need a student ID for the SOAR workshop. Do this as early as possible, even if you think you may attend another school. Keep all your options open, and keep your priority registration if you choose Foothill. For assistance with the application, please contact the Admissions & Records Office.

Next, register for a SOAR workshop for help completing the other steps toward priority registration.

You should attend SOAR if
You do NOT have to attend SOAR if:

SOAR Workshop Checklist

> Orientation
Find out about our student support services, academic programs, transfer opportunities and career options, as well as how to apply for financial aid and register for classes.

> Assessment
> Registration
When you are done with your placement testing, college staff will help you register for CNSL 5: Introduction to College. You will also make a counseling appointment to discuss your individual academic goals and begin creating your Educational Plan.

> The Educational Plan
The Educational Plan (Ed Plan) sets up the courses you need to take to complete your educational goal - an Associate Degree or Workforce Certificate or transfer to a 4-year university.

Steps to Prepare for your SOAR Workshop
  1. Apply to Foothill College: When you complete your online application, you will receive a welcome letter sent to your email, usually within 24 hours, that includes your Foothill College Student ID number, also known as your CWID. This will be your personal identifier and will be used for your placement tests, counseling appointments and registration. If for any reason you do not receive an email with your CWID, please contact Admissions & Records at (650) 949-7325.

  2. Prepare for your Assessment Tests BEFORE attending SOAR. We highly recommend that you take a practice placement tests and review English resources to be better prepared. EdReady is a prep tool that Foothill College offers, which will create a specific and individualized study plan for you based on your math abilities to best prepare you for the math placement test.

  3. Bring your ID. Please bring a photo ID and your new Student CWID number to your SOAR Workshop. You will need both for testing at the Assessment Center.


Fall 2017 SOAR Workshop - Two Dates and Foothill College Locations Available

Do you plan to start at Foothill in Fall 2017? Attend one session listed below to to get priority registration for fall classes.

Space is limited. Register today!

Note: If you are attending Foothill College as an international student, please see the International Student orientation information.


Tuesday, May 23, from 4-7:30 p.m. > CLICK TO REGISTER NOW
1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale


Saturday, June 24, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. > CLICK TO REGISTER NOW
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

Email Confirmation

After you complete the online registration form for your SOAR Workshop, you will receive an email confirmation detailing where to park on campus, a schedule for the SOAR, the room number for orientation, and a campus map.

If you cannot attend the either the May 23 or June 24 workshop, please contact Marco Tovar to discuss possible alternatives or if you need further assistance. Marco Tovar can be reached at or 650.949.7343.

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