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Student Orientation Assessment & Registration


What is SOAR

SOAR is a program at Foothill College that will give early registration to incoming freshman students who follow these steps prior to registration dates for the term that they plan to enroll.

  1. Apply for Admission.
  2. Complete an orientation. You'll learn about educational plans, financial aid, and more.
  3. Take an assessment test (in both math and English).
  4. Schedule an appointment with a counselor to 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.

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:
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.

Take math and English placement tests to determine your skill and knowledge levels for accurate placement in courses. If you have already taken Foothill's placement tests at your high school you will not need to take the tests again.
Please note: There are no time limits on the tests. If you are a student with a disability and need accommodations for placements tests, please email Julie Brown at so that we may make arrangements for you.

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. Get ready for your Assessment Tests. We highly recommend that you take a practice placement tests and review English resources to be better prepared.

  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.

  4. See more information about Summer SOAR Workshops (PDF, 37KB)

Register for the Workshop

These are the SOAR dates planned for the coming year.

You need attend only one workshop. Please check back in September to access registraion links for Fall 2015 SOAR workshops for Winter 2016 registration.


Fall 2015 Evenings    
Monday, Nov. 2 3 - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 3 - 7 p.m. Register
Priority registration for Winter 2016 opens Nov. 18
Winter 2016 Evenings    
Tuesday, Feb. 16 3 - 7 p.m. Register
Wednesday, Feb. 17 3 - 7 p.m. Register
Priority registration for Spring 2016 opens March 2
Spring 2016 All Day (To get priority registration for Fall 2016)
Saturday, May 7 9 a.m - 4 p.m.
Last Chance SOAR: (To get priority registration for Fall 2016)
Monday, July 11 2 - 7 p.m. Register

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.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Foothill College Outreach team at

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