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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. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must take your placements tests BEFORE attending SOAR.

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
Take math and English placement tests BEFORE you attend SOAR to determine your skill and knowledge levels for accurate placement in courses. Please note: There are no time limits on the tests. Sign up now to take your placement tests.
> 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 and take 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.

Register for the Workshop

These are the SOAR dates planned for the coming year. Register for and attend only workshop listed below.

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

2016-2017 SOAR Workshops Dates

Space is limited. Register now!

Last Chance SOAR: (To get priority registration for Fall 2016)
Monday, July 11 (Two start times available) 3 p.m.
Session Full
  4:30 p.m. Session Full
Monday, August 1 (Two start times available) 3 p.m. Session Full
  4:30 p.m. Session Full
Late-Comer SOAR
Tuesday, August 30 (Two start times available) 3 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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