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New Student Orientation


Welcome to SNC Tahoe SOAR

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration, which runs on campus from August 14th – 16th, is required for all new students.

Arrival Dates & Times

All new incoming students should arrive on campus on Monday, August 14th at 9 am. All students taking placement exams should arrive promptly at 9:00am. If you are unsure if you will be taking a placement exam, please call the Admissions Office.  Students must submit a nonrefundable $150 deposit and the Admit Student Reply Form before they will be mailed an orientation and advising packet.

Tahoe or Wilderness Orientation

Join your classmates in exploring your new neighborhood – the pristine alpine environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin. SNC’s Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation programs, which run immediately after SOAR from August 16th – 20th, are not mandatory but are highly recommended for all new students. Meet new friends and ease the transition into college life and the unique opportunities of an SNC education. $100 covers all costs and equipment.
Tahoe Orientation
Wilderness Orientation

Getting Here

By Air: The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the closest commercial airport, approximately 30 miles from SNC. The North Lake Tahoe Express provides scheduled shuttle service, reserve in advance.

Driving Directions: click HERE

SOAR Fall 2017

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Monday, August 14th

9:00am-3:00pm Residence Halls Open for NEW Student Move-in: Patterson Hall Lobby
9:00am-3:00pm Admissions Check-in: Patterson Hall Lobby
Get your welcome packet
IT Help Desk staff available for laptop connectivity
9:00am-3:00pm Placement Testing: Prim Library 3rd Floor, Office 304
Students must complete placement testing before moving into the residence halls
10:15 & 11:00am SNC Tahoe Campus Tours: Patterson Hall Lobby
11:45am-2:00pm Lunch: Patterson Dining Hall
New students: pick up your SNC ID card at the Registrar’s office prior to lunch.
Parents/Community rate is $12.50 plus tax
1:00pm-2:00pm Wilderness and Tahoe Orientation Check-In: Please stop by the check-in table in Patterson Hall Lobby if registered for either of these programs to receive an itinerary and ask any questions.
2:00pm-3:00pm SNC Active Learning Workshops for Students: Patterson Lawn
Explore the 4 Core Themes through a series of team building activities led by current students highlighting SNC's focus on active learning!
2:00pm-3:00pm Student Life Information Session for Parents: TCES 106 with Lizzie Thibodeau, Jackie Dontcho, James Uyeda, Nicole Ferguson, and Annamarie Jones
3:3pm-3:45pm SNC Welcome Address with President Alan Walker and Provost Shannon Beets: Campbell-Friedman Lawn
3:45pm-5:00pm Eagles Have Landed BBQ and Mixer: Patterson Hall, Lawn, and Patio.
Come meet staff, faculty, and other students from your department and enjoy some free BBQ!
5:00pm-7:00pm Roller Skating & S’Mores at Northstar-at-Tahoe: Meet in Patterson Hall Lobby and bring a warm coat and a water bottle.
5:00pm-6:00pm Parents Cocktail Reception with SNC Leadership: Patterson Lawn
An opportunity for parents to meet and mingle with fellow parents, SNC leadership, faculty, and staff.
9:00pm-9:30pm Ice Cream Social & Meet your Residence Advisor (RA): On your dorm floor

Tuesday, August 15th

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast: Patterson Dining Hall
9:00am-9:30am Incline Hospital, Fire Department, and Sheriff's Department Introductions: Patterson Hall
9:30am-12:00pm MANDATORY New Student Orientation Sessions: Meet in Patterson Hall and bring your laptop!

  • Session #1 (PA 207): Student Activities & Academic Support Services with Will Hoida and Henry Conover
  • Session #2 (PA 213): Student Life with Lizzie Thibodeau and Aaron Zendner
  • Session #3 (PL 213): Academic Policies and SNCSIS with Jane Rainwater, Title IX with Jon Cherry 
  • Session #4 (PL 214): Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, and Textbooks with Nicole Ferguson, Jackie Dontcho, and Annamarie Jones
  • Session #5 (PL 320): IT Connectivity, Email and Printers with Forest Goodman
12:00pm-12:30pm SNC Tahoe Scavenger Hunt: Meets in Patterson Hall Lobby, ends at Ski Beach
Meet your Orientation Session Group to compete as a team in the scavenger hunt.
12:30pm-3:30pm Student Government Association Beach BBQ at Ski Beach: Enjoy a free BBQ, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, and other lawn games right on Lake Tahoe courtesy of your SGA! Food served from 12:30-2:00pm. Activities until 3:30pm.
3:00pm-5:00pm Late Placement Testing: Prim Library, 3rd Floor, Room 304
4:00pm-5:00pm SNC Athletic Department New Athletes Specific Sport Team Meetings: Mandatory for all new athletes. Please come find your coach in Patterson Hall.
4:00pm-6:00pm Tie-Dye: Patterson Patio. Design you own SNC gear to wear for Tahoe and Wilderness Orientation. Bring or buy additional items from the student store to tie-dye if you'd like!
5:00pm-7:00pm Dinner: Patterson Hall
6:00pm-9:00pm Capture the Flag: Patterson Lawn

Wednesday, August 16th

7:30am-9:30pm Breakfast: Patterson Hall
9:00am-4:00pm Advising, Registration, & Complete Orientation Checklist: Prim Library 1st Floor
Complete all Orientation checklist items TODAY! Students who registered for classes during the summer will not have an advising appointment; however, if you wish to meet with your advisor, please contact the admissions office.
 9:00am-12:30pm Late Arrival Placement Testing: Prim Library, 3rd Floor, Room 304
11:45am-2:00pm Lunch: Patterson Dining Hall
1:00pm-3:00pm Rock Climbing at High Altitude Fitness:  Come check out our local climbing gym or disc golf course. Bring either your climbing shoes/harness (if you have your own), or you can borrow this equipment from the college. Make sure you won't miss your advising appointment before attending!
3:00pm-5:00pm Meet and Break into Wilderness and Tahoe Orientation Groups: Meet on Patterson & Campbell-Friedman Lawns
5:00pm-7:00pm Dinner: Patterson Dining Hall

Make-Up Session: Friday, August 18th

9:00am-11:30am Transfer/Make-Up Student Orientation Sessions: TCES 139/141
Please Bring your Laptop!

  • Session #1: Student Life and Support Services with Henry Conover and Elizabeth Thibodeau
  • Session #2: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, and Textbooks with Nicole Ferguson, Annamarie Jones, and Jackie Dontcho
  • Session #3: Academic Policies and SNCSIS with Jane Rainwater
  • Session #4: IT Connectivity, Email, Printers, SNCSIS with Forest Goodman
  • Session #5: Title IX and Counseling Services with Jon Cherry and Kelly Root