Incoming Student Orientation

Welcome to SNC Tahoe Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), which runs on campus from August 14 – 16, is required for all entering freshmen. We recommend that transfer students attend SOAR, but they can also attend a Transfer Student Orientation session on Friday morning August 18th.

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, ease the transition into college life, and discover the unique opportunities of an SNC education. $100 covers all costs and equipment.


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, 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 Incoming 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 214): Academic Policies and Title IX with Jane Rainwater and Shannon Beets
  • 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-4:00pm Student Federal Work Study Training Session #1: TCES 106
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-10:00pm Wilderness Orientation Participants meet to begin Wilderness Orientation: Campbell-Friedman Lawn
1:00pm-3:00pm

Disc Golf:  Come check out our local Incline Disc Golf course. Bring your own discs if you have your own, otherwise you can borrow this equipment from the college. Before attending, please make sure you won't miss your advising appointment

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Tahoe Orientation Participants meet to begin Tahoe Orientation: Campbell-Friedman Lawn

5:00pm-7:00pm Dinner: Patterson Dining Hall

Transfer Student One-Day Orientation: Friday, August 18th

9:00am-11:30am 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 Shannon Beets and Kelly Root
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