Incoming Student Orientation

Welcome to SNC Tahoe Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR), which runs on campus from August 13th through 15th, is required for all entering freshmen. Transfer students have two options - they are welcome to the full SOAR, or they can attend a one-day Transfer Student Orientation on Friday August 17th instead.

Arrival Dates & Times

All new incoming students should arrive on campus on Monday, August 13th starting at 9 am. All students taking placement exams should arrive promptly at 9 am. 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

Wilderness & Tahoe Orientation are full for 2018.

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 2018

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration

Monday, August 13

8:30am- 6:00pm SNC Campus Store Open: Prim Library First Floor
9:00am- 2:00pm Placement Testing: Check-in 3rd Floor of Prim Library at Office 304
Student must complete placement testing before moving into the residence halls.
9:00am-2:00pm Admissions Check-In: Patterson Hall Lobby
Get your welcome packet, IT Help Desk available for laptop connectivity
9:00am-2:00pm Residence Halls Open for Mandatory New and Transfer Student Move-In: Patterson Hall Lobby
11:00am-11:30pm SNC Tahoe Campus Tour: Patterson Hall Lobby
11:45am-2:00pm Lunch: Patterson Dining Hall. Students please get your ID/meal card from the Registrar's office beforehand. Family members can purchase lunch for $12.50 plus tax.
2:00pm-3:00pm Wilderness and Tahoe Orientation Check-In: Please stop by the check-in table in Patterson Hall Lobby if registered for one of these two programs to receive an itinerary and ask questions.
3:00pm-3:45pm SNC Active Learning Workshops: Patterson Lawn
Explore SNC's 4 Core Themes. Current students lead a series of team building activities highlighting SNC's focus on active learning.
3:00pm-3:45pm Student Life Information Session for Parents: TCES 139/141 with Lizzie Thibodeau, Jackie Dontcho, Judy Roberts, and Annamarie Jones
4:00pm-4:15pm SNC Welcome Address with President Walker & Provost Beets: Classical Tahoe Tent
4:15pm-5:30pm Eagles Have Landed BBQ: Patterson Hall & Patio. New students and their families are invited to enjoy a complementary BBQ and meet SNC faculty and staff. Live music with SNC students and a raffle of Tahoe swag!
5:30pm-8:30pm Roller Skating & S'mores at Northstar-at-Tahoe: Meet in Patterson Hall Lobby and bring a warm coat and a water bottle (second trip from 7:00-9:00 pm, if needed!)
9:00pm-9:30pm Ice Cream Social & Meet Your Residence Advisor (RA): On your dorm floor


Tuesday, August 14

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast: Patterson Hall
8:30am-9:30am Admissions Check-In: Patterson Hall Lobby
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. Bring your laptop!

  • Session #1 (PA 207): Student Activities and Academic Support with Will Hoida and Henry Conover
  • Session #2 (TCES 106): Student Life with Lizzie Thibodeau and Aaron Zendner
  • Session #3 (PL 320): Academic Policies and Title IX with Jane Rainwater and Shannon Beets
  • Session #4 (PL 213): Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, and Textbooks with Judy Roberts, Jackie Dontacho and Annamarie Jones.
  • Session #5 (PL 214): ITS Connectivity, Email, and Printers with Forest Goodman
12:30pm-1:00pm SNC Tahoe Scavenger Hunt: Meets in Patterson Hall Lobby and ends at Ski Beach.
Meet your Orientation Session Groups to compete as a team in the scavenger hunt. Winning team gets to move to the front of the line for lunch!
1:00pm-3:00pm Student Government Association Beach BBQ at Ski Beach: Enjoy a free BBQ, paddleboarding, beach volleyball, and other lawn games right on Lake Tahoe courtesy of your SGA!
3:00pm-5:00pm Late Placement Testing: Prim Library, 3rd Floor, Office 304
4:00pm-6:00pm Tie-Dye: Patterson Patio. Design your 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
7:00pm-8:00pm Capture the Flag: Patterson Lawn


Wednesday, August 15

7:30am-9:30am Breakfast: Patterson Hall
9:00am-1:00pm 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, Office 304
11:45am-2:00pm Lunch: Patterson Dining Hall
1:00pm-3:00pm Wilderness Orientation Participants meet to begin Wilderness Orientation: Campbell-Friedman Lawn
1:00pm-3:00pm Disc Golf: Come check out our local Incline Village Disc Golf course. Bring your discs if you have your own; otherwise, you can borrow this equipment from the college. Before attending, please make sure you do not 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 Hall

(Thursday-Sunday: breakfast will be served from 7:30-9:00am and dinner from 5:00-7:00 daily.)


One-Day Transfer Student Orientation Option

Friday, August 17

10:00am-12:30pm Transfer One-Day Orientation: TCES 139/141 - Please bring your laptop!

  • Session #1: Student Life and Academic Support with Henry Conover and Elizabeth Thibodeau
  • Session #2: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, SNCSIS, and Textbooks with Judy Roberts, Annamarie Jones, and Jackie Dontcho
  • Session #3: Academic Policies and SNCSIS with Jane Rainwater
  • Session #4: ITS Connectivity, Email, Printers, SNCSIS with Forest Goodman
  • Session #5: Title IX with Shannon Beets
1:00pm-4:00pm Placement Testing, Advising, and Registration: Prim Library, 3rd Floor, Office 304

Transfer students - please let us know which orientation you will be attending so we have your paperwork in the right place!