SOS Frequently Asked Questions
Out of concern for the health and wellbeing of you and the entire Auburn community, much of your orientation will be conducted online. While we know an online orientation cannot take the place of experiencing the beauty of our campus and the friendliness of the Auburn Family, the SOS staff has worked to ensure that the online approach provides you with a personal experience, welcoming you into the Auburn Family and establishing a foundation for your success and happiness as a student. We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding SOS 2020 below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Attending SOS is required to keep your class schedule. Students who do not participate in a virtual or in-person SOS session for any reason will be dropped from their schedules after the last SOS session for the term. They will not be permitted to register for classes until the day after the last SOS session for the term. At that time, it will be very difficult to obtain a schedule of classes applicable to your major.
We respect your past college experience and understand that you are likely able to effectively schedule classes. However, SOS is designed to help you successfully transition into Auburn University. By teaching you about the resources unique to our university and connecting you with other transfer students and an Orientation Leader who can help through the transition, you will gain a better understanding of the university and how to thrive at Auburn
In consideration of the transition to online orientation, the SOS fee has been decreased by half to $50 per student for the virtual sessions. The August session will be in person so it will be the $100 fee.
The fee will be applied to your fall semester bill, so no payment is required when you sign up for your session.
Please note that all SOS fees are assessed at the time of program registration and are NOT refundable.
You will receive a series of emails from the First Year Experience office to your Auburn account regarding your SOS session. Immediately after registering for your session, you will receive an automated registration confirmation to your Auburn email. A few days prior to your session date, you will receive an email to your Auburn account with specific information regarding your session including links to attend the SOS presentations.
You will also receive communication from other campus departments. Continue to check your Auburn email frequently.
Once you register for SOS, it is preferred that you remain in that session. However, if a session change is necessary, please email our office at email@example.com from your Auburn email account with all of your available options and we will assist you in finding another available session. Please email from your Auburn account.
Students should contact Auburn University’s Office of Accessibility at (334) 844-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will determine what accommodations would be appropriate for a productive and enjoyable SOS experience, and share any necessary information with our office. More information can be found on the Office of Accessibility website.
Please contact First Year Experience at email@example.com as soon as possible if this applies to you.
You will be assigned an Orientation Leader who is a current student. You will meet with them and a small group of incoming transfer students during your SOS session.
Students who want to enroll at Auburn in summer 2020 should email their academic advisor. A listing of each school or college's advising office can be found here. If you are enrolling in one of Auburn’s two summer mini-semesters, make plans to select a SOS session that falls outside of the mini-semester in which you are taking classes.
If you are attending the full summer semester or both mini-terms, please note that when registering for SOS.
As you are likely aware, Auburn requires that you complete the process of submitting your medical documentation through Clearwave. In response to COVID-19, the Auburn University Medical Clinic has extended the deadline for medical form submission to 12 noon on Thursday, September 3. This means that you will not be blocked from course registration due to an incomplete medical form. It is recommended that you start the medical form as soon as you can before coming to Auburn for fall semester. However, all tuberculosis testing must be completed through the Auburn University Medical Clinic for the fall semester. Likewise, if you are unable to produce documentation of your measles vaccination, or immunity to measles, then all measles related vaccination must be completed through the Auburn University Medical Clinic. The clinic will be offering tuberculosis testing and MMR vaccinations to students from August 6 – September 3. More information, including the fees for the testing and vaccinations, is available on the Medical Clinic website.
Still have questions?
First Year Experience can help with general questions or can refer you to the office who can assist with more specific questions. If you need assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org from your Auburn email and one of our staff will be happy to help you. Response times to our phone number (334-844-4501) and voicemail may be slower.
Last modified: June 2, 2020