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

Are all students required to participate in SOS?

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.

I’m a transfer student; why do I need to attend Auburn’s orientation?

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

When will I receive details about my SOS session?

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 alsreceive communication from other campudepartments. Continue to check your Auburemail frequently.  

What if I need to change my session?

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 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. 

I have a disability. What accommodations can be made during SOS?

Students should contact Auburn University’s Office of Accessibility at (334) 844-2096 or 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. 

What if I do not have access to a computer, laptop, tablet, reliable internet, or webcam?

Please contact First Year Experience at as soon as possible if this applies to you. 

How will I meet other students? Will I have an orientation leader?

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. 

What if I am taking classes at Auburn in the summer?

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. 

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 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: September 1, 2020