Details About Your SOS Session

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Things to DO before SOS

Keep your information current

If you need to change your major or entry term it is in your best interest to update this as soon as possible. Please email Enrollment Operations ( using your Auburn email account so they can officially make the change. If you are changing your major into a new college, you should complete the new college’s module and survey at the end of it to alert the new college about the change.

Test your username and password

Your user name and password are important pieces of information. Before leaving home, please make sure you know both of these and can successfully log into AU Access:

Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement

You must complete your Financial Obligation Agreement before registering for classes. You can complete this agreement before coming to SOS by logging in AU Access ("My Academics" tab, then click the "Student Records" section, then click the "Financial Obligation Agreement" link).

Complete your Medical Information Form to clear your Medical Hold permanently

Upon acceptance to Auburn University, you are placed on hold by the AU Medical Clinic until your submission of the required Medical Information Form. This form is through Clearwave and you can find more information about the form at You will receive a unique weblink to your Tigermail account to set up your Clearwave account. You should do this as soon as possible to clear this hold permanently. If you have any questions concerning the form, please call the AU Medical Clinic at (334) 844-4416.

If you are unable to fully complete the Medical Form, by the time you attend SOS, please see the next section - Complete an electronic Letter of Understanding to clear your Medical Hold temporarily.

Complete an electronic Letter of Understanding (LOU) to clear your Medical Hold temporarily

In order to clear the medical hold temporarily to allow for course registration, you should complete an electronic Letter of Understanding (LOU). You may access the LOU in AU Access (“My Academics” tab, then click the “Student Menu” icon, then the “Temporary Waiver of Medical Hold” link).

Completion of the electronic LOU will grant a temporary exception to the medical hold to allow you to register for classes. You will have 30 days from the latest of two dates - the date you complete the LOU and the time your registration window opens. After this date, your medical hold goes back in place and you will not be able to register for classes until the Medical Form is submitted.

Download the SOS Schedule

You will receive a detailed schedule when you check in at your session, however we also encourage you to utilize Auburn Guides, a mobile app containing the SOS schedule and other resources. Auburn Guides is Apple and Android compatible. To download the app, visit the App Store/Google Play, or go to Blackberry and Windows phone users may visit the mobile website at More information will be updated closer to the session.

Upload your photo for your Tigercard

You can find more information about uploading your photo for your Tigercard here. Please pay close attention to the Photo Guidelines listed. Photos that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted. If your submitted photo is accepted at least three business days prior to your SOS session, you may pick up your Tigercard at your session.

Register your emergency contacts

Register your emergency contacts at You will need your AU user name and password to log in to the page. You will then be prompted for your cell phone number for emergency alerts (AU ALERT) and contact information for your parents and/or others you want notified if you’re involved in an emergency or crisis.

Check the weather

We encourage you to check the forecast for Auburn before you come. You should prepare for inclement weather by bringing umbrellas or rain jackets because you will have to travel between buildings during the session. (

Check your Tigermail account regularly

Advisors, university staff, and First Year Experience may be contacting you with important information through your Tigermail account prior to your SOS session. You will also be receiving your first tuition bill by email in mid-April for the Summer term, mid-July for the Fall term, or November for the spring term. If you do not pay the first bill by the deadline, your classes are subject to being dropped regardless of if you have attended SOS or not.

Begin to decide where you will live

If you are interested in on campus housing, visit If you are interested in off campus housing, check out for information about local housing options or you can search online for various Auburn apartment guides.

Consider joining the Honors College

The Honors College at Auburn University is home to some of the best and brightest students across campus. Their mission is to help students honor their dreams through opportunities that help them experience, explore, elevate, and engage in the world around them. Members are from each of the university's academic colleges and schools, and represent a diverse population of students who are inspired to learn. The college and its curriculum represent a flexible, challenging, and individualized path for students to take as they complete their degree. Members can select specialized Honors versions of courses including: core, departmental, seminars, research seminars, and study abroad. Many become involved in undergraduate research, complete an Honors thesis or a professional presentation, or enroll in graduate-level courses. For more information, visit: 

Things to know while while you are at SOS

Things to Bring to SOS

Please remember your: SOS parking pass, comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for walking around campus, an umbrella or rain jacket in case rain is in the forecast, a photo ID in order to have your student ID card made.

Check in

For the Janaury Session:

Student and Guest check in is from 11-11:45 am Central Time in the Auburn University Student Center. Please plan to arrive between 11-11:15 am so you have time to check in and eat lunch. You will be directed to park in the Stadium Parking Deck (adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium). You will then be directed to the Student Center where most of the orientation session will be held.

For March, April, May, August and November Sessions: 

Student and Guest check in is from 7:45 to 8:15 am Central Time in the Auburn University Student Center. Please plan to arrive between 7:15-7:45 am. You will be directed to park in the Stadium Parking Deck (adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium). You will then be directed to the Student Center where most of the orientation session will be held.

Where to Park

Check out this page for a campus map and driving directions to the Stadium Parking Deck.

Departing from SOS

Your day should conclude at approximately 4:00 pm for the sessions in March, April, May, November, and January. In August, the sessions will conclude at approximately 2:00pm. Please plan on staying the entire time. Attendance is mandatory for all parts of the SOS day through academic advising, and if you do not attend all of the meetings scheduled, you will have a hold on your account. You will be allowed to attend SOS at a later date.

Parent and Guest Program

There will also be a separate parent/guest program that runs concurrently with the student program. If your parent/guest would like to attend but has not yet registered, please call our office at 334-844-4501. Please note that there is a $50.00 per guest fee. That fee will be charged to your student account.

Things to do AFTER SOS

Finish Submitting your Medical Form

If you have questions or run into problems, contact the Medical Clinic at 334-844-4416.

Register your vehicle to park on campus

You will register for parking on the My Campus tab of AU Access. For more information, visit: 

Stay in touch with your Orientation Leader

They are here to help you so reach out if you have any questions.

Keep checking your Tigermail email

Communication increases as you get closer to the start of the term. You do not want to miss any important information.

Check out the Office of Information Technology's instructions for setting up your email on a mobile device: 

Are you planning to transfer into a STEM major and over the age of 19?

You are invited to participate in a research study to explore the experiences of undergraduate women majoring in a STEM field as they transition to Auburn University. The study is being conducted by Ariel Steele, a doctoral student in Higher Education and Laura Parson, PhD., Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Auburn University Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology.

If you decide to participate in this research study, participation will include one to three interviews that take place Spring semester 2020. Interviews are anticipated to last between 30-45 minutes.

If you would like to learn more about participating in this study and/or schedule an interview, please email Ariel Steele at Reaching out to me does not imply any obligation to participate, and all students who decide they are interested and willing to participate will be provided more information about the study including informed consent before participation would begin.