SOS Program Information

Group of Transfer Students with Orientation Leader

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. Successfully Orienting Students will be broken up into two parts - Advising for Class Registration and the one-day Orientation Session.

Advising for Class Registration

In order to register for classes, you must have submitted your enrollment deposit and have completed the pre-orientation modules, which includes the transfer plan of study, and have an open registration time ticket. After your advisor has reviewed the information you have submitted, you will receive suggested classes to take your first semester. Registration time tickets for the fall will reopen in mid-July. Students may have already started this process in the spring. Click here for more information about the pre-orientation modules.

Please note it will take time for your academic advisor to review your information and send your suggested classes after you complete the modules and submit your transfer plan of study. We encourage you to complete these steps as soon as possible and allow at least seven business days before reaching out to them.

Class Registration Frequently Asked Questions

SOS Orientation Session: One Day Virtual Session

Throughout this one-day orientation session, you will have the opportunity to meet other transfer students, learn about Auburn’s resources, attend presentations from the university’s offices and get an overall view of life at Auburn.

Below is an overview of the SOS Schedule. All times are Central Time. These virtual sessions will utilize Zoom, which as an Auburn student you automatically have a licensed account. More specific details including how to access your Zoom account and where to log in for these presentations will be provided closer to your SOS session.

9:00-9:45 AM Small Group Session 1
10:00-10:45 AM Blue Breakout Session 1
11:00-11:45 AM Blue Breakout Session 2
12:00-12:45 AM UNIV 101 - Session for Families (students should not attend)
12:00-2:00 PM Break
2:00-2:45 PM Small Group Session 2
3:00-3:45 PM Orange Breakout Session 1
4:00-4:45 PM Orange Breakout Session 2

Click here to see the SOS Virtual Schedule and Breakout Session Descriptions.

In consideration of the transition to online orientation, the SOS fee has been decreased by half to $50 for the virtual sessions. The fee will be applied to your fall semester bill, so no payment is required when you sign up for your session. To be able to register for SOS, you must have submitted your $250 enrollment deposit. 

Sessions for Families:

We are also waiving all fees for parents and family members to participate. We invite you to register any family members who may want to participate in your session. They are encouraged to attend the breakout sessions either with you or on their own so your family can learn more about the university. There is also a session specifically for them called UNIV 101. This session will be from 12-12:45 PM.

The Small Group Sessions are meetings with other incoming transfer students led by current students (Orientation Leaders). Small Group Sessions are designed as student-to-student communication, so family members do not need to plan to attend those presentations.

SOS Orientation Session: One Day In-Person Session

Below is an overview of the August 12 SOS Schedule.

7:45-8:15 AM -Check in
-Involvement & Resource Browse
8:15 AM War Eagle Welcome
8:30 AM Transfer 101
9:00 a.m. Small Group Session
10:00 AM Academic Advising
11:30 AM Lunch
11:30-1:30 PM Come & Go Activities (after advising)
-Registration Assistance
-Mandatory session for students using Federal GI Benefits
-Optional campus tour
-Ability to visit campus departments as needed

This schedule is subject to change due to the university's guidance on COVID-19. We encourage you to regularly check the university's COVID-19 website ( for the most up-to-date information about campus operations. 

The SOS fee is $100 for the in person session. The fee will be applied to your fall semester bill, so no payment is required when you sign up for your session. To be able to register for SOS, you must have submitted your $250 enrollment deposit. 

Information about a family/guest program will be announced at a later date.