Prepare For Your SOS Session

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. To update your entry term, please email Enrollment Operations ( using your Auburn email account so they can officially make the change. To change your major, log into your Applicant portal ( and make the change there. If you are changing your major into a new college, you should complete the new college’s module and survey at the end of the module to alert your new college about the change.


We also recommend double checking your contact information. To do this, log into AU Access, click the Student Menu icon, click the Personal Information tab (near the top), and then click View Addresses and Phones. If you need to make any changes, click the link Update Addresses and Phones link on the previous page.

Test your username and password

Your user name and password are important pieces of information. Make sure you know both of these and can successfully log into AU Access:

Check your Auburn email account daily

Advisors, university staff, and First Year Experience may be contacting you with important information through your Auburn email account prior to your SOS session. You will also be receiving your first tuition bill by email in mid-April for summer term, mid-July for the Fall term, and mid-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.

Upload your photo for your Tiger Card

You can find more information about uploading your photo for your Tiger Card here. Please pay close attention to the Photo Guidelines listed. Photos that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted. Watch for information about how to pick up your card either at your in-person orientation session or when you arrive for your first semester.

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.

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.

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: