Letter from the President:

This is an exciting time for everyone in your family, and I’m sure students, parents, family and friends are feeling a mixture of emotions.

We in the SOAR program are here to help in every way we can by providing explanations for whatever may be unclear, by taking each student through the registration process, by orienting students and families to this great university. If there is something you would like to know, our purpose during SOAR is to provide that information to you.

By now there is probably not a single piece of advice that has not already been said by someone to each of you entering UNA. I don’t want to add to the list, but I do want you to find success here as you prepare for the future.

Your highest priority is to study and earn good grades. If you have any doubts about how to accomplish that, or find that what you thought was a good strategy is not working for you in college, seek help. Grades in college are cumulative—every grade you earn is averaged into a composite. Bad grades during the first year are exceedingly difficult to overcome, so don’t let that happen to you.

You have chosen a distinguished university in which to learn and to set you on a path toward a wonderful life. Take advantage of all that is offered to you and enjoy every moment you are a student. Our greatest ambition is to help you be a success.

Sincerely yours,

William G. Cale, President

University of North Alabama