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Join Us for Raider Ready!
All newly admitted students are expected to participate in Raider Ready programs.
Raider Ready programs will help you prepare, ensure your success, and connect you to campus resources. There are three parts to complete:
1. Online Orientation
Online Orientation is an easy-to-navigate program that provides students and families with essential information about academic planning, technology, resources, and community standards through the use of text, videos and quizzes. Complete this before your Virtual Registration Appointment.
2. Virtual Registration Appointment
This is the most essential part of Raider Ready Programs: a scheduled advising appointment. Students will meet with their Student Success Coordinator to review degree requirements, search for classes, and register for courses.
3. Campus Connection Events
You choose from a virtual or in-person experience! These events provide students and families an opportunity to connect with staff, faculty, and returning students. Participants will be able to tour campus and visit a variety of departments. These are half day events that are strongly advised to ensure your success! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates for Fall 2022 Students
Summer 2022 students are also welcome to attend any of these dates.
- June 17, 2022 (in-person)
- July 8, 2022 (in-person)
- July 15, 2022 (virtual)
- August 12, 2022 (virtual)
- September, 9, 2022 (virtual)
Raider Ready – Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for Raider Ready?
The key to unlocking Raider Ready access is submitting your enrollment deposit.
Events fill quickly! To ensure you can sign up as soon as possible follow the steps below.
- Activate your InsideSOU account
To activate, go to inside.sou.edu and select “Students – Activate Your Account” from the Account Help menu.
- Submit your enrollment deposit to unlock Raider Ready access.
Pay online (or defer the deposit until a later date) through your InsideSOU account.
- Check your email account.
After your deposit is paid, your link to access Raider Ready will be sent to your email address. For fall 2022 students, emails will be sent in spring 2022.
- Commit to Raider Ready.
Respond to your email invitation as soon as possible to ensure your preferred date.
How do I prepare for Raider Ready?
It is important that you check your email regularly for information about Raider Ready programs and other Admissions next steps. Make sure to look for messages from email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and other sou.edu addresses.
What will I do at the Campus Connections event?
The schedule for our in-person Campus Connections events is shown below. You’ll receive more details closer to the event date.
9am: Check-in at Stevenson Union
9:30am: Welcome Session
9:45am: Session 1
10:15am: Session 2
11:30am: Session 3
12pm: Closing Program
12:15pm: Info Fair
12:30pm: Lunch in The Hawk
1:30pm: Tours & Optional Programming
Where should I stay while in Ashland?
Our in-person Campus Connections are one-day events, so unfortunately overnight campus lodging is not provided. We recommend making reservations in Ashland or Medford well in advance during the peak summer tourism season. Visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce for information about local hotels and lodging.
Can my family attend Raider Ready programs?
Yes! We strongly encourage your family to attend a Campus Connection Event and to complete the Parent and Family Online Orientation.
Are disability accommodations available?
Students with disabilities may contact our Disability Resources staff in advance to discuss accommodations. Please call 541.552.6213 to connect with Disability Resources.
Do I need math assessment?
Students required to take a math placement exam will be notified prior to Raider Ready. For more details, visit the math placement assessment information page.
When is New Student Orientation?
New Student Orientation is offered in the fall. After completing Raider Ready you will receive more information from New Student Programs.