Lyon adds extra orientation day for largest freshman class in school’s history

Lyon College has added an extra orientation date for incoming freshman to accommodate the record-breaking number of new students that will be attending in the fall.

Lyon’s Student Orientation Advising Registration program (SOAR) is required for all incoming freshmen. Students and parents alike attend sessions on campus designed to help ease the transition into college life. Students have the opportunity to register for classes, have their student I.D. made, and turn in any necessary paperwork. Parents attend sessions that give them insight into the billing process, resident life, dealing with the emotions that come with sending their sons or daughters to college, and the high-quality direction students will receive from their advisors at Lyon.

“This is the first year we’ve ever had to do four SOAR days,” said Josh Manning, director of enrollment services. “Because of the enormous, historic size of the incoming class, we’ve had to expand some events and add additional dates for others. What’s remarkable, however, is that the registration process is going smoother this year than any other that I can recall. The college is really coming together to welcome this history-making class.”

The final SOAR date with space still available to register is Aug. 9. Students can register online at Students will need to complete the online checklist by Aug. 3. Manning said students who live out of state and are unable to travel to campus for SOAR could make arrangements to do their orientation by phone.

For more information, contact Manning at 870-307-7416 or email