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Adventure SOAR

Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation. Two locations - Utah & West Virginia

*Applications for first consideration are due at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th 

The SOAR programs are available to rising sophomores (students who have just finished their freshman year of college). These programs allow students to de-stress and reflect on their freshman year while participating in exciting adventure activities in a new place! Students will work toward forming lasting friendships and positive community among their group. Course activities and discussions will help students learn about themselves (including personal strengths and values), increase optimism, and develop leadership and healthy living skills. Students will also learn how to anticipate and prepare for challenges specific to the sophomore year. The different trip options and their aspects are detailed below.

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SOAR | Utah, Desert Southwest

Adventure SOAR

  • Length: 14 Days (May 8-21, 2023)
  • Cost: $850.00 - scholarships available by application (flights not included)
  • Credits: 3 credits, including three fall evening follow-up classes
This 14 day spring adventure involves camping and hiking in Utah's spectacular high desert plateau. We will explore Islands in the Sky and the Needles Districts of Canyonlands National Park, visit the lovely town of Moab, Utah, and experience a wilderness canoe trip down the Stillwater Canyon of the Green River. Students will reunite in the fall semester for classroom meetings, focusing on trip reflections, strategies for making a successful adjustment to the sophomore year, exploring careers of interest, and making connections with WVU faculty and staff that will aid students throughout their remaining college years.

Trip Cost:
The cost for SOAR Utah is usually around $850.00. This fee includes all gear, entrance fees, most food, transportation during the trip, river shuttle and instruction. Scholarships are available for this trip by application.
Students will additionally be required to purchase their own flights to and from Denver International Airport.

SOAR | West Virginia, Appalachia


  • Length: 7 Days (May 6-12, 2023)
  • Cost: $225.00 - scholarships available by application 
Our SOAR WV trip experiences the amazing adventurous opportunities around our state! SOAR WV  involves travel and camping around WV participating in a variety of adventurous activities like rafting, rock climbing, day hiking, and aerial adventures like challenge course and WV's Via Ferrata. More details will be provided upon acceptance of application.

Trip Cost:
The cost for SOAR WV is usually around $225.00. This fee includes all gear, entrance fees, most food, transportation during the trip, river shuttle and instruction. Scholarships are available for this trip by application.


Students seeking to apply for any SOAR experience are encouraged to apply for our various scholarship opportunities. These scholarships will be applied toward the registration fees associated with the selected trip. To learn more about these opportunities, visit our Scholarships Page. 

Adventure WV Scholarships


Have questions or would like to talk through program details? Either send us an email, or schedule a time to meet with one of our Program Coordinators. If selecting the virtual meeting option, this will provide time and space to ask questions and learn more about our programs and the student selection process. Just select your preferred time and date, and our calendar tool will automatically create an event and share our meeting link in advance.