*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.
SOAR | Utah, Desert Southwest
Length: 14 Days (May 8-21, 2023)
Cost: $850.00 - scholarships available by application (flights
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.
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.
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.