Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation (SOAR)

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.

2022 Trip Options

SOAR Utah Trip 



Hiking and Canyonlands NP and a 6-day canoe on the Green River, camping around Utah each night.
  • Postponed: SOAR Utah is currently on hiatus and will return in the future!
  • Length: 14 Days
  • Cost: Typically costs around $775.00 scholarships available by application
  • Credits: 3 credits, including three fall evening follow-up classes

SOAR | Utah, Desert Southwest

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 $775.00. 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.

2022 Trip Postponed:

Soar Utah is postponed until 2023 

For more information and FAQs click here

Interest Form

SOAR WV Explore and SOAR WV Odyssey will explore the state and surrounding area, participating in exciting adventure activities like rafting, climbing, camping, and hiking! Candidates can apply for either of the trips on our single application.
  • 2022 Dates: TBD; will begin within a day or two of the Spring 2022 semester ending. 
  • Length: 8 Days
  • Cost: $125.00 or free if you're Pell Eligible
  • Credits: None


Our two different SOAR WV trips experience the amazing adventurous opportunities around our state! SOAR WV Odyssey 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. SOAR WV Explore also involves travel and camping around WV, with the added specialty of a 3-day overnight backpacking (backpacking first-timers welcome!) in addition to rafting and rock climbing. Candidates can indicate which trip they are applying for on the application.

Trip Cost:

The cost for SOAR WV is $125.00, or free if you're eligible for a Pell Grant. The cost will include all gear, entrance fees, most food, transportation during the trip, river shuttle, and instruction.


The registration for SOAR WV has now concluded. Registration for SOAR 2022 will open in January.

Interest Form

2022 Trip Dates:

The trip will begin within a day or two of the spring semester ending. For questions please email: If you are interested in the 2022 SOAR trip, please fill out the interest form above.

Application Timeline

Applications for each SOAR trip season open the first week of classes in January. First priority applications close and are reviewed in early February- any spots for the trip(s) are available on a rolling application basis.