Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation

The SOAR programs are available to rising sophomores (students who have just finished their freshman year of college). These programs allow students to destress 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 two available programs and their differences are detailed below.    

2020 Trip Options:

SOAR Utah

  • Application Open: Monday, January 13th - Friday, January 31st
  • Trip Dates: Sunday, May 10th - Saturday, May 23rd
The SOAR Utah program is an experiential based 3-credit course that includes a 2-week trip in Canyonlands National Park and the Green River in Utah, completed by 3 follow-up course meetings in the Fall Semester. Leaving for Utah after finals, this course will allow students to de-stress and reflect on their freshman year. 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. Forming lasting friendships with other students and faculty is an important byproduct of the two-week adventure trip.

SOAR New River Gorge

  • Application Open: Monday, January 13th - Friday, January 31st
  • Trip Dates: Saturday, May 10th - Sunday, May 15th 
The SOAR New River Gorge program is a 6-day trip that includes overnight rafting on the New River Gorge and time exploring the beautiful Fayetteville area. This program is not-for-credit. The content of the experience focuses on reflection after one's first year in college, and looking forward in hopes of growth and excellence in the upcoming upperclassmen semesters. 

Utah

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 2020 is TBD but will be similar to the 2019 cost of $750. The cost will include all gear, entrance fees, most food, transportation during the trip, river shuttle, and instruction. 

Students will additionally be required to purchase their own flights to and from Denver International Airport.

Registration:

Applications will be open January 13-31. Check back here to apply online!

2020 Trip Dates:

Sunday, May 10th - Saturday, May 23rd

For more information and FAQs click here 

NRG

SOAR | New River Gorge, WV

The SOAR New River Gorge program is a 6-day trip that includes overnight rafting on the New River Gorge and time exploring the beautiful Fayetteville area. This program is not-for-credit. The content of the experience focuses on reflection after one's first year in college, and looking forward in hopes of growth and excellence in the upcoming upperclassmen semesters.  

This trip includes: an overnight whitewater rafting experience, climbing at the New River Gorge, various scenic hikes in the Fayetteville area, and overall exploration of all the town has to offer. Participants will be base-camped at River Expeditions for the duration of the adventure

Trip Cost

The cost for SOAR NRG 2020 is TBD, but will be similar to the 2019 cost of $195. The cost will include all gear, entrance fees, most food, transportation during the trip, river shuttle, and instruction.

Registration

Applications will be open January 13-31. Check back here to apply online!

2020 Trip Dates:

Saturday, May 9th - Sunday, May 17th

For questions or more information about our Fayetteville Adventures, feel free to contact Marion Holmes at marion.mcclure@mail.wvu.edu or visit the ORC inside the Student Rec Center.