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 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 3 different tip options and their differences are detailed below.

2021 Trip Options

Utah, Desert Southwest



Hiking and Canyonlands NP and a 6-day canoe on the Green River, camping around Utah each night.
  • 2021 Dates: Sunday, May 9th - Saturday, May 22nd
  • Length: 14 Days
  • Cost: $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 2020 is $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.


2021 Trip Dates:

Sunday, May 9th - Saturday, May 22nd

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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! More details coming soon!
  • 2021 Dates: Sunday, May 8th - 15th
  • Length: 8 Days
  • Cost: $125.00 or free if you're Pell Eligible
  • Credits: None


The SOAR WV programs will be two six day trips. One will be modeled after the Explore format for first year trips, and the other will be modeled after the Odyssey first year trip. The Explore trip will be a small group experience emphasizing time in the great outdoors and a sense of challenge and accomplishment. The Odyssey trip will explore areas all around West Virginia and allow students to try some of the amazing outdoor experiences West Virginia has to offer.

Trip Cost:

The cost for SOAR WV 2021 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.


Applications Open Jan. 19

2021 Trip Dates:

Saturday, May 8th - Saturday, May 15th

For questions or more information about our Fayetteville Adventures, feel free to contact Marion Holmes at

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. Check back here for updated timeline specifics each Fall!