SOAR (Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation) are adventure-based experiences for rising Sophomore students. There are 2 trip options for SOAR 2020 (SOAR Utah and SOAR NRG)- students apply via the same online application and indicate their preferences for which trip they would like to go on. These trips focus on participating in fun adventure activities, reflecting on your upcoming Sophomore year, and developing a strong student community. You do not have to have attended a FYT previously- all are welcome to apply!
Students participating in the Utah trip will receive 3 credits and will additionally attend 3 Fall Follow-up Classes in the Fall Semester 2020. The NRG trip does not have attached credit, nor are there any follow-up classes in the fall.
When are applications open, and where can I apply?
- Applications are open starting Jan 13. Applications are online and can be found at adventurefirstyear.wvu.edu/soar
- Priority will be given to applications submitted before Friday, Jan 31 at 4pm. Students are welcome to apply after Jan 31, but the trip will be closed to applications once it is full after that point.
- There is ONE application for BOTH SOAR trips. Students will indicate their preferences and which SOAR trip they are applying for on the online application.
Do I have to ‘apply’ for SOAR, or do I just sign up?
- Yes, you must apply for either trip. We do a preliminary review of applications so that we can try to choose students from all spectrums of WVU experiences- different majors, GPAs, etc., however those who apply by the priority deadline are more likely to get on the trip!
- We are looking for a well-rounded, diverse group of students for the trip- there is no specific “type” of student that will be accepted.
Who can apply for SOAR?
Only rising sophomores are eligible for this program.
You do not have to have participated in a FYT to go on SOAR!
How much does SOAR cost, and what’s the deal with the transportation?
- SOAR NRG costs $195, students will start and end their experience in Morgantown.
- SOAR Utah costs $775, plus students are expected to purchase their own flights (or other transportation mode) in/out of Denver International Airport.
- Program costs cover ALL other non-flight costs on the program, including transportation to-from the airport and to all program locations, guiding and instruction, equipment, food, and lodging for both SOAR Utah and NRG.
- SOAR Utah students will need to purchase flights that arrive at Denver International Airport on May 10 by 4pm and depart on May 23. Students will be dropped off at the airport by 8:00am the morning of May 23rd.
- Scholarships are available for both programs. Applications for scholarships and more information can be found linked from the SOAR website online.
What will we do and learn on SOAR?
- SOAR Utah is a 3-credit course that includes the 14-day May Trip and 3 Fall follow-up classes.
- SOAR Utah spends its time exploring the Desert Southwest with hiking and canoeing, learning outdoor skills, reflecting on your upcoming Sophomore year, and growing as a SOAR community.
- The first half of the trip will be spent hiking around Canyonlands National Park, learning adventure-based skills for the southwest area. The second half of the trip will be spent on a 6-day canoe expedition through famously beautiful Stillwater Canyon on the Green River. You do not need to be an experienced outdoors-person to participate on SOAR 2020, we will teach you all the skills you need to know to be successful (and you’ll get credit for it!).
What will we do and learn on SOAR New River Gorge (NRG)?
- SOAR NRG is an adventure-based experience centered around a 6-day trip into the New River Gorge of West Virginia.
- SOAR NRG spends its time exploring the wild and wonderful New River Gorge with hiking, rock climbing, an overnight rafting trip, learning outdoor skills, reflecting on your upcoming Sophomore year, and growing as a SOAR community.
- The first half of the trip will be spent pursuing land-based adventures in the gorge including hiking and climbing. The second half of your trips is spent on the water experience the gorge from river level on an overnight rafting experience. You do not need to be an experienced outdoors-person to participate on SOAR 2020, we will teach you all the skills you need to know to be successful.
I have more questions. Who should I talk to?
- Talk to Tricia Chan in the Adventure Cube (C100E office in the SRC, that big glass
cubicle area with Adventure photos on it- her desk is the first one you see)
or email her at