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SOAR (Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Reorientation)  is a 3-credit experience for rising Sophomore students that involves a 14-day trip in Utah May 5-18, 2019, which includes a multi-day canoe expedition on the Green River. The trip focuses on participating in fun desert southwest adventure activities, reflecting on your upcoming Sophomore year, and developing as a SOAR group. Students will additionally attend 3 Fall Follow-up Classes in the Fall Semester 2019. You do not have to have attended a FYT previously- all are welcome to apply!

When are applications open, and where can I apply?

  • Applications are now open. 

  • First priority will be given to applications submitted before Friday, Jan 25 at 4pm. Students are welcome to apply after Jan 25, but the trip will be closed to applications once it is full after that point.

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Do I have to ‘apply’ for SOAR, or do I just sign up?

  • Yes, you must apply. 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?

  • This year, SOAR costs $750, plus students are expected to purchase their own flights (or other transportation mode) in/out of Denver International Airport.

  • Students will need to purchase flights that arrive at Denver International Airport to arrive on May 5 by 4pm, and Depart on May 18 dropped off at the airport by 8:00am. More details and information will be given to those accepted for SOAR 2019.

  • The $750 cost covers ALL other non-flight costs on the program, including transportation to-from the airport and to all program locations, guiding and instruction, equipment, food, lodging, etc.

What will we do and learn on SOAR?

  • SOAR is a 3-credit course that includes the 14-day May Trip and 3 Fall follow-up classes.

  • SOAR 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 2019, we will teach you all the skills you need to know to be successful (and you’ll get credit for it!).

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 

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