SOAR FAQ

Contact

Nathan Carpenter
Director, Academic Peer Advising
soar@oberlin.edu

Registration for each of the program components (the October re-orientation and the February retreat) will take place separately. All students who are eligible to participate in SOAR will receive information about how to register, including the registration deadline, directly via email.

Please note that neither component is application-based; all interested students will be able to participate! If you are a sophomore who is having trouble locating or accessing the link to the registration form, please reach out to soar@oberlin.edu for assistance.

SOAR is designed to support all students who will be sophomores during the 2021–22 academic year. If you have questions about whether you are included in this group, please reach out to soar@oberlin.edu

The short answer: No! SOAR is designed to support students at all points in their academic and co-curricular planning process. Whether you have no idea what you want to major in, or have already declared two majors, you will benefit from exploring academic and co-curricular opportunities, creating your Sophomore Toolkit, and building community with fellow sophomores.

Yes! All Arts & Sciences and Double Degree sophomores are encouraged to register for SOAR.

To make the most of their SOAR experience, students are encouraged to participate in both the October re-orientation and the February retreat. However, we understand that scheduling complications and other logistics may make participating in both components challenging. Students who participate in only one of the components will still have plenty to take away from the experience.

The SOAR program is designed to maximize the benefit for participating students while also ensuring you have enough time to be successful in your academic and co-curricular endeavors. The total time commitment for each of the program components is below:

  • October re-orientation: The required core sessions represent a total time commitment of eight hours, spread across four consecutive Sunday evenings. Outside of those required sessions, students will be expected to attend a small number of skill-building workshops. These workshops, all of which will be 60 minutes in length, will be scheduled at different times throughout the month so that students can pick the workshops that work best for their schedule.
     
  • February retreat: Students are expected to attend two three-hour retreat sessions, for a total time commitment of six hours. These sessions will take place on consecutive Saturday afternoons. Further, to make participation as easy as possible, the retreat is entirely remote-accessible, so you can make the most of your SOAR experience from anywhere in the world.

All students who successfully complete the October re-orientation program will receive co-curricular credit through the LEAD program. Information about how to receive this credit will be shared following the re-orientation registration deadline and in advance of the fall semester add/drop period.