SOAR FAQ

Contact

Nathan Carpenter
Director, PAL and SOAR Programs
soar@oberlin.edu

All students who are eligible to participate in SOAR will receive the registration form directly via email, and the priority registration deadline will be announced at that time. Please note that this is not an application; all interested students will be able to participate in the program! 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.

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 SOAR registration deadline and in advance of the fall semester add/drop period.

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 the exploration of academic and co-curricular pathways and the opportunity to build community with fellow members of the sophomore class.

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

Students who register for SOAR are expected to participate in both components of the program. To make participation as easy as possible, we have made the two-day Winter Term retreat entirely remote-accessible, so you can get the most out of your SOAR experience from anywhere in the world.

However, if you’re unsure at this time whether you can commit to the two-day Winter Term retreat, you should still register for the program if you are interested in the October re-orientation. Any potential Winter Term scheduling challenges can be discussed later on in the fall semester.

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, in the case of the October re-orientation, and your various Winter Term projects, in the case of the two-day retreat.

In October, the core required sessions will 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.

Similarly, during Winter Term, the two-day retreat will be scheduled at times that will not conflict with required Winter Term programming. More details about the Winter Term schedule will be made available during the fall semester.