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SOAR - Student Orientation Acclimation & Retention

SOAR reflects the collective wisdom of our faculty, staff, and students.2012 Orientation Photo 002

SOAR- Student Orientation Acclimation & Retention is a program that is continuously adapting to the changing needs of our student based  based on the results of continuing external research, local discussion, and data gathering involving the entire university community -- students, staff and faculty. The programs presented are written and assessed a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students who transform our collective wisdom into concrete programs that help all of our students to be successful.

S SOAR assists the needs of all incoming Students whether first time in college, transfer,  commuter or returning adult

O SOAR conducts Orientation programs for all incoming students throughout the year

A SOAR helps students Acclimate to Clarion through Discovery Weekend and mentoring programs

R SOAR fosters Retention by networking support services and with programs such as MAP-Works.


Goals for SOAR 

Our goal is to help students stay in college and develop permanent ties to Clarion University through programming and activities that:

  • Cement students' and families' commitment to Clarion University.

  • Forge positive and active relationships between students, and among students, faculty and staff.

  • Ensure that students are informed self-advocates who accept personal responsibility for their education.

  • Engage students in productive co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Three themes are present in programming through SOAR: 1) students must accept responsibility for their education, 2) students must develop relationships with each other, faculty, and staff, and 3) students must be engaged in Clarion University.