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SOAR Program (Start Out Academics Right)

Hartwick College has received a $150,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation in New York City. Over two years, the grant will help the College enchance its SOAR (Start Out Academics Right) Program for first-generation and underrepresented students. Thanks to this grant, Hartwick is able to cover the cost of SOAR, including tuition, fees, housing, meals, textbooks, and all programming. Note that only ten (10) students will be selected to participate in this fully-paid experience for 2015-16.

The SOAR program will run from Sunday, July 5 through Friday, August 7, 2015. During the residential SOAR summer program, students discover their academic and personal strengths. Along the way, they earn college credit and prepare for college with the guidance of committed Hartwick staff, peer leaders, faculty, academic mentors, and tutors.

This unique five-week summer program is designed to help students maximize their potential, acquire academic study strategies to prepare for upper-level work, and ease the transition to college life. SOAR students take two credit-bearing courses, participate in academic workshops, and take part in a variety of out-of-class trips and events. SOAR provides special advising and mentoring, peer support, and experiential learning opportunities. The program's goals also include providing individual career planning in a student's first year at Hartwick, and funded externships during January Term. 

You'll earn six credits toward your degree and get ready to tackle challenging classes - the foundation of college success! SOAR is designed with one purpose in mind: your success.

The structured daily SOAR schedule includes:

Academic Coursework:

  • Psychology and College Success (3 credits)
  • Introduction to College Composition and Reading (2 credits)
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness  (1 credit)
  • SOAR 101 (non-credit; Academic Success Strategies Seminar)
  • Required morning and evening study sessions

Additional Activities:

  • One-on-one meetings with Center for Student Success staff
  • Peer tutoring for Psychology and College Composition and Reading
  • Engaging social events

Once you get on the right track by completing the SOAR Summer Program curriculum, it's important that you stay focused and successful. The SOAR Program includes intensive academic support that continues throughout your first year (at no additional cost), including:

Career Planning: You will work one-on-one with the Center for Professional, Service, and Global Education (PSGE) on career planning and complete a first-year funded externships during January Term (J Term) 2016.

'Wick 101: You will participate in 'Wick 101, an introduction to Hartwick and to the College's academic and co-curricular support services. You'll meet bi-weekly with the instructor to ensure you are on track to meeting your academic goals.

Academic Success Plan: Your ‘Wick 101 instructor will work with you to develop an Academic Success Plan to meet academic and career goals.

Tutoring: You will have access to peer tutoring for your fall classes.

Study Hours: You will be encouraged to spend six to eight assigned study hours each week in our tutoring center.

The Booth Ferris Foundation was established in 1957 under the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris Booth. Since that time, approximately $281 million has been contributed from the Foundation to worthy organizations for a variety of charitable purposes. Foundation's primary interest is in the field of education, including smaller colleges and public education initiatives in New York City.

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