SOAR is a unique, residential, summer program designed for first-generation and/or underrepresented students that will run from July 5 – July 29, 2016.

During SOAR, students earn six college credits, discover academic and personal strengths, and prepare for college with the guidance of committed Hartwick staff, faculty, peer leaders, and tutors.

The SOAR Program includes intensive academic support that continues throughout your first year at no additional cost. You’ll also work one-on-one with professional staff on career planning and complete a funded externship during January Term (J Term) 2017. Read the news about the January Term 2016 SOAR students externship experience. 

There is no cost to participate in SOAR. Thanks to a generous grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation in New York City, tuition, fees, housing, meals, textbooks, and all programming costs are covered for those accepted to the program. Note that only 10 students will be selected to participate in this fully-paid experience for 2016-17.

SOAR 2016 summer schedule will include the following academic courses:

  • Introduction to Theatre (3 credits)
  • Introduction to College Composition and Reading (2 credits)
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness (1 credit)
  • SOAR 101 (non-credit; Academic Success Strategies Seminar)

 Additional Activities:

  • One-on-one academic coaching meetings
  • Academic workshops
  • Peer tutoring for academic courses
  • Engaging social events
  • Required morning and evening study sessions

Admission into SOAR

To apply for the SOAR program, applicants must:

  1. Be accepted to Hartwick College
  2. Complete the SOAR online application and include an essay
  3. Provide two letters of recommendations
  4. Interview with the Director of SOAR
  5. Be accepted to the SOAR Program and submit a $100 non-refundable deposit to the Student Accounts Office, Attention: Regina Baker, Bresee Hall, Room 218. (The deposit will support 2016-17 academic programmatic efforts for this year’s SOAR class.)

For more information about the application process, contact the Director of SOAR at 607-431-4195.

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