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Start Out Academics Right

Hartwick College has received a 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. 

The process to apply for consideration to participate in the SOAR program includes:

  1. Students must be accepted to Hartwick College. 
  2. Students complete the SOAR online application.
  3. Provide two letters of recommendations; complete the essays and interview with the Dean of Student Success (interviews can be scheduled any Tuesday, 2 - 4 p.m. , January 6 to April 7 and at Hartwick Open House events). 
  4. Notification of acceptance to the program will be no later than May 1, 2015.
  5. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due by May 30, 2014, to the Student Accounts Office, Attention: Regina Baker, Bresee Hall, Room 218. The deposit will support 2015-16 academic programmatic efforts for this year's SOAR class.

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.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-888-HARTWICK or admissions@hartwick.edu.

All the details about how Hartwick can help you SOAR can be found here.

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