SOAR Program

Summer Orientation to Academic Resources

August 2, 2015-August 7, 2015

What is the SOAR program?

The Summer Orientation to Academic Resources program is a summer orientation program that incoming SSS freshmen and transfer students are invited to attend. The goals are to:

  • Give participants an orientation to a college environment and provide them with opportunities to connect with other first-generation students;
  • Assist participants in the process of academic exploration by introducing them to relevant resources and challenging them to examine their values and interests;
  • Facilitate participants' transition to a college environment and to track their adjustment through the SSS Student Leadership Program;
  • Provide parents of the incoming students with an opportunity to ask questions and gain information about their child's academic journey.

Eligible students can apply each Summer for a limited number of spaces. To be eligible, applicants must be an incoming student to CLU and be:

  • A first-generation college student; meaning that both parents have not completed a 4-year bachelor's degree,
  • Meet specific financial guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Education
  • A student with a disability
  • OR meet a combination of the above factors.

If you meet these requirements and would like to request information about the SOAR program, please contact the SSS Office at (805) 493-3535 or by email at