Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Seizing Opportunities for Academic Resilience (SOAR)

About Seizing Opportunities for Academic Resilience

Attending a four-year university for the first time is a big step for many students. To assist in this transition, up to 40 freshmen and first-time transfer students who identify as students of color and/or first generation are invited to attend a five day, four night experience at Loyola University Chicago. Through learning about the transition to college, gaining tools, sharing stories about personal and academic success, SOAR will provide the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with peers, current students, and staff. Join us for a fun, interactive, and reflective experience to begin creating your community at Loyola! This program launched in 2014 and now includes over 100 Loyola Ramblers among its alumni. All SOAR participants are expected to apply and participate in one of SDMA's mentorship programs - Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS), Loyola University Chicago Empowering Sisterhood (LUCES) Mentorship Program, Brothers for Excellence (B4E), and Queer Undergraduates of Empowerment, Support, and Triumph (QUEST) Mentorship Program - during their first year at Loyola. 

*Note—Traditionally, this program has allowed students to move onto campus early, however, SDMA awaits University decisions to move forward with an early move-in. 

Apply for SOAR Here


August 16–20, 2020 (Sunday-Thursday)


First time freshmen & transfer students who are students of color OR who are first generation (first in their family to attend college) are eligible to participate.


SOAR is offered at no cost to students. Participants must first be admitted into SOAR to participate. 


For more information or for questions, please contact Natasha Bhamla at nbhamla@luc.edu.