Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Seizing Opportunities for Academic Resilience (SOAR)

Since 2014, SOAR has served as a transition program for first-year and transfer undergraduate students who identify as student of color and/or first generation. Through facilitated dialogue, workshops, and activities, participants explore their identities, become familiar with Loyola, learn tools and skills to adjust to college, and build relationships with peers and professionals. All SOAR participants must apply and participate in one of SDMA's mentorship programs during their first year at Loyola. Click on the links below for more information about the mentorship experiences. 

*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. 

PROGRAM DATES: Tentatively, August 21-25, 20

ELIGIBILITY: 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.

COST: SOAR is offered at no cost to students. Participants must first be admitted into an SDMA mentorship program & accepted in SOAR to participate. 

For more information or questions, please contact Shay Collins at scollins10@luc.edu