Admissions

2018 SOAR Leader Recruitment

Expectations | SOAR Leader Role | Important Dates | How to Apply

The SOAR (Southern’s Orientation, Advisement, and Registration) Team is a group of students who work together to welcome all of the new students to Georgia Southern University. They assist in the development, planning, and implementation of the orientation program for more than 5,000 students and their family members!

Think you have what it takes? Be a SOAR Leader! 


Attend an Information Session!

Information Sessions will take place in Lewis Hall, located on Sweetheart Circle, and will discuss the role of a SOAR Leader, the application and interview process, and answer questions.

  • Sunday, October 29th at 7:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 30th at 7:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday, October 31st at 7:00 P.M.

Can you SOAR through the summer?
SOAR Leader Expectations:

  1. Be reliable, responsible, confident, sincere, dedicated, and flexible.
  2. Possess good communication skills in order to facilitate group discussions.
  3. Display a willingness to help others and enjoy working with people.
  4. Demonstrate a desire to learn about Georgia Southern University, its regulations, its people, and its programs.
  5. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Grades for all applicants will be checked following the completion of the Fall semester. Selected SOAR leaders will be asked to resign if their GPA is not above a 2.5 after the Fall semester.
  6. Be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  7. Have completed at least one semester at Georgia Southern by January 2018.
  8. Enroll as a Georgia Southern University undergraduate student for the Fall 2018 semester.
  9. Plan to live in Statesboro, GA during the summer of 2018.
  10. Plan to enroll in at least one summer class (online only) for the summer of 2018.

Are you prepared to lead above and beyond?
Role of a SOAR Leader:

  1. Serve as a role model for new students by displaying the responsibility and maturity of an upperclassman.
  2. Lead small group sessions for incoming freshmen.
  3. Assist in the organization and preparation of orientation activities.
  4. Acclimate new students with campus services, activities, and building locations.
  5. Participate in the creation and production of all orientation skits and presentations.
  6. Facilitate group and individual discussions with new students, their parents, and guests.
  7. Assist with the advisement and registration processes for the Fall 2018 semester.
  8. Display initiative in assisting incoming students with special needs and concerns.
  9. Represent Georgia Southern University in a positive manner.

Mark your calendar:

Applications available online: Monday, October 9, 2017

Deadline to Apply: Monday, November 6, 2017 by 5p.m.

Group Interviews: November 13-14, 2017

Faculty/Staff Interviews: November 14-15, 2017

Individual Interviews: November 27-29, 2017

Positions Offered: Thursday, November 30, 2017

SOAR Celebration and 1st Meeting: Friday, December 1, 2017


The following events are mandatory for selected SOAR Leaders:

Camp SOAR: January 12-14, 2018

SOAR Team Meetings: (Tentatively) Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. throughout Spring 2018 semester

Leadership Class: LEAD 2000 (CRN# 14936) – 0-credit hour class (More information provided at the Information Sessions)

Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) at the University of Central Florida: March 16-18, 2018

SOAR Training: May 14-31, 2018

Every Summer SOAR Session: June 4 – July 25, August 9-11

The pay: $2,200 scholarship


How to apply for the 2018 SOAR Team:

Apply through the online form found here.

In order to be considered for an interview, you must submit:

Applications must be submitted by Monday, November 6, 2017

Click here  to access your SOAR Recommendation Forms!  For tips on how to make sure you get a good recommendation, click here.

Questions? Please contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs in Lewis Hall at (912) 478-7627 or orientation@georgiasouthern.edu.


Comments from SOAR Alumni about being a SOAR Leader:  

  • “The beautiful thing about SOAR is that it’s a family business. It’s like doing something really important with 20+ siblings.” – DiArron Morrison, SOAR 2015, Graduate, General Studies
  • “Being a SOAR Leader is so much more than a job. It’s an experience. The challenges grow you, the team becomes family, and you will make a difference in a young student’s life. It’s an experience that’s bigger than yourself and you will truly know what it means to serve others.” – Ellen Hogan, SOAR 2013, Senior, Logistics & Intermodal Transportation
  • “SOAR was the best experience that I had at Georgia Southern! I realized the importance of SOAR as a way to really take my leadership development to the next level, to grow as a person, to introduce students to the school I loved, and to be a part of a family!” – Stephen Warner, SOAR 2011, Coordinator of Out of State Recruitment
  • “Now, three years removed, SOAR was an experience that I will always cherish and never forget. When I’m asked about my SOAR experience, I always compare the composition of my team to a model of the real world. Each of us came from a different background and our differences bonded us together through the adversity we faced, as a team, throughout the year. SOAR challenged me in every aspect of my life, but it developed me into a better friend, a better leader, and a better EAGLE!” – Errol Spence, SOAR 2013, Graduate Student, Public Administration

Last updated: 10/4/2017

Orientation P.O. Box 8096 Statesboro, GA 30460 (912) 478-7627 orientation@georgiasouthern.edu