2020 SOAR Leader Recruitment – Statesboro Campus

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 any questions you may have!

  • Monday, October 15th at 12:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 16th at 1:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 17th at 5:30 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 forced to resign if their cumulative GPA is below a 2.5 after the Fall semester.
  6. Be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  7. Have completed at least one semester at Georgia Southern by January 2019.
  8. Plan to live in Statesboro, GA during the Summer of 2020.
  9. Plan to enroll in at least one summer class (online only) for the Summer of 2020.

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 Summer and Fall 2020 semesters.
  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, September 30, 2019

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, November 3, 2019 by 11:59p.m.

Group Interviews: November 18-19, 2019

Faculty/Staff Interviews: November 19-20, 2019

Individual Interviews: December 2-4, 2019

Positions Offered: Thursday, December 5th, 2019

SOAR Celebration and 1st Meeting: Friday, December 6th, 2019

The following events are mandatory for selected SOAR Leaders:

Camp SOAR: January 17-19, 2020

SOAR Team Meetings: (Tentatively) Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. throughout Spring 2020 semester

Southern Regional Orientation Workshop (SROW) at Western Kentucky University: March 12-15, 2020

SOAR Training: May 11-29, 2020

Every Summer SOAR Session: June 1 – July 27, August 13-15

How to apply for the 2020 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 Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Please contact the Office of New Student & Family Programs in Lewis Hall at (912) 478-7627 or please feel free to email us at

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, Assistant Director 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: 10/14/2019

Orientation P.O. Box 8096 Statesboro, GA 30460 912-478-7627