Student Orientation, Acclimation and Retention

What is SOAR?

SOAR reflects the collective wisdom of our faculty, staff and students.

SOAR is a program that focuses on Student Orientation, Acclimation and Retention.  Clarion's program is based on best practices in first year and transfer student experiences, university-wide discussions, continuous program assessment, and involves the efforts of the entire university community.  Presentations and other components of the program continuously evolve as a dedicated group of faculty, staff and students gather and analyze data and transform the results into concrete programs that help all of our students to be successful.

Goals for SOAR

Our goal is to help students stay in college and develop permanent ties to Clarion University through programming and activities that:

  • Cement students' and families' commitment to Clarion University.
  • Forge positive and active relationships between students, and among students, faculty and staff.
  • Ensure that students are informed self-advocates who accept personal responsibility for their education.
  • Engage students in productive co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

SOAR principles

The SOAR program is guided by the following three principles which are valued as critical components of a successful college student experience:

  1. Students must accept responsibility for their education.
  2. Students must develop relationships with each other, faculty, and staff.
  3. Students must be engaged in Clarion University.



  • Assist students, parents and families during Orientation events.
  • Guide participants during opening Week of Welcome.
  • Mentor incoming new students as they transition through their first year. 

Apply by March 29, 2017


Erin E. Schuetz
Director for SOAR
407 Becht Hall
+1 814 393 1769

+1 814 393 1766

ORIentation Sign up


Sign up!

  • Instructions.
  • Use your MyClarion login and password (from the Blue paper you received in the mail) 
  • Confirmation emails are sent to your Clarion eaglemail.
  • Any questions, contact SOAR at 814-393-1766 or


  • Assists the needs of all incoming Students whether first time in college, transfer, commuter or returning adult
  • Conducts Orientation programs for all incoming students throughout the year
  • Helps students Acclimate to Clarion through Discovery Weekend and mentoring programs
  • Fosters Retention by networking support services and with programs such as Beacon
Last Updated 3/10/17