SOAR Information

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SOAR: Rise to New Heights

SOAR (Summer of Academic Refinement) is a five-day college preparation program which prepares and informs students of the educational benefits and expectations at Brigham Young University. 

Objectives of SOAR

  • Identify participants that are spiritually, academically, socially, and culturally prepared to benefit from and contribute to BYU
  • Educate participants about college life at BYU and MSS resources
  • Assist students in being competitive applicants to BYU

Program Overview

SOAR provides an introduction to BYU, admissions and college success information, ACT preparation, and Multicultural Student Services. Students will be exposed to BYU campus, its community, resources and opportunities. SOAR students are assigned a BYU student-counselor who serves as their guide through the program. The cost of SOAR is minimal and includes housing, food, activities, and materials. Need-based scholarships are available.


SOAR 2018 Program Dates

The SOAR Participant Application will be available from February 1 to April 1, 2018.

  • Session #1: June 25-29
  • Session #2: July 9-13
  • Session #3: July 16-20

Tentative 2019 Dates:

  • Session #1: June 24-28
  • Session #2: July 8-12
  • Session #3: July 15-19

SOAR Qualifications

We are receiving a high volume of applications to this program and unfortunately do not have room for all of those who apply. Please be advised that students who have historically lacked opportunity in higher education (including those from a variety of different socioeconomic, cultural, geographic, and family backgrounds) and students who come from backgrounds lacking important support systems that can increase the likelihood of graduation will be given priority. Applicants should:

  1. Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.2 (unweighted), including grades 9-11
  2. Be a high school junior during 2017-2018 school year
  3. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  4. Come from a multicultural background and need educational assistance.


The cost for SOAR is $350. This fee covers residence hall housing, all meals, ACT test and manual, all academic materials, all activities, and a SOAR T-shirt.



If you take the ACT elsewhere before attending SOAR, you must wait a minimum of 60 days between retests. If you are not allowed to retest during SOAR, there will not be a refund. 

The ACT test taken during SOAR can only be used for CES school applications.


Need-based tuition and travel scholarships are available.

  • Tuition scholarships cover $300 of the SOAR fee.
  • If a scholarship is awarded, the student is responsible for the remaining $50.
  • Depending on the distance, travel scholarships reimburse for up to $350 of approved travel expenses.


















Click here for the frequently asked questions Click here for information about the SOAR counselorsACT InstructorClick here for pictures and videos of soar. Click here for the SOAR application


It is recommended that all SOAR participants have adequate health insurance in case an accident happens during SOAR. Although all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of each SOAR participant, BYU is not liable for any accidents that might occur.

Special Accommodations

We are committed to providing a learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for admission to the SOAR program. Prior to registration, applicants with disabilities are invited to discuss the program content and available facilities with the program administrator.


For more information please contact 801-422-3065 or

Read more about the program in this BYU Daily Universe article - "SOAR Program at BYU Changes Lives"