SOAR Information

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SOAR: Rise to New Heights

SOAR, or 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 ACT preparation, admissions and college success information, and an introduction to Multicultural Student Services. In addition to college and academic preparation, students are exposed to BYU campus, its community, and opportunities. SOAR students are assigned a BYU student-counselor who serves as their mentor through the program. The cost for SOAR, which includes housing, food, activities, and materials, is minimal, and need-based scholarships are available.


SOAR 2016 Program Dates

SOAR Participant Application Available  Feb 1 to Apr 15, 2016.

Session #1: June 20 -24

Session #2: June 27-July 1

Session #3: July 11-15

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 3.2 (unweighted), including grades 9-11
  2. Be a high school junior during 2015-2016 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 SOAR T-shirt. Need-based scholarships are available.



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.



















It is recommended that all SOAR participants have adequate insurance should an accident happen 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. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any special accommodations for the ACT test.


For more information please contact:  phone:801-422-3065 or

Read more about the program here:

Aug 29th, 2014 BYU The Digital Universe Article "SOAR Program at BYU Changes LIves"