SOAR: Student Orientation, Advisement and Orientation

SOAR Leader Position Description

SOAR leaders are student leaders who assist new students in making a comfortable and informed transition from high school to university life. SOAR leaders:

  • Inform freshmen about Missouri State and campus life
  • Help students build their first semester’s schedule of classes
  • Assist students with building long-term relationships with faculty, staff members and their peers.

At Missouri State, SOAR leaders are widely known by students, faculty, staff members and administration as some of the best student leaders on campus. They also play a vital role in the University’s recruitment and retention efforts.


SOAR leaders are expected to:

  • Conduct discussion groups with incoming students and family members
  • Model appropriate behavior and skills for successful students
  • Explain academic opportunities and procedures
  • Acquaint new students with campus services and building locations
  • Aid in the development of class schedules
  • Assist in the registration process
  • Complete IDS 280, our one credit hour training course, during the spring semester


We are seeking students who possess the following qualities, skills and experience:

  • Leadership potential
  • Integrity and high ethical standards
  • Good problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Positive attitude and work ethic
  • Good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Desire to work with students, family members and Missouri State faculty, staff and administrators
  • Ability to represent Missouri State University well
  • Willingness to make others’ first experience at Missouri State overwhelmingly positive


SOAR leaders must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess and maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours by end of spring 2015
  • Hold full-time student status for fall 2015
  • Have completed IDS 280 in the spring 2015 semester with a grade of C or better
  • Be able to attend all training activities and work all scheduled SOAR sessions, tentatively May 26 through July 30 and August 12 and 13


SOAR leaders receive the following benefits for their participation in SOAR:

  • Personal and professional relationships with faculty, staff and students
  • Opportunities to develop highly-demanded communication, problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Excellent leadership experience
  • Compensation for 40 hours week at the rate of $7.35 an hour throughout the SOAR program
  • Free room in Hutchens House throughout the SOAR program
  • Free meal plan and Boomer Meals throughout the SOAR program
  • A summer full of fun and great memories