SOAR: Student Orientation, Advisement and Orientation

Become a SOAR Leader

SOAR leaders help new students follow their passions and find their place at Missouri State University. We invite you to become a part of this decades-long tradition by joining the team as a new SOAR leader. Apply today!

SOAR 2014 Team

SOAR leader application process

To apply to become a SOAR leader, please follow the instructions below:

1. Attend a SOAR leader information session

Learn more about the position from SOAR staff, as well as current and former SOAR leaders. Attendance is not required; however, an info session will answer any questions you have.  Information sessions will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, October 20 at 7:00 PM
    Meyer Library Auditorium (room 101)
  • Tuesday, October 21 at 6:00 PM
    Meyer Library Auditorium (room 101)

2. Complete the SOAR Leader application by October 31 at 4:30 PM 

You can access and complete the SOAR leader application online through Campus LINK. Please follow the instructions below to apply. 

  • From your My Missouri State portal, select the Campus LINK logo located on the Profile tab. 
  • Select the Organizations link and search for "SOAR." Select the link for SOAR.
  • On the SOAR profile page, select the Forms link, then select the SOAR Carousel Application link.

3. Submit two completed faculty/staff recommendation forms

These forms can be downloaded using the links located on this page. Recommendations must be completed by a full-time MSU faculty or staff member; graduate students may complete your reference forms if they directly supervise your work or teach a course in which you are enrolled.

Undergraduate students, non-supervisory graduate assistants or off-campus individuals CANNOT complete recommendations.

It is your responsibility — not the recommender’s — to ensure forms are submitted to the SOAR office by October 31 at 4:30 PM.

4. Attend SOAR Carousel

All SOAR applicants will be assigned to one of two Carousel sessions and notified of their assigned session via their Missouri State email account on the week of November 3. Applicants must attend the assigned Carousel session to be considered for a position as a SOAR leader.

SOAR Carousel

SOAR Carousel is a mandatory interview process during which you participate in various activities and situations SOAR leaders typically encounter during summer sessions. Attendance at Carousel is REQUIRED to be considered for a SOAR Leader position.

At Carousel, you and other applicants will be placed into small groups and evaluated on your performance during four different activities:

  • An individual interview with a faculty or staff member familiar with the SOAR program
  • A mock student/family question and answer panel
  • An impromptu public speaking activity
  • Icebreaker and group problem solving activity

During Carousel, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and personality to the Carousel evaluation team. While knowledge of Missouri State University, its policies and procedures is looked upon favorably, what we look for most in potential SOAR leaders is the desire to represent the University positively, to assist students and families in making a successful transition, and to work diligently to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere on campus.