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Student Orientation and Academic Readiness

Student Orientation and Academic Readiness (SOAR) is a supervised college readiness program designed for high school students entering their junior and senior years of school. Students participating in the program are exposed to the college environment, lectures, important offices, and presented with social opportunities traditionally found across college campuses.

Program fees include college credits, room, meals, and activities.

Summer 2020 dates coming soon! 

Program Highlights

Students enrolled in SOAR will:

  • Take a 2 credit college course (transferable credits)
  • Live in the residence halls with a roommate
  • Eat meals in a college dining hall
  • Attend up to four different college course lectures
  • Become oriented with various offices found on all college campuses
  • Participate in social activities throughout the program

Application Process

Stay tuned for more information on the Summer 2020 SOAR application details.


What to Bring to SOAR

Students should bring:

  • Bedding for a twin XL mattress
    • Sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.
  • Shower linens
    • Towels, washcloths, etc.
  • Toiletries
    • Including toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.
  • School supplies
    • Notebooks, pencils, etc.
  • Clothes
  • Laundry supplies (Free facilities)
  • Spending money for any off-campus trips
  • Optional: laptop, tablet,
  • Optional: electronic entertainment
    • Tv, handheld gaming systems, etc.
What does the program cost?

The cost for Summer 2020 is to be determined. Stay tuned for more details! 

Will I earn college credit?

Yes, students will attend a 2-credit course that will transfer into many colleges as a humanities course.

Will there be someone on call throughout the nights?

Yes, a staff member specific to the program will be on call each night.  In addition, our campus security office is readily available if anyone should need assistance.

Can someone visit a student during the program?

Although we would prefer that students stay with the group and use their time during the program to make friends and experience college life, guests are permitted during students’ “down time.”  However, guests must first be approved by a parent or guardian.

Could I commute instead of staying on campus?

No.  Although students at Ancilla College are welcome to commute, this program is designed with a specific objective in mind, and living on-campus is part of that goal.

Are there any scholarships or financial assistance for this program?

Unfortunately not.  There are no forms of scholarships or financial aid associated with this program.

Can I have a car on campus?

Unfortunately not.  Unlike the Ancilla College school year, which allows cars on campus, the SOAR Program does not permit cars.

If I have additional questions, who can I contact?

Feel free to reach out to Kristen Robson regarding any questions while preparing for the program or during the program. Kristen can be reached at 574-936-8898 ext. 364, or



Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

P.O. Box 1, 9601 Union Road, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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