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Prospective Students

In joining the Students' Opportunity for Achievement and Resources (SOAR) Program, students gain another valuable set of resources to help them with their success at Saint Louis University. Services are available to first generation college students, as well as those who have a Pell grant, or who are registered with disability services. 

Who is Eligible?

To join SOAR, students must meet one of the following criteria:

  • First-Generation College Student: This means neither parent has graduated from a four-year institution. Parents can have attended college, but not graduated and you will still be considered first-generation. Additionally, parents can have an associate's degree, but not a bachelor's degree and you are still considered first-generation.
  • Pell Grant Recipient: Pell grants are awarded to select students as part of their financial aid package.
  • Documented Disability: To qualify on the basis of a learning or physical disability, students must first be registered with the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources at SLU. 

Our Services

Each SOAR student is assigned an academic advisor within SOAR who can help them navigate the University and figure out the best plan for them. The benefit of having an advisor in the SOAR Program, as well as your academic program, is that each of our advisors serves a smaller number of students, allowing them to spend more time with you in each appointment and see you more frequently during the year.

Other services available to our students include:

  • Weekly standing tutoring appointments
  • Peer mentors
  • Cultural events
  • Free printing
  • Early registration

Learn More About Our Resources and Services

How To Apply

To become part of the SOAR program at Saint Louis University, students must complete an application. There is no firm deadline to apply for the program as applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once we have reached our capacity, students are placed on a waitlist and given priority consideration as spaces open.

Download an Application

Once complete, you can submit your application by emailing it to