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Summer Programs for New Students

This summer, two optional programs are being offered to incoming students. Each of the optional programs carries a fee: $215 to attend SOAR and $250 to attend POW (if financial assistance is needed, please contact Grace A. Kelly, Director of Student Activities at gkelly@smcvt.edu). Students will be registered in the order their registration forms are received, based on space availability by gender.

Pre-Orientation Weekend (POW)

June 26-June 28; July 10-12; July 17-19
POW is a chance for small groups of new students to get to know one another, learn a little about what to expect in college, and enjoy Vermont in the summer.

Download the POW application.

Summer Orientation  for Academic Excellence and Retention (SOAR)

July 29-August 2
SOAR is designed for students who value inclusiveness and cultural diversity, and who want to ensure their first year in college is rewarding and successful. It is a great introduction to college life in Vermont. This is an opportunity to spend time with diverse, international, and multilingual people. If you are looking for an amazing orientation program with an international flair, SOAR is for you.

Download the SOAR application.

Pre-Orientation Weekend

admissions retreat

POW began in 1986 when a small group thought it would be nice to provide an opportunity for new students to come to Vermont during the summer to learn a little about Saint Michael's and college life in general. In addition, they wanted to see a little of Vermont's gorgeous outdoors.

What happens on POW?

Students participate in activities to get to know each other, learn what college is like and talk to those who have been there. POW also includes time to enjoy Lake Champlain at St. Anne's Shrine.

Who goes on POW?

All new Saint Michael's students are eligible for POW. There is space available for a total of 30 first-year and transfer students on each session. There will also be 18 current students, staff and faculty who have volunteered their time to accompany the group.

What else do you need to know?

We will be staying at St. Anne's Shrine in Isle La Motte on Lake Champlain. All meals and transportation are provided. POW is a popular program and fills quickly on a first-come, first-served basis. You will receive information about signing up for the program in mid-May.

What is the cost?

The POW fee is $250 per student. If you need financial assistance, contact Grace A. Kelly, Director of Student Activities.


For questions or more information:

Grace Kelly
Associate Dean of Students /
Director of Student Activities
802.654.2568
gkelly@smcvt.edu

Summer Orientation for Academic Excellence and Retention

SOAR is designed for students who value inclusiveness and cultural diversity, and who want to ensure their first year in college is rewarding and successful. It is a great introduction to college life in Vermont. This is an opportunity to spend time with diverse, international and multilingual people. Facilitated by professors, staff and former SOAR participants, the program offers a unique mixture of social and academic orientation. If you are looking for an amazing orientation program with an international flair, SOAR is for you.

Why SOAR?

You will spend SOAR enjoying the outdoors, having international dinners and fun-filled evenings making new friends around bonfires. Our day on the island of Isle La Motte has always been breathtaking. SOAR is real. We will answer all of your questions about the do's and don'ts of college life, and best approach to having a great first year on our campus. You can expect honest answers and discussions about first semester transitions and college life.

Who goes to SOAR?

All new students are eligible for SOAR. Those interested in having a wonderful multicultural experience and meeting a diverse group of students are encouraged to apply. There are at least 16 faculty/staff and students who will also be with you.

What else do you need to know?

The week will be spent exploring Vermont, getting to know campus and spending time on an island. All meals are provided. You will receive information about signing up for the program in mid-May.

What is the cost?

SOAR is $215 per student.


For questions and more information contact:

Moise St. Louis
Associate Dean of Students/
Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services
802.654.2663
mstlouis@smcvt.edu

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