The SOAR office is closed over the summer and will resume responding to recommendations August 1. If you know of a student experiencing financial difficulties, please refer them to Wildcat Central.
Important: If the student is in an immediate crisis or an emergency situation, call the Campus Police Department at 325-674-2305.
SOAR -- Student Opportunities, Advocacy, and Resources --is a recommendation program designed to assist ACU students and connect them to resources available to support their path to success.
We partner with faculty, staff, parents and students to build a caring community and create a safe environment for students to discuss challenges and obstacles they face.
Our staff can support students in numerous ways: by helping reach solutions to barriers that have arisen, by helping navigate financial concerns or questions, by serving as advocates for students in discussions with faculty, by providing a safe, confidential environment to relate to others, and many other support functions.
The SOAR program is only able to serve on-campus undergraduate and graduate students. We are unable to extend our services to online students.
How to help
We provide a secure, online recommendation form available to anyone concerned about a student. If you notice a student who could benefit from being better connected to additional resources, please contact us. The earlier a student is recommended, the greater success we have working with them.
We believe that the best, healthiest situation is to tell the student you are recommending them to SOAR. An open recommendation allows:
- The student to be aware that you care about them and their success,
- An opportunity for a positive conversation between you and the student,
- And, a better likelihood that the student responds favorably from a contact from the SOAR staff.
You can make a recommendation anonymously and the SOAR staff will never reveal your name to the student you have recommended. Please consider making an open recommendation whenever circumstances allow.
After students are recommended, we contact them and connect them with campus resources, such as:
- Counseling Center
- Alpha Scholars Program
- Career Counseling
- Medical Clinic
- Residence Life
- Academic Development Center (tutoring, academic coaching, etc.)
- The Writing Center
- The Speaking Center
- In situations related to potential harm to self or others, the student is referred to the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT).