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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 14, 2009

SOAR introduces new freshmen, families to campus life

An estimated 1,400 incoming freshmen and their families will visit the Northwest campus during June and July to take part in the University's annual Summer Orientation Advisement and Registration (SOAR) program.

2009 SOAR events are scheduled on the following dates:

For more information about this summer's SOAR events, click on SOAR .

SOAR offers a day-long program for incoming freshmen and their parents. During their visit to campus, the new Bearcats will visit with upperclassmen who share similar interests and meet with faculty advisors to discuss their course schedules for the fall trimester.

Entering freshmen will also tour residence halls, attend presentations about student services and have the opportunity to talk to representatives from a number of the University's administrative offices.

"Students who come to SOAR have an advantage because they become more familiar with the culture of Northwest," said Leslie Chandler, coordinator of student orientation and transfer affairs. "They also get to meet other students and begin to make friends. It's a valuable sneak-peek at what college life will be like."

Approximately 2,100 moms and dads and other family members are expected to accompany their students to Maryville.

During the afternoon, while students meet with academic advisors, parents will have the opportunity to attend a number of information sessions on such topics as financial assistance, fraternity and sorority life and student employment. New for parents at this summer's SOAR will be a session on campus technology and a presentation designed for parents of student athletes.

SOAR is also a chance for the Northwest and Maryville communities to get acquainted with the new freshman class.

"It's important for us as a University and a community to put our best foot forward for these visitors and show them what a great place Maryville is in which to live and learn," said Brad Landhuis, assistant director of advisement. "One of the great attractions of Northwest is the collaboration between the University and the community, and this is a perfect time for new students and parents to experience the bond between Maryville and Northwest.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468