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SOAR

Students at SOAR registrationStudent Orientation & Registration (SOAR) is a two-day event in June in which Aggies Elevated students register for classes and participate in orientation sessions with their traditionally admitted peers. It’s a whirlwind of activities and information for both students and parents.

ACADEMICS

Academic success is not always defined by a grade on a transcript. For Aggies Elevated students, success is measured more by the attempt than by the outcome. Attending study groups, putting forth their best effort, utilizing available supports—and sometimes failing—all are important lessons for our students as they become lifelong learners.

Aggies Elevated students enroll in a combination of program-specific courses (which are also open to traditionally admitted students) and 1000- and 2000-level electives from the general University catalog. They attend classes alongside their peers all across campus and in some community venues. Classes may be taken for credit, for audit, or Pass/Fail, as arranged with program director Sarah Bodily and each course instructor. Accommodations are arranged through the USU Disability Resource Center.

CLUBS & EVENTS

Student giving the peace sign at a football gameAggies Elevated students are encouraged to attend Day on the Quad at the beginning of fall semester for an introduction to the many clubs and organizations that are available on campus. Joininga club based on one’s hobbies or interests is a great way to meet people and become involved in the campus community. Aggies Elevated students receive a valid Aggie Card (student ID), which offers them access to any campus event that is open to traditionally admitted students.

INTERNSHIPS

Work experiences are an integral part of Aggies Elevated. The experience begins in the second semester with the lab portion of Career Exploration II—job shadows in which students can observe appropriate work behavior. Internships (with an emphasis on paid positions) begin during the third semester and continue through the end of the program. Past internship sites on- and off-campus have included the Assistive Technology Lab, the Aggie Recreation Center, Aggie Blue Bikes, the USU Campus Store, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Sound Beginnings Preschool, the afterschool program at Ellis Elementary School, Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, the Utah Conservation Corps, and The Family Place.

BASE CAMP

Base Camp is an intensive two-day introduction to college living, scheduled during the week before classes begin in the fall. Topics include college writing expectations, creating a presentation with a classmate, time management and scheduling, conflict resolution, an introduction to the free Cache Valley Transit District bus system, a canoe outing with Common Ground Outdoor Adventures, and more.

ON CAMPUS HOUSING

Students in the LLC enjoy a pizza break during a football matchFirst-year students live in a traditional dorm-style setting in Valley View or Mountain View Towers. Two Aggies Elevated students share a room and live alongside typically admitted students, sharing communal bathrooms with the entire floor. In this situation, Aggies Elevated students learn to navigate living with only one roommate. Each floor has a Resident Assistant to whom students can go for guidance with any housing or roommate issue.

Second-year students have the option of choosing the Living Learning Communities (LLC). In this setting, four bedrooms housing eight students are clustered around a common living area/kitchen and two bathrooms. Two Aggies Elevated students share a room with their typically admitted suitemates. This living situation is more complicated, with seven roommates instead of one, and is only available to students who have demonstrated adequate maturity and proficiency in social skills and conflict resolution. Each floor has a Resident Assistant to whom students can go for guidance with any housing or roommate issue.  Learn More about on-campus housing.

INSTITUTE

Aggies Elevated students are welcome to enroll in classes at the LDS Institute of Religion, which is located on the USU campus. More information on class offerings and faculty can be found at studentview.lds.org.

CONNECTIONS

Connections begins right after Base Camp and is designed to help freshman students make a smooth transition to college life. The course is anchored by a Common Literature Experience, in which all students read the same book and prepare to discuss it. Aggies Elevated program director Sarah Bodily meets weekly (via Adobe Connect) with incoming freshmen over the summer to guide their reading and prepare for discussion topics.

FOOD SERVICES

USU offers a variety of meal plans and dining options to students, from full meals to quick snacks in The Junction (near the Towers), The Marketplace, The Hub and the Quick Stop in the Taggart Student Center. Snacks and ready-made take-out meals are available across campus in the Huntsman Building, the Merrill-Crazier Library, the Education Building and others. Fast-food and other restaurants are located within walking distance of the campus, and the free bus system takes students to whatever cuisine they might be craving.

SERVICE

Troy & GordonAggies Elevated students are the receivers of service in the form of a small army of service learning volunteers, who run study groups and provide other supports. In return, our students learn to be the givers of service, through group efforts (for example, USU’s Sub for Santa program), and through individual service projects that each student proposes, plans and completes throughout the second year of the program.