Summer Programs

This summer, two optional programs are being offered to incoming students. Each of the optional programs carries a fee: $325 to attend SOAR (if financial assistance is needed for SOAR, please contact Moise St. Louis, Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services at ) and $325 to attend POW (if financial assistance is needed for POW, please contact Kerri Leach, Director of Student Activities at   

Students will be emailed information as to how to register for either of our summer optional programs.  Spots are limited for each program.    

Pre-Orientation Weekend (POW)

June 28-30; July 12-14

POW (pronounced POW! instead of P.O.W.) stands for Pre-Orientation Weekend. It is an optional program that takes place on a weekend in early summer to welcome incoming students and give an idea of what life is like at college. POW gives new students the opportunity to make connections with new students and upperclassmen leadership, hear the experiences of people in the SMC community, and enjoy the beauty and fun of Vermont in the summer. While there is a fee for attendance, financial assistance is available for those who are in need. 

Summer Orientation  for Academic Excellence and Retention (SOAR)

June 27-30

Participating in SOAR means connecting to faculty, staff, and upper-level students, as well as getting to know other first year students, before college begins. SOAR has often been characterized by students as "an amazing orientation program with an international flair." SOAR is a program especially designed for incoming first year students who value inclusivity and cultural diversity, and who are interested in a smooth transition to college. This is an opportunity to spend time with diverse, international, and multilingual people and learn how to make your first year at college rewarding and successful. 

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 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.   

What is the cost?

The POW fee is $325 per student.

How to Register for POW 1 (June 28-30) and POW 2 (July 12-14): 

POW 1 June 28-30

POW 2 July 12-14



For questions or more information:

Kerri Leach
Assistant Dean of Students / 
Director of Student Activities


Summer Orientation for Academic Excellence and Retention

Can’t wait to make friends?  Want to get a jump-start on the Saint Mikes experience?  Do you enjoy outdoor activities?SOAR poster

Saint Michael’s College offers Summer Orientation for Academic Excellence and Retention (SOAR)  program. SOAR is a pre-orientation program for incoming first year students.  A four-day social and academic retention program, that gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with upper class students; an opportunity to listen and self-reflect before you kick-start your collegiate journey; a day of outdoor programs for those seeking an adventurous beginning to college; seminars for students wanting to get a jump start on campus involvement and learn essential skills necessary for a successful first year transition to college.


When you participate in the SOAR Program, you will arrive on campus, move into a residence hall and begin meeting like-minded classmates.  Attend SOAR and we promise you a fun and transformative experience, one that is sure to leave you feeling prepared and confident about embarking on this next chapter in your life.


Participation in SOAR is $325 per student. Need-based financial aid is available for SOAR. 


How to Register for SOAR (June 27-30):


SOAR (June 27-30)


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 or 802.654.2247

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