For some, coming to Auburn University for college is a no brainer, for others, a lot goes into deciding what college or university is the right fit for them. When a prospective student comes to visit campus, they are often given a tour of campus and an information session about the acceptance requirements. After that, they are left with a feeling on the inside of whether the school fits them or doesn’t. There is a certain organization at Auburn that provides prospective students and student athletes with valuable information to help call “the loveliest village on the plains” their home for the next four years. This organization is known as Students of Auburn Recruiting.
S.O.A.R. is divided into two different sectors: Athletic Recruiters and Student Recruiters. Athletic Recruiters serve the Auburn Athletic Department and Office of Admissions by helping host prospective student athletes and their families on game days and special recruiting visits. Student Recruiters serve the Office of Admissions by showing prospective students around campus, and providing them with important information about the school.
“Being a member of S.O.A.R. has been such an honor,” said Junior Athletic Recruiter Lindsay Freeman. “I love being able to give back to the school that has given me so much.”
This organization works nonstop to help keep Auburn University the best school in the nation. Auburn is lucky to have the best students recruiting the best prospective students for the school.
“What I love so much about this organization is the close friendships I have made,” said Senior Student Recruiter Tristan Watson. “The people in this organization are so close, whether you’re on the student recruiting side or the athletic recruiting side. We are all one big happy family.”
Auburn has this organization to thank for the best student body in the nation. Because of this organization, Auburn has had a top ten football recruiting class the past five years and is considered one of the best places to attend school according to U.S. News.
“On National Signing Day, the Athletic Recruiters were able to go to the stadium and watch the live broadcast,” said Junior Athletic Recruiter Olivia Nelson. “It is really rewarding to see all of your hard work pay off in the long run. We work day in and day out to give this school the best athletes we can.”
Athletic Recruiters spend every Saturday during the football season and several days in the off season, helping recruit the best student athletes. It is their job to make sure these athletes and their families are treated well and shown what it’s like to not only attend Auburn, but play at sport here. Student Recruiters work every week day, all day, giving tours to prospective students and their families. It is many students and parents first time at Auburn, and Student Recruiters are fortunate to be the first impression of the school.
“Being able to share my love for this school to people who don’t know much about it brings me so much joy,” said Student Recruiter Peter Talíaferro. “When a student comes up to me and tells me that I am what sold them on Auburn, a tremendous amount of joy spreads inside of me.”
Being a member of S.O.A.R. is an honor at Auburn University. These students go through a two-round interview process before being selected as the top students to represent Auburn.
“It’s important to get involved in with an organization early in your college career,” said Junior Lauren Henson. “My biggest advice I share with incoming freshmen is to get involved. Getting involved with S.O.A.R. early on opened up many other opportunities to get involved on campus and has left me with so many memories that I will cherish forever.”