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Academic Services and Campus Life

University Opportunities for Students

CSULB students walk to class

Orientation and Advising

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

SOAR is the comprehensive orientation workshop to help newly admitted students transition – both academically and socially – to CSULB. All new undergraduate students are required to attend SOAR before registering for classes. Students must be formally admitted to CSULB and have paid the CSULB Enrollment Deposit in order to sign up and attend SOAR.

Newly admitted Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students are neither required nor eligible to attend SOAR. For information about the Graduate Student Orientation Program, contact Academic Projects at (562) 985-2351.
SOAR Freshman Workshops

Newly admitted freshmen must participate in either a one-day SOAR workshop or a two-day overnight program. One-day freshman workshops include a campus tour, academic advising, and assistance with class selection and registration. One-day workshops are offered in the summer for students who are admitted for fall. The two-day, overnight SOAR program provides academic advising, class selection and assistance with the registration process, introduces freshmen to college life/issues, and enables students to experience an overnight stay in the campus residence. For information, call (562) 985-5515, email, or visit

SOAR Transfer Workshops

Each of the University’s seven colleges collaborates with SOAR to sponsor college-specific transfer workshops. Most transfer students participate in a college-specific workshop where they meet with faculty advisors and receive assistance with class selection. For information, call (562) 985-5515, email, or visit

Student Transition and Retention Services

The STARS program facilitates the transition and retention of CSULB’s diverse student population by providing student-centered programs and services that foster student advancement toward graduation. STARS directs its major effort toward the advising, registration and orientation of new students. STARS also offers continued orientation, retention programs and leadership development opportunities, such as Life Guard Stations, Student Services Festival, Majors Fair, and Operation: Return to the Beach. For information, call (562) 985-5515, visit or go to the Foundation Building, Room 150.

Parent Orientation Program

The POP program, occuring in conjunction with SOAR each summer, enables parents to support their CSULB student by providing information about CSULB's degree process and supporting student services. For information, call (562) 985-5458.