SOAR is a comprehensive orientation and advising workshop to help newly admitted undergraduate students during their academic and social transition to CSULB. All students are required to successfully complete a SOAR workshop before registering for courses. Students must be formally admitted to CSULB and have paid the CSULB Enrollment Deposit in order to register and attend SOAR. For information about SOAR workshops and its other programs, call (562) 985-5515, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.csulb.edu/soar.
Newly admitted freshmen must participate in either a One-Day Workshop or the Overnight Program. One-Day Freshman Workshops include a campus tour and introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, academic advising in a group setting, and personal assistance with course selection and registration. One-Day Workshops are offered for freshmen admitted for the fall and spring semesters. The SOAR Overnight Program, which is only offered for freshmen admitted for the fall semester, offers all the components of the One-Day Workshop, in addition to an expanded orientation to campus life, introduction to common challenges/issues for first-time freshmen and the opportunity to experience an overnight stay in the residence hall.
Newly admitted transfer students must participate in either a College-Specific Workshop or an All Majors Workshop. Both workshop formats include a campus tour and introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, advising on upper-division General Education requirements, academic advising in a group setting, and assistance with course selection and registration. College-Specific Workshops allows transfer students to meet with their assigned department advisor, while All Majors Workshops allow students to meet with an advisor from their assigned college advising center. Both workshop formats provide detailed information such as curriculum sequence, co-curricular requirements, research opportunities and scholarship information.
SOAR offers continuing orientation programming throughout the academic year to support transitions as a college students – whether it’s a first-year student who is new to the campus, an upper-division student who wants to hone their professional skills or a student who is planning for life after Long Beach State. SOAR hosts a range of academic, professional development and social programs, including the Lifeguard Stations, Red Zone: 365 Support @ CSULB, the Student Services Festival, and the Majors Fair; co-sponsors the annual Spring Break Kick-Off and provides leadership opportunities as SOAR Advisors.