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Academic Services and Campus Life

Orientation and Advising

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

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.

For information about SOAR workshops and other programs, call (562) 985-5515, email or visit

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 and winter. The two-day, overnight SOAR program, which is only offered in the summer, 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 about SOAR workshops and other programs, 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. Transfer students should participate in a college-specific workshop where they meet with faculty advisors and receive assistance with class selection specific to their declared major. For information about SOAR workshops and other programs, call (562) 985-5515, email or visit

Student Transition and Retention Services

The First Year Experience (FYE) Success Series is a collaborative workshop series designed to address important academic information and campus resources at critical points in the first year. Topics in the fall semester are geared towards helping students with their academic transition, while the spring semester focuses more on enhancing the college experience outside of the classroom and gaining important leadership and career experience. Additionally, FYE provides opportunities for students to connect with other students, faculty/staff, and campus resources through co-curriculuar programming.
For information, call (562) 985-5515, or go to the Foundation Building, Room 150.

Parent and Family Programs (PFP)

Parent and Family Programs provide parents, family members, and other supporters an opportunity to serve in an active and supportive role in the education of their CSULB student. Its mission is to engage parents and families of CSULB students through quality programs, access to resources and regular communication in order to support student persistence and success toward timely graduation.
Opportunites for involvement begin with Parent and Family Orientation (PFO), which offers an orientation program for parents, family members, and other supporters. PFO help family members understand CSULB and how to best support their student's transition to life at the beach. The PFO experience empowers participants to serve as a valuable resource to their CSULB student. PFP offers additional opportunities for engagement throughout the year by providing e-newsletters in addition to PFP-exclusive programs like the annual First Year for Parents and Families event. To inquire about PFP and upcoming events please contact or call (562) 985-5515.

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