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SOAR Workshop Information

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) is a comprehensive orientation workshop to help newly admitted students transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All new undergraduate students are required to attend SOAR before registering for classes. You must be formally admitted to CSULB and have submitted your CSULB Enrollment Deposit before you can make a SOAR workshop reservation.

Attendees at Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

SOAR Overview

SOAR offers new students an opportunity to begin their transition to life as a college student at California State University, Long Beach. Our newest members of the Forty-Niner Family participate in an interactive tour that helps them become more familiar with the campus, learn about opportunities to enhance their college experience and successfully navigate through their first semester at The Beach. Additionally, SOAR participants are introduced to their department/major requirements, provided an overview of General Education, and assisted with selecting and registering for their first semester courses. Throughout the day, SOAR Advisors, who are current CSULB students, lead and support our newly admitted student through each component of the day as well as facilitate connections between students.

Transfer Students

Most transfer students will participate in a college-specific workshop where they will meet with faculty advisors from their declared major department. They also receive information on the topics of department-sponsored support resources, scholarships, internships/field work, and out-of-classroom requirements. View SOAR Information for Transfers.


First-time Freshmen

Freshmen must participate in one type of SOAR workshop: Either a One-Day Workshop or the SOAR Freshman Overnight program.  One-Day Freshman Workshops (offered to Fall and Spring Admits) jump right into the essential components of SOAR – campus tour, academic advising, and assistance with class selection and registration.  Offered in the summer for Fall Admits only, The SOAR Freshman Overnight program enables students to experience the residence halls and establish new friendships with other incoming freshmen.  During the first day of this program, educational and social activities introduce freshmen to college life/issues and the CSULB campus. The second day is dedicated to academic advising, class selection and assistance with the registration process. View SOAR Information for Freshman.


Information for Parents, Guardians, Family Members & Friends

As our Guest Attendance Policy states, the SOAR workshops are for registered student participants only. We cannot accommodate guests in the workshops.

If you are interested in learning more about CSULB, we strongly encourage family members and guests to register for and attend CSULB's Parent and Family Orientation program (PFO). This University-sponsored program, which is hosted by the department of Parent and Family Programs and the Division of Student Affairs, provides an overview of academic requirements and campus resources, as well as an introduction to campus life. This program is offered only during summer SOAR workshops (for Fall Admits) only.


CSULB Transportation

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