SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation program designed to support newly admitted transfer students transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All first-time freshmen are required to complete two components of the University-required orientation and advising program: An Online Pre-SOAR Program and a SOAR Freshman Experience. This freshman experience has two options - either a One-Day Freshman Workshop OR the Freshman Overnight Program. Details regarding the online program and freshman experience will be emailed once you are formally admitted to the University and have submitted your CSULB Enrollment Deposit.
After competing the Online Pre-SOAR Program, first-time freshmen will participate in a SOAR Freshman Experience where you will learn about University history & traditions, meet other freshmen, be introduced to campus resources and services, and receive assistance with course selection and registration.
All freshmen MUST complete any required placement exams prior to attending SOAR. Your CSULB Admission Letter explains if you are required to complete the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Math (ELM). These exams are used to help advisors place you into appropriate academic courses. Your admission to CSULB will be rescinded if you do not complete these exams by the deadline.
If you believe you are exempt from the EPT and/or ELM, visit Testing and Evaluation to double check the required exam scores and download an exemption form.
The following is a list of important deadlines and responsibilities all freshmen must complete.
The Online Pre-SOAR Program introduces our campus community and your responsibilities as a community member, as well as resources and services to help you maintain a well-balanced life. SOAR hopes by presenting these key topics you will have a better understanding of the University’s inclusive excellence, expectations of its community members, and how it supports your individual growth.
Details regarding the online program will be emailed once you are formally admitted to CSULB and have submitted your CSULB Enrollment Deposit.
The SOAR Freshman Experience provides you an orientation to life at The Beach and introduction to University academic requirements. Freshmen can choose to attend a Freshman One-Day Workshop or participate in the Freshman Overnight Program.
The Freshman One-Day Workshop is a day-long program that begins at 8:00am (check-in outside Brotman Hall) and concludes at approximately 5:00pm (various locations throughout campus). You receive some gifts and a SOAR lunch with your paid SOAR fee. Here’s what to expect during the Freshman One-Day Workshop:
You will be able to choose they type of SOAR Freshman Experience when you make your SOAR reservation via MyCSULB. Freshmen must select one of the freshman experiences - either a Freshman Overnight Program (offered during the summer only) or a One-Day Freshman Workshop. Each experience provides the essential components of SOAR – campus tour, academic advising, and assistance with course selection and registration.
CBA: College of Business
CHHS: College of Health & Human Services
CLA: College of Liberal Arts
CNSM: College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
COE: College of Engineering
COTA: College of the Arts
Liberal Studies: College of Education (elementary education)
A confirmation email with your assigned start time and check in location will be sent to you prior to your scheduled workshop. Contact SOAR if you do not receive a confirmation email or have any concerns - call (562) 985-5515.
|To Be Announced (TBA)||All freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop|
The Freshman Overnight Program is an opportunity for newly-admitted students to begin their academic and social transition to The Beach during a two-day program in which they live in the residence halls, explore campus life, and create connections with other students.
Summer 2017 Dates: Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30
Eligibility Information: Open to all Freshmen
There is a separate fee for each of the SOAR Freshman Experience - $62 for the One-Day Freshman Workshop or $130 for the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program (which is offered during the summer only). To guarantee your selected freshman experience date, you must pay at the time you make SOAR workshop reservation. Acceptable online forms of payment are e-check (no convenience fee) and credit card (MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or American Express with a 2.75% service charge).
The SOAR fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. There is no fee waiver for this program.
The first day to reserve your space for your SOAR Freshman Experience is 9am on Monday, April 10, 2017. Reservations will continue to be accepted for a particular workshop/program as long as there is space available. The deadline to reserve your space is Monday, July 3, 2017. New students who still need to make a reservation after the deadline should contact SOAR for assistance. Call (562) 985-5515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your Admitted Student Reply and required CSULB Enrollment Deposit prior to signing up for SOAR. Please note that the CSULB Enrollment Deposit is separate from the SOAR fee.
Space is limited per workshop/program date and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your SOAR reservation at least three weeks prior to the date you select to receive your workshop confirmation and parking information.
Directions for making your SOAR Freshman Experience reservation: