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Fall 2018
SOAR Information for Freshmen

About SOAR

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation program designed to support newly admitted undergraduate students as you 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 One-Day Freshman Workshop. Details regarding the online program and freshman workshop 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 One-Day Freshman Workshop 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.

What To Do Before And After Attending Your SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop?

The following is a list of important deadlines and responsibilities all freshmen must complete.

  1. Submit Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by May 1 or within two weeks of receiving admission to CSULB. Use your MyCSULB account to accept admission and submit your deposit.
  2. Make Your Freshman One-Day Workshop Reservation – login to MyCSULB via Single Sign-On. After entering your Beach ID number and password, click on the MyCSULB icon. You will then be directed to another link where you can make your workshop reservation. You will receive a confirmation two (2) weeks prior to your scheduled workshop.
  3. Declare Your Housing Intent visit Housing & Residential Life’s Housing Portal to start your housing application OR file a request to be exempt from the freshman housing requirement. 
  4. Complete the Online Freshman Advising Survey. Advisors will need your most current information as it relates to intended major and earned/pending college credits. Be sure to print a copy of the results and bring it with you to your one-day workshop. Visit Online Freshman Advising Survey to get started – all surveys must be received by Friday, June 1, 2018.  
  5. Complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program – starting June 1, you will have access to this online program. Sign in to BeachBoard  via Single Sign-On. After entering your Beach ID number and password, click on the BeachBoard icon. Under My Courses,click on Online Pre-SOAR Program to get started with the program. Be sure to complete this online program within a week prior to your schedule on-campus workshop.
  6. Send your final official transcripts to CSULB's Enrollment Services by July 15. This includes any college credit earned at a university and/or community college.
  7. Bring with you to your SOAR Freshman Campus Experience the following items: A photo identification (driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, high school ID, or community college ID); a copy of AP or IB scores and/or college transcripts; a printed copy of your Online Freshman Advising Survey; and (if possible) a laptop or tablet with Internet capability – you will use this to register for classes
  8. Pay fees by designated deadline listed on your MyCSULB account. Pay via MyCSULB or visit Enrollment Services for payment options.  Student who have accepted a Financial Aid award may have deferred fees. Please visit the Finances section found in the Student Center page of your MyCSULB account to view your amount due and deadlines.
  9. Pay for your one-day, virtual parking permit. Visit CSULB Online Parking Services to purchase a virtual permit prior to arriving for your one-day workshop – you will need your Beach ID number, MyCSULB password, car’s license plate, and car’s make/model to complete this transaction. If you do not purchase a virtual permit prior to arriving for SOAR, you may purchase a one-day permit at one of the parking pay stations located in parking lots G6 and G4.
  10. Update and keep current your contact information on MyCSULB. It is important for you to update your personal telephone numbers and email accounts so that CSULB can send you notices regarding critical information and upcoming deadlines along with keeping in contact with you in the event that an on-campus emergency occur
  11. Welcome Back to The Beach...the first day of classes is Monday, August 27, 2018.

What Is the Online Pre-SOAR Program and the SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop?

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 the University and have submitted your CSULB Enrollment Deposit.

The SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop provides an orientation to life at The Beach and introduction to University academic requirements.

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 lunch with your paid SOAR fee. Here’s what to expect during the Freshman One-Day Workshop:

  1. Attend a welcome session that introduces 49er traditions, highlights University accomplishments, and presents new student expectations
  2. Receive a SOAR Student Handbook, Beach ID card, and gifts
  3. Take a walking tour that emphasizes buildings and resources specific to your declared major
  4. Learn about opportunities to become involved with academic and student clubs/organizations
  5. Become familiar with student support services, programs and resources
  6. Participate in an academic advising session that introduces University policies, procedures, deadlines and responsibilities; presents General Education and major requirements; explains how to use the online advising tools and Schedule of Classes; provides group and one-on-one academic advisement from your assigned college advisors; and assists with selection of first semester classes
  7. Learn how to use MyCSULB to register for classes
  8. Obtain a printed copy of your class schedule
  9. Activate your Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) membership.

 

When Can I Attend a SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop?

Freshman workshops begin in mid-June and conclude in early August. See calendar below for workshop dates.

Want to know which college your major falls under? Click on CSULB Degrees to view a list of all college and their respective undergraduate majors/degrees.

College Abbreviations
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)
Undeclared: Undecided or exploring multiple majors

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.

 

SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshops
Fall 2018 Admits

Dates Workshop Description
Monday, June 18 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Tuesday, June 19 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Wednesday, June 20 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Thursday, June 21 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Friday, June 22 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Monday, June 25 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Tuesday, June 26 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Wednesday, June 27 Only CBA, CHHS, CLA, COTA, Liberal Studies, & Undeclared freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Thursday, June 28 All freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR one-day workshop
Friday, June 29 All freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR one-day workshop
Monday, July 30 All freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR one-day workshop
Tuesday, July 31 All freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR one-day workshop
Wednesday, August 1 All freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR one-day workshop
Thursday, August 2 Only CNSM & COE freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Friday, August 3 Only CNSM & COE freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Monday, August 6 Only CNSM & COE freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Tuesday, August 7 Only CNSM & COE freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Wednesday, August 8 Only CNSM & COE freshmen are invited to attend this SOAR workshop

 

What Is The Cost?

The cost for the SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop is $62.  To guarantee your selected workshop 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. If you have any questions or concerns about the SOAR fee, please call (562) 985-5515 or email soar@csulb.edu.

 

How Do I Make My SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop Reservation?

The first day to reserve your space for your SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop is 9am on Monday, April 9, 2018. 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 Tuesday, July 3, 2018. New students who still need to make a reservation after the deadline should contact SOAR for assistance. Call (562) 985-5515 or e-mail soar@csulb.edu.

Submit your Admitted Student Reply and required Enrollment Deposit by May 1. You will make your SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop reservation AFTER submitting your intent to enroll and deposit. 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 Campus Experience reservation:

  1. Visit CSULB's Single Sign On web page to begin the process.
  2. Login to Single Sign On by using your Beach ID number and password.
  3. Select the MyCSULB icon.
  4. Look under the My Menu header on the left side to see Student Center – click on this link.
  5. Look under the Admissions section located at the bottom of the page to see SOAR Sign Up – click on this link to view available on-campus workshops, select your preferred on-campus date, and submit your payment.
  6. Be sure to pay your SOAR fees at least 10 days prior to your scheduled on-campus workshop.
  7. If you have any problems accessing Single Sign On or MyCSULB, contact the Technology Service Desk at (562) 985-4959 or helpdesk@csulb.edu.
  8. We can't wait to see you this summer...Go Beach!