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Spring 2017
SOAR Information for Freshmen

About SOAR

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation workshop to help newly admitted freshmen transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All new undergraduate students are required to attend SOAR before registering for classes. Read all CSULB mailers carefully and adhere to department/major regulations as your attendance at SOAR is a separate university requirement.

Which Exams Am I Required to Complete Before Attending SOAR?

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 Your admission to CSULB will be rescinded if you do not complete these exams by the deadline.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 the Testing and Evaluation web site to double check the required exam scores and download an exemption form.

Spring 2017
SOAR Freshman Workshops

SOAR Freshman Workshop Schedule
Dates Workshop Description
Workshops for newly admitted freshmen will be published in late October.


Summer 2017
SOAR Freshman Overnight Program

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: TBA

Eligibility Information: Open to all Freshmen

What Is The Cost?

There is a separate fee for each of the freshman orientation programs - $62 for the One-Day Workshop or $130 for the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program (which is offered during the summer only).  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. There is no fee waiver for this program.

How Do I Make My SOAR Workshop Reservation?

Reserve your space for a SOAR workshop starting at 9:00am on Monday, November 7, 2017. Reservations will continue to be accepted for a particular workshops as long as there is space available. The deadline to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is Wednesday, January 4, 2017. New students who still need to make a workshop reservation after the deadline should contact SOAR for assistance. Call 562-985-5515 or e-mail

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 date and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your SOAR workshop reservation at least three weeks prior to the date you select to receive your workshop confirmation and parking information.

Directions for making your SOAR workshop reservation:

  1. Begin your SOAR workshop reservation by logging in to your MyCSULB account.
  2. Under the MyMenu header on the left side, you'll see Student Center - click on this link.
  3. Under the Admissions section located at the bottom of the page, you'll see SOAR Sign Up. Click on this link to view available workshops, select your preferred date, and submit your payment.