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Summer 2018
SOAR Freshman Overnight Program

Fun times at the Freshman SOAR Overnight Workshop.

About the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program

The Freshman Overnight Program begins with check-in at 8:30am on the first day and concludes at approximately 5:00pm on the second day. This program costs $130 per session and is scheduled for the following date:

SOAR Freshman Overnight Program
Summer 2018 Schedule
Date Eligibility

All freshmen are eligible to attend

Sample Daily Schedule for SOAR Freshman Overnight Program

8:00am: Check-in at the residence halls

Opening Session/Welcome

  • Getting to Know You Activities
  • Walking Campus Tour
  • Lunch
  • Energizers/Team Building Activities
  • Educational Workshops
  • Resource Fair
  • Dinner
  • *Evening Activities at the Student Recreation & Wellness Center (*to gain entrance into the SRWC all students must sign the attached waiver and turn it in at check-in. Students who will be under the age of 18 at the time of their attendance, must have this waiver signed by a parent or guardian.) SRWC Waiver
  • Swimming/Pool Activities
  • Basketball & Volleyball
  • Student Organization Fair
  • Interactive Gaming
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Raffle
  • And many more activities

10:00pm: Return to Residence Hall

  • More activities like movies, games, snacks, etc.
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Session
  • Orientation to CSULB
  • Lunch
  • Classroom Advising Presentation
  • Advising & Registration 
Students and advisors playing football and games at the Overnight workshop.

What can I expect from the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program?

You can expect to:

  • Have fun!
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Feel more comfortable and less nervous about attending CSULB
  • Create a great fall class schedule
  • Feel like a 49er/Become a 49er
An outdoor scene from the Overnight workshop.

SOAR Freshman Overnight Program FAQs

  1. What is the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program?

    The Freshman Overnight Program is designed to provide incoming freshmen a more extensive and fulfilling orientation experience. Students who attend the overnight program will have more opportunities to connect to current students and staff, and get to experience residential living first-hand. During this program freshmen will participate in an interactive campus tour and will be introduced to the many services available to them at CSULB. In the evening, freshmen will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities and competitions. On Day Two of the program, freshmen receive academic advising and register for courses.

  2. Why should I attend SOAR Freshman Overnight Program?

    You should attend the program if you:

      • want to meet people and make new friends
      • have concerns about finding your way around campus
      • want to learn about important student services
      • want to get connected right away, or
      • just want to have fun.
  3. Can I bring a guest with me?

    The Freshman Overnight Program is only for incoming freshmen. There is no space in our residence halls for parents/guests to stay overnight. Guests are encourage to participate in the CSULB Parent and Family Orientation program to learn more about The Beach and how to support their students' transition to college life.

  4. What does the fee cover?

    The fee covers for your room, all your meals and late-night snacks, materials, evening activities, as well as other program costs.

  5. What activities will I be able to participate in?

    The program offers a variety of programming opportunities. All freshmen will be provided an extensive campus tour and have the opportunity to interact with many student services and organizations during the resource fair. Freshmen will be provided a multitude of activities to choose to participate in during the evening including: Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Student Organization Fair, Interactive Gaming, Rockwall Climbing, Japanese Gardens, movies, etc.

  6. Will I be able to leave campus during the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program?

    For safety reasons students are not permitted to leave campus.

  7. What should I bring to the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program?

    We recommend you bring the following items with you:

    • Closed toe shoes, comfortable shoes (we will be doing outdoor activities, including a walking tour of campus)
    • Comfortable clothes (we will be doing outdoor activities & sitting on the ground)
    • Clothing for evening activities (basketball, volleyball, etc.)
    • Bathing suit & towel for those wanting to swim
    • Towel
    • Shower shoes
    • Toiletries
    • Pillow (optional)
    • Fan (optional)
    • Photo ID
    • AP/IB Test Scores and/or other earned college credit
    • Confirmation mailer
    • SRWC Waiver
    • A positive attitude
CSULB Freshman SOAR Overnight Workshop map

Directions to CSULB Residence Halls & Parking

Directions to the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program Parking

  • Students attending the Overnight Program will stay in the residence halls and should park in Lot 14.

Directions to Lot 14 (From Atherton Street)

  • Turn onto Merriam Way
  • Proceed approximately .25 mile
  • Lot 14 will be on the right hand side (look for signs)

Directions to Lot 14 (From Bellflower Boulevard)

  • Turn onto Beach Drive
  • Proceed approximately .25 mile
  • Turn onto Merriam Way
  • Proceed approximately .25 mile
  • Lot 14 will be on the left hand side (look for signs)

Place the parking permit you received with your SOAR Confirmation Email on your dashboard so that it is visible at all times.

An overnight workshop participant

What students are saying about the SOAR Freshman Overnight Program?

  • It was a good experience that prepared me for the school year.
  • I met new people and got a good idea about life at CSULB.
  • SOAR was a lot better than I expected it to be because of the people.
  • It made me less nervous about college and taught me a lot.
  • My expectations were exceeded. I thought I would be all alone but I have already made a lot of friends!
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