SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation workshop to help newly admitted transfer 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. Some majors or programs may also sponsor a mandatory orientation for new students. Read all CSULB mailers carefully and adhere to department/major regulations as your attendance at SOAR is a separate university requirement.
The following is a list of important deadlines and responsibilities all transfer students must complete.
SOAR provides you an orientation to life at The Beach and introduction to CSULB academic requirements. You receive a SOAR lunch and a one-day parking permit with your paid SOAR fee. Here’s what to expect during the SOAR workshop:
Transfer students participate in a full-day workshop that jumps right into the essential components of SOAR – campus tour, academic advising, and assistance with class selection and registration. You are required to attend the entire workshop, which begins at 8am and concludes by 5pm.
Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend a College-Specific Workshop where you will meet your department advisor and college advising center representatives. A limited number of workshops are offered for each college, and space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to attend a college-specific workshop, you will attend an All Majors Workshop where you will receive identical information and assistance from your college advising center representatives.
Want to know which college your major falls under? Click on CSULB Degrees to view a list of all undergraduate majors/degrees and the college under which they are housed. .
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
CEd: College of Education (Liberal Studies/Elementary Education)
Newly admitted transfer students can make workshop reservations through MyCSULB beginning Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Transfers should select the earliest workshop available based on your declared major.
A confirmation email with your assigned start time and check in location will be emailed to you prior to your scheduled workshop. Contact SOAR if you do not receive a confirmation email at least two (2) days prior to your scheduled workshop – call (562) 985-5515.
Why does my orientation take place so late in the year?
This is a common question SOAR gets from incoming transfer students. Hosting SOAR workshops in July/August and January allows Transfer Admissions to receive and process a majority of official transcripts, which then helps advisors place you in appropriate department and general education classes. Furthermore, most departments reserve classes for incoming transfer students attending SOAR in July and January – these classes are not available to continuing students. Students who attend SOAR transfer workshops are typically able to enroll in 13-16 units during their first semester at CSULB.
Transfer Workshops begin July 11 and conclude July 29
|Specific workshop assignments will be announced in late February|
There is a $62 fee for the SOAR transfer workshop. You must pay at the time you make your SOAR workshop reservation in order to guarantee your selected workshop date. Acceptable online forms of payment are e-check (no convenience fee) and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, 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 a SOAR workshop is 10am on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. 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 Monday, July 4, 2016. 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 email@example.com.
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:
If you have previously attended CSULB and are resuming your studies, you may be required to attend SOAR. Students who have been away from the University for more than three years will be required to attend CSULB's new student orientation and advising workshop because of the changes to General Education, major requirements, and CSULB policies.
If you have been away from CSULB for less than three years, you may voluntarily participate in SOAR to become re-acquainted with the University. If you completed SOAR and attended CSULB within the past three years, contact SOAR at (562) 985-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request exemption from attending a second workshop. Your request will be reviewed by the Director and a decision made as quickly as possible. Please note that students who have been away from CSULB less than three years will be required to attend SOAR if significant changes to General Education and/or major requirements have occurred.
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