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Spring 2017
SOAR Information for Transfer Students

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.

What To Do Before And After Attending SOAR

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

  1. Submit Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by December 1 or within four weeks of receiving admission to CSULB. Use your MyCSULB account to accept admission and submit your deposit.
  2. Reserve your space to attend a SOAR workshop. Log into your MyCSULB account and click on the SOAR Sign-Up link in MyMenu. Pay SOAR reservation fee and any outstanding balances 10 days prior to attending your workshop.
  3. Bring with you to SOAR the following items: A photo identification (driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, high school ID, or community college ID); a printed copy of the SOAR Parking Permit and map; and (if possible) a laptop or tablet with Internet capability – you will use this to register for classes.
  4. Send your final official transcripts to CSULB's Enrollment Services by January 16. This includes all college credit earned at any university and/or community college. Please be advised that General Education (GE) Certification is not the same as earning an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a a California Community College - speak with your community college counselor to verify GE certification or request certification
  5. Pay fees within 24 hours of registering for classes. Pay via MyCSULB or visit Enrollment Services for payment options. Students 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.
  6. Purchase your CSULB Parking Permit online via MyCSULB - request parking and pay by E-check or credit card under the Finance section of the Student Center. You can also purchase a permit from Online Parking Services.
  7. All new students must activate a CSULB email account.
  8. The Degree Planner is an online advising tool that allows undergraduate students to map their entire academic path to graduation. Incoming transfer students are encouraged to review the degree planner in preparation for your advising session at SOAR. Simply log in to MyCSULB, then click on Degree Planner which is located in your Student Center.
  9. 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 emergency occurs.
  10. Welcome Back to The Beach! First day of classes is Monday, January 23, 2017.

What Happens During SOAR?

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:

  1. Participate in a workshop that introduces CSULB policies, responsibilities, and deadlines, as well as your remaining department and General Education requirements
  2. Meet with a department/college advisor who will answer your specific questions
  3. Receive assistance selecting and registering for first-semester courses using MyCSULB
  4. Learn about life at The Beach – student organizations, campus life, expectations, and 49er history & traditions
  5. Tour the campus with a current student who will identify key locations and campus resources designed to support your success at The Beach

When Can I Attend SOAR?

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 (only offered during summer) 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 (offered during summer and winter) 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. .

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
CEd: College of Education (Liberal Studies/Elementary Education)

Newly admitted transfer students can make workshop reservations through MyCSULB beginning Monday, November 7, 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 the University.

Spring 2017
SOAR Transfer Workshops

SOAR Transfer Workshop Schedule
Dates Workshop Description
Monday, January 9
All Majors Workshop is open to all incoming transfer students
Tuesday, January 10
All Majors Workshop is open to all incoming transfer students
Wednesday, January 11
All Majors Workshop is open to all incoming transfer students
Thursday, January 12
All Majors Workshop is open to all incoming transfer students
Friday, January 13
All Majors Workshop is open to all incoming transfer students

What Is The Cost?

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.

How Do I Make a SOAR Workshop Reservation?

The first day to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is 9am on Monday, November 7, 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 Tuesday, January 3, 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.

What If I Already Attended a SOAR Workshop?

If you have previously attended the University 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 SOAR because of the changes to General Education, major requirements, and University policies.

If you have been away from the University for less than three years, you may voluntarily participate in SOAR to become re-acquainted with policies, procedures, and deadlines. If you completed SOAR and attended the University within the past three years, contact SOAR at (562) 985-5515 or to request an 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 the University 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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