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SPRING 2020
SOAR Information for Transfer Students

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation program designed to support newly admitted transfer students transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All transfer students are required to complete two components of the University-required orientation and advising program:  the Online Pre-SOAR Program and a SOAR On-Campus Workshop. Details regarding the Online Pre-SOAR Program and attending a SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop will be emailed once you are formally admitted to the University, and you have submitted your Admitted Student Reply Form and Enrollment Deposit by Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Keep reading to learn more about accessing the Online Pre-SOAR Program and attending your required SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop.

Please note that some majors or programs may also sponsor a mandatory orientation for new students. Read all University communications carefully and adhere to department/major regulations as your attendance at SOAR is a separate University requirement.

What To Do Before And After Attending Your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop

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

  1. Submit your Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by Sunday, December 1, 2019, or by the deadline determined by University. Use your MyCSULB account to accept admission and submit your deposit.
  2. Make Your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop Reservation starting Tuesday, October 29 – 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 your Student Center where you will see the SOAR Sign Up link located under the Admissions section. This is where you can make your workshop reservation. Pay your SOAR fee and any outstanding balances 10 days prior to attending your workshop. The deadline to make your workshop reservation is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
  3. Need disability-related accommodations? The Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) provides support to students with disabilities through accommodations and services, including but not limited to sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, assistive technology, and alternative media.  If you are a student who has previously utilized disability-related accommodations and/or are in need of these accommodations during your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop or during the school year, please complete the SOAR-BMAC Disability-Related Accommodations Form.  Be sure to submit this online form at least three (3) business days prior to your scheduled workshop.  Once you have submitted this online form, a BMAC representative will reach out to discuss the confidential registration process.  If you have additional questions, please contact BMAC at (562) 985-5401 or BMAC@csulb.edu.
  4. Receive your SOAR Workshop Confirmation approximately two (2) weeks before your scheduled workshop date. If you don't receive your email confirmation, please check your Junk Folder as sometimes it is accidentally re-directed to this folder. Still have not received it? Contact SOAR (2) business days prior to your scheduled workshop date so we can re-send the email confirmation.
  5. Complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program – starting in early December, 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 scheduled on-campus workshop.
  6. The University strongly encourages incoming transfer students to attempt the Fall 2019 Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement Placement Examination (GPE), which will help with your placement in appropriate upper-division Capstones. Visit the Testing Department for registration and exam information.
  7. Bring with you to your SOAR Workshop the following items: A photo identification (driver’s license, state issued ID, passport, high school ID, or community college ID); access to your Virtual Parking Permit (purchase permit online at least two days prior to your workshop); and a laptop or tablet with Internet capability – you will use this to register for classes.
  8. Send your final official transcripts to the university's Enrollment Services by the deadline listed on your Student Center page of your MyCSULB account. 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 to request certification
  9. Pay fees by designated deadline listed on your MyCSULB account. Fees are due within 24 hours of enrolling in courses. 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. Please note that non-payment may result in being disenrolled from your courses.
  10. 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, your car’s license plate, and your 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. Please note that you do NOT have to purchase a one-day permit if you are being dropped off or using public transportation.
  11. 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.
  12. Update and keep current your contact information on MyCSULB. It is important for you to update your personal telephone numbers and email accounts so the university can send you notices regarding critical information and upcoming deadlines along with keeping in contact with you in the event that an emergency occurs. Please note the University will send all correspondence to your university-assigned email address (@student.csulb.edu).
  13. Welcome Back to The Beach! First day of classes is Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

What is the Online Pre-SOAR Program?

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.

Transfer students must complete this online program prior to attending your SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop. Details regarding the online program will be emailed once you are formally admitted to the University, and submitted your Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by Sunday, December 1, 2019.


What Happens During the SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop?

SOAR provides an orientation to life at The Beach and introduction to university academic requirements. You receive some gifts and a lunch with your paid SOAR fee. Here’s what to expect during the SOAR workshop:

  1. Participate in a workshop that introduces university 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 Beach history & traditions
  5. Tour the campus with a SOAR Leader who will identify key locations and campus resources designed to support your success at The Beach

When Can I Attend a SOAR On-Campus Transfer 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 8:00am and concludes by 5:00pm.

Winter Workshops (Spring 2020 Admission): Transfer students will attend an All Majors Workshop where you will meet with your assigned college advising center representatives who will introduce you to the academic requirements and co-curricular activities associated with your declared major.

Please note the deadline to make a workshop reservation is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Summer Workshops (Fall 2020 Admission): Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend a College-Specific Workshop where you will meet your department advisor who will introduce you to your declared major's academic requirements, while your college advising center representative will provide an overview of co-curricular expectations. 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 during the summer, transfer students will attend an All Majors Workshop where you will meet with your assigned college advising center representatives who will introduce you to the academic requirements and co-curricular activities associated with your declared major.

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

First-semester transfer students can make workshop reservations through MyCSULB beginning Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Transfer students 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 at least 10 business days prior to your scheduled workshop. Didn't receive your email confirmation? Please check your Junk Folder as sometimes it is accidentally re-directed to this folder. Still cannot find it? Contact SOAR two (2) business days prior to your scheduled workshop date so we can re-send the email confirmation.

Why does my SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop 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 courses. Furthermore, most departments reserve courses for incoming transfer students attending SOAR in July/August 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 2020
SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshops


SOAR Transfer Workshop Schedule
Dates Workshop Description

Tuesday, January 7

Military Veterans and all first-semester transfer students are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Wednesday, January 8
First-semester transfer students from COB, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COE & COTA are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Thursday, January 9
All first-semester transfer students are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Friday, January 10
First-semester transfer students from COB, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COE & COTA are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Monday, January 13
All first-semester transfer students are invited to attend this SOAR workshop
Tuesday, January 14

Center for International Education (CIE) students and first-semester transfer students from COB, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COE & COTA are invited to attend this SOAR workshop

Last updated on Tuesday, September 24
The deadline to make a workshop reservation is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

What Is The Cost?

There is a $62 fee for the SOAR On-Campus 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, non-transferable, and cannot be waived. If you are unable to pay the SOAR fee at the time you make your workshop reservation, please call (562) 985-5515 or email soar@csulb.edu to explore other payment options.

How Do I Make My SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop Reservation?

The first day to reserve your space for a SOAR Workshop is 9:00am on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Reservations will continue to be accepted for a particular workshop as long as there is space available. The deadline to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Submit your Admitted Student Reply and required Enrollment Deposit by December 1, 2019. Shortly thereafter, you will receive information on how to make your SOAR workshop reservation. Please note that the Enrollment Deposit is separate from the SOAR fee.

Space is limited per workshop date and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note students who miss the Tuesday, December 10, workshop reservation deadline will have their admission withdrawn.

Directions for making your SOAR Freshman One-Day Workshop Reservation:

  1. Access the Single Sign On portal to begin the process.
  2. Login to Single Sign On by using your Beach ID number (student ID number) and password.
  3. Select the MyCSULB icon.
  4. You will be directed to your Student Center.
  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. Please note that the SOAR Fee cannot be waived – contact SOAR (soar@csulb.edu/562.985.5515) if you have any concerns about the SOAR Fee.
  7. If you have any problems accessing Single Sign On or MyCSULB, contact the Technology Help Desk at 562.985.4959 or helpdesk@csulb.edu.

What If I Already Attended a SOAR On-Campus Transfer Workshop?

If you previously attended the university and are resuming your studies, you still may be required to attend SOAR. Students who have been away from the university for more than two 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 two 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 two years, contact SOAR at (562) 985-5515 or soar@csulb.edu to request an exemption from attending a second workshop. Your request will be reviewed and a decision made as quickly as possible. Please note that students will be required to attend SOAR if significant changes to General Education and/or major requirements have occurred.

 

More Questions?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage or contact SOAR by calling 562.985.5515 or emailing soar@csulb.edu.