Summer Guidance for Incoming Freshmen
For Incoming 2021 Science and Math Freshmen
Welcome to California State University, Long Beach and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics! We are excited to help you achieve a smooth and successful start to your college career.
The following information is for incoming FRESHMEN students who are majoring in science or math. Incoming transfer students should instead go to Guidance for Incoming Transfers.
Out of an abundance of caution, guidance for incoming science and mathematics freshman, including academic advising and class registration, will be conducted online for Summer 2021.
New freshmen have two required components to help with their transition to CSULB:
- Advising and Registration component led by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM)
- Orientation component led by Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR)
Advising and Registration Appointment takes place ONE WEEK PRIOR to your SOAR date. When you register for SOAR, you will automatically be assigned to the corresponding advising and registration date.
|Advising & Registration Date||SOAR Date|
|June 24||July 1|
|June 25||July 2|
|July 26||August 2|
|July 27||August 3|
|July 28||August 4|
|July 29||August 5|
|July 30||August 6|
|August 2||August 9|
|August 3||August 10|
Visit the SOAR website to learn how to sign up for your Advising and Registration Day and SOAR Orientation.
All CNSM students must have their Math Placement (via ALEKS PPL) and Chemistry (via CHEM ALEKS) Placement completed prior to their Advising and Registration Date. In some cases, you may need to complete ALEKS PPL before starting your CHEM ALEKS. Please carefully read the placement information BEFORE registering for SOAR.
The CNSM due dates for placement are:
- For June registration dates, deadline is June 17
- For July registration dates, deadline is July 16
For more information, please see:
If you are required or recommended to attend Early Start Mathematics (ESM), you must select your SOAR date on July 20 or later. You may be exempted from ESM requirement if you complete all 4 ALEKS PPL modules and score 60 or above on at least one of the assessments.
EOP Summer Bridge and HSI Step into STEM
If you elect to participate in STEP into STEM or the EOP Bridge Program, you must select your SOAR date on July 20 or later so that your placement information can be updated for your registration date.
All CNSM Freshmen must complete the Advising Survey to report AP scores, test scores, transfer credit, and other information that will pertain to your Fall 2021 schedule. Please complete the survey by May 28.
All new students are required to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course on Beachboard. Course will go live on May 27. Check your email for future announcements regarding the course.
If you are an incoming student that was admitted in Science, Math, Engineering, Environmental Science & Policy, or Nursing, you are eligible to switch to a CNSM Pre-major. Please complete the CNSM Freshmen Major Change request form.
If you were not admitted as one of the majors listed above, you are not eligible to switch to a CNSM Pre-major at this time. If you have an interest in exploring majors in science and mathematics, please contact the University Center for Undergraduate Advising to switch to Undeclared.
If you were admitted as a science or math major and would like to switch to another major outside of CNSM, please contact the advising center for your new major. If you are interested in switching to Pre-Nursing, please switch to undeclared through the University Center for Undergraduate Advising.
Check your personal email and your new CSULB email for updates and read the information below so you understand the full process. More information to come about CNSM Showcase and CNSM Summer Programming.
CNSM Academic Advising Center
Skill Building Workshops
The Thrive Event Series offers opportunities to CNSM students for skill building in academic, professional, and personal development. You will find free events and workshops from a variety of CNSM and campus services.