Winter SOAR Guidance for Incoming Transfer Students

Info for Incoming Spring 2024 Science and Math Transfer Students

Welcome to California State University, Long Beach and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM)! We are excited to help you achieve a smooth and successful start to your college career at CSULB.

Please note: the following information is for incoming transfer students who are majoring in science or math. Incoming transfer students from other majors can find their college's advising resources on SOAR's Advising and Registration.

SOAR Experience Overview

The SOAR Experience consists of two processes:

  1. Orientation Process led by Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR).
  2. Advising and Registration Process led by the CNSM Academic Advising Team (and outlined on this page).

Dates for CNSM Transfer Students

Advising for CNSM transfer students will happen prior to your Orientation and Registration days.

Advising Dates, Orientation Dates, and corresponding Class Registration Dates
Advising Date Faculty Advisor will contact you in early December to schedule appointment
Spring Registration December 18, or after meeting with Faculty Advisor
Orientation Date January 8 or January 11

Steps to Start Your Journey

  1. Check your BeachMail and personal email accounts on a regular basis for directions and announcements. See: How to Check BeachMail.
  2. Make a reservation for your On-Campus Orientation Workshop by December 1.
  3. Complete the Advising and Registration Process. You will receive an email in early December to sign up for an advising appointment where you will discuss your spring courses and have your advising hold removed.
  4. Fulfill your Orientation Process. Learn more about this step by visiting SOAR Orientation.

Over the winter, you will need to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your transfer credit and receive your spring course recommendation. You will also need to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course.

Please read the following information about preparing for your first semester:

The faculty advisor for your major will contact you to schedule an advising appointment based on the advisor's availability during the winter.

All new students are required to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course on Canvas, the learning management system for CSULB. Check your email for future announcements regarding the course.

Transfer Winter SOAR Canvas Module

Incoming transfer students are required to take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) in their first semester of enrollment. To sign up and learn more about the GPE, please visit Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

The following information may also be helpful:

Important Reminders


Contact your faculty advisor, or the CNSM Academic Advising Center,