Summer SOAR Guidance for Incoming Transfer Students

Info for Incoming 2023 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 Orientation Date Registration Date
June-July (schedule with your faculty advisor) July 11 July 13
June-July (schedule with your faculty advisor) July 12 July 14

Steps to Start Your Journey

  1. Accept your Admission by submitting your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit by May 1. Visit your MyCSULB Student Portal in CSULB Single Sign-On (SSO) to get started.
  2. Check your BeachMail and personal email accounts on a regular basis for directions and announcements. See: How to Check BeachMail.
  3. Make a reservation for your linked On-Campus Orientation Workshop and Class Registration Dates by June 1.
  4. Complete the Advising and Registration Process. You will be receiving an invitation to sign up for an advising appointment with your Faculty Advisor and additional information regarding registration.
  5. Fulfill your Orientation Process. Learn more about this step by visiting SOAR Orientation. This must be completed before enrolling in classes.

Over the summer, you will need to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your transfer credit and receive your fall 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:

Please contact the faculty advisor for your major to schedule an advising appointment based on the advisor's availability during the summer.

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

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).

CNSM Transfer Advising and Registration Webinar

Did you miss the webinar on June 5, or would you like to watch it again? The following recording is available.

This webinar provides incoming transfer students information on advising resources, the steps to register, as well as other California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) resources to guide them into their first semester at CSULB.

Students asked the following questions during the webinar.

The following information may also be helpful:

Important Reminders


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