Winter SOAR Guidance for Incoming Transfer Students

Info for Incoming Spring 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. Advising and Registration Process is led by the CNSM Academic Advising Team.
  2. Orientation Process is led by Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR).

Dates for CNSM Transfer Students

Please mark the following dates on your calendar.

Starting Thursday, December 1: Meet with Your Faculty Advisor

Faculty advisor will provide you with Spring course recommendations. Once, this meeting takes place via Zoom, in-person, or email in some cases your transfer advising hold will be released.

Starting Thursday, December 15 at 9:00am: Course Registration

Course registration opens for incoming transfer students.

Note: the transfer advising hold needs to be lifted prior to being able to register for classes.

Friday, December 16 at 10:00am-12:00pm

Class registration support. The CNSM advising team will help transfer students register for their classes as needed during this drop-in period.

Note: the CNSM Advising team CANNOT lift transfer holds NOR recommend major classes as this is done with the assistance of your faculty advisor. However, the advising team can help with General Education (GE) recommendations and help with course registration.

January 10 or 12: SOAR Orientation

All incoming CNSM students are REQUIRED to attend a SOAR orientation on one of these days.

Note: your orientation session will be held virtually.

Steps to Start Your Journey

  1. Accept your Admission by submitting your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit by November 15. 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 December 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 the SOAR Orientation.

Starting in December, you will need to meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your transfer credit and receive your spring course recommendation. Then in January, you will also need to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course.

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

Here are the faculty advisors by major and their summer availability.

All new students are required to complete the SOAR and Advising Online Course on Beachboard. Course will go live on November 1. 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).

The following information may also be helpful:

Important Reminders


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