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Academic Services and Campus Life

Orientation and Advising

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

SOAR is a comprehensive orientation and advising workshop to help newly admitted undergraduate students during their academic and social transition to CSULB. All students are required to successfully complete a SOAR workshop before registering for courses. Students must be formally admitted to CSULB and have paid the CSULB Enrollment Deposit in order to register and attend SOAR. For information about SOAR workshops and its other programs, call (562) 985-5515, email, or visit

SOAR Freshman Workshops

Newly admitted freshmen must participate in either a One-Day Workshop or the Overnight Program. One-Day Freshman Workshops include a campus tour and introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, academic advising in a group setting, and personal assistance with course selection and registration. One-Day Workshops are offered for freshmen admitted for the fall and spring semesters. The SOAR Overnight Program, which is only offered for freshmen admitted for the fall semester, offers all the components of the One-Day Workshop, in addition to an expanded orientation to campus life, introduction to common challenges/issues for first-time freshmen and the opportunity to experience an overnight stay in the residence hall.

SOAR Transfer Workshops

Newly admitted transfer students must participate in either a College-Specific Workshop or an All Majors Workshop. Both workshop formats include a campus tour and introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, advising on upper-division General Education requirements, academic advising in a group setting, and assistance with course selection and registration. College-Specific Workshops allows transfer students to meet with their assigned department advisor, while All Majors Workshops allow students to meet with an advisor from their assigned college advising center. Both workshop formats provide detailed information such as curriculum sequence, co-curricular requirements, research opportunities and scholarship information.

Continuing Orientation

SOAR offers continuing orientation programming throughout the academic year to support transitions as a college students – whether it’s a first-year student who is new to the campus, an upper-division student who wants to hone their professional skills or a student who is planning for life after Long Beach State. SOAR hosts a range of academic, professional development and social programs, including the Lifeguard Stations, Red Zone: 365 Support @ CSULB, the Student Services Festival, and the Majors Fair; co-sponsors the annual Spring Break Kick-Off and provides leadership opportunities as SOAR Advisors.

Parent and Family Program (PFP)

The Parent and Family Program provides parents and family members an opportunity to serve in an active and supportive role in the education of their CSULB student. Its mission is to engage parents and families of CSULB students through quality programs, access to resources and regular communication in order to support student persistence and success toward timely graduation.

Opportunities for involvement begin with Parent and Family Orientation (PFO), which offers an orientation program for parents and family members. PFO helps family members understand CSULB and how to best support their students’ transition to life at the beach. The PFO experience empowers participants to serve as a valuable resource to their CSULB student. PFP offers additional opportunities for engagement throughout the year by providing e-announcements in addition to PFP-exclusive programs like the annual Homecoming Workshop. To inquire about PFP and upcoming events please contact or call (562) 985-5515.

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