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STARS/SOAR, Student Transition & Retention Services / Student Orientation, Advising & Registration
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SOAR Workshop Information

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) is a comprehensive new student program designed to support your transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All new undergraduate students are required to complete two components as part of your SOAR Experience: The Advising & Registration Process and the Orientation Workshop Process. Your Advising & Registration Process is coordinated by your assigned college advising center or department faculty advisor, while the Orientation Workshop Process is managed by SOAR.

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SOAR Overview

SOAR assists first-semester students as you begin your transition to life as a college student at California State University, Long Beach. All students are REQUIRED to complete the Pre-SOAR BeachBoard Course and participate in an Orientation Workshop, more commonly referred to the SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop.

The Pre-SOAR BeachBoard Course introduces you to our campus community, its resources/services, university policies, and expectations of our community members. SOAR hopes by presenting these key topics you will have a better understanding of the university’s inclusive excellence, expectations of its community members, and how it supports your individual growth.

During the SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop, you will learn more about campus life from current students, meet other incoming students who share the same major, and participate in activities. This workshop is approximately two-hours long.

Transfer Students

View SOAR Information for Transfers for workshop dates, university deadlines, and other important information.


First-time Freshmen

View SOAR Information for Freshman for  workshop dates, university deadlines, and other important information.

Freshmen and Transfer Students: Your advising center/department faculty advisor will email you information about your specific advising & registration process, including selecting your first-semester courses and when you can enroll – be sure to check both your BeachMail ( and personal email accounts on a regular basis.


Information for Parents, Guardians, Family Members & Friends

Parents, family members, and supporters are clearly partners in your your success. Learn about the university, special resources and advice on how to best support your student by participating in the Parent and Family Orientation (PFO) program.


Connect with SOAR

We know you have lots of questions about SOAR and its extended orienation programs, so follow us on social media for the latest information.

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