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Fall 2020
SOAR Information for Freshmen

 

COVID-19 and SOAR Virtual Workshops

SOAR Program moves completely online for Summer 2020
In an abundance of caution. SOAR will use alternative methods of instruction in order to safeguard you and our entire campus community due to concerns around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). First-semester students will participate in a virtual workshop instead of an on-campus, in-person workshop. Please disregard any references to an "on-campus workshop" for Summer 2020.

About SOAR

SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation program designed to support newly admitted undergraduate students as you transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All first-time freshmen are required to complete several components of the University-required orientation program: the Online Pre-SOAR Program, Online Academic & Registration Course and a SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop. Information regarding the online program, online course and virtual workshop are below, and specifics will be emailed once you are formally admitted to the University, and have submitted your intent to enroll and Enrollment Deposit.

After submitting your Online Freshman Advising Survey and completing your Online Pre-SOAR Program and Online Academic & Registration Course in BeachBoard, you will participate in a virtual workshop this summer no need to come to campus for an in-person workshop. The SOAR virtual workshops will be conducted using Zoom and is where you will learn more about campus life from current Long Beach State students, e-meet other incoming students, and participate in activities.

What To Do Before Your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop

The following is a list of important deadlines and responsibilities all freshmen must complete prior to participating in your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop:

1. Submit Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by Friday, May 1, 2020, or by the deadline provided by the University. Use your MyCSULB account to accept admission and submit your deposit.

2. Make Your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Reservation by June 1, 2020 – visit How Do I Make My SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Reservation? for directions.

3. Activate your Beach Mail. All university correspondences will be sent to your assigned university email account (@student.csulb.edu). Check and review your BeachMail account frequently for messages including important information like the following:

  • A SOAR Confirmation Email will be sent to you from the Admissions department. This email confirms your scheduled virtual workshop date and time, a list of items you must complete before participating in your virtual workshop, and a Zoom hyperlink to use on your workshop date.
  • Online Advising & Registration Process  Your assigned college advising center will communicate the date and instructions for your online academic advising and course registration process that takes place prior to the SOAR virtual workshop. You should receive this communication at least two week prior to your scheduled virtual workshop date.
  • If you received an email regarding Directed Self Placement (DSP), complete the DSP Survey at least two weeks before your scheduled virtual workshop date. The survey will help you to understand how prepared you are for college-level reading and writing, and to choose the first-year composition course that is best for you.

4. Complete the Online Freshman Advising Survey – advisors will need your most current information as it relates to intended major and earned/pending college credits in order to create a list of recommended first-semester courses. Visit the Online Freshman Advising Survey starting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to access this online survey. This online survey must be completed and submitted BEFORE you are allowed to register for courses. All surveys must be received by Monday, June 1, 2020. For students admitted after June 1, please complete the survey within two days of accepting admissions.

5. Complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program and Online Advising & Registration Course starting Wednesday, May 27 The Online Pre-SOAR Program and Online Advising & Registration Course introduce you to our campus community, its resources/services, university policies, expectations of our community members, your General Education, major requirements, and information about how to register for your first-semester courses. SOAR hopes by presenting these key topics you will have a better understanding of the university’s Inclusive Excellence campaign, expectations of our community members, and how we support your academic and personal growth. First-time freshmen must complete both online programs one week prior to participating in your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop.

How to Access the Online Pre-SOAR Program and the Online Advising & Registration Course from your BeachBoard account:

  1. Login to Single Sign On by using your Beach ID number (student ID number) and password.
  2. Select the BeachBoard icon.
  3. Under My Courses, click on Freshman Online Pre-SOAR Program OR Online Advising & Registration Course to get started
  4. If you have any problems accessing Single Sign On or BeachBoard, contact the Technology Help Desk at (562) 985-4959 or helpdesk@csulb.edu.

6. Activate your Zoom Account.

    Laptop and Desktop Users follow these instructions:
    A. Login to your Single Sign On account with your Beach ID number and password, then click on the Zoom icon.
    B. Use the Zoom link, Meeting ID and Password provided in your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Confirmation.
    C. If the Open Zoom Meetings message box automatically appears, click on Open Zoom Meetings.
    D. If the Open Zoom Meetings message box does NOT automatically appear, select the “click here” link to initiate the message box, then click on Open Zoom Meetings.
    E. Choose your preferred audio conference option – either Join with Computer Audio or Phone call

    Using a personal device follow these instructions:
    A. Don’t have the Zoom Clouds Meeting app? Download it from Google Play or the App Store.
    B. Login to your Single Sign On account with your Beach ID number and password, then click on the Zoom icon.
    C. Use the Zoom link, Meeting ID and Password provided in your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Confirmation.
    D. You will be automatically directed to your Zoom session.
    E. Select your audio preferences.

If you have any problems accessing Single Sign On or Zoom, contact the Technology Help Desk at (562) 985-4959 or helpdesk@csulb.edu.

7. Remove holds and pay balances at least 10 days prior to your scheduled virtual workshop. Login to your MyCSULB account via Single Sign On. You can view all holds and outstanding balances from your Student Center under the Holds section. Advising Holds are managed by your assigned college advising center, while the SOAR Hold will be removed once you successfully participate in your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop.

8. Request disability-related accommodations  –  The Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) provides support to students with disabilities through accommodations and services, including but not limited to sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, assistive technology, and alternative media. Please complete the SOAR-BMAC Disability-Related Accommodations Form if you will require disability-related accommodations and/or are in need of these accommodations during your virtual workshop. Be sure to submit this online form at least three (3) business days prior to your scheduled virtual workshop. Once you have submitted this online form, a BMAC representative will reach out to discuss the confidential registration process. If you have additional questions, please contact BMAC at BMAC@csulb.edu.

9. Apply for University Housing – visit the Housing Portal to start your housing application. Take a virtual tour of University Housing where you can explore Beachside College, Hillside College, International House, and Parkside College.

10. Send your transcripts to Enrollment Services by the designated deadline – the deadline is posted on your MyCSULB account in your Student Center under the To Do List section. This includes any college credit earned at another university and/or community college.

What You Will Need to Do During Your Virtual Workshop

The SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop provides the opportunity to learn more about campus life from current Long Beach State students, e-meet other incoming freshmen, and participate in activities. Your virtual workshop is conducted using Zoom – no need to come to campus for an in-person workshop this summer. Here’s what you will need:

1. A laptop, desktop, or personal device with Internet access to participate in the virtual workshop and to register for courses. If you have concerns about access to technology, please visit COVID-19 Resources for Students.

2. The SOAR email confirmation will contain the Zoom link, Meeting ID and password to your scheduled virtual workshop.

3. Have access to any notes taken during your Online Pre-SOAR Program.

4. Login for your virtual workshop at 8:55am (Pacific Time) it will begin promptly at 9:00am and conclude by 11:00am.

5. Participate in the entire virtual workshop. Attendance will be taken during the virtual workshop and those who successfully complete it will have their SOAR Hold permanently removed.

 

What to Do After Your Virtual Workshop

Here is what you need to do after participating in your virtual workshop:

1. Pay Your Fees/Tuition. Visit Tuition & Fees to learn more about course registration (tuition) and other related fees. View a list of important deadlines and information on submitting your payment, enrolling in a Payment Plan, and receiving your Financial Aid Disbursement by visiting Student Financial Services. Finally, all CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the President, as appropriate.

2. Set Your Preferred First Name and Preferred Pronouns. If you identify yourself by a different first name other than your legal first name, you may request to establish a preferred first name that will be used in many campus systems including class rosters and your Beach ID Card. Learn more about this option by visiting Setting Your Preferred Name. Enrollment Services will review all requests and respond within three (3) business days. You can also select your Preferred Pronouns from your MyCSULB Student Center. Under the Personal Information section, select Pronouns from the "other personal…" drop down menu. Follow the instructions and be sure to save your preferences. Your declared pronoun can be viewed in the Personal Information section of your Student Center, in the Demographic Data link.

3. Get Your Beach ID Card. Prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester, visit ID Card Services to learn how to obtain your Beach ID Card.

4. Activate Your SRWC Account. Once you are on campus, stop by the Student Recreation and Wellness Center to activate your membership account, which is included as part of your student fees. Take a virtual tour to explore the SRWC.

5. Update Contact Information on MyCSULB. It is important for you to update your personal telephone numbers and email accounts so that the University can send you notices regarding critical information and upcoming deadlines along with keeping in contact with you in the event of an on-campus emergency occurs. Please note the University will send all of its correspondences to your BeachMail account (@student.csulb.edu).

6. Explore the campus by taking a virtual campus tour.

7. There's More After Your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop...
SOAR will host on-going orientation programs throughout the academic year – this programming is designed to support your successful transition to the university. We also have a Welcome to The Beach gift bag waiting for you! Follow us on social media to learn about our programming – Twitter: @LB_soar and Instagram: @LBsoar.

SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Dates

Virtual workshops for first-semester freshmen will be offered in June and July see the calendar below for specific workshop dates.

Want to know which college your major falls under? Click on CSULB Degrees to view a list of all college and their respective undergraduate majors/degrees.

College Abbreviations
CEd: College of Education (Liberal Studies/elementary education)
COB: College of Business
CHHS: College of Health & Human Services
CLA: College of Liberal Arts
CNSM: College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
COE: College of Engineering
COTA: College of the Arts
UND: Undecided or exploring multiple majors

Fall 2020
SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshops

Dates

Workshop Description

Monday, June 8

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Tuesday, June 9

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Wednesday, June 10

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Thursday, June 11

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Friday, June 12

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Monday, June 15

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Tuesday, June 16

COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, CHHS, CLA, COTA and UND freshmen only

Wednesday, June 17

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Thursday, June 18

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Friday, June 19

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Monday, July 20

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Tuesday, July 21

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Wednesday, July 22

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Thursday, July 23

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Friday, July 24

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Monday, July 27

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Tuesday, July 28

All first-semester freshmen are invited to attend (COB, CEd/Liberal Studies, COE, CHHS, CLA, CNSM, COTA and UND)

Updated March 25, 2020

The deadline to reserve your space for a SOAR virtual workshop is Monday, June 1, 2020.

What Is The Cost?

The cost for the SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop is $62. This fee includes your participation in the Online Pre-SOAR Program, Online Academic & Registration Course, and SOAR Virtual Workshop. Additionally, you are invited to attend on-going orientation programming that takes place during the academic year such as workshops on applying for scholarships, finding employment, preparing for graduate school and getting involved with campus life. Finally, SOAR students will also receive a Welcome to The Beach gift bag once the fall semester begins– details will be emailed to students in August.

To guarantee your selected workshop date, pay the SOAR Fee at the time you make your reservation or prior to your scheduled SOAR virtual workshop date. Submit your payment via MyCSULB through the Make a Payment link found under the Finances section. Acceptable online forms of payment are e-check (no convenience fee) and credit card (MasterCard, Discover, Visa, or American Express with a 2.75% service charge).

Unfortunately, there is no fee waiver available for the SOAR Fee and Financial Aid does not cover this fee. If you encounter any challenges paying the SOAR Fee, please contact SOAR (soar@csulb.edu) so that we may explore any available options. The SOAR Fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

How Do I Make My SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Reservation?

The first day to reserve your space for a SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop is 9:00am on Wednesday, April 1. Space is limited per virtual workshop date and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that most virtual workshops are full by early May. The deadline to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is Monday, June 1.

Access to make a workshop reservation will be provided after you submit your Admitted Student Reply and required Enrollment Deposit – the deadline to submit these two items is Friday, May 1, 2020. Please note that the Enrollment Deposit is separate from the SOAR Fee.

Directions for making your SOAR Freshman Virtual Workshop Reservation:

  1. Login to Single Sign On using your Beach ID number (student ID number) and password.
  2. Select the MyCSULB icon to be directed to your Student Center.
  3. Look under the Admissions section located at the bottom of the page to see SOAR Sign Up – click on this link to view available virtual workshops, select your preferred virtual workshop date, and submit your payment.
  4. Be sure to pay your SOAR Fee prior to your scheduled virtual workshop.
  5. If you have any problems accessing Single Sign On or MyCSULB, contact the Technology Help Desk at (562) 985-4959 or helpdesk@csulb.edu.

A SOAR email confirmation with your scheduled virtual workshop date and additional instructions will be emailed to you at least two (2) weeks prior to your workshop.

Your assigned college advising center will communicate the date and instructions for your online academic advising and class registration process that takes place prior to your virtual workshop.

Didn't receive your email confirmation? Please check your Junk Folder as sometimes it is accidentally re-directed to this folder. Still cannot find it? Contact SOAR at least three (3) business days prior to your scheduled virtual workshop date so we can re-send the email confirmation.

More Questions?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page or contact SOAR by emailing soar@csulb.edu.