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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 orientation and advising program designed to support newly admitted students' transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All new undergraduate students are required to complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program, Online Academic & Registration Course, AND participate in a Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop. Details regarding the online program and virtual workshop will be emailed to you once you are formally admitted to the University, and you have submitted your intent to enroll along with your Enrollment Deposit.

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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 three components of this university-required orientation and advising program:  the Online Pre-SOAR Program, Online Academic & Registration Course, AND participate in a Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop.

The Online Pre-SOAR Program and Online Advising & Registration Course use BeachBoard to 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 in your first-semester courses. 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 virtual workshop, you will learn more about campus life from current LB State students, e-meet other incoming students, and participate in activities.

Transfer Students

All first-semester transfer students are required to complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program, Online Academic & Registration Course, AND participate in a Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop. Your College Advising Center will communicate the date and process for online academic advising and class registration via email prior to the SOAR workshop. View SOAR Information for Transfers.

 

First-time Freshmen

Freshmen must complete the Online Freshman Advising Survey, which asks about earned/pending college credit and confirms your intended major. This survey must be submitted by June 1, 2020. For students admitted after June 1, please complete the survey within two days of accepting admissions.

All first-semester freshmen are required to complete the Online Pre-SOAR Program, Online Academic & Registration Course, AND participate in a Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop. Your College Advising Center will communicate the date and process for online academic advising and class registration via email prior to the SOAR workshop. View SOAR Information for Freshman for additional information.

 

Information for Parents, Guardians, Family Members & Friends

As our Guest Attendance Policy states, SOAR is for registered student participants only. We cannot accommodate guests in our virtual workshops.

If you are interested in learning more about the University, we strongly encourage family members and guests to participate in the university's Parent and Family Orientation (PFO) program. Parent and Family Orientation provides special resources designed for the parents, family members, and supporters of our newly admitted students. In order to safeguard you and our community due to concerns around Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), PFO will offer its Summer 2020 services and resources completely online for free beginning June 1, 2020.