SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration) is a comprehensive orientation workshop to help newly admitted freshmen transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach. All new undergraduate students are required to attend SOAR before registering for classes. Read all CSULB mailers carefully and adhere to department/major regulations as your attendance at SOAR is a separate university requirement.
All freshmen MUST complete any required placement exams prior to attending SOAR. Your CSULB Admission Letter explains if you are required to complete the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Math (ELM). These exams are used to help advisors place you into appropriate academic courses. Your admission to CSULB will be rescinded if you do not complete these exams by the deadline.
If you believe you are exempt from the EPT and/or ELM, visit the Testing, Evaluation and Assessment web site to double check the required exam scores and download an exemption form.
The following is a list of important deadlines and responsibilities all freshmen must complete.
SOAR provides you an orientation to life at The Beach and introduction to CSULB academic requirements. It is a day-long program that begins at 8 a.m. (check-in outside Brotman Hall) and concludes at approximately 5 p.m. (various locations throughout campus). You receive a SOAR lunch and a one-day parking permit with your paid SOAR fee. Here’s what to expect during the SOAR workshop:
Workshop Date and Description of Workshop
You will be able to choose your workshop date when you make your SOAR workshop reservation via MyCSULB. Freshmen must participate in one of two different orientation & advising experiences – a Two-Day, Overnight Program (offered during the summer only) or a One-Day Workshop. Each experience provides the essential components of SOAR – campus tour, academic advising, and assistance with class selection and registration.
Want to know which college your major falls under? Click on Colleges & Majors to see a listing of all undergraduate majors.
CBA: 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
Liberal Studies: College of Education (elementary education)
A confirmation email with your assigned start time and check in location will be sent to you prior to your scheduled workshop. Contact SOAR if you do not receive a confirmation email or have any concerns - call (562) 985-5515.
Freshmen Workshop Schedule TBD. Please check back during the Spring semester for updates.
Eligibility Information: Open to all Freshmen
Parent Orientation Program
There is a separate fee for each of the freshman orientation programs - $62 for the One-Day Workshop or $130 for the Two-Day, Overnight Program (which is offered during the summer only). To guarantee your selected workshop date, you must pay at the time you make SOAR workshop reservation. Acceptable online forms of payment are e-check (no convenience fee) and credit card (MasterCard, Discover, or American Express with a 2.9% convenience fee - Visa is NOT accepted).
The SOAR fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. There is no fee waiver for this program.
The first day to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is Tuesday, April 22. Reservations will continue to be accepted for a particular workshops as long as there is space available. The deadline to reserve your space for a SOAR workshop is Tuesday, July 15. New students who still need to make a workshop reservation after the deadline should contact SOAR for assistance. Call 562-985-5515 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit your Admitted Student Reply and required CSULB Enrollment Deposit prior to signing up for SOAR. Please note that the CSULB Enrollment Deposit is separate from the SOAR fee.
Space is limited per workshop date and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Make your SOAR workshop reservation at least three weeks prior to the date you select to receive your workshop confirmation email and one-day parking permit.
Beginning Tuesday, April 22, you can make your reservation by logging into your MyCSULB account and clicking on the Student Center link located in the upper left-hand corner. At the bottom of the new page you'll find the SOAR link.