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College of Education SOAR

Congratulations, Future Educator! Welcome to the Liberal Studies Major, within the College of Education at CSULB.

You are entering one of the most diverse and beautiful campuses, and we are excited to help you make CSULB your new home starting in the Fall 2021 Semester!

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College of Education Freshman SOAR

Information for newly-admitted incoming Freshmen for the Liberal Studies Program.

 

Accepting Your Admission Offer

In addition to submitting your documents to verify the admission decision, newly admitted freshmen are required to accept their admission offer to CSULB and pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit by deadline.

For details regarding the Enrollment Deposit and/or Accepting Admissions, refer to the University's Freshman Application Process Website.

  • Questions about Admissions? You can "Join the Queue" with Beach Central or by calling 562-985-5471.
  • Questions about Financial Aid or Tuition? You can "Join the Queue" with Beach Central or by calling 562-985-8403.
  • Questions about Housing? University Housing Contact Information and Instructions are listed on the University Housing Website.

What Is 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 students are required to complete three components of this university-required orientation and advising program (SOAR): 

  1. Online Beachboard Readings
  2. Registration for Fall 2021 Classes
  3. Participate in a Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop

All new students must complete SOAR (all three components) prior to their first semester at CSULB. 

Follow the guidelines and step-by-step process outlined below for completion. We're excited to take this journey with you, alongside.

Preparing for your Virtual Orientation Workshop & Fall Enrollment

Register for your University Orientation Component

Step 1: Sign Up for a SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 

Prepare for your Advising & Registration Component

Step 2: Complete the BeachBoard Online Readings

  • Login to Single Sign On and access BeachBoard. 
  • These courses/readings will be available for reading on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
  • These readings must be completed at least one week prior to your registered SOAR Virtual Workshop.
  • You can review this information at your own pace, in one sitting or over multiple days. Your progress will be saved as you continue in the readings.
  • Liberal Studies Academic Advisors will be tracking when students complete the online readings.

Step 3: [Optional] Attend a Liberal Studies Pre-SOAR Advising Workshop

  • All of our incoming Freshmen students will be invited to attend an optional but highly recommended Liberal Studies SOAR Informational Workshop at the start of Summer. Multiple sessions will be held prior to class registration or any SOAR Virtual Workshops, and students may choose to attend.
    • Liberal Studies Information Session: Dates TBD [May 2021]
  • This session will be led by a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor and will review commonly recommended courses for Freshmen, how to register for classes with the step-by-step directions provided, and what to expect for Summer and after orientation for the Fall. There will also be time for Q&A for students at the end of the session. This is helpful to attend, so that students have a better idea in advance about what to expect for the entire SOAR experience.
  • This information session is not required to attend. We understand that not everyone is available and/or scheduling can change. 
  • The session will be recorded and will be sent to students who are unable to attend prior to their Virtual Orientation Workshop. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to follow along with a walk-through prior to the start of Summer, and knows the support that is available to them.

Step 4: Review Course Recommendations & Registration Instructions

  • One week prior to your SOAR Virtual Workshop, Liberal Studies Advisors will send you an email with recommended Fall 2021 courses from CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.  We highly recommend to add CED-LibSt@csulb.edu to your email contacts so that these email messages don't accidently go to Spam. 
  • You will review the documents received, and will begin loading your MyCSULB Shopping Cart based on advisor’s recommendations and attached resources.
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to search for classes and/or add classes to your shopping cart, refer to the Using Academics website. 
  • Academic Advisors will be reviewing students' shopping carts for tentative schedules / class selection regularly. Advisors will reach out to students in advance to provide feedback and suggestions, to assist in making sure you are enrolling for correct classes. 

Registration for Fall 2021 Classes

Register for the First Semester at CSULB

Step 5: Register for Fall 2021 Classes Once Advising Hold is Removed

  • One week prior to your Virtual Workshop, you will receive course recommendations for Fall 2021 and a Registration Hold will be removed from your record. All students have this hold on their record until the week prior to their SOAR Virtual Workshop date. Once the registration hold is removed, you will be able to register for your Fall 2021 classes online. 

  • You will be registering for your Fall 2021 classes and finalize your schedule during the week prior to your SOAR Virtual Workshop.

  • Liberal Studies Advisors and Peer Mentors will be available M-F during normal business hours to provide assistance as you build your schedule and enroll remotely during the week prior to your SOAR Virtual Workshop (refer below to "Advisor Contact Information & Next Steps"). This information will also be covered in email.

  • On the day of your SOAR Virtual Workshop, the university will place a SOAR Hold on your record for attendance purposes. This hold is removed indefinitely after you attend your Virtual SOAR Workshop.

Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop 

Attend the Virtual SOAR Workshop

Step 6: Participate in the Scheduled Virtual Workshop, from start to finish.

The SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop provides the opportunity to learn more about campus life from current CSULB students, meet other incoming freshmen who share the same major, and participate in activities. Here’s what you’ll need on the day of your virtual workshop:

  • A laptop, desktop,or personal device with Internet access to participate in this virtual workshop. If you have concerns about access to WiFi and or a laptop, please visit COVID-19 Resources for Students
  • Your SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop Confirmation which contains the Zoom link, Meeting ID and password to your virtual workshop.

All students must participate in the entire virtual workshop they registered for. Attendance will be taken throughout the virtual workshop. Those who successfully complete it will have their SOAR Hold permanently removed from their record. For directions on joining your workshop and other information, visit the SOAR Information for Freshmen Students website. 

Missed your SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop? Email SOAR (soar@csulb.edu).

College of Education Transfer SOAR

Information for newly-admitted incoming Transfer students for the Liberal Studies Program.

 

Accepting Your Admission Offer

In addition to submitting your documents to verify the admission decision, newly admitted Transfers are required to accept their admission offer to CSULB and pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit by deadline.

For details regarding the Enrollment Deposit and/or Accepting Admissions, refer to the University's Transfer Application Process Website.

  • Questions about Admissions? You can "Join the Queue" with Beach Central or by calling 562-985-5471.
  • Questions about Financial Aid or Tuition? You can "Join the Queue" with Beach Central or by calling 562-985-8403.
  • Questions about Housing? University Housing Contact Information and Instructions are listed on the University Housing Website.

What Is 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 students are required to complete three components of this university-required orientation and advising program (SOAR): 

  1. Online Beachboard Readings
  2. Registration for Fall 2021 Classes
  3. Participate in a Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop

All new students must complete SOAR (all three components) prior to their first semester at CSULB. 

Follow the guidelines and step-by-step process outlined below for completion.

Preparing for your Virtual Orientation Workshop & Fall Enrollment

Register for your University Orientation Component

Step 1: Sign Up for a SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop by Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 

Prepare for your Advising & Registration Component

Step 2: Complete the BeachBoard Online Readings

  • Login to Single Sign On and access BeachBoard. 
  • These courses/readings will be available for reading on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
  • These readings must be completed at least one week prior to your registered SOAR Virtual Workshop.
  • You can review this information at your own pace, in one sitting or over multiple days. Your progress will be saved as you continue in the readings.
  • Liberal Studies Academic Advisors will be tracking when students complete the online readings.

Step 3: [Optional] Attend a Liberal Studies Pre-SOAR Advising Workshop

  • All of our incoming Transfer students will be invited to attend an optional but highly recommended Liberal Studies SOAR Informational Workshop at the start of Summer. One session will be held prior to class registration or any SOAR Virtual Workshops, and students may choose to attend.
    • Liberal Studies Information Session: Date TBD [June 2021]
  • This session will be led by a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor and will review commonly recommended courses for Transfers, how to register for classes with the step-by-step directions provided, and what to expect for Summer and after orientation for the Fall. There will also be time for Q&A for students at the end of the session. This is helpful to attend, so that students have a better idea in advance about what to expect for the entire SOAR experience.
  • This information session is not required to attend. We understand that not everyone is available and/or scheduling can change. 
  • The session will be recorded and will be sent to students who are unable to attend prior to their Virtual Orientation Workshop. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to follow along with a walk-through prior to the start of Summer, and knows the support that is available to them.

Step 4: Review Course Recommendations & Registration Instructions

  • One week prior to your SOAR Virtual Workshop, Liberal Studies Advisors will send you an email with recommended Fall 2021 courses from CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.  We highly recommend to add CED-LibSt@csulb.edu to your email contacts so that these email messages don't accidently go to Spam. 
  • You will review the documents received, and will begin loading your MyCSULB Shopping Cart based on advisor’s recommendations and attached resources.
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to search for classes and/or add classes to your shopping cart, refer to the Using Academics website. 
  • Academic Advisors will be reviewing students' shopping carts for tentative schedules / class selection regularly. Advisors will reach out to students in advance to provide feedback and suggestions, to assist in making sure you are enrolling for correct classes. 

Registration for Fall 2021 Classes

Register for the First Semester at CSULB

Step 5: Register for Fall 2021 Classes Once Advising Hold is Removed

  • One week prior to your Virtual Workshop, you will receive course recommendations for Fall 2021 and a Registration Hold will be removed from your record. All students have this hold on their record until the week prior to their SOAR Virtual Workshop date. Once the registration hold is removed, you will be able to register for your Fall 2021 classes online. 

  • You will be registering for your Fall 2021 classes and finalize your schedule during the week prior to your SOAR Virtual Workshop.

  • Liberal Studies Advisors and Peer Mentors will be available M-F during normal business hours to provide assistance as you build your schedule and enroll remotely during the week prior to your SOAR Virtual Workshop (refer below to "Advisor Contact Information & Next Steps"). This information will also be covered in email.

  • On the day of your SOAR Virtual Workshop, the university will place a SOAR Hold on your record for attendance purposes. This hold is removed indefinitely after you attend your Virtual SOAR Workshop.

Zoom SOAR Virtual Workshop 

Attend the Virtual SOAR Workshop

Step 6: Participate in the Scheduled Virtual Workshop, from start to finish.

The SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop provides the opportunity to learn more about campus life from current CSULB students, meet other incoming transfers who share the same major, and participate in activities. Here’s what you’ll need on the day of your virtual workshop:

  • A laptop, desktop,or personal device with Internet access to participate in this virtual workshop. If you have concerns about access to WiFi and or a laptop, please visit COVID-19 Resources for Students
  • Your SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop Confirmation which contains the Zoom link, Meeting ID and password to your virtual workshop.

All students must participate in the entire virtual workshop they registered for. Attendance will be taken throughout the virtual workshop. Those who successfully complete it will have their SOAR Hold permanently removed from their record.  For directions on joining your workshop and other information, visit the SOAR Information for Transfer Students website. 

Missed your SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop? Email SOAR (soar@csulb.edu).

Advisor Contact Information & Next Steps

Information on how to reach a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor and Next Steps after SOAR Completion.

 

Academic Advising Support & Contact Information

If students have questions about their recommended courses, transfer credit or evaluation, and/or general requirements, students may contact the Liberal Studies Advising Team in the College of Education. We will not be conducting any graduation planning or extensive advising this summer with our newest students, since that is saved for the first-semester. We will be answering quick questions and focusing on first-semester scheduling, to ensure that all students are able to enroll in the best possible schedule for Fall. Please save in-depth questions for first semester advising.

Email Assistance

Students can email the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu All Liberal Studies Academic Advisors have access to this account. Please allow for 1-3 business days for response.

Zoom Drop-in Assistance Before/After SOAR Virtual Workshop

Brief, drop-in assistance with Liberal Studies Advisors are currently held via Zoom daily (available through Single-Sign-On on or Phone/Web/App). Before joining the Zoom session, make sure you have access to a computer or your phone with an enabled microphone. If you do not have an enabled microphone, then be prepared to type/chat accordingly with the Advisor.  Students are assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis. This Zoom Channel is open to all students, current and prospective.

Special Note: The university will be closed for Independence Day on Monday, July 5, 2021. Email correspondence and drop-in assistance will not be available on this date. Please plan accordingly.

Zoom Drop-in Assistance During SOAR Virtual Workshop Day

Liberal Studies Advisors & Peer Mentors will be opening an additional Zoom Channel to assist Incoming Fall 2021 Students exclusively on their SOAR Virtual Workshop dates, in the afternoons. Before joining the Zoom Channel, make sure you have access to a computer or your phone with an enabled microphone. If you do not have an enabled microphone, then be prepared to type/chat accordingly with the Advisor.  

  • An Exclusive Zoom Link for Fall 2021 Freshmen and Transfer students will be sent 24 hours prior to a Scheduled SOAR Virtual Workshop. Be sure to check your email for this exclusive Zoom Channel access and priority in assistance.
  • Drop-in Hours for this Zoom Channel will be 1:00PM-4:00PM (extended) on your scheduled SOAR workshop date. 
  • We will ensure that all students are able to register for their final classes for Fall by their SOAR Virtual Workshop date, and will be available for extended hours during these afternoons to support this goal.

After SOAR & Fall Registration: What Happens Next?

Congrats on completing university orientation and enrolling into your first-semester classes at CSULB! The first day of Fall 2021 classes is Monday, August 23, 2021.

All first-semester students (both Freshmen and Transfer students) in the Liberal Studies program are required to attend Mandatory Advising. You will receive an invitation by email at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester and will select a date/time (of your choosing) to receive online advising. We understand that students have many questions about the program, aside from first-semester scheduling. We plan to cover a great amount of material during first-semester advising, to set a foundation for being in our program.  Once a newly admitted student attends their required advising in their first semester, they are welcome to schedule one-on-one appointments and/or meet with advisors as needed up until graduation. Until then, we recommend to enjoy the remainder of your Summer, keep an eye on email communications and upcoming opportunities, and we'll be communicating with you again soon. Have questions in the meantime? Feel free to reach out to the Liberal Studies Advising Team.

Change of Major or Not Attending?

Information on how to submit a request to change your major and what to do if not attending in the Fall.

 

Change of Major

If you are considering a change of major at CSULB, refer to the directions below to get started on this request.

  • If you are considering changing your major into or within the College of Education for Liberal Studies:
    • ​Freshmen: Complete the CED Request to Change Majors Form. This form will open into a new window.
    • Transfers: With the Timely Graduation Policy and criteria that you were admitted with for the University, a change of major request isn't guaranteed to be approved. However, if you would like to inquire further about this option, you may email the Liberal Studies Advisors directly at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu with your full name and CSULB ID indicated in the message. 
  • If you are considering changing your major out of the College of Education, refer to the College / Program you are interested in declaring through the SOAR College Advising & Registration Website. Directions on how to go about a major change request will be listed on the associated website for each college.

Are you unsure of what to do and want to speak with someone first? Talk to us. (refer above to "Advisor Contact Information & Next Steps" for details on M-F availability).

Not Attending CSULB?

Sometimes plans change and we understand that these things can happen. If you realize you won't be attending CSULB in the upcoming Fall 2021 term, please be sure to notify a Liberal Studies Advisor and/or University Admissions - feel free to email CED-LibSt@csulb.edu with your Name and ID, and/or you can contact Admissions through Beach CentralWe appreciate it and hope to see your face in a future term at CSULB.