Summer Guidance for Incoming COE Freshmen

Welcome to California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the College of Engineering (COE) We are honored that you selected CSULB and we are excited to help you achieve a smooth and successful start to your college career.

Please note: the following information is for incoming freshmen (first-time, first year students) who are Pre-COE Majors. Incoming freshmen from other majors can find their college's advising resources on SOAR's Advising and Registration page.

Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Experience Overview

The SOAR Experience consists of two processes (each with multiple components):

  • Orientation led by SOAR
  • Advising and Registration led by Engineering Student Success Center’s (ESSC) Academic Advising Team

Your Orientation and Class Registration dates are linked. When you register for SOAR Orientation Workshop (on campus), you are assigned the corresponding Class Registration date (online).

Freshmen Dates
If your Orientation Workshop Is On Your Class Registration (Advising and Registration) Is On
July 25 July 28
July 26 July 29
July 28 Aug. 1
July 29 Aug. 2
Aug. 1 Aug. 3
Aug. 2 Aug. 4
Aug. 3 Aug. 5 or  8
Aug. 4 Aug. 9 or 10
Aug. 5 or 9 Aug. 11

Note: Orientation is held on campus. Class Registration is conducted online (via Zoom); on-campus assistance with registration can be provided upon request.

Steps to Start Your Journey

  1. Accept your Admission by submitting your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit by May 1. Visit your MyCSULB Student Portal via Single Sign-On (SSO) to get started.
  2. Check your BeachMail and personal email accounts on a regular basis for directions and announcements. See: How to Check BeachMail.
  3. Make a reservation for your linked On-Campus Orientation Workshop and Class Registration Dates by June 1.
  4. Complete the Pre-SOAR Orientation and COE Advising Online BeachBoard courses prior to attending on-campus SOAR Orientation and Advising and Registration.
  5. Begin mathematics class placement as soon as possible. ALEKS Mathematics Placement will become available on your Single Sign-On (SSO) once you submit your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit.
  6. Complete the COE Freshman Academic Advising Survey no later than June 30. Survey will be available in June.
  7. Fulfill your Orientation Process. Learn more about this step by visiting SOAR Orientation. This must be completed before enrolling in classes.
  8. Complete the Advising and Registration Process. You will be receiving an invitation to sign up for an advising appointment on your registration date, either online or on campus. This is your time to ask questions about placement, fall schedule, and registration help.