SOAR

Summer SOAR 2022

Welcome to the College of the Arts, a community of learners and artists at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).  We are excited to welcome you to our campus and look forward to partnering with you in the journey that awaits you academically, professionally, and civically.  The purpose of the advising partnership is to help and support you through an academic journey that is intellectually, personally, and creatively engaging at the University and to facilitate the successful completion of your program in a timely manner. 

To achieve these goals, new students have two required components to help with their transition to CSULB:

  • Orientation Process led by Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR).
  • Advising & Registration Process led by your department academic advisor.

These two components require multiple steps, and deadlines will vary based on your major. Check your personal email and your new CSULB email (BeachMail) for updates and read the information below thoroughly so you understand the full process. Your enrollment at the university may be in jeopardy if you do not first attend your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, then register for classes.

Steps to Complete your Orientation Process:

  • Pre-SOAR BeachBoard Course
    • You will first complete the Pre-SOAR BeachBoard Course, which introduces you to our campus community, our resources/services, university policies, and expectations of our community members.
    • Complete the Pre-SOAR BeachBoard Course at least one week prior to your scheduled On-Campus Orientation Workshop date. This course is available via BeachBoard starting Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
  • On-Campus Orientation Workshop
    • During the On-Campus Orientation Workshop, you will learn more about campus life from current students, meet other incoming students who share the same major, and take part in group activities that support your transition to life at CSULB.
    • Visit Sign-Up For Orientation to learn how to sign up for an On-Campus Orientation Workshop, along with viewing important dates, deadlines, and other information. 
      • The deadline to reserve your space for an On-Campus Orientation Workshop is Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
      • You will select an On-Campus Orientation Workshop that is automatically linked to a corresponding registration date.
    • Visit What to do Before your On-Campus Orientation Workshop to learn about removing holds and paying balances, buying a daily parking permit, COVID-19 pre-screening policy and process, and other helpful information.
    • Your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation will be emailed to you at least two (2) weeks prior to your scheduled workshop date. This same confirmation will also include your scheduled registration date. Visit the SOAR website for more information. 
    • If you cannot take part in it or if you miss your workshop, call (562) 985-5515 or email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.

Steps to Complete your Advising & Registration Process:

To facilitate a smooth transition into the university and to the College of the Arts (COTA) all newly admitted students will be meeting with the COTA advising team for Advising and Registration throughout the summer. We will be available to help you register for your first semester as your assigned advising and registration nears. An advising registration hold has been placed on your first-semester registration until this advising requirement is met.

Complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Online Advising & Registration Course: Login to Single Sign-On and access BeachBoard. This course will be available starting Tuesday, May 24, 2022, and must be completed before registering for courses.
  2. Your advisor will inform you about available advising meetings or workshops as your assigned registration nears.
  3. Register for your courses during your assigned registration date.

Select your department below for more information on: Receiving List of Recommended Courses; Registering for Courses; taking Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) Placement Exam; and Receiving Advising.