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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.

 

School of Art

Recommended Courses:

  • The School of Art (SOA) advisors will send an email to incoming students requesting more information prior to their registration date. Please be certain to reply to this email as it will guide the advisor in compiling a list of recommended courses based on your academic goals.
  • Art advisors will also reach out to students and provide guidance of the registration steps needing to be completed prior to receiving a list of recommended courses, which may include the following: presentation attendance, course recommendation guidance, appointments (transfer students only) with advisors, and advising support on day of registration.
  • SOA students will receive a document with recommended courses from a School of Art advisor. Please save this CSULB email address in your contacts so that emails will not be routed to your junk/spam folders.
  • If you cannot find this email before your registration date, check your personal and CSULB student email account (BeachMail), including your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot find the email, contact the School of Art Advising Center.

Register for Courses:

  • Attend On-Campus Orientation Workshop on your assigned date to have your SOAR hold permanently removed.
    • If you miss your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.
  • Register during your designated registration period shown in the communication from your advisor.
    • Your specific registration date and time is in your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation and included in the communication from your advisor.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring all other holds are removed promptly – check your MyCSULB Student Center for any outstanding holds five (5) days prior to your designated registration period. Holds may include a Past Due Balance, VAWA Hold, Center for International Education (CIE) Insurance, etc. Visit the Enrollment Services: Holds and To Do Lists webpage to learn how to remove holds.
    • Once students register for their courses on the day of their registration, they must check in with an Art advisor to confirm the proper courses are being taken. The School of Art will provide more information on how to check in with an Art advisor.
  • Miss your registration period? Contact the School of Art Advising Center for help with registering for courses and to temporarily remove any advising holds. It is important to register as soon as possible as this gives you the best selection of courses and communicates to the university you plan to attend the upcoming semester.
  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 22, 2022.

Transfer Students Only]. GWAR Placement Exam

  • All CSULB students must complete the GWAR Placement Exam. Transfer students must take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We encourage you to take the exam prior to attending your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes.  If you are unable to take the GPE in summer, you will need to take the exam in your first semester at CSULB. Please visit the GWAR website for the latest information.

Advising Presentations:

  • The School of Art will host presentations for new students, led by Peer Advisor and Art advisor.

Advising Meetings:

  • Transfer students will be invited to schedule a one-on-one advising meeting prior to their registration date.
  • First-time, first-year students will not have individual appointments but can request one if needed.

Additional Advising Support:

  • Drop-in advising sessions will be available either through Zoom or in-person on the day of registration. School of Art will contact students and supply available times.
  • If you have more questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact the School of Art Advising Center.

Department of Dance

List of Recommended Courses:

  • The Dance advisor, Kirsten Sumpter, will email a questionnaire to incoming students requesting specific information prior to their enrollment date. Students need to complete this questionnaire as it will guide the advisor in compiling recommended courses for registration.
  • The advisor will also provide guidance of the registration steps to be completed prior to receiving recommended courses, which may include the following: questionnaire completion, presentation attendance, course recommendations; and/or appointments (transfer students only) with advisors and/or advising support.
  • Dance students will receive a document with recommended courses from the Dance advisor before their registration date. Save this CSULB email address in your contacts so that emails will not be routed to your junk/spam folders.
  • If you cannot find this email before your registration date, check your personal and CSULB student email account (BeachMail), including your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot find the email, contact Kirsten Sumpter.

Register for Courses:

  • Attend On-Campus Orientation Workshop on your assigned date to have your SOAR hold permanently removed.
    • If you miss your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.
  • Register during your designated registration period shown in the communication from your advisor.
    • Your specific registration date and time is in your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation and included in the communication from your advisor.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring all other holds are removed before their registration date. Check your MyCSULB Student Center for any outstanding holds five (5) days prior to your designated registration period. Holds may include a Past Due Balance, VAWA Hold, CIE Insurance, etc. Visit the Enrollment Services: Holds and To Do Lists webpage to learn how to remove holds.
  • Miss your registration period? Contact Kirsten Sumpter for help with registering for courses and to temporarily remove any advising holds. It is important to register as soon as possible as this gives you the best selection of courses and communicates to the university you plan to attend the upcoming semester.
  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 22, 2022.

[Dance Science: First-Time, First-Year Students Only]. ALEKS Mathematics Placement Exam

  • The Dance department recommends that you take a sequence of math courses that includes Precalculus Algebra, so you are prepared for future science courses. Begin by taking ALEKS Mathematics Placement Exam to create a personalized learning module to review and refresh knowledge that may have grown stale. Taking ALEKS Mathematics Placement as soon as you are able will allow you to be placed and successful in the right course, accelerating your path to complete your degree. To take advantage of this placement tool, you must complete your ALEKS Mathematics Placement at least 2 weeks prior to your academic advisement and registration date.

[Transfer Students Only]. GWAR Placement Exam

  • All CSULB students must complete the GWAR Placement Exam. Transfer students must take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We encourage you to take the exam prior to attending your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes.  If you are unable to take the GPE in summer, you will need to take the exam in your first semester at CSULB. Please visit the GWAR website for the latest information.

Advising:

  • If you have questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact your Dance undergraduate advisor, Kirsten Sumpter.
  • Drop-in advising hours will be posted on BeachBoard on the Dance new student page.

Advising Presentations:

  • The Dance advisor will host presentations for new students, led by Peer Advisor and/or Dance advisor.

Advising Meetings:

  • Transfer students will be invited to schedule a one-on-one advising meeting prior to their registration date.
  • First-time, first-year students will not have individual appointments, but advisor/peer support will be available on the registration date. Hours and availability will be posted on BeachBoard.

Additional Advising Support:

  • Drop-in advising sessions will be available either through Zoom or in-person on the day of registration. Times/locations will be posted on BeachBoard.
  • If you have more questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact the Dance advisor.

Department of Design

List of Recommended Courses:

  • Design students will receive an email with recommended courses from the Design advisor. Please save this CSULB email address in your contacts so that emails will not be routed to your junk/spam folders.
  • If you cannot find this email before your registration date, check your personal and CSULB student email account (BeachMail), including your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot find the email, contact the Design advisor.
  • [Transfer Students Only]. The Design advisor will send an email to you requesting more information prior to your registration date. Please be certain to reply to this email as it will guide the advisor to provide you with a list of recommended courses based on your academic goals.
  • [Transfer Students Only]. Design advisor will schedule an appointment with each student to discuss academic goals, transferred courses, and any other valuable information.

Register for Courses:

  • Attend the On-Campus Orientation Workshop on your assigned date to have your SOAR hold permanently removed.
    • If you miss your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.
  • Register during your designated registration period shown in the communication from advisor.
    • Your specific registration date and time is in your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation and in the communication from your advisor.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring all other holds are removed before their registration date. Check your MyCSULB Student Center for any outstanding holds five (5) days prior to your designated registration period. Holds may include a Past Due Balance, VAWA Hold, CIE Insurance, etc. Visit the Enrollment Services: Holds and To Do Lists webpage to learn how to remove holds.
  • Miss your registration period? Contact the Design advisor for help with registering for courses and to temporarily remove any advising holds. It is important to register as soon as possible as this gives you the best selection of courses and communicates to the university you plan to attend the upcoming semester.
  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 22, 2022.

[Transfer Students Only]. GWAR Placement Exam

  • All CSULB students must complete the GWAR Placement Exam. Transfer students must take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We encourage you to take the exam prior to attending your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes.  If you are unable to take the GPE in summer, you will need to take the exam in your first semester at CSULB. Please visit the GWAR website for the latest information.

Advising:

  • If you have questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact the Design undergraduate advisor.

Advising Presentations:

  • The Department of Design will hold presentations for new students. The presentation will be recorded and emailed to students within a week of the live presentation. Zoom information will be sent via email. Students are encouraged to attend a live presentation so your questions can be answered, and your advisor can meet you.

Department of Film & Electronic Arts

List of Recommended Courses:

  • Film & Electronic Arts (FEA) students will receive an email with recommended courses from your film advisor. Please save this CSULB email address in your contacts so that emails will not be routed to your junk/spam folders.
  • If you cannot find this email before your registration date, check your personal and CSULB student email account (BeachMail), including your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot find the email, contact your film advisor.

Register for Courses:

  • Attend On-Campus Orientation Workshop on your assigned date to have your SOAR hold permanently removed.
    • If you miss your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.
  • Register during your designated registration period shown in the communication from advisor.
    • Your specific registration date and time is in your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation and in the communication from your advisor.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring all other holds are removed before their registration date. Check your MyCSULB Student Center for any outstanding holds five (5) days prior to your designated registration period. Holds may include a Past Due Balance, VAWA Hold, CIE Insurance, etc. Visit the Enrollment Services: Holds and To Do Lists webpage to learn how to remove holds.
  • Miss your registration period? Contact your film advisor for help with registering for courses and to temporarily remove any advising holds. It is important to register as soon as possible as this gives you the best selection of courses and communicates to the university you plan to attend the upcoming semester.
  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 22, 2022.

[Transfer Students Only]. GWAR Placement Exam

  • All CSULB students must complete the GWAR Placement Exam. Transfer students must take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We encourage you to take the exam prior to attending your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes.  If you are unable to take the GPE in summer, you will need to take the exam in your first semester at CSULB. Please visit the GWAR website for the latest information.

Advising:

  • If you have questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact your film advisor.

Advising Presentations:

  • The Department of Film & Electronic Arts will hold presentations for new students. The presentation will be recorded and emailed to students within a week of the live presentation. Zoom information will be sent via email. Students are encouraged to attend a live presentation so your questions can be answered, and your advisor can meet you.

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

List of Recommended Courses:

  • All incoming BCCM students must take the Music Theory Placement Exam before registering for courses. Take this exam on BeachBoard no later than 2 weeks before your registration date to ensure you receive your advising documents promptly.
  • All BCCM students (except piano majors) must pass piano proficiency. New students are encouraged to take the self-assessment to know what piano class to take. The assessment is on the Music Undergraduate BeachBoard page – visit the piano proficiency requirement website for more information on how to take self-assessment test.
  • New BCCM students who have completed the Music Theory Placement Exam will receive an email with recommended courses from Kirsten Sumpter before your registration date. Save this CSULB email address in your contacts so that emails will not be routed to your junk/spam folders.
  • If you cannot find this email by your on-campus orientation workshop date and you have completed the Music Theory Placement Exam, check your personal and CSULB student email account (BeachMail), including your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot find the email, contact your Music advisor.

Register for Courses:

  • Attend On-Campus Orientation Workshop on your assigned date to have your SOAR hold permanently removed.
    • If you miss your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.
  • Register during your designated registration period shown in the communication from advisor.
    • Your specific registration date and time is in your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation and in the communication from your advisor.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring all other holds are removed before their registration date. Check your MyCSULB Student Center for any outstanding holds five (5) days prior to your designated registration period. Holds may include a Past Due Balance, VAWA Hold, CIE Insurance, etc. Visit the Enrollment Services: Holds and To Do Lists webpage to learn how to remove holds.
  • Miss your registration period? Contact Kirsten Sumpter for help with registering for courses and to temporarily remove any advising holds. It is important to register as soon as possible as this gives you the best selection of courses and communicates to the university you plan to attend the upcoming semester.
  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 22, 2022.

[Transfer Students Only]. GWAR Placement Exam

  • All CSULB students must complete the GWAR Placement Exam. Transfer students must take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We encourage you to take the exam prior to attending your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes.  If you are unable to take the GPE in summer, you will need to take the exam in your first semester at CSULB. Please visit the GWAR website for the latest information.

Advising:

  • If you have questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact your Music undergraduate advisor, Kirsten Sumpter.
  • Drop-in advising hours will be posted on BeachBoard on the Music new student page.

Advising Presentations:

  • Music advisor will host presentations for new students, led by Peer Advisor and/or Music advisor.

Advising Meetings:

  • Transfer students will be invited to schedule a one-on-one advising meeting prior to their registration date.
  • First-time, first-year students will not have individual appointments, but advisor/peer support will be available on the registration date. Hours and availability will be posted on BeachBoard.

Additional Advising Support:

  • Drop-in advising sessions will be available either through Zoom or in-person on the day of registration. Times/locations will be posted on BeachBoard.
  • If you have more questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact the Music advisor.

Department of Theatre Arts

List of Recommended Courses:

  • Theatre Arts students will receive an email with recommended courses from Adriane Howze. Please save this CSULB email address in your contacts so that emails will not be routed to your junk/spam folders.
  • If you cannot find this email before your registration date, check your personal and CSULB student email account (BeachMail), including your junk/spam folders. If you still cannot find the email, contact Adriane Howze.

Register for Courses:

  • Attend On-Campus Orientation Workshop on your assigned date to have your SOAR hold permanently removed.
    • If you miss your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, email SOAR within 24 hours of your original workshop date to reschedule for the next available workshop.
  • Register during your designated registration period shown in the communication from advisor.
    • Your specific registration date and time is in your On-Campus Orientation Workshop Confirmation and in the communication from your advisor.
    • Students are responsible for ensuring all other holds are removed before their registration date. Check your MyCSULB Student Center for any outstanding holds five (5) days prior to your designated registration period. Holds may include a Past Due Balance, VAWA Hold, CIE Insurance, etc. Visit the Enrollment Services: Holds and To Do Lists webpage to learn how to remove holds.
  • Miss your registration period? Contact your Adriane Howze for help with registering for courses and to temporarily remove any advising holds. It is important to register as soon as possible as this gives you the best selection of courses and communicates to the university you plan to attend the upcoming semester.
  • The first day of classes is Monday, August 22, 2022.

[Transfer Students Only]. GWAR Placement Exam

  • All CSULB students must complete the GWAR Placement Exam. Transfer students must take the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE) no later than their first semester at CSULB. We encourage you to take the exam prior to attending your On-Campus Orientation Workshop, as it can help you with registering for the correct sequence of classes.  If you are unable to take the GPE in summer, you will need to take the exam in your first semester at CSULB. Please visit the GWAR website for the latest information.

Advising:

  • If you have questions about your recommended courses, transfer credit, or requirements, contact your Theatre Arts undergraduate advisor, Adriane Howze.
  • Advisor/peer support will be available on the registration date. Hours and availability will be emailed to you.

Advising Presentations:

  • The Theatre Arts advisor will host advising presentations for new students. These will be led by either a peer advisor and/or Theatre advisor. Zoom information will be sent via email. Students are encouraged to attend a live presentation so your questions can be answered, and your advisor can meet you.

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