Student Orientation, Advising and Registration


New student orientation and other programming/events have returned to an in-person format. Visit the COVID-19 website for information about vaccinations, testing, and precautionary measures.

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SOAR Experience Overview

Housed under the New Student & Family Programs (NSFP) umbrella, Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) is a comprehensive program designed to support your transition – both academically and socially – to California State University, Long Beach.  All incoming students are required to complete two components as part of your SOAR Experience:

1. The Orientation Process

There are two parts to your Orientation Process: Completing the Pre-SOAR Course and participating in an On-Campus Orientation Workshop.  New student orientation workshops are held on-campus. Visit the Orientation website for more details.

2. The Advising & Registration Process

The Advising & Registration Process is coordinated by your assigned advising center or department faculty member.  You will receive a series of communications that introduce this process along with details on how you'll receive academic advising and assistance with registering in courses.  Visit the Advising & Registration page to find more information and links to your specific advising centers.

Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Supporters & Friends

Parents/family members/supporters are encouraged to join the Beach Family Portal and participate in the Parent & Family Orientation program to learn how they can best support their college student.


Program Goal

The goal of Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) is to holistically address students’ academic and social transition to California State University, Long Beach. We provide incoming undergraduate students, both first-year and transfers, with a set of common shared experiences and information designed to set the tone for student achievement, personal growth and meaningful connections. SOAR is committed to and celebrates equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. This commitment is reflected in the wide range of programming and opportunities designed to meet the needs and interests of our unique student body and campus community. Aligning with the university mission, a commitment to providing highly valued undergraduate opportunities is at the core of Student Orientation, Advising & Registration.

Student Orientation, Advising & Registration achieves its goal by:

  • Introducing academic requirements and expectations along with university policies and regulations
  • Promoting an awareness and respect for campus diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Presenting the university’s comprehensive academic and co-curricular opportunities
  • Initiating an acculturation process to campus life and expectations of our community members
  • Contributing to the appropriate retention of undergraduate students at California State University, Long Beach