Advising & Registration


For First-Time/First-Year (Freshman) Students your advising and registration is built into your one day SOAR workshop. For Transfer students, your advising and registration process is coordinated by your assigned advising center or department faculty advisor and communicated via a series of emails sent to your BeachMail/Outlook and personal email accounts – please check both on a regular basis.

Make your SOAR reservation in your SSO starting Wednesday, April 3 –the deadline to make a reservation is Saturday, June 1, or by the deadline determined by Admissions.


First-Time/First-Year (Freshman) SOAR Process 

Your reservation consists of only one date for your SOAR workshop, which is when your Orientation, Advising & Registration will all take place in-person. 

You'll attend your on-campus, SOAR workshop to take part in campus orientation where you'll learn more about campus life and resources to support your transition to life at Long Beach State and, on the same day, you will meet with your academic college to register for classes. 

Transfer SOAR Process

Your reservation consists of two separate dates – one for your Orientation Workshop date and the other for your Registration date.  When making your reservation, you'll see these dates are automatically linked. 

First you will attend an Orientation Workshop where you'll learn more about campus life and resources to support your transition to life at Long Beach State. 

Next, your Advising & Registration Process is coordinated by your assigned college advising center or department faculty advisor through a series of emails that provide details, instructions, and deadlines.  Please review the communications for details regarding how and when you'll receive academic advising along with how and when you'll register for your first-semester courses. 

Need to learn about your specific process and what to expect? Find your declared major located below under the College Advising Websites and Majors List drop down and select its college advising center's link this will then direct you to your advising center's website. There you'll find the details, dates, and deadlines regarding your Advising & Registration Process.


Please note college advising and registration websites are still being updated at this time. Updated information will be available in late May.

If you are a Transfer Student and missed your advising and/or registration appointment please contact your assigned advising center or department faculty advisor for assistance with completing your required academic advising along with registering for classes. Refer to emails sent to your BeachMail/Outlook account from your advising center or use the College Advising Center Website and Majors List links located below to access your center's advising website for information about your specific advising & registration process.

For First-Time/First-Year Students, your advising and registration will take place on the day of your orientation workshop. If you miss your workshop, or are unable to attend at the last minute, please contact our office to reschedule. You will not be permitted to register for classes until you have fulfilled the orientation requirement. 

College of the Arts (COTA)
Majors include Art, Art Education, & Art History; Dance; Design including Interior Design and Industrial Design; Cinematic Arts; Music; and Theatre Arts

College of Business (COB)
Majors include Accountancy; Finance; Information Systems; International Business; Management, Human Resource Management, & Supply Chain Management; and Marketing

College of Education (CEd)
Majors include Liberal Studies

College of Engineering (COE)
Majors include Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Construction Engineering Management; Electrical Engineering; Electronics Engineering Technology; Computer Engineering Technology; and Mechanical Engineering

College of Health & Humans Services (CHHS)
Majors include Criminology, Criminal Justice & Emergency Management; Family Consumer Sciences including Dietetics & Food Administration, Child Development & Family Studies, Consumer Affairs, Family Life Education, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality Management; Health Care Administration; Health Science; Kinesiology including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness, Physical Education-Teacher Education, and Sport Psychology & Leadership; Nursing; Recreation & Recreation Therapy; Social Work; and Speech-Language Pathology

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
Majors include Africana Studies; American Sign Language & Deaf Cultures; American Studies; Anthropology; Asian American Studies; Asian Studies; Business Economics; Chicano & Latino Studies; Chinese; Classics; Communication Studies; Comparative World Literature; Economics; English; Environmental Science & Policy; French; Geography; German; Greek; History; Human Development; International Studies; Italian Studies; Japanese; Jewish Studies; Journalism; Latin; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Relations; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Translation Studies; and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (CNSM)
Guidance for incoming CNSM First-Time/First-Year Students (Freshmen)
Guidance for incoming CNSM Transfer Students
Majors include Biological Sciences including General Biology, Biology Education, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, Organismal Biology, Marine Biology; and MicrobiologyBiochemistry & Chemistry; Geological Sciences including Earth Science and Geology; Mathematics and Statistics including Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, & Statistics; and Physics and Astronomy including Physics and Material Science

University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA)
Majors include newly admitted First-Time/First-Year students (freshmen) who are Undeclared, exploring multiple majors, or working toward eligibility for their intended pre-major.


Special Note: Do not miss the Wednesday, May 15, 2024, deadline to submit your Intent to Enroll and Enrollment Deposit.

First-Time/First-Year students (freshmen) wishing to change their major must complete the Primary Major Change Request Form at least five business days prior to attending SOAR.  Admissions will review your request and respond.  If approved, contact SOAR to change your scheduled SOAR workshop date – call 562.985.5515 or submit a ticket for SOAR Support.  All communications regarding this request will be sent to your BeachMail/Outlook account, so please check this account on a regular basis.

Transfer students CANNOT change majors without jeopardizing your admission status. 

Are you a NCAA Student Athlete? Contact your Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) advisor for guidance on changing your major.

First-Time/First-Year students (freshmen) may be required to complete a math and/or chemistry placement, as well as a survey for self-placement in your first-semester writing course.

Visit Directed Self-Placement (DSP) for an overview, list of available courses, and a link to this online assessment.

Visit Math Placement to see your major-based required Math course(s). The Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) Mathematics Placement Program is required for majors needing Pre-Calculus and/or Calculus. Majors that require this level of math include all science concentrations, Engineering, Mathematics, Environmental Science & Policy, Economics, all business concentrations, and undeclared/undecided. Your assigned advising center will notify you by email if you are required to complete ALEKS Math – check both your BeachMail/Outlook ( and personal email accounts for this notification.

Chemistry Placement Test (CPT) is also available for select majors – check both your BeachMail/Outlook ( and personal email accounts for notification if you are required to complete the CPT.

Transfer students will need to fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), which is satisfied by attempting the GWAR Proficiency Exam (GPE). The GPE must be attempted during your first semester at the university. Please visit the GWAR website or contact your assigned advising center for the latest information.