(Victor Valley)–Incoming Cal State San Bernardino students who will be attending the university in fall 2012 will converge on campus during July and August for SOAR, CSUSB’s mandatory Student Orientation, Advising and Registration program for all first-time students.
SOAR provides new CSUSB students with the chance to register for classes and meet with advisers, explore majors and career options and get a feel for college life. First time freshmen will have two-day sessions throughout July, while two shorter sessions have been added for transfer students, including one in August.
“SOAR is vital for incoming college freshmen and transfer students, because it gives them the opportunity to get to know our university and to conveniently register for all the right classes for the fall,” said Mark Hartley, the university’s director of student leadership and development. “If somebody is confused or has difficulties, we have a full staff on hand to make sure students are able to make a seamless transition to Cal State San Bernardino.”
SOAR provides students with key resources and tools to help ease the transition from high school to college as they bond with other members of the Class of 2016 and their SOAR leaders. Through workshops, discussions, guest speakers and special events, this two-day experience is specifically designed to prepare students to attend CSUSB.
“SOAR gives incoming college freshmen and transfer students the opportunity to meet other new students and our faculty and staff, to learn about services and resources available at CSUSB, to get the inside scoop on the campus, to mingle with student clubs and organizations, to feel more comfortable at CSUSB, and to just have fun,” said Hartley. “We want them to feel at home here and to understand what it’s like to be a Coyote.”
This year, SOAR sessions for first-time freshmen have been organized by academic majors. Students with a major in the university’s colleges of Arts and Letters or Social and Behavioral Sciences will have their two-day overnight SOAR program on July 9-10. Students with majors in the colleges of Business and Public Administration or Natural Sciences are invited to attend the July 11-12 session.
The College of Natural Sciences will offer a second session on July 16-17, while students with majors in the colleges of Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration or Social and Behavioral Sciences will have another opportunity to attend SOAR on July 18-19.
A list can be found at the Colleges and Academic Departments Web page at http://www.csusb.edu/colleges.
Students from any major who were unable to attend any of the earlier sessions can opt for a two-day overnight event on July 23-24 or a two-day program without an overnight stay on July 25-26.
New students who have not declared a major are invited to attend any of the sessions.
All sessions include an overnight stay, except the July 25-26 gathering. Even students who are not planning to live on campus during the school year will benefit from attending the overnight SOAR program. In addition, space is limited for the non-overnight program.
Along with the program for freshmen, transfer students also are required to attend a single-day SOAR session. Several sessions were held in the spring, with recently scheduled sessions set for 10 a.m.- noon on Wednesday, July 18, and 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Students should register for SOAR through MyCoyote, which is accessible from the university’s home page at www.csusb.edu, by selecting SOAR in the “new undergraduate corner” box.
First-time students will have the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser, select courses and register for fall classes, provided they have their English Placement Test and Entry Level Mathematics examination scores.
There will be a separate orientation program for parents and families of incoming freshmen later in the summer. The family orientation is designed to give new Coyote family members an opportunity to network with others, learn about financial aid and career opportunities for particular majors, and to get a better understanding of how families can best support their students as they make the transition to college life at CSUSB.
For information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.