Student Success


Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

S.O.A.R - Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

S.O.A.R. is a 3-hour program that is recommended for all students who are new to college and are seeking a degree or certificate, or taking general studies classes. All recent high school graduates are encouraged to attend S.O.A.R., even if you took college classes while in high school. S.O.A.R. is designed to introduce students to the essential tools for success at the College of Southern Idaho, you will also meet with an advisor and register for classes during S.O.A.R. Plan to attend after registration has opened. For Spring start students, registration opens in November. For Summer and Fall start students, registration opens in April. New session dates and times will be added monthly.

You will receive a confirmation email with a location map and additional instructions once you have registered for a session.

Registration for SOAR for the Spring 2016 semester is now open. SOAR for the summer & Fall of 2016 will open in March 2016. Check back for more information!

What happens at S.O.A.R.?

    During S.O.A.R. you will:
  • Meet other new students.
  • Speak with and ask questions of college representatives.
  • Discover what's available through CSI's online tools.
  • Learn your student responsibilities.
  • Meet with an academic advisor.
  • Select and register for your first semester classes*.

*Be sure you have completed all pre-registration requirements (see below), and are attending a SOAR date after registration has opened.

Your responsibilities prior to S.O.A.R.

  • Submit an application for admission.
  • Take the COMPASS placement tests at the Testing Center. It is very important that you have these scores in order to register. If you have not taken the COMPASS test you may take it before SOAR.  There will be time slots available to take the test the morning and early afternoon prior to SOAR. If you take the test at another location prior to SOAR please bring your results to the check-in table the day of SOAR.*
  • Submit official high school transcript listing final grades and graduation date.
  • If applicable, submit official college transcripts with final grades posted.

*Qualifying SAT or ACT scores exempt you from needing to take the COMPASS test. However, if you do not have qualifying SAT or ACT scores, you will need to COMPASS.

Qualifying ACT Scores:
Math- 23 or greater
English- 18 or greater

Qualifying SAT Scores:
Math- 540 or greater
Critical Reading- 450 or greater

Overview of Sessions

Tech Talk

Hands on, interactive walk through of CSI's online tools including:

  • MyCSI activation and navigation
  • NetPartner login
  • Eaglemail setup instructions
  • Blackboard tutorial
  • Benefits of attending full time
  • What is an Eagle One card?

Academic Success

Insight into what it takes to be successful including:

  • Program and degree overview
  • Schedule planning tips
  • Funding your education
  • What is SAP?
  • Scholarships
  • First week and classroom expectations

Advising and Assisted Registration

Connect with an advisor and receive:

  • One-on-one advising assistance
  • Answers to your questions
  • Placement score interpretation
  • Open class lists
  • Walkthrough of online registration

Parent/Guest Information, Q&A

  • Campus Resources
  • Student Affairs
  • Other general information

Frequently Asked Questions

Is S.O.A.R. mandatory?
Your attendance is STRONGLY encouraged. Research shows that students who participate in orientation programs are more likely to be successful in college and persist to graduation.

What if I cannot attend S.O.A.R.?
You are encouraged to rearrange your vacation or work obligations in order to attend. We offer various sessions in order to accommodate many schedules. Start your year off right at CSI with the foundation that orientation provides.

Can I bring a parent/guest?
Having a support network can be an important element of your success. During S.O.A.R., a parent/ guest may attend the opening session, special parent/guest session, and all other sessions as long as space permits. Please let us know that you will have a parent/guest with you when you RSVP to attend S.O.A.R.

What do I need to do to be prepared for S.O.A.R.?
You will have an opportunity to take your Student ID card photo, so be prepared for a picture. Also, come with:

  • Student ID number
  • Compass or placement test scores
  • MyCSI username and password

How do I register to attend?
The RSVP link will take you to available dates. Registration is completed online.

How long is a S.O.A.R. session?
Plan on 3 hours, this will provide you with time either before or after the session should you choose to visit various offices on campus to complete your business (Bookstore, Advising, etc.).

Why is S.O.A.R. so important?
It is designed to assist you with the following:

  • Answering your questions related to academic programs or course requirements
  • Having placement test score results interpreted to accurate placement in courses
  • Establishing a class schedule
  • Gaining a better understanding of CSI, college policy, expectations and attendance

What do I do if I need special accommodations?
You can request special accessibility services through our office at (208) 732-6221.