Student Success


Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

S.O.A.R. is a 3-hour program 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 must attend S.O.A.R., even if you took college classes while in high school. 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.

S.O.A.R sessions meet in the Meyerhoeffer building room 234, and begin promptly at 1:30pm. You will receive a confirmation email with a location map once you have registered for a session.

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.*
  • 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- 460 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Is S.O.A.R. mandatory?
Your attendance is EXPECTED. 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 a S.O.A.R.?
You are encouraged to rearrange your vacation or work obligations to make attendance a priority. 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. However,
it’s important to remember that this is your journey, and you are responsible for your success. To encourage student responsibility, attendance by family, parents, children, and/or friends of S.O.A.R. attendees is not permitted.

What do I need 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

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 SOAR 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) 732-6230.