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.
*Be sure you have completed all pre-registration requirements (see below), and are attending a SOAR date after registration has opened.
*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
Hands on, interactive walk through of CSI's online tools including:
Insight into what it takes to be successful including:
Connect with an advisor and receive:
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:
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:
What do I do if I need special accommodations?
You can request special accessibility services through our office at (208) 732-6221.