Student Success

S.O.A.R

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (S.O.A.R) sessions are designed to give all students an introduction to CSI - inside and outside the classroom. The session will serve as the springboard for meeting student leaders, key administrators, and others that make up the CSI family.  You will meet with an advisor and register for classes at this session! Feel free to contact us with any questions (staylor@csi.edu or 208-732-6230). We look forward to seeing you!

S.O.A.R sessions take place throughout the summer every Friday and Monday. Students will meet in the Meyerhoeffer building room 234.



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

  • Submit an application for admission.
  • Take the placement tests at the Testing Center.
    * If you do not have placement scores on file prior to your SOAR session, you will not be able to be advised properly for your fall classes.
  • Set up your username and password in MyCSI.
  • Bring your username, password, and Student ID# with you to SOAR.
  • Submit official high school/college transcripts.

*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

Orientation Agenda

Please be sure to arrive on time. You will meet in the Meyerhoeffer building room 234, and our welcome message will begin promptly as scheduled.

Morning Sessions

8 - 8:30 AM - Arrive and Check-in
8:30 AM - Welcome
8:45 - 11:30 AM Breakout Sessions and registration

Afternoon Sessions

1 - 1:30 PM - Arrive and Check-in
1:30 PM - Welcome
1:45 - 4:30 PM - Breakout Sessions and registration


Overview of Sessions

Advising Session

Advising staff will touch on topics of:

  • Degree audits and two year planning
  • When to see an advisor throughout your college career
  • How to use the First Year Advisor booklet 
  • Core certification
  • Benefits of attending full time
  • Difference between a withdraw, incomplete, and drop 

Money Matters Session

Financial Aid and Admissions staff will touch on topics of:

  • Introduction to online tools (Netpartner, MyCSI)
  • Tuition Loan agreements
  • Eagle One card
  • Important deadlines
  • Scholarships
  • Work Study

Student 101 Session

Success resources on campus will touch on topics of:

  • Student Expectations and Code of Conduct
  • Deadlines- know them, meet them
  • How to find resources
  • Success tips
  • Study skills

Individual Advising and Assisted Registration

Orientation leaders and advisors will:

  • Provide one-on-one and general advising assistance.
  • Walk through 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 for fall semester
  • 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.