Student Success

S.O.A.R

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

S.O.A.R. is an all day program that is required for all students who are new to college and are degree seeking. All recent high school graduates must also attend S.O.A.R., even if you took dual credit college classes while in high school. S.O.A.R. is designed to introduce you to the essential tools for success at the College of Southern Idaho.

Remaining dates for fall 2017 students:

Twin Falls (HSHS location)

  • Friday, July 14th
  • Tuesday, July 18th
  • Saturday, July 22nd
  • Friday, July 28th
  • Saturday, August 5th
  • Tuesday, August 8th
  • Friday, August 11th

Mini-Cassia (Burley): for students attending classes at this location

  • Thursday, July 20th
  • Saturday, August 12th

Idaho Falls: for students attending classes at this location

  • Friday, July 28th
  • Friday, August 4th

Blaine (Hailey): for students attending classes at this location

  • Thursday, August 10th

 

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

During S.O.A.R. you will:

  • Meet other new students.
  • Eat lunch and network with students and CSI staff.
  • Speak with and ask questions of college representatives.
  • Discover what's available through CSI's online tools.
  • Learn your student responsibilities.
  • Learn student success tips.
  • Meet with an academic advisor for follow-up or additional questions..
  • Make changes to your first semester schedule.

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

S.O.A.R. is a day long program that is required for all students who are new to college and are degree seeking. All recent high school graduates must also attend S.O.A.R. even if you took dual credit college classes while in high school. S.O.A.R. is designed to introduce you to the essential tools for success at the College of Southern Idaho.

Before being registered for a S.O.A.R. session, you will need to:

  1. Submit your high school transcripts (A 7 semester in progress report if you are still in high school senior).
  2. If applicable, submit official college transcripts.
  3. Submit qualifying placement information.
    • CSI uses the Write classes assessment for English placement. All students must take the Write class assessment. You can take that from any location at thewriteclasscsi.com.
    • CSI uses the ALEKS test for Math placement. Aleks can be taken in the CSI testing center. Please call the testing center at 208-732-6532 to learn more about taking it at alternate locations, if necessary.
      • Qualifying SAT or ACT scores may exempt you from needing to take ALEKS. However, if you do not have a qualifying SAT or ACT scores, you will need to the ALEKS test. Your advisor will help you determine if you need to take the ALEKS test.
  4. Call the Admissions office to make sure that you have all documents turned in and are ready for the next step. The admissions office will help you schedule an Advising appointment with your focus area advisor. You may do this by emailing admissions@csi.edu or calling 208-732-6221.
  5. Register for S.O.A.R. in mycsi at Mycsi.csi.edu. There is a $25 fee to attend S.O.A.R. You may register a guest to attend with you. There is a $10 fee per parent/guest to cover the cost of their lunch. There are parent specific sessions at S.O.A.R. SOAR charges for students and guests are non-refundable. Questions should be referred to the Office of Admissions x6221.

 

Overview of Sessions

Tech Talk

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

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

Registrars Office 101

  • Change of Major
  • Student Clearinghouse
  • FERPA
  • Tuition Loan Agreements
  • Registration Tips

Financial Aid

Insight into what it takes to be successful including:

  • FAFSA
  • Loans, Grants, & Work Study
  • Funding your education
  • What is SAP?
  • Scholarships
  • First week counts

Advising

  • Degree Audits and two year planning
  • Core certification
  • Graduation Audits
  • Four semester plans
  • When to see an advisor throughout your college career.

Group Advising and Assisted Registration

Connect with an advisor and receive:

  • Advising assistance
  • Answers to your questions
  • Placement score interpretation
  • Open class lists
  • Walkthrough of online registration

CSI 101

  • Student Success
  • FERPA
  • Title IV
  • Resources available to you
  • Student Activities
  • Getting involved

Parent/Guest Information

  • FERPA
  • Campus resources
  • Student Affairs
  • Support Resources
  • Parenting a College Student
  • Campus safety

Frequently Asked Questions

Is S.O.A.R. mandatory?
Your attendance is mandatory. 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. In fact, we have special sessions just for them. A minimal fee of $10 will be charged each guest to cover the cost of their meal. 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
  • MyCSI username and password

How do I register to attend?
After meeting with an advisor, registration is completed online in mycsi. (See the instructions above.)

How long is a S.O.A.R. session?
Check in for S.O.A.R. begins at 8:45 a.m. with the event beginning at 9:30 am and ending at 3:00 pm. 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, Financial Aid office, etc.). An optional campus tour is available at the end of S.O.A.R.

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

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  • Answering your questions related to academic programs or course requirements
  • Gaining a better understanding of CSI, college policy, expectations and attendance
  • Meet other new student who are beginning courses at the same time
  • Make any last minute schedule changes
  • Ask follow up question

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