Student Success

S.O.A.R

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration

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. During your time here at S.O.A.R., you will also meet with an advisor and register for classes. You can register for S.O.A.R. in MyCSI.

Before registering, you will need to have retrieved your PIN and have your student ID# available. This information was contained in your acceptance email. There is a $25 fee to attend S.O.A.R. You may also register up to three parents/guests to attend with you. There is a $10 fee per parent/guest to cover the cost of their lunch. Please have your debit card, credit card, or E- check information ready when registering for a session.

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.
  • Select and register for your first semester classes.

Your responsibilities prior to registering for 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 must take it before SOAR. If you take the test at another location prior to SOAR please have the results sent to CSI as soon as possible.
  • 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
  • Eaglemail setup instructions
  • Canvas tutorial
  • Benefits of attending full time
  • What is an Eagle One card?

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 and 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
  • Becoming 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
  • 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. Please make sure to have your debit or credit card ready.

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 3:45 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.).

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.