Freshman Orientation, Advising and Preregistration (FOAP) 

Welcome to LSU! Experience LSU has created a new student orientation program to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about LSU, meet your fellow classmates, and schedule classes. But, first and foremost, it’s designed to help you learn about the resources available at LSU to help you succeed.

Both student and family orientations are led by LSU Ambassadors who are trained to provide a successful orientation experience for our incoming students and their families.

2018 Dates 

There are 12 sessions of orientation, but not all colleges participate in each session. It’s important for you to select a session when your major is offered.

Attention: Students in the Honors College are encouraged to select sessions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, or 12. Students in Tiger Band and students participating in fraternity/sorority recruitment are encouraged to select sessions 1-11.

Session Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
 Orientation Date: 6/4 6/8 6/11 6/13 6/15 6/19 6/25 6/27 6/29 7/6 7/9 8/13
Agriculture     X   X   X   X X  
Art & Design   X   X       X       X
Business X     X   X   X X     X
Coast & Environment   X         X       X X
Engineering   X X X   X X X     X X
Human Sciences & Education   X X   X X X     X X X
Humanities & Social Sciences X X X X X     X X X   X
Mass Communications X     X   X     X     X
Music & Dramatic Arts X       X     X       X
Science X   X   X   X   X X X X

Allied Health/Pre-Nursing

X       X X       X   X
Undeclared   X         X       X X



You will need your PAWS Username and password to register for orientation through myLSU. You should have received your PAWS Username and Password when you applied for admission to the University.

Login to Register for Orientation

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2018


Orientation Cost: $140

If you pay by credit card, a 2.5 percent non-refundable processing fee will be added to your total.

Online Pre-Orientation Program: Freshmen entering LSU in the fall semester who complete the LSU Online Pre-Orientation Program prior to March 1 will receive a $25 credit on their fall semester fee bills. Visit and login with your PAWS ID and password to complete the program.

If you need to cancel your reservation & request a refund, please provide us with a written cancellation notice by emailing us at Refund requests must be received prior to May 1. Refunds will not be granted after this date.

Request a refund for the housing you have selected for the orientation program. Refund requests for orientation housing must be submitted 10 business days in advance of the reservation.


Residential Life offers incoming students a chance to experience on-campus living during this freshman orientation program.  If you are interested in staying on campus during your orientation, register and pay for orientation housing when you complete your orientation registration online. 

Housing is only available the night before orientation begins.  Lodging costs are $40 for a double-occupancy room in which roommates are assigned.  If participants want to request a specific roommate, they should indicate their preference on their registration for orientation.  Costs cover bed and bath linens, a pillow, pillowcase, and blanket.  Toiletries are not provided; participants are encouraged to bring their own essentials from home.

Change of Major

If you are interested in changing your major, please make sure this is done before you register for orientation. Availability for orientation is based on your specific major. You can change your major on myLSU ( > Student Services > Application Status) or by emailing with your full legal name, date of birth, and request.

If you chose to change your major after you’ve registered for orientation, email us at We can help you sign up for an available session.

Family Orientation*

If you have family members who are interested in registering for orientation as well, this should be indicated at the same time you complete your orientation registration. Family members will be able to:

  • Tour the Residence Hall where your student will be living
  • Learn how meal plans and TigerCASH work
  • Be in the know about financial aid and scholarships
  • Meet other LSU parents and hear firsthand the advice they have for incoming families
  • Learn how to join the Family Association and about the events offered for families throughout the year!

Family Orientation Cost: $50

*Please note: Family Orientation is a separate program from the student orientation program. While family members and students will separate for part of the program, they will also have the opportunity to attend select sessions together.