Spring Invitational (SPIN)

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"I attended SPIN last spring. Coming from out of state, Atlanta, GA, it did require a little bit of commitment on my part because I had to miss school and travel to LSU, but I do not regret it in the least. It solidified for me that LSU was the place I wanted to go. I'm also grateful I had the opportunity to take tests because I received several hours of credit. The breakout sessions were useful and my group's ambassadors were a lot of fun. I was able to meet people in business majors that I still see in class and around campus now. SPIN was also the place where I met my roommate and suite mates for the first time! I'm am very glad that SPIN was an option for me and that I chose to attend." 

Morgan H.
Norcross, GA

Students with outstanding academic records are welcome to participate in the prestigious LSU Spring Invitational program April 5 - 6, 2018

Throughout this program, a team of LSU students, faculty, and staff will be devoted to you. You are one of the best students in LSU’s 2018 freshman class, and the efforts and resources of this entire LSU community will be at your service, ready to help you succeed and make the most of your college career.

The LSU Spring Invitational Program’s testing sessions, orientation programs, scheduling privileges, and social activities provide significant benefits. Earning advanced standing credit for college courses could significantly reduce your college costs. You will find yourself in extraordinary company—the students invited to the program rank in the top 15 percent of the nation’s high school seniors.

Spring Invitational will serve as your orientation program. If you attend this orientation program, you will not need to attend any of the freshman orientation programs scheduled in June and July. At Spring Invitational you can expect to:

  • Attempt to earn college credit before you take a college course.
  • Learn about campus life, programs, and services.
  • Schedule your classes with first priority. You will have the privilege of scheduling fall and/or summer courses prior to the normal freshman registration period. This means you have the first choice for freshman fall courses at the time you want. To take advantage of priority scheduling, plan to remain on campus until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018.
  • Receive personal and academic advice.
  • Learn about LSU’s academic opportunities.
  • Experience Tiger spirit and life as an LSU student.
  • Meet faculty and staff to learn about the numerous resources LSU has to offer.

Remember, space is limited and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

SPIN Invitation Requirements

The LSU Spring Invitational Program is limited to eligible students only. Your official SAT, RSAT or ACT score(s) must be on file with the LSU Office of Enrollment Management. Participants must meet the qualifications listed below to be eligible to register.

Please Note: The SAT required score is calculated from a student’s combined Math and Verbal SAT scores on exams taken before March 2016. A combined score is sent for the SAT administered March 2016 and beyond (Revised SAT or RSAT).

Invitation Requirements:

ACT composite score of 28 or an SAT score of 1250 or an *RSAT score of 1310 or greater AND a 2.90 academic GPA

ACT composite score of 27 or an SAT score of 1210 or an *RSAT score of 1280 or greater AND a 3.2 academic GPA

*Revised SAT – SAT taken in March 2016 or beyond


Spring Invitational Cost: $160

If you pay by credit card, a 2.5 percent nonrefundable 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 mylsuorientation.lsu.edu 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 experience@lsu.edu. Refund requests must be received prior to March 15. Refunds will not be granted after this date.


Login to Register for Spring Invitational

Registration Deadline: March 29, 2018

Note, you will need your PAWS Username and password to register for spring invitational through myLSU. You should have received your PAWS Username and Password when you applied for admission to the University. If you have trouble logging into the system, please contact Experience LSU for help.

Family Orientation*

If you have family members who are interested in registering for Spring Invitational as well, this should be indicated at the same time you complete your Spring Invitational student 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 Spring Invitational Cost: $60

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

*Please note: Family Orientation is a separate program from the Spring Invitational 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.

Admission to LSU

To participate in the Spring Invitational Program, you must be accepted for admission to LSU. Your online reservation form for the LSU Spring Invitational Program cannot be processed until you have been admitted by LSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid.

Hotel Information

The Cook Hotel

3848 West Lakeshore Drive

A block of rooms have been reserved at LSU’s premier hotel, the Cook Conference Center & Hotel. Please reference “SPIN” when booking your room.

Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown

462 Lafayette Street

A block of rooms have been reserved for the dates April 4-6. Please click here and enter the group code "SIG" to reserve your room and receive the group rate.

Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Acadian Centre/LSU Area

2421 South Acadian Thruway

A block of rooms have been reserved for the dates April 4-6. The deadline to book your room is March 21. Please click here to reserve your room and receive the group rate.

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

201 Lafayette Street

A block of rooms have been reserved for the dates April 4-5. The deadline to book your room is March 14. Please call 1-800-955-6962, reference "Spring Invitational", and provide the code "EXP2" to receive the group rate.