Orientation FAQs 

Experience LSU's Orientation is a required program designed for all entering freshmen courses. During the one-day session, you will meet with an academic advisor who will help you select your classes and register for courses.

Experience LSU offers orientation sessions year round. The orientation you attend depends on your current situation:

  • If you are a high achieving high school senior, you may qualify to attend our special Spring event, Spring Invitational.
  • If you are a graduating senior planning to attend summer school at LSU, you should attend one of our summer orientation sessions.
  • If you graduate in May and plan to enroll in LSU in the Fall as a new freshman, you should attend one of our Freshman Orientation, Advising and Preregistration (FOAP) sessions.
    • There are are 12 sessions of FOAP, but not all colleges participate in each session. It’s important for you to select a session when your major is offered. If you chose to change your major after you’ve registered online, give us a call. We can help you sign up for a different session. If you are unsure about your major, feel free to sign up for one of the University Center for Freshman Year (UCFY) sessions. Or, if you change your major on the day of your scheduled session, we will make accommodations through our University Center for Freshman Year office to help you get scheduled for classes.
  • If you are a transfer student enrolling in LSU from another institution, please attend one of our transfer orientation sessions

Families are always welcome at our orientation experience. In fact, we’ve created a special program just for families, which includes opportunities to learn more about the programs, services and resources available here at LSU. Learn more about Family Orientation here.

You will meet with an academic adviser, register for classes, and get your student ID. You will also have a chance to learn about many campus groups and offices.

Yes. As a new student entering LSU, the mandatory new student orientation program will give you an opportunity to learn more about LSU, meet your fellow classmates, and schedule classes. We believe that success during your first semester will set the tone for your future.

The program provides an overview of the university and helps you schedule classes. Here are the main components of this program:

  • Special interest sessions to enlighten you about LSU’s services and resources
  • A meeting with representatives from your senior college to learn about your curriculum
  • Assistance with planning your first semester of coursework
  • Class scheduling for your first semester

Dress is casual. We will be indoors and outdoors; don’t forget to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast! Some rooms are cooler than others, so dress accordingly.

If you change your major there is a possibility that your orientation date will need to be changed as there are limits on the number of majors per session. If you chose to change your major after you’ve registered online, give us a call. We can help you sign up for a different session. If you are undecided, you should sign up for one of the University Center for Freshman Year sessions. Or, if you change your major on the day of your scheduled session, we will make accommodations with one of our advisors to help you get scheduled for classes.

LSU offers opportunities to receive course credit and placement based on work completed in high school. Click here to learn more about LSU's placement opportunities. Students wishing to take placement tests to test out of certain courses, should contact the Office of Assessment and Evaluation to schedule their exam(s) a minimum of three days prior to their scheduled orientation. The number is 225-578-1145.

Students with outstanding academic records are invited to participate in the prestigious LSU Spring Invitational (SPIN) on April 5-6, 2018. Throughout this program, a team of LSU students, faculty, and staff will be devoted to you.

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

If you attend SPIN, it will serve as your orientation program; therefore, you will not need to attend any of the freshman orientation programs scheduled in June, July, and August.

A parking permit with instructions will be e-mailed to any registered student prior to the program. Parking lots can be located on the Parking and Transportation Services campus map. There is also the option of campus transit; visit the Tiger Trails website for more information. Please note that some areas of campus are also restricted to traffic unless the appropriate permit is displayed; visit the Parking and Transportation Services website for more information.

Additional parking can be found at the LSU Union Square Parking Garage. The garage is located on the corner of Veterans Drive (formally known as Raphael Semmes Road) and East Campus Drive. Paid metered parking is available to visitors on the second, third and fourth floors for a special rate of $1.50 per hour.

If you need assistance while utilizing the parking garage, please call the Office of Parking and Transportation Services at 578-5047.

Some meals are included at our freshman orientation programs. However, please bring enough money to purchase additional meals at the many dining options available on or near campus.

Meals are not included at our transfer orientation programs. Please be sure to bring enough money to purchase meals at the many dining options available on or near campus.

Freshmen who complete the LSU Online Pre-Orientation Program will receive a $25 credit on their fee bills for the semester they are beginning LSU if the program is completed prior to the deadline dates below:


Freshmen entering in the spring semester (January):  January 1

Freshmen entering in the summer semester (June) or fall semester (August):  March 1 


Visit mylsuorientation.lsu.edu and login with your PAWS ID and password to complete the program.

We completely understand that plans change. However, upon registering for orientation, we reserve a space for you and prepare your supplies. If you would like to cancel your reservation and request a refund, please provide us with a written cancellation notice by emailing us at experience@lsu.edu.

Refund requests made prior to the deadline dates listed below will be granted a full refund (minus the 2.5 percent non-refundable processing fee if amount was paid via credit card). Refunds will not be granted after the designated deadline dates. Refund requests will be processed once a week. Please note: refund processing may take up to four weeks.

Refunds requests must be received prior to the following dates:

  • Spring Freshman Orientation – December 15
  • Spring Transfer Orientation – December 18
  • Spring Invitational – March 15
  • Summer Freshman Orientation – May 9
  • Summer Transfer Orientation – May 10
  • Freshman Orientation, Advising and Preregistration (Sessions 1 – 12) – May 1
  • Fall Transfer Orientation (Session 1) – May 28
  • Fall Transfer Orientation (Session 2) – July 26 

If you need to request a refund for the orientation housing you have selected for our Freshman Orientation, Advising and Preregistration Program, please click here. Refund requests for orientation housing must be submitted 10 business days in advance of the reservation.

There are a few essentials you’ll need to bring.

  • Pens and pencils
  • A book sack to carry belongings
  • A picture ID (driver’s license)
  • Money
  • Instrument and music, only if you scheduled an audition with the LSU School of Music
  • Parking permit (emailed to you prior to the program)

Also, if you have not already sent an official copy of the following information to LSU, please bring a hard copy of any previously earned credit (ex. AP, CLEP, IB, dual enrollment credit from another college or university).

Official documents can be sent to the LSU Office of Enrollment Management. Please call 225-578-1175 or e-mail admissions@lsu.edu for more information.

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