Orientation FAQs 

How do I register for classes?

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

Which orientation session should I sign up for? 

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 17 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

How much does orientation cost? 

The LSU orientation experience costs $140, plus a 2.5 percent non-refundable credit card processing fee. 

Family Orientation costs $55 per family member and covers all costs associated with the program. To complete the reservation process, you will be asked to submit your payment for both the student and family orientation fees using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or bank draft.  A 2.5 percent non-refundable processing fee will be added to the total payment amount.

Can my family come?

Families are always welcome at our orientation experience. In fact, we’ve created a special program just for families, which includes private appointments with our financial aid counselors, a President’s breakfast and special presentations throughout the day. The evening culminates with special activities at our UREC, like a free fitness classes and seminars taught by our faculty and staff. 

What business will I take care of during orientation?

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.

Do I have to attend orientation?

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
  • A conference with an academic advisor to plan your first semester of college
  • Class scheduling for your first semester 

What should I wear?

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.

What if I want to change my major/session?

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.

How do I learn more about placement and testing opportunities? 

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.   

What is Spring Invitational?

Students with outstanding academic records are invited to participate in the prestigious LSU Spring Invitational (SPIN). 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 and July.  

When is Spring Invitational?

The LSU Spring Invitational is March 30– 31, 2017. 

Are my meals included in the fee for Spring Invitational? 

Yes, some meals are included. You may want to bring enough money to purchase additional meals, such as breakfast, at the many dining options available on or near campus.

Is parking available?

A parking permit with instructions will be e-mailed to you once your reservation is confirmed. Additionally, a parking permit will be e-mailed to any registered student prior to the program along with a reminder email. 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?

LSU Union Square Parking Garage is now open and is located on Raphael Semmes Road between Highland Road and East Campus Drive. The nearly 750 parking spaces are divided among student parking, faculty/staff parking, and paid meter parking, with access to the garage from 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.

What should I bring with me to orientation?

We want everyone to have a successful experience at orientation, but 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
  • Your own personal laptop for use during scheduling, if you are in the Manship School of Mass Communication, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, or are majoring in pre-nursing or a major within allied health
  • Parking permit

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.

What if my plans change?

We completely understand that plans change. Upon registering, we reserve a space for you at orientation and
prepare your supplies. If you need to cancel, please provide us with a written cancellation notice. To cancel your
reservation, please email your request to Experience LSU at experience@lsu.edu by the deadline listed below.

Orientation Refund Deadlines

30 days prior to the event = $140 credit ($55 credit for family orientation) 
11 days prior to the event = $110 credit ($25 credit for family orientation) 
10 – 0 days prior to the event = No refund

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