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Orientation

After thoughtful consideration, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to offer an enhanced, three-phase orientation experience that incorporates both online and in-person experiences. This will protect your health and the health of the LSU community, while still introducing you and your family to everything you need to know to be successful at LSU this summer/fall.

Spring Invitational Orientation Program (SPIN)

Spring Invitational is an invitation-only program for scholarship-eligible students.

After you register for SPIN, an academic advisor will begin working on your fall schedule. We will begin contacting students on April 13 with instructions on how to view your course schedule. All students who are registered for SPIN will have a schedule in place by April 24. Some of you may think your schedule looks great; others may have a few questions you’d like to discuss with an advisor. If you’d like the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor virtually we will provide full details on how that process works. You may also wait until Welcome Week for an in-person advising session. 

Additionally, we are in the process of moving all of our placement testing online. These assessments should be ready for students to take at the beginning of the summer, if not sooner. We will notify you as soon as those are available.

During this required online experience you will learn about our community, discover resources from all across campus that have been put into place to serve you, and prepare to be successful in-and-out of the classroom. We will email you a direct link to access and complete the Online Orientation. Stay tuned for more details!

Welcome Week is the official start of the fall semester for freshmen, and is geared to ensure that you are completely comfortable and prepared to start your experience at LSU. The week will include impactful sessions to help you earn straight A’s, make life-long friends, connect in-person with hiring managers for your next job or internship, and “Choose Your Adventure” based on YOUR interests as one of the newest members of our community. Students who attended Welcome Week last year were more successful in every metric, earning more hours and attaining a higher GPA in their first semester.

Freshmen Summer & Fall Orientation Program

Freshmen students beginning Summer 2020 and Fall 2020

After you register for orientation, an academic advisor will begin working on your first-semester schedule. Once your schedule has been created we will reach back out to you with information on how to view your schedule. Some of you may think your schedule looks great; others may have a few questions you’d like to discuss with an advisor. If you’d like the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor virtually we will provide full details on how that process works. You may also wait until Welcome Week for an in-person advising session.


Additionally, we are in the process of moving all of our placement testing online. These assessments should be ready for students to take at the beginning of the summer, if not sooner. We will notify you as soon as those are available.

During this required online experience, you will learn about our community, discover resources from all across campus that have been put into place to serve you, and prepare to be successful in-and-out of the classroom. We will email you a direct link to access and complete the Online Orientation. Stay tuned for more details!

Welcome Week is the official start of the fall semester for freshmen, and is geared to ensure that you are completely comfortable and prepared to start your experience at LSU. The week will include impactful sessions to help you earn straight A’s, make life-long friends, connect in-person with hiring managers for your next job or internship, and “Choose Your Adventure” based on YOUR interests as one of the newest members of our community. Students who attended Welcome Week last year were more successful in every metric, earning more hours and attaining a higher GPA in their first semester. 

Transfer Summer & Fall Orientation Program

Transfer students beginning Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 

If you have not taken the opportunity to meet with one of our academic advisors yet, we strongly recommend you do so. Our advisors are our best campus resource to assist you with course selection to keep you on track for a timely graduation. Visit our academic advising webpage for specific contact information. 

After being advised, you will create your course schedule through your MyLSU account. Select Registration Services > Schedule Request > select the semester > enter course information.

During this required online experience, you will learn about our community, discover resources from all across campus that have been put into place to serve you, and prepare to be successful in-and-out of the classroom. We will email you a direct link to access and complete the Online Orientation. Stay tuned for more details!

Cost

Freshman Orientation: $160 per student

Your orientation registration fee covers your complete orientation to LSU, including advising and scheduling for the fall 2020 semester, your summer orientation session, and our full Welcome Week experience in August.

Virtual Orientation Presentations

Virtual sessions are taking place throughout the summer months at no cost to you. View our Orientation Virtual Sessions webpage for a full listing of events and instructions to register. 

If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, please contact us at orientation@lsu.edu.

Placement Tests

Incoming students now have two options for completing placement exams this summer. These are optional tests for students wanting the opportunity to earn credit for certain courses at LSU. 

  • Take the exams free of charge in the LSU Testing Center during Welcome Week
  • Complete the exams online through ProctorU for a $15 fee per exam. This online testing will begin in July and you will receive additional information in your email inbox with instructions to access the exams. ​​

If you are interested in taking the online exams, please complete the Placement Exam Form and let us know which subjects you plan to take. You will need your the login credentials for your Admissions portal to access this form.