Welcome Week

August 14-21, 2022

Welcome Week is the final phase of your orientation to LSU. This exciting event takes place right before the semester begins so that you can be completely comfortable and prepared to start your experience at LSU.

We know that students who attend Welcome Week are more confident when they start classes and are more successful throughout their time at LSU. This is because they have had the time to meet new friends, have learned about the resources that will help them to be successful here at LSU, and know what it means to be a true LSU Tiger. It’s also a lot of fun! Attendance at Welcome Week August 14-21 is mandatory for all members of the Class of 2026, and we can’t wait to see you back on campus!

College open houses and Welcome events

Time Event  Location Description
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of Agriculture Howe Russell, Room 130   
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of Art & Design New Student Welcome Design Building, Room 103  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. E.J. Ourso College of Business New Student Welcome Business Education Complex Courtyard  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of the Coast & Environment Energy, Coast, & Environment Auditorium  
Come and go event beginning at 1:30 p.m. College of Engineering Open House Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Cambre Auditorium  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of Human Sciences & Education Student Union Theatre  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of Humanities & Social Sciences Hodges Hall Courtyard  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. Manship School of Mass Communication Journalism Building  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of Music & Dramatic Arts School of Music Building, Shaver Theatre

 
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. College of Science Student Union Ballroom  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. University Center for Freshman Year - Undecided Majors LSU Cox Communication Center ,Cox Auditorium  
Beginning promptly at 1:30 p.m. LSU Pre-Nursing 101 Coates Hall Room 143  
Time of meeting based on majro Starting your healthcare career at LSU (Allied Health Majors)  Williams Hall Room 102 1:30 - 1:55: Physical Therapy

 

2:00 - 2:25: Physician Assistant

2:30 - 2:55: Occupational Therapy

3:00 - 3:25: Dental Hygiene

3:30 - 3:55: Pre-Pharmacy

4:00 - 4:25: Clinical Lab Science; Cardiopulmonary Science; & Public Health

 

Welcome Week schedule

Time Event Location Details
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Dive-In Movie University Recreation (UREC)  Come join us for an epic end of summer! Cool down and kick off Welcome Week in our outdoor pool and leisure river. 

Time Event Location Details
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Purple & Gold Fest Tower Drive Experience Louisiana dishes, inflatable games, and great music. 

 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group #1  Various Locations Required for freshman students. Check your email for small group assignment and location. 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Convocation PMAC Required for freshman students. Convocation is LSU's official welcome for all new students and makes the start of your academic journey. This University-wide ceremony will bring administrators, faculty, staff, and fellow students together to welcome you into the LSU family. 
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  3 Plenary Session  PMAC Required for freshman students. 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Honors College Welcome Union Theater Required for all Honors College Freshman 
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  TigerChat PMAC Required for freshman students. Want a sneak peak into the health and safety choices you will face as an LSU student? Join us for an entertaining skit and interactive session to learn strategies and resources available to support you. Required for freshman students. 
9:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  RHA Block Party Outside PMAC Join the Residence Hall Association (RHA) during our annual Block Party! Enjoy inflatables, music, dancing, snowballs, food trucks, and more! Whether you are a "new resident on the block" or a returning resident, you don't want to miss our on this chance to meet fellow residents from all across campus. 

Design Building Room 103

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group #2  Various Locations Required for freshman students. Check your email for small group assignment and location. 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. DEI Program PMAC Required for freshman students. 
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  College Open Houses & Welcome Events Various Locations Required for freshman students. 
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Residential College Convocations Various Locations Required for residential college students.  
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  UREC All-Access University Recreation Come check out the UREC and all it has to offer! UREC looks forward to welcoming the LSU family back for an amazing semester. Join us for FREE FOOD and a ton of fun. 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group # 3 Various Locations Required for freshman students. Check your email for small group assignment and location. 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Tiger Walks: Find Your Classes All Classrooms Explore campus with your new classmates. Student leaders will be scattered around campus to help guide you and answer any remaining questions you may have before the semester starts. Stop by the Quad for some snacks and water!
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  On-Campus Jobs Fair Union Ballroom Join us for an On-Campus Jobs Fair during Welcome Week. Incoming and continuing students will network and interact with LSU Departments for open positions during the school year. You can also see open positions on Handshake by searching for "LSU" or "on-campus jobs." Students do not have to register to attend. Check-in will be available at the event. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Regional Groups Commuter Welcome Various Locations Required for new commuter students and out-of state students. Join us for an opportunity to meet and connect with other students from your region and learn more about your new home away from home. 
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Twilight Ceremony Quad Required for freshman students. Various members of the LSU community will reflect on the Welcome Week Experience, and celebrate your journey ahead as a member of the LSU family. 
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  Foam Party Tower Drive Are you ready for a night of foam, dancing, and fun? Head over to Tower Drive, right behind the Union to join Residential Life and the Residence Hall Association for our Annual Foam Party! Get ready to dance the night away while surrounded by bubbles and friends.

Choose Your Adventure Options

Time Event  Location Details
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Coffee & Kayak the Lakes Meet at the URE - transportation will be provided to the lake Start your Choose Your Own Adventure out with some coffee and a nice morning on the lakes! We will provide coffee and pastries, followed by kayak paddling instruction. Then, put your new skills to the test and join us on a paddle around the lakes. All adventure programs require registration. Walk-in’s will be allowed only upon availability. Please only create registrations for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A5AC28ABF4C43-welcome 
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Welcome to the Starting Line of Medical/Dental School Bo Campbell Cox Auditorium  Premedical Advisors provide information on the PreHealth Advising, Support and Education (PHASE) Program at LSU. Learn about the resources available and hear tips on how to be a competitive applicant.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Undergraduate Research Fair Union Ballroom Interested in learning more about student research opportunities at LSU? Come by the Undergraduate Research Meet & Greet to chat with student and faculty researchers. All majors welcome!
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Stumped with the LSU Librarians Trivia Event LSU Main Library, Room 109 Come relax, have fun, and try to not get stumped in trivia with the LSU Librarians! Meet your friendly neighborhood librarians while testing your knowledge. Chance to win prizes as well!
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Amazing Race: SG Edition Magnolia Room The Amazing Race: SG Edition is a perfect opportunity to learn how you can get involved in one of the largest student organizations on campus. In this choose-your-adventure, you will get to see some of the spaces that house Student Government and get to hear from some of our branch heads about what each branch does and how to get involved!
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Tail Gate Games UREC Activity Field/UREC Backyard Come to the UREC and play spikeball and cornhole – knock of the dust before tailgating season starts!
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Wipeout UREC Outdoor Pool Can you make it through the obstacle course without getting hit? Come enjoy a good day at the pool and try not to get “wiped out”. Walk ins are welcome for events IF space is available.  Please only create a registration for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48AEA723ABFAC43-welcome 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sand Volleyball & Snow Balls UREC Sand Volleyball Courts Come to the UREC and join in on the 2v2 Sand Volleyball tournament! Don’t like sand volleyball? Stop by for a Snow Balls and relax by the Outdoor Pool.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Welcome to Physics and Astronomy! Nicholson Hall, Room 453 Meet the Physics and Astronomy family! Tour the physics labs, enjoy catered food, and interact with faculty and current students. Here, you will get some valuable advice about your academic and professional career, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Pride Mixer Union Ballroom This event welcomes new first-year and transfer students to LSU by showcasing the resources that are available the LGBTQ+ community on campus.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  First Time Climber Night UREC Climbing Wall Ever wanted to try climbing? Come out to our first time climbers night and give it a shot with others who are new to climbing! All adventure programs require registration. Walk-in’s will be allowed only upon availability. Please only create registrations for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A5AC28ABF4C43-welcome  
6:00 p.m.  LSU Soccer Match vs. Stephen F. Austin LSU Soccer Stadium Free LSU Soccer Koozies for the first 1,000 fans. 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Frequency by KLSU 91.1 FM  Tower Drive Join KLSU 91.1FM, your LSU radio station, for an oracular vision of dance music to come with DJ sets of Acid, House, Techno, Hip-Hop and more
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Late Night at the Union  Student Union This isn't your average night at the LSU Student Union. Celebrate the start of Choose Your Adventure with a night full of music, food, and games. The building will be jam packed with trivia, lip sync battles, karaoke, Greek step show, and food stations. RSVP for Glow in the Dark Yoga: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48A5A72DA7F9CF8-glowinthedark  
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  NPHC Showcase Tower Drive LSU National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapter organizations will wow the crowd on stage to kick off the new school year with DJ MoXSwag.
10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  Late Night Breakfast The 5 & 459 Dining Commons Enjoy a late night meal in the LSU Dining Facilities. 

 

Time Event Location Details
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Community Bound  Union Theatre Pre-Registration Required. Students will be volunteering both indoors and outdoors in teams throughout the city supporting local organizations’ service needs. Teams may be sorting donations or performing basic grounds keeping tasks at a park or historic cemetery.
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Leadership Catalyst Program Various Campus Locations Pre-Registration required. Catalyst is a one-day program that can help you develop your own authentic path. Connect to groups and causes you care about, and commit to a plan to be a catalyst for yourself and the groups you’re part of!
As you take the first step of your leadership journey at LSU, Catalyst will help you consider powerful questions that move you towards action: Am I on the right path? Who do I want to be? How can I connect with other like-minded individuals? In small-group dialogue, large group interaction, and personal reflection, you’ll learn alongside others who also want to start something extraordinary.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Geaux Pre-Law Bootcamp Coates Hall, Room 152 Pre-Registration Required. Interested in pursuing pre-law? Don't miss this Geaux Pre-Law Bootcamp designed for Humanities & Social Sciences freshmen interested in attending law school!
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Bike the Levee Meet at UREC - transportation will be provided to the lake Join us as on a morning bike ride along the Mississippi River levee system. We will ride from the UREC along the levee towards downtown Baton Rouge. You'll have a nice view of the tallest state capitol building in the US! All adventure programs require registration. Walk-in’s will be allowed only upon availability. Please only create registrations for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A5AC28ABF4C43-welcome  
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Picture Your Career Free Speech Alley Picture yourself at LSU with the Olinde Career Center. Join us in Free Speech Plaza to celebrate your journey through various lenses such as, a 360 camera, instapic printed photos, vision boards and a camera giveaway!
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Global Games & Goodies Intercultural Center, 3365 Dalrymple Dr.  Join LSU's International Cultural Center & LSU Global for an intercultural experience! Play field games with international/multicultural student organizations and meet people from all over the world! RSVP:  https://lsu.formstack.com/forms/global_games_goodies 
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Community Partner Volunteer Fair Club at Union Square Make connections with local community partners and learn about volunteering in Baton Rouge
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Student Health & Snowballs Student Health Center Stop by the Student Health Center to get a guided tour and learn about all the service that we have to offer! You will check out the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, Medical Clinic, and Mental Health Service. Tour will end with free snowballs and resources.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Build Your Own (BYO) Sugar + Salt Scrub UREC Training & Development Room  Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seeds, and other exfoliants that will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. All supplies will be supplied. RSVP:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aea62aabfec25-welcome 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Latinx Welcome Reception Union Ballroom Join the LSU Latinx Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs at this event where Hispanic/Latin American student can make new friends and learn information about the campus Latinx community while enjoying refreshments, music, and games.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. NPHC Field Day  Parade Grounds NPHC Panel of student leaders to share information about their organizations and answer questions for potential members. 
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Silent Disco UREC Courts Join Student Government and hundreds of other freshmen for a fun, unique night full of partying, food, giveaways, and of course music. Student Government will be hosting a Silent Disco in which students wear specially designed wireless glowing headphones and listen as 2 DJ's battle for your attention. Who will win? Which station will you tune into?

 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Kayak the Atchafalaya Basin Meet at UREC Join us as we kayak through the Atchafalaya basin and explore the famous Louisiana swamp! All adventure programs require registration. Walk-in’s will be allowed only upon availability. Please only create registrations for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A5AC28ABF4C43-welcome  
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Leadership Catalyst Program Various Campus Locations Pre-Registration Required. Catalyst is a one-day program that can help you develop your own authentic path. Connect to groups and causes you care about, and commit to a plan to be a catalyst for yourself and the groups you’re part of!
As you take the first step of your leadership journey at LSU, Catalyst will help you consider powerful questions that move you towards action: Am I on the right path? Who do I want to be? How can I connect with other like-minded individuals? In small-group dialogue, large group interaction, and personal reflection, you’ll learn alongside others who also want to start something extraordinary.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Pros vs Joes - Esports Competition UREC Esports Room Come check out the UREC Esports room and have the opportunity to meet and play with members of the LSU Competitive Esports Team.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Log Rolling Tournament UREC Outdoor Pool Come show off your inner lumberjack or lumberjill and log roll with the UREC staff. Walk ins are welcome for events IF space is available.  Please only create a registration for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48AEA723ABFAC43-welcome 
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  For the Culture Karaoke Union Ballroom Join the African American Cultural Center (AACC) for Karaoke featuring your favorite music genres.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Sunset Kayak the Lakes Meet at UREC Join us for an evening on the LSU Lakes! We will provide transportation from the UREC using the UREC van every hour on the hour. All adventure programs require registration. Walk-in’s will be allowed only upon availability. Please only create registrations for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A5AC28ABF4C43-welcome  
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium Tiger Stadium Join your LSU classmates in Tiger Stadium to kick off the beginning of your freshmen year. Enjoy selections from your the Tiger Band and Spirit Squads, along with some special guest appearances. 
8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  Carnival Lot 401 (off South Stadium Drive) Close out Welcome Week on the midway! After a busy week, head to the carnival and unwind on carnival rides, eat traditional carnival food, and play the games on the midway. Make awesome memories with new friends even before classes begin.

Time Event  Location Details
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Open Challenge Course UREC Challenge Course Challenge yourself to explore new heights at the UREC Challenge Course. Our facilitators will help you step outside your comfort zone. All adventure programs require registration. Walk-in’s will be allowed only upon availability. Please only create registrations for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E49A5AC28ABF4C43-welcome  
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Learn to Dive - Discovery Dive UREC Outdoor Pool Come try out something new! Discovery dives are all about learning how to use and get comfortable with the equipment and underwater diving. Walk ins are welcome for events IF space is available.  Please only create a registration for yourself. RSVP: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E48AEA723ABFAC43-welcome 
1:00 p.m. LSU Soccer Match vs. UCF  LSU Soccer Stadium Come cheer on the Tiger Soccer Team! 
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Sports Club Combine UREC Field Complex at Gourrier Road & River Road Interested in joining an LSU Sport Club? Come show off your skills at the Sport Club Combine.

 

Program Date Time Location Details
SSS Ready Set Geaux (RSG) Bridge Program Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All day  Art & Design Building Auditorium & Lobby Invite only. RSG is a bridge program to assist new SSS members with the transition from high school to college. The purpose of the program is for students to “increase engagement, learn student success tips, and create a ‘community’ within the larger LSU community.”
LSU Promise Scholar Program Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th All Day  Various Locations Pre-Registration Required.  As part of your exceptional scholarship package, you’re eligible for this exclusive programming and elite community that will help you maintain your scholarship, as well as plan and achieve academic, career, and financial goals.
Geaux Engineering Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day Patrick F. Taylor Pre-Registration Required. Geaux Engineering gives incoming students a head start to the College of Engineering and prepares you for your future career. Peer mentors guide you through fun, team-based activities including a design project, degree exploration, and upperclassman-led sessions.
College of Music & Dramatic Arts Boot Camp Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st All Day  College of Music & Dramatic Arts Facilities Pre-Registration Required. The LSU Boot Camp for the College of Music & Dramatic Arts is an intensive program designed specifically for incoming students. The program is focused on helping students make a smooth transition to LSU and campus life, prior to the start of the fall semester.
BIOS/CHEMIS Bootcamp Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st All Day Various Locations Pre-Registration Required. BIOS/CHEMIS is a boot camp for incoming freshmen in the College of Science that has been offered for 15 years and served over 4,000 students. Previous studies have shown that BIOS/CHEMIS students have outperformed their peers through graduation. In BIOS/CHEMIS you will receive real lectures from professors that teach Introductory Biology or Chemistry. You will take exams using real questions from old exams, but the exams do not count against you. You will also practice using software that you will use in your biology or chemistry classes. You will also meet other highly motivated freshmen and build study groups before the semester begins. The Program Fee includes the $115 cost of the e-text of the book you will use your entire freshman year as well as prizes.
STRIPES Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day  Coates Hall, Room 143 Pre-Registration Required. Through a combination of community service, educational insight, social engagement, interaction with staff and upper-class student mentors, team building, and much more, students will leave STRIPES prepared to embark on their new journey as a Louisiana State University Tiger.
Lagniappe and Bon Temps - Welcome to South Louisiana! Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day Various Campus Locations Pre-Registration Required. Welcome to your new home in south Louisiana! Each day we will travel to a new location to learn more about the history, culture, and food that is unique to that area. Destinations include an exclusive walking tour of the New Orleans French Quarter, a private swamp tour near Lafayette, and an informative tour of the historic Whitney Plantation. Transportation, excursion tickets, and lunch included daily.  
Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st All Day Various Campus Locations Pre-Registration Required. Joining a fraternity or sorority opens the doors to many opportunities to enhance your collegiate experience, get involved, and pursue personal growth through community and belonging, while making memories and friendships to last a lifetime.