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August 15-22, 2021

Welcome Week Information

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 15-22 is mandatory for all members of the Class of 2025, and we can’t wait to see you back on campus!

Placement Exams

If applicable, students should consider taking all placement exams during Welcome Week. Placement exams will be offered in a virtual and in-person format.

  • Virtual Option – Complete your exams online through ProctorU for a $15 fee per exam.
  • In-Person Option – Take the exams free of charge on campus during Welcome Week. In-person placement exams can now be scheduled.

Visit the LSU Testing & Evaluation website for full testing details and preparation guides.

Welcome Week Schedule

Time Event Location Details
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunset Paddling UREC Adventure Center

Come join UREC Adventure Education as we paddle on the LSU Lakes. UREC will provide a variety of different boats for you to test out, from stand up paddleboards to tandem kayaks and canoes too. Try out as many different types of boats as you like & make some new friends paddling!

Pre-Registration Required

8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. Dive In Movie UREC Outdoor Pool Come join us for an epic end of summer feature, The Sandlot, to cool down and kick off Welcome Week in our outdoor pool and leisure river.

Time Event Location Details
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Freshman Challenge by Choice UREC Challenge Course

CANCELLED - This event is an opportunity to experience the UREC challenge course program. As a group you and other incoming freshmen will work together to step out of your comfort zone and problem solve your way through the high ropes course at UREC.

Pre-Registration Required

8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. RHA Block Party Outside PMAC After moving into your residence hall, head over to the PMAC to hang out with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) during our annual Block Party! Enjoy inflatables, music, dancing, Kona Ice snowballs, food trucks, and more! Whether you are a “new resident on the block” or a returning resident, you don’t want to miss out on this chance to meet fellow residents from all across campus.

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Small Group #1 Various Campus Locations Required for freshman students. Small group numbers and locations will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 13.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Convocation  PMAC  Convocation is LSU's official welcome for all new students and marks 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 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Plenary Session: 

Financial Aid 

Transition to College

PMAC Required for freshman students.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Honors College Welcome  Student Union Theatre Required for all Honors College freshman. 
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Tigerchat PMAC Want a sneak peek 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.  Movie & Ice Cream Social  PMAC Join us for ice cream from the LSU Dairy Store and a special showing of Pitch Perfect, which was filmed on campus! 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: "We're All In This Together" PMAC Required for freshman students. 
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Small Group #2 Various Campus Locations Required for freshman students. Small group numbers and locations will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 13.
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

Plenary Session: 

Learning Outside the Classroom

PMAC  Required for freshman students. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. On-Campus Job Fair PMAC Join us for an On-Campus Jobs Fair during Welcome Week! Incoming and continuing students 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.
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  UREC All-Access UREC 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 Tuesday night from 8pm – midnight for FREE SHIRTS, FREE FOOD and a ton of fun. See everything that UREC has to offer. Participate in fun activities with our fitness demonstrations, pop up tournaments, inflatables and more. Grab your friends and check out our multiple photo booths or test your skills at esports. Try out our paddleboards and kayaks in our indoor pool or try your hand at crate stacking in our climbing area. Dance the night away with 2 DJ’s! Don’t forget your swimsuit as the kickoff party continues throughout the night on our outdoor pool deck.

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group # 3 Various Campus Locations Required for freshman students. Small group numbers and locations will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 13.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Tiger Walk: Find Your Classes Various Locations Explore campus with your new classmates. Student leaders will be scattered across campus to show you where your classes will be and answer and remaining questions your have before the semester starts.  
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Undergraduate Research Student & Researcher Meet-Up Virtual 

Interested in working alongside faculty and researchers on real-world research?  Students from ALL majors are invited to stop by our event to chat with faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduate researchers to learn about opportunities for conducting research!

Pre - Registration Required

5:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  Residential College Convocations  Various Locations

Required for Residential College students. Additional information will be sent via email.

Agriculture Residential College (ARC): 5:00 p.m. - Blake Hall

Business Residential College (BRC): 5:00 p.m. - Business Education Complex Rotunda

Engineering Residential College (ERC): 5:00 p.m. - 1100 Patrick F. Taylor Hall

College of Human Sciences & Education Residential College (HSERC): 5:00 p.m. - Enchanted Forest

Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College (HSSRC): 4:30 p.m. - Union Ballroom, Student Union

Mass Communication Residential College (MCRC): 5:30 p.m. - Holiday Forum, Journalism Building

Science Residential College (SRC): 4:30 p.m. - Horseshoe Courtyard

Visual & Performing Arts Residential College (VPARC): 6:00 p.m. - LSU Museum of Art & Shaw Center

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Late Night LSU  Student Union This isn’t your average night at the LSU Student Union. Celebrate the start of the new school year with a night full of music, food, and games. The building will be jam-packed with activities such as trivia, lip sync battles, karaoke, Greek step shows, and food stations. The fun starts at 8 p.m.
10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Late Night Breakfast The 5 & 459 Dining Halls  

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  College Open Houses & Welcome Events Various Campus Locations Required for freshman students.

Choose Your Adventure Schedule

Choose Your Adventure events provide students with an opportunity to learn more about campus, each other, and college life in general through a series of educational and social events sponsored by University departments, colleges, student organizations, and residence halls. Some events will require advanced registration due to space or capacity limitations, so view these events and register at your earliest convenience . 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. College Open Houses & Welcome Events Various Campus Locations

Required for freshman students.

College of Agriculture - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Animal Sciences, Howe Russell 130
  • Agricultural Business, Howe Russell E-130
  • Agricultural & Extension Education, Howe Russell E-134
  • Environmental Management Systems, Howe Russell E-131
  • Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Howe Russell E-134
  • Nutrition & Food Sciences, Howe Russell E-130
  • Plant & Soil Systems, Howe Russell E-131
  • Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising, Howe Russell E-130

College of Art & Design - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Design Building Atrium

E.J. Ourso College of Business - 9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Business Education Complex Courtyard

College of the Coast & Environment - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Energy, Coast & Environment Auditorium

College of Engineering - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Patrick F. Taylor Atrium (by Panera and Cambre Atrium)

College of Human Sciences & Education - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Student Union Theatre 

College of Humanities & Social Sciences - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Hodges Hall Courtyard 

Manship School of Mass Communication - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Journalism Building

College of Music & Dramatic Arts - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. School of Music Building, Shaver Theatre

College of Science - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Student Union Ballroom

University College (UCFY) - 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Williams Hall, Room 103

University College (Pre-Nursing) - 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Dodson Auditorium

University College (Allied Health) - Williams Hall, Room 102

  • Pre-Physical Therapy: 9:00 - 9:20 a.m. 
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy: 9:25 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Pre-Physician Assistant: 9:50 - 10:10 a.m.
  • Pre-Pharmacy: 10:15 - 10:35 a.m.
  • Pre-Dentistry: 10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Pre-Medical Technology & Respiratory Therapy: 11:05 - 11:25 a.m.
  • Pre-Public Health: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. BBQ and Slackline Hangout UREC Challenge Course

Kick off the Choose Your Adventure series with a cook out at the UREC Challenge Course. We will have a BBQ, slackline, hammocks and chairs to come hang out, meet other new freshmen and enjoy some outdoor time.

Pre-Registration Required

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Safety and Security Free Speech Alley  See Something Say Something safety pamphlet
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pre-Law Boot Camp Coates Hall, Room 152 Interested in going to law school? Don't miss out on the Pre-Law Boot Camp sponsored by the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences! Learn about LSU's Law Center and what you should do to ensure that you are a top candidate for admission!
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Chat with a Trainer! UREC Personal Training Studio

Avoid the 'Freshman 15' by becoming physically active. Start your journey by joining our nationally certified personal trainers for 1on1 consultations. Sessions are aimed towards discussing fitness goals while gaining insight on wellness and exercises that are best for you.

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Workout UREC Training and Development

Participants will be split into groups based off their fitness goals. Groups will work with a certified personal trainer to discuss goals and fitness experience. Trainers will then help each person write a workout that meets their goals and meet others who have similar goals!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Trivia with LSU Libraries! LSU Main Library, Room 109 (first floor near the CC's) 

Come relax, have fun, and try to not get stumped in trivia with the LSU Librarians! Trivia topics will include LSU and general knowledge. Test your trivia skills and meet your friendly campus librarians!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Visualize Your Future Self LSU Union Magnolia Room and International Room Spend an afternoon visualizing your future at LSU with the Olinde Career Center. Engage with other students as you create a personal vision board; visualize your college journey in a yoga meditation; and discover more about your influences within a small group game environment.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. H20 Trick Shot Challenge UREC Outdoor Pool

Individually or in teams you have 10 minutes to successfully sink the most stylish shot in our shallow outdoor lap pool! Join us for a fun time. Kick back and relax in the pool or on the deck and see how awesome (or funny) some of our finest LSU student can be. Win prizes!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Wild Careers: Keys to success in pursuing careers in wildlife, conservation, and natural resources Renewable Natural Resource 142, 206 ,207

Careers in wildlife, conservation, and natural resources are fun and rewarding but also are competitive. Learn about courses, field experiences, internship opportunities, student jobs, and undergraduate research that will enhance your success in these careers.

Pre-Registration Required

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  College Classroom Secrets to Success Atchafalaya Room, Student Union

Learn the secrets for success in the college classroom from faculty, successful students, and learning experts. Be prepared for your first day of class with tools and strategies that will help you make the most out of your time and your learning.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Field Day UREC Outdoor Park Area Shake off the rust before tailgating season starts with some cornhole, canjam, spikeball, and more at the UREC!
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Sugar & Salt Body Scrub UREC Training and Development

Give your body the relaxation it deserves! Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own custom body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seed and other exfoliants. All supplies will be provided.

Pre-Registration Required

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Games on the Grounds University Chaplains Association  Come play games on the Parade Grounds and connect with others to find out opportunities to be involved in Religious Organizations at LSU!
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. "For the Culture" Karaoke African American Cultural Center The Clarence L. Barney Jr. African American Cultural Center would like to invite incoming students to "For the Culture" Karaoke.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. H2O Wipeout UREC Outdoor Pool Come out the the UREC outdoor pool and challenge yourself to make it across our inflatable challenge track while your friends and new classmates try and knock you off safely! Relax, challenge yourself and soak up the rays on our pool deck.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. UREC Sport Clubs Combine CANCELLED Do you have the skills to compete under the LSU name? Come test your limits and see how you would rank within each student organization such as soccer, lacrosse, cricket and more. Come enjoy sno cones and prizes during the event.

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

(1 hour sessions)

First Time Climber's Night UREC Climbing Area

Event is designed for first time climbers to discover the climbing wall at UREC. Climbers will go through an orientation, learn more about climbing and get tips and tricks on how to make their first time climbing more enjoyable.

Pre-Registration Required

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Bike the Levee 93 S Quad Dr (Energy Coast and Environment Building, Visitor Parking Lot, off of W. Stadium Drive

Join College of the Coast and Environment faculty for a fun and informative ride from the Energy, Coast & Environment Building to Riverfront Plaza in downtown Baton Rouge. This ride will teach you how to safely ride a bicycle from LSU’s Main Campus to the levee path and beyond. We will stop at locations of environmental interest along the way, including the Water Institute of the Gulf, wastewater treatment facilities, and more! 

Pre-Registration Required

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Yoga at the Parade Grounds Parade Grounds

The Student Health Center and UREC will be hosting guided Yoga on the parade grounds. Students will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Pros vs Joes: Esports Competition UREC Esports Room Do you have the skills to hang with the best of the best? Want a chance to take on the competitive Esports team at LSU? Come out to our esports room at UREC and test your skills in 3v3 and 1v1 formats over multiple games and platforms.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Xperience GroupX UREC Fitness Studios

Experience group fitness the LSU way! Through an interactive activity, students will learn about a variety of group fitness formats and determine which style matches best with your fitness preference. End the evening with snacks and fellowship. So, what group fitness format are you?

Pre-Registration Required

8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Foam Party Tower Drive Are you ready for a night of foam, dancing, and fun? On Thursday, August 19th from 8pm-12am, head over to Tower Drive, right behind the Union to join Residential Life and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) for our Annual Foam Party! Awesome Foam Parties/DJ Productions will provide an amazing DJ and for the first time ever, two foam pits! Get ready to dance the night away while surrounded by bubbles and friends.

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Community Council Conference (C3) International Room, Student Union

Were you involved in student council, Beta Club, etc. in high school? Polish your leadership skills and prepare for your upcoming year at C3, the Community Council Conference. You’ll learn how you can make a difference in your community and at LSU, while building your resume.

Pre-Registration Required

9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Hike Clark Creek! UREC Adventure Center

Come join the UREC Adventures as we leave behind the flatwaters of southern Louisiana to hike through a unique natural area in this region. You will be impressed by the many hills, waterfalls and incredible views of the Clark Creek Natural area! Transportation provided!

Pre-Registration Required

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dress For Success - Professional Style Develop.m.ent Workshop Human Ecology Building Lobby Enhance your personal and professional style through this interactive workshop. Discover your color palette, learn the ins and outs of business attire, how to style the perfect interview outfit, and enjoy a tour of the LSU Textile & Costume Museum.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Healthy Tiger College Cooking 101 Human Ecology Building Room 219

Your health is essential to your success as a student at LSU. Join Ms. Judy Myhand, faculty in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and the Eat Healthy LSU team, to create and taste healthy meals and snacks that you can make in your residence hall.

Pre-Registration Required

10:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m. Wild Careers: Keys to success in pursuing careers in wildlife, conservation, and natural resources Renewable Natural Resources 142, 206 ,207

Careers in wildlife, conservation, and natural resources are fun and rewarding but also are competitive. Learn about courses, field experiences, internship opportunities, student jobs, and undergraduate research that will enhance your success in these careers.

Pre-Registration Required

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community Bound Fair LSU Faculty Club Are you interested in service opportunities in the Baton Rouge area? Join Campus Life at the Faculty Club to meet with community partners and learn how you can get involved in serving in Baton Rouge.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. LSU Nursing 101 Virtual

The School of Nursing will provide LSU pre-nursing students with a close look into the nursing profession and the skills nursing students learn when attending the LSUHNO BSN programs. 

Pre-Registration Required

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Safety and Security Free Speech Alley (in front of the Student Union) See Something Say Something safety pamphlet
1:00 p.m. - 2:00p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Workout UREC Training and Development

Participants will be split into groups based off their fitness goals. Groups will work with a certified personal trainer to discuss goals and fitness experience. Trainers will then help each person write a workout that meets their goals and meet others who have similar goals!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Welcome to the Starting Line of  Your Journey to Medical/Dental School Cox Auditorium Interested in attending medical or dental school in the future? This presentation will provide information on beginning this journey and the resources that LSU provides to assist you along the way. The event is open to all majors.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Planting Positivity Enchanted Forest (behind the Greek  Amphitheatre) The Student Health Center invites students to the Enchanted Forest to learn about available services and receive a succulent plant. Information will be provided about plant care and self-care.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eat Right, Good Life: Interactive Grocery Store Tour UREC @ Nicholson

Navigating through a grocery store can be quite the task when trying to identify healthful foods. Take out the guesswork and join us for an interactive grocery store tour at Matherne's Market @ Nicholson. An exercise & wellness professional will be available so don't miss out on the fun!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Challenge Your Course LSU Lakes Beach

Let's GEAUX!! Compete in a series of team challenges to post the best times. Challenges include kayaking the lakes, ropes course activities, relays and building a house of cards designed to push your teamwork and communication skills. Winners take home prizes from the OCC & UREC.

Pre-Registration Required

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Can You Crack the Code? Coates Hall Room 168 Can you Crack the Code? Join Student Advocacy & Accountability and work in small teams to complete a series of puzzles and tasks to earn the title of Mike’s official Cryptologist!
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Amazing Race: Student Government Edition Student Union Ballroom Inspired by The Amazing Race, Student Government invties you to get a feel for SG by journeying through various locations associated with the different branches in order to fulfil an initiative - just like real Student Goverment members do. Along the way you'll learn about each branch and the role it plays in order to make Student Government function.  
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Trivia in the River UREC Outdoor Pool Do you love the water? Floating around? Laying out? Come with your friends or come solo and create teams onsite. Test your knowledge in categories such as Disney, LSU History, Sports, Geography and more! Top teams win prizes. Join us on the UREC pool deck for a fun, interactive event!
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Test your FIT UREC Basketball Court 1 Test your current fitness levels through a series of challenges. Push Ups? Check! Longest plank? Check! Burpees? Of course! Join us 2-4p.m. to put your fitness to the test! Prizes will be given.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Sugar & Salt Body Scrub UREC Training and Development

Give your body the relaxation it deserves! Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own custom body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seed and other exfoliants. All supplies will be provided.

Pre-Registration Required

3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Sand Volleyball & Sno Cones UREC Sand Volleyball Courts

Take a break from the summer heat and enjoy a sno cone at the UREC Beach Volleyball Courts and enjoy some friendly competition.

Pre-Registration Required

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Party at the Pool UREC Outdoor Pool

Join us and our DJ with water games, snow cones and more at our outdoor pool! Kick off your evening with a fun time for all.

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The UREC Sport Club Games UREC Z Wood and Mac Courts Come out and enjoy the Purple vs. White games amongst our different UREC Sport Clubs such as volleyball, basketball and more. Have a chance to interact with our clubs at each of their games and tables during the event.
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Live After 5  Galvez Plaza, Downtown Baton Rouge Join the LSU Ambassadors at downtown Baton Rouge’s free "Live After Five" concert in Town Square from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring New Orleans’ unstoppable Rebirth Brass Band! LSU is not providing transportation, but will share info about options soon.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Chicken & Waffles Trivia Night Baptist Collegiate Ministry Come eat some chicken & waffles and play some trivia all while connecting with other freshmen and involved upperclassmen at the BCM! We want to help you get connected on campus and hear more about who we are as a ministry! Come check us out on the corner of Highland and Chimes.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Xperience GroupX UREC Fitness Studios

Experience group fitness the LSU way! Through an interactive activity, students will learn about a variety of group fitness formats and determine which style matches best with their fitness preference. End the evening with snacks and fellowship. So, what group fitness format are you?

Pre-Registration Required

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Party on the Grounds Parade Grounds

You're invited to free food and snowballs as well as volleyball, cabbage ball, soccer, and just some good relaxing in the grass with friends.

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunset Paddling! UREC Adventure Center

Come join UREC Adventure Education as we paddle on the LSU Lakes. UREC will provide a variety of different boats for you to test out, from stand up paddleboards to tandem kayaks and canoes too. Try out as many different types of boats as you like & make some new friends paddling!

Pre-Registration Required

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, give aways and of course music. Student Government will be hosting a Silent Disco in which students will 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. - 11:00 a.m. Bike the Levee & See Downtown UREC Adventure Center

Join UREC on a morning bike ride along the Mississippi River levee system. We will ride from the UREC, along the levee, and into downtown Baton Rouge. Relax, enjoy and take in views of the tallest state capitol building in the country!

Pre-Registration Required

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Atchafalaya Swamp Tours UREC Adventure Center

Get immersed into Louisiana's beautiful, vast and mysterious Atchafalaya Swamp. This amazing landscape is home to a variety of plants and animals unique to Louisiana. Enjoy the company of your fellow Tigers as we embark on an adventure no other state can offer.

Pre-Registration Required

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. LGBTQ+ Brunch LSU Student Union Atchafalaya Room

The LGBTQ+ Brunch is a time for incoming LGBTQ+ students and their allies to meet, mingle, and enjoy delicious food.

Pre-Registration Required

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Find Your Classes - Transfer and Nontraditional Edition Echo Circle (the circle in front of the Union) Join Transfer Student Programs and explore campus with a current student who can show you where your classes will be and answer any remaining questions you have before the semester starts on Monday!
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dodgeball & Donuts UREC MAC Courts

Start your weekend off right with activity and breakfast. Come join us at UREC for a dodgeball tournament and donuts. Bring your friends and meet new ones. Teams will be formed on site.

Pre-Registration Required

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Wild Careers: Keys to success in pursuing careers in wildlife, conservation, and natural resources Renewable Natural Resources 142, 206 ,207

Careers in wildlife, conservation, and natural resources are fun and rewarding but also are competitive. Learn about courses, field experiences, internship opportunities, student jobs, and undergraduate research that will enhance your success in these careers.

Pre-Registration Required

11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Chat with a Trainer! UREC Personal Training Studio

Avoid the 'Freshman 15' by becoming physically active. Start your journey by joining our nationally certified personal trainers for 1on1 consultations. Sessions are aimed towards discussing fitness goals while gaining insight on wellness and exercises that are best for you.

Pre-Registration Required

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Safety and Security Free Speech Alley See Something Say Something safety pamphlet
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The UREC Sport Club Games UREC Field Complex Come out and enjoy the Purple vs. White games amongst our different UREC Sport Clubs such as rugby, soccer and more. Have a chance to interact with our clubs at each of their games and tables during the event.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

"Dorm Room & Dining Hall Hacks" Teaching Kitchens The 5 Dining Hall 

Cook side-by-side with our chefs to learn all the dining tricks and “hacks” to get the most out of your meal plan!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Workout UREC Training and Development

Participants will be split into groups based off their fitness goals. Groups will work with a certified personal trainer to discuss goals and fitness experience. Trainers will then help each person write a workout that meets their goals and meet others who have similar goals!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Roommate Game Show Union Theater

Think you know your roommate? Compete in a thrilling game show to put your knowledge to the test! Roommate teams will face off against each other until a victor is determined. Think your roommate team has what is takes?

Pre-Registration Required

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Sugar & Salt Body Scrub UREC Training and Development

Give your body the relaxation it deserves! Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own custom body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seed and other exfoliants. All supplies will be provided.

Pre-Registration Required

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Inner tube Water Volleyball UREC Outdoor Pool

Challenge yourself and your friends to a different take on volleyball in the pool. Participants will be in teams of 4vs4 in the inner tubes. No team? No problem! Sign up anyways and we will form teams on site!

Pre-Registration Required

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Xperience GroupX UREC Fitness Studios

Experience group fitness the LSU way! Through an interactive activity, students will learn about a variety of group fitness formats and determine which style matches best with their fitness preference. End the evening with snacks and fellowship. So, what group fitness format are you?

Pre-Registration Required

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 freshman year. Enjoy selections from 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 Dr.) Closeout 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
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Bike the Levee & See Downtown UREC Adventure Center

Join UREC on a morning bike ride along the Mississippi River levee system. We will ride from the UREC, along the levee, and into downtown Baton Rouge. Relax, enjoy and take in views of the tallest state capitol building in the country!

Pre-Registration Required

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Fishing Tournament LSU Lakes Milford Wampold Memorial Park

Enjoy fishing? Want to meet others who enjoy fishing? Meet at the LSU Lake Sunday morning to fish with others. We will supply canoes to allow some to get out on the water. *LA Fishing License required. Obtain license at https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/recreational-fishing-licenses-and-permits

Pre-Registration Required

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Mighty Duck Races UREC Leisure River The race is on! Come one, come all and pick your favorite rubber duckie to win the race around our LSU river! Join us for fun and relaxing, choose your duck and see who wins!
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Safety and Secturity  Free Speech Alley See Something Say Something safety pamphlet

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

(two hour sessions)

Scuba Discovery Dives UREC Indoor Pool

Ever been interested in Scuba? Here's your chance to learn more. Join UREC for an interactive introduction to scuba diving and a hands on experience like no other.

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eat Right, Good Life: Interactive Grocery Store Tour UREC @ Nicholson

Navigating through a grocery store can be quite the task when trying to identify healthful foods. Take out the guesswork and join us for an interactive grocery store tour at Matherne's Market @ Nicholson. An exercise & wellness professional will be available so don't miss out on the fun!

Pre-Registration Required

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Tiger Linked Involvement Fair Ballroom, Student Union

The perfect place to find your place! Stop by the involvement fair and meet representatives from our many student organizations. You will have an opportunity to speak with other students and find an organization that’s a perfect fit for you.

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2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Test your FIT UREC Basketball Court 1 Test your current fitness levels through a series of challenges. Push Ups? Check! Longest plank? Check! Burpees? Of course! Join us 2-4p.m. to put your fitness to the test! Prizes will be given.
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Back DyNEUAX Comp UREC Climbing Area

What is a Dyno? A 'dyno' is when the climber makes a dynamic movement that uses momentum to get to the next hold. It's not a controlled reach or a stretch. And once you go for it, you're committed. Hosted on UREC bouldering wall, this dyno comp will test your ability!

Pre-Registration Required

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. BYO (Build Your Own) Sugar & Salt Body Scrub UREC Training and Development

Give your body the relaxation it deserves! Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own custom body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seed and other exfoliants. All supplies will be provided.

Pre-Registration Required

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The Wesley Foundation Ministry Kickoff The Wesley Foundation at LSU (333 East Chimes Street) Join The Wesley Foundation, an welcoming and inclusive Methodist Student Organization, as we kick-off the new year with live music, free food and much more!
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  Twilight Ceremony Quad 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.

Multi-Day Programs

Program Date Time Location Details
SSS Ready Set Geaux Bridge Program Thursday, August 19, Friday - Saturday, August 21 All Day Howe Russell, Room E137 SSS ONLY:  Ready, Set, Geaux Bootcamp.  Attendance is limited to students accepted for membership in the SSS program.
Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment Thursday, August 19 - Sunday, August 22 All Day Various Campus Locations Joining a fraternity or sorority opens the door 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.
CMDA Boot Camp Thursday, August 19 - Sunday, August 22 All Day School of Music Building The College of Music & Dramatic Arts Boot Camp is an intensive program designed for incoming Music and Theatre majors. The mandatory Boot Camp helps students to smoothly transition to the College of Music & Dramatic Arts and campus life prior to the Fall semester.
STRIPES Thursday, August 19 - Saturday, August 21 All Day Nicholson Hall, Room 130 This three-day program was created with you in mind, and will provide you with the tools to develop leadership skills, find community at LSU, and begin your first year with success!  Through a combination of community service, educational insight, social engagement, interaction with faculty, staff, and student mentors, team building, and much more, students will leave STRIPES prepared to embark on their new journey as a Louisiana State University Tiger. 
Geaux Engineering Thursday, August 19 - Friday, August 20 All Day Patrick F. Taylor Geaux Engineering will offer incoming students an inside look at what it’s like to be a College of Engineering student and give you a head start on preparing for your future career. Participants will be placed in small teams with a peer mentor to guide you through the activities.