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FAQ

Orientation Registration

What do I do if I misplaced or never received my Orientation packet?

Beginning late February, orientation packets will be mailed to First Time Freshman and Adult students. Beginning late March, orientation packets will be mailed to Transfer students.

First Time Freshman orientation packets were mailed to admitted freshmen on March 9, 2016 for those beginning in Summer or Fall 2016. Students admitted before March 8, 2016 should expect to receive their packet by Thursday, March 17, 2016. Students admitted on or after March 8, 2016  should receive their packet within two weeks of their acceptance to the university.

If you have not received your packet after this amount of time, follow the instructions on our Registering for Orientation website.

Is there a waiting list for sessions?

We do not have a waiting list for sessions. If a session is full, students should register for their next choice session. You can log into ULink and check Orientation availability at any time.  Your Orientation fee will be transferred to the new session.

Is the Orientation fee refundable?

Should you decide to not attend the University, we must receive notice via email to cancel your Orientation reservation. Please send your cancellation notice to orientation@louisiana.edu. A full refund will be granted if we receive email notice no later than 10 business days before your scheduled orientation date. NO REFUNDS will be granted after this time.

How do I change my SOUL Camp session date OR cancel my SOUL Camp reservation?

If you wish to change your SOUL Camp session, you must send an email to kyle@louisiana.edu with your full name, ULID, and the SOUL Camp session you wish to change to. If space is available in the desired SOUL Camp session, the change will be granted and you will be emailed confirmation of the change. If space is not available, we will notify you that the change will not be granted but you will be added to a waiting list for the desired camp.

Due to the nature of the SOUL Camp program and the necessity for planning and purchasing of supplies, no session changes will be allowed and no refunds will be given for cancellation requests after 5:00 PM on July 5, 2017.

Can I transfer my Orientation fee between semesters?

Students who register and pay for one semester's orientation, but then decide to update to another semester will be able to transfer their orientation fee to that new semester.  Please note that this transfer of payment between semesters must be done manually through our office. Our system will require you to pay if you attempt to register an orientation in a NEW semester, therefore you must contact our office to be manually added into the new orientation and have your fee transferred to the new semester.
 

Testing

I am taking the National AP test. Will I earn college credit at UL Lafayette?

Our online Course Catalog lists AP exams and the scores needed to earn college credit here at UL Lafayette. Click this link to be directed to the Credit by Other Means section of our Course Catalog.  Official score reports must be sent to the Office of Admissions for students to earn AP credit.

If I can't attend Early Orientation & ACE, can I still earn credit through Advance Credit Exams?

Yes. Advance Credit Exams are offered prior to the start of Summer Session and Fall semester. Students who earn credit during this time can adjust their schedule. Questions about schedule adjustment due to advanced credits earned can be directed to the Academic Success Center at 337-482-6818.
 

Course Advising & Major Selection

When will I schedule my classes?

Freshman and Adult Students will meet with an academic advisor in their academic area during Orientation.  Course registration occurs during the Orientation program.

Transfer Students can meet with their academic advisor prior to Orientation and will be cleared to register for classes, or can meet with their academic advisor during Orientation.

How can I change my major?

You can change your major during Orientation check-in at the Change of Major table. Students should make sure their major is correct on the first day of Orientation since academic advising and course placement are based heavily on a student's major selection.

What if I'm unsure what to major in?

Many students start at UL Lafayette without a declared major.  If you are undecided, you will be classified as Undeclared Liberal Arts and will start off taking courses that apply to any degree plan (University CORE Curriculum).

Can my parents come to academic advising with me?

No.  While we value the input of parents in coaching students through their academic career, parents are not allowed in the academic advising sessions or computer labs for registration.  Our academic advising staff is trained to answer all your questions regarding course registration and placement.
 

General Questions

Do I have to attend Orientation?

All new students, regardless of classification, are required to attend an Orientation program.  Students must stay for the full length of their program in order to receive credit for attending, and to be cleared for course registration.

May I bring a friend to Orientation?

No. Only admitted, registered students are allowed to go through the Orientation program.

Are accommodations available?

UL Lafayette will seek to accommodate all persons with disabilities for our Orientation programs.  If you have a disability that may require accommodations, please notify the Office of Disability Services at 337-482-5252 two weeks prior to your Orientation session.