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Early Orientation & ACE

Early Orientation & Advance Credit Exams (ACE) is designed for students with high academic achievement. This orientation program offers you the opportunity to have priority course registration for the summer and/or fall semester, in addition to taking Advance Credit Exams. If you do not wish to take an Advance Credit Exam, you will check in later on Day 1 (see schedule below).

Orientation Dates

Orientation Dates Exam Pre-registration

May 21-22, 2024

Exam pre-registration is required.

The sign up link is located in the confirmation email you will receive after fully registering for this orientation.

Eligibility Requirements

Early Orientation & Advanced Credit Exams is only open to students who meet ONE of the following requirements:

For students having taken the ACT Exam:

  • Earned Composite ACT of 26 
  • or Earned ACT Math of 26 
  • or Earned ACT English of 28 
  • or Earned ACT Science of 28

For students having taken the SAT Exam:

  • Earned SAT Composite of 1230 
  • or Earned SAT Math of 610 
  • or Earned SAT English of 640

2024 Early Orientation Advance Credit Exam Schedule: 

We offer the opportunity for students to take an Advance Credit Exam during our Early Orientation program. Students taking Advance Credit Exams during Early Orientation are required to participate in the Orientation portion of the program. Students unable to attend Early Orientation will have the opportunity to take an advanced credit exam during the summer. Click here for additional ACE dates and times.

Exam pre-registration is required and takes place in conjunction with Orientation registration. Please check your email AFTER registering for Early Orientation for details about how to sign up for Advance Credit Exams.

Students can take up to 2 exams, pending eligibility.

ACE Eligibility Requirements & Credit Earned Round Number & Time


English ACT 32

Earn up to 3 credit hours - ENGL 102

English is not a timed exam, but a portfolio review. Click here to download the PDF with details.

This portfolio is NOT due by the time you attend Early Orientation. If you earn credit after registering for classes at orientation, you can adjust your schedule (through the first 5 days of classes).


1 year of High School Chemistry (Intended for Science and Engineering Majors)

Earn up to 6 hours - CHEM 107, CHEM 108

Round 1: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM 
Round 2: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Computer Science

Math ACT 28+ OR SAT Math 660+
AND knowledge of C++, Java or Python

Earn up to 3 hours - CMPS 150

Round 1: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Round 2: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM


Math ACT of 26 to 29 OR SAT Math 610-680 OR ALEKS PPL 61+ AND have never taken a collegiate math course.

Earn up to 6 hours - MATH 109, MATH 110

You may not need to take this exam! Click here for details.

Round 1: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

Modern Language (French, Spanish, German)

Non-native speaker

Earn up to 13 credit hours -
FREN 101, 102, 201, 202;
SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202;
GERM 101, 102, 201, 202

Round 2: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM



No special requirements

Earn up to 3 hours - PSYC 110

Round 1: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Round 2: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM


No special requirements

Earn up to 3 hours - SOCI 100

Round 1: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Round 2: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Mathematics Placement

Course placement into mathematics is based on ACT and SAT subscores.

  • Students with an ACT Math of 25, 26 or 27 (SAT Math 590-640) earn credit for MATH 105 - Applied College Algebra.
  • Students with an ACT Math of 28 or 29 (SAT Math 660-680) earn credit for MATH 109 - Pre-Calculus Algebra.
  • Students with an ACT Math of 30+ (SAT Math 700+) earn credit for MATH 109 & MATH 110 - Pre-Calculus Algebra & Pre-Calculus Trigonometry and Function Theory

The Mathematics Advance Credit Exam allows a student to earn up to 6 credit hours in MATH 109 & MATH 110, therefore students with a Math ACT of 30+ (SAT Math 700+) should not take this exam as they have already earned this credit.

Credit by Other Means

UL Lafayette awards credit to students earning AP, CLEP and Military Credit, etc. View the Registrar's Office Credit by Other Means website for more information.

Orientation Registration

Freshman Orientation registration, for Summer and Fall 2024, is now available. We began mailing Orientation registration instructions to admitted students in late February 2024. If you do not recieve your Orientation registration instructions in the mail within two weeks of your admission to the university, please email us at

Orientation Fee

The fee for Freshman Orientation is $125 and includes parking, program implementation, all program materials, a Ragin’ Cajuns® spirit shirt, lanyard, pen and bag. Your Orientation fee must be paid online via ULink before attending orientation. Click here for payment instructions.


Orientation Housing (Optional)* - FOR STUDENTS ONLY

*Overnight housing is not available for family and friends. Please view the list of local hotels on our website for accommodations.

Whether you live locally or are coming from out of town, we encourage students attending New Student Orientation to stay overnight in Baker Hall on the first evening of your Orientation session. When you arrive to overnight housing check-in, you will be paired with another student attending Orientation. If you wish to room with a student who is also registered to attend the same orientation, please check-in to overnight housing at the same time. The Student Orientation Staff will be present with fun activities to help you get to know more about campus and meet your peers.

Pre-registration for Overnight Housing is required and is completed in conjunction with Orientation registration. There is no additional fee to stay overnight on campus during Orientation. Students must bring their own bedding, pillow, towels, toiletries, alarm clock, and other items needed for their overnight stay.

Orientation Check In Time & Location  

Check in times vary for students depending on their exam schedule. Please consult the chart below to determine the best time for your check-in based on your exam schedule (Campus Map).

If you are: Check In Check In Location

Beginning exams in Round 1

7:30-7:45 AM

Student Union front Lobby

Beginning exams in Round 2

10:00-10:15 AM

Student Union front Lobby

All students attending Early Orientation 

12:30-1:15 PM

Student Union front Lobby

Attending Parent & Family Orientation

12:30-1:15 PM

Student Union, Evangeline Room

Early Orientation At A Glance

Sessions subject to change

Day 1 Orientation (7:30 AM - 8:00 PM)*

Exam Check-in (Optional & varies based on exam schedule, see table above)
Advance Credit Exams (Optional)
Lunch provided only for students taking an exam
All Students Check-in from 12:30 PM-1:15 PM
University Welcome
Academic College Town Hall
Discussion Groups
Student Success Sessions
Campus Tour
Student Organization Expo

Day 2 Orientation (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)*

Breakfast (Optional)
Academic Boot Camp
Discussion Groups
TOPS & Financial Aid Session
Academic Advising
Course Registration
Check out after course registration (between 2:00 PM-5:00 PM)

*Students are REQUIRED to participate in the FULL DURATION of Orientation activities (with the exception of Advance Credit Exams). Those arriving late or leaving early will be required to reschedule to another orientation session.

IMPORTANT: If you have school or extracurricular responsibilities that will prevent you from being present through the entire orientation, then please schedule another one of our available orientation dates.