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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 semesster, in addition to taking Advance Credit Exams. Advance Credit Exam testing occurs on day one and Early Orientation occurs on the final two days. If you do not wish to take an Advance Credit Exam, you will only attend days two and three.

Orientation Dates

Orientation Dates Exam Registration

April 6-8, 2022

Exam registration is located in the confirmation email you receive after fully registering for this orientation.

Eligibility Requirements

Early Orientation & ACE Testing is only open to students who meet ONE of the following requirements:

For students having taken the ACT Exam:

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

For students having taken the SAT Exam:

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

2022 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 3 exams, pending eligibility and offering.

ACE Eligibility Requirements & Credit Earned Round Number/Date/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: April 6, 9:30-11:30 AM

Round 2: April 6, 12:45-2:45 PM

Computer Science

Math ACT 28 or higher (SAT Math 660+)
AND knowledge of C++, Java or Python

Earn up to 3 hours - CMPS 150

Round 2: April 6, 12:45-2:45 PM

Round 3: April 6, 3:00-5:00 PM


Math ACT of 26 to 29 (SAT Math 610-680)
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 2: April 6, 12:45-2:45 PM

Round 3: April 6, 3:00-5:00 PM

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 1: April 6, 9:30-10:30 AM OR 10:30-11:30 AM

Round 3: April 6, 3:00-4:00 PM OR 4:00-5:00 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.

COVID Safety

To ensure the safety of our guests and campus community, we are taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. We will follow all university, local, state, and federal policies and safety guidelines. Registered participants will be updated via email should any changes be made to our programs. Students and their guests should contact us to reschedule their orientation, at no additional fee, if they begin showing any signs of illness.

Orientation Registration

Freshman Orientation registration, for Summer and Fall 2022 will begin on March 1, 2022. Orientation packets will be mailed to admitted students in late February. Students admitted after March 1, should expect to recieve their orientation packet within one week of admission. 

Orientation Fee

The fee for Freshman Orientation is $125.00 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

Overnight accommodations are not available on campus during Early Orientation & ACE. Students and parents attending this session should view the local hotel information and rates on our website.

Orientation Check In Time & Location  

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

If you are: Check In Check In Location

Beginning testing in Round 1

8:30-9:15 AM on April 6

Student Union Ballroom
Beginning testing in Round 2

12:00-12:30 PM on April 6

Student Union Ballroom

Beginning testing in Round 3

2:15-2:45 PM on April 6

Student Union Ballroom
All students attending Early Orientation 

8:00-8:50 AM on April 7

Student Union Ballroom

Attending Parent & Family Orientation

8:00-8:50 AM on April 7

Angelle Hall Auditorium

New Student Orientation At A Glance

Sessions subject to change

Advance Credit Exams (April 6)

Check-in depends on your test schedule (see times above).
This day will conclude after completion of your last exam.

Day 1 Orientation (April 7 - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)*

Student Check-In
University Welcome
Academic Boot Camp
Academic College Town Hall
Discussion Groups
Student Success Sessions
Campus Tour
Student Organization Expo

Day 2 Orientation (April 8 - 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM)*

TOPS & Financial Aid Session
Discussion Group
Advising & Course Registration

*Students are REQUIRED to participate in the FULL DURATION of Orientation activities (with the exception of Advance Credit Exam Day). 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.

Excuse Letters

Students needing an excuse letter for missing school activities or other obligations can pick one up during Orientation check-out.