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Early Orientation & ACE

Early Orientation & Advance Credit Exams (ACE) is designed for students with high academic achievement. This program offers you the option of earning college credit at UL Lafayette through ACE testing, as well as learning about opportunities through the Honors Program.  All students, whether they choose to take part in ACE testing or not, will go through the New Student Orientation program on Thursday and Friday.

Orientation Dates

Orientation Dates Exam Registration
April 10-12, 2019 After you register for Early Orientation, review your confirmation email for a link to schedule your Early Orientation Advanced Credit Exam.

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 (CR+M) of 1170 (Before March 2016); SAT (ERW+M) of 1240 (After March 2016)
  • Earned SAT Math of 590 (Before March 2016); SAT Math of 610 (After March 2016)
  • Earned SAT Critical Reading of 630 (Before March 2016); SAT Writing & Language of 34 (After March 2016)

Early Orientation Advance Credit Exams

We offer opportunities for students to take an Advance Credit Exam during our Early Orientation program. Registration for these exams takes place in conjunction with Orientation registration. Please check your email AFTER registering for Early Orientation for details about registration for Advanced Credit Exams.  Students taking Advance Credit Exams during our Early Orientation Program are required to participate in the Orientation portion of the program.

The 2019 Advanced Credit Exams offerings will be finalized and displayed below by February 2019.

The following exams were offered at our 2018 Early Orientation Program. Students can take up to 3 exams, pending eligibility and offering.

Students unable to attend Early Orientation will have the opportunity to take an ACE exam during the summer. Click here for additional ACE dates and times.

ACE Eligibility Requirements & Credit Earned Round Number/Date/Time

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

Earn up to 6 hours - CHEM 107, CHEM 108



No eligibility requirements

Earn up to 3 hours - CMCN 100


Computer Science

Math ACT 28 or higher (Before March 2016: SAT Math 630; After March 2016: SAT Math 650)

AND knowledge of C++, Java or Python

Earn up to 3 hours - CMPS 150


Math ACT of 26 or higher (Before March 2016: SAT Math 590; After March 2016: SAT Math 610) 

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.


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


ACT composite of 28 or higher (Before March 2016: SAT CR+M 1250; After March 2016: SAT ERW+M 1310)

Earn up to 6 hours - PHYS 207, PHYS 208



Mathematics Placement

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

  • Students with an ACT Math of 25, 26 or 27 (Before March 2016: SAT Math 570-620; After March 2016: SAT Math 590-640) earn credit for MATH 105 - Applied College Algebra.
  • Students with an ACT Math of 28 or 29 (Before March 2016: SAT Math 630-660; After March 2016: SAT Math 650-690) earn credit for MATH 109 - Pre-Calculus Algebra.
  • Students with an ACT Math of 30+ (Before March 2016: SAT Math 670+; After March 2016: SAT Math 700+) earn credit for MATH 109 & MATH 110 - Pre-Calculus Algebra & Pre-Calculus Trigonometry and Function Theory

The Mathematics Placement exam allows a student to earn up to 6 credit hours in MATH 109 & MATH 110, therefore students with a Math ACT of 30+ (Before March 2016: SAT Math 670+; After March 2016: 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 our Credit by Other Means section of the University Catalog for details. 

Orientation Registration

Freshman Orientation registration not yet available. Orientation packets will be mailed to students admitted for Summer and Fall 2019 in February.

Once you receive your packet, follow the instructions inside to register for Orientation.

Orientation Fee

The fee for Freshman Orientation is $125.00 and includes all Orientation program materials, meals, program facilitation, and a Ragin' Cajun spirit shirt. Your Orientation fee must be paid online via ULink before attending orientation. Click here for payment instructions.


Driving Directions and Parking

Early Orientation is held during a regular school day and parking is limited on main campus. The parking lot and shuttle pickup area for all three days of orientation will be in the grassy area at the corner of Cajundome Boulevard and Johnston Street. Please download the Early Orientation Shuttle Operations Handout below for specific parking details.

Parking Lot Physical Address: 2330 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503

Early Orientation Shuttle Operations Handout (PDF)

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

April 10 - TBA

Student Union Ballroom
Beginning testing in Round 2

April 10 - TBA

Student Union Ballroom

Beginning testing in Round 3

April 10 - TBA

Student Union Ballroom
All students attending Early Orientation 

April 11 - 8:00-9:00 AM

Student Union Ballroom

Attending Parent Orientation

April 11 - 8:00-9:00 AM

Student Union, Teche Room

Excuse Letters

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

Orientation Housing

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

Orientation Length

Advanced Credit Exams Rounds 1-3 (April 10):
Check-in depends on your test schedule (see times above).
The day will conclude after completion of your last exam.

Day 1 of Orientation (April 11): 
Check-in from 8:00-9:00 AM.
The day will conclude at 6:30 PM.

Day 2 of Orientation (April 12):
Check-in at 7:30 AM.
The day will conclude after you complete course registration (no later than 4:00 PM).

Students are REQUIRED to participate in the FULL DURATION of Orientation activities. Those arriving late or leaving early will be required to reschedule to another orientation session.

Schedule of Events

The Schedule of Events will be available in late March 2019.

A printed copy will be provided at check-in.

What to bring to Orientation

  • Your University Username (ULID) and password. You will find your username on your orientation welcome letter mailed in your orientation packet.              
  • Copy of transcripts if you received college credit at another college/university through dual enrollment (MANDATORY for your advising session) 
  • Your completed immunization form (REQUIRED to be cleared for course registration). Download the form from our website:
  • Financial Aid Paperwork (if meeting with a financial aid counselor, varies by student)
  • A driver’s license or another form of photo ID (necessary to take your Cajun Card ID photo and Advanced Credit Exams)                            
  • Umbrella or Poncho (in case of rain) 
  • A good attitude and willingness to learn!

What to bring if you are taking an Advanced Credit Exam

  • A current picture ID (driver’s license, school ID, passport) will be required at check-in and at each testing session
  • Pens and #2 Pencils
  • If taking the Mathematics Advanced Credit Exam, bring a graphic or scientific calculator (no QWERTY or CAS models allowed)
  • If taking the Physics and/or Chemistry Advanced Credit Exam, bring a non-programmable scientific calculator