Welcome Week

August 14-21, 2022

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 14-21 is mandatory for all members of the Class of 2026, and we can’t wait to see you back on campus!

Welcome week schedule

Program Date Time Location Details
SSS Ready Set Geaux (RSG) Bridge Program Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day  Art & Design Building Auditorium and Lobby  RSG is a bridge program to assist new SSS members with the transition from high school to college. The purpose of the program is for students to “increase engagement, learn student success tips, and create a ‘community’ within the larger LSU community”
LSU Promise Scholar Program Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day   As part of your exceptional scholarship package, you’re eligible for this exclusive programming and elite community that will help you maintain your scholarship, as well as plan and achieve academic, career, and financial goals.
Geaux Engineering Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day Patrick F. Taylor Geaux Engineering gives incoming students a head start to the College of Engineering and prepares you for your future career. Peer mentors guide you through fun, team-based activities including a design project, degree exploration, and upperclassman-led sessions.
College of Music & Dramatic Arts Boot Camp Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st  All Day College of Music & Dramatic Arts Facilities The LSU Boot Camp for the College of Music & Dramatic Arts is an intensive one-week program designed specifically for incoming students. The program is focused on helping students make a smooth transition to LSU and campus life, prior to the start of the fall semester.
BIOS/CHEMIS Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st  All Day Various Campus Locations For many college students, the first semester is one of the most difficult. There are various new software packages used for their courses and what is Moodle anyway? The pace of the class and difficulty of exam questions typically exceeds that of the high school classes. Further complicating things is learning to live on your own, being homesick, struggling with time management, and just stress. The first exam especially traps many college freshmen. So what if you could take your first exam and it didn’t count against you? What if you could learn the software before school starts? What if you could experience a real 80 minute class lecture before it counts? What if you could meet other highly motivated freshmen and build study groups before the semester begins? That is exactly the program that BIOS/CHEMIS provide. BIOS/CHEMIS are programs that have been offered at LSU for 15 years and served over 4,000 students. Previous studies have shown that BIOS/CHEMIS students have outperformed their peers all the way through graduation.
STRIPES Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day Coates Hall, Room 143 Through a combination of community service, educational insight, social engagement, interaction with staff and upper-class student mentors, team building, and much more, students will leave STRIPES prepared to embark on their new journey as a Louisiana State University Tiger.
Leadership Catalyst Program Friday, August 19th or Saturday, August 20th  All Day TBD  
Welcome Home! A Tour of South Louisiana Thursday, August 18th - Saturday, August 20th  All Day Various Locations Welcome to South Louisiana, your new home! Each day we will travel to a new part of the state to learn more about the history, culture, and food that is unique to the area. Destinations include New Orleans, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge.
Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment Thursday, August 18th - Sunday, August 21st  All Day Various Campus Locations Joining a fraternity or sorority opens the doors to many opporutnities to enhance your collegiate experience, get invovled, and pursue personal growth through communuity and belonging, while making memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

Time Event Location Details
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Dive-In Movie University Recreation (UREC)  Come join us for an epic end of summer! Cool down and kick off Welcome Week in our outdoor pool and leisure river. 

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7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Taste of Baton Rouge Faculty Club/Outside Barnes & Noble at LSU Experience Louisiana dishes and culture!

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9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group #1  Various Locations Required for freshman students. Small group numbers and locations will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 12th. 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Convoation PMAC Convocation is LSU's official welcome for all new students and makes 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. 
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.  3 Plenary Session  PMAC Required for freshman students. 
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Honors College Welcome Union Theater Required for all Honors College Freshman 
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  TigerChat PMAC Want a sneak peak 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.  RHA Block Party Outside PMAC Join the Residence Hall Association (RHA) during our annual Block Party! Enjoy inflatables, music, dancing, snowballs, food trucks, and more! Whether you are a "new resident on the block" or a returning resident, you don't want to miss our on this chance to meet efellow residents from all across campus. 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group #2  Various Locations Required for freshman students. Small group numbers and locations will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 12th. 
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. DEI Program PMAC Required for freshman students. 
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  College Open Houses & Welcome Events Various Locations Required for freshman students. Additional information will be sent via email by Friday, August 12th.
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Residential College Convocations Various Locations Required for residential college students. Additional information will be sent via email by Friday, August 12th. 
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  UREC All-Access University Recreation 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 for FREE FOOD and a ton of fun. 

Time Event Location Details
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Small Group # 3 Various Locations Required for freshman students. Small group numbers and locations will be emailed to all students on Friday, August 12th. 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Tiger Walks: Find Your Classes All Classrooms Explore campus with your new classmates. Student leaders will be scattered around campus to show to help guide you and answer any remaining questions you may have before the semester starts.
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  On-Campus Jobs Fair Union Ballroom Join us for an On-Campus Jobs Fair during Welcome Week. Incoming and continuing students will network and interact with LSU Departments for open positions during the school year. You can also see open postions 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. 
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Regional Groups Commuter Welcome Various Locations Join us for an opportunity to meet and connect with other students from your region and learn more about your new home away from home. 
8:00 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 memeber of the LSU family. 
9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  Foam Party Tower Drive Are you ready for a night of foam, dancing, and fun? Head over to Tower Drive, right behind the Union to join Residential Life and the Residence Hall Association for our Annual Foam Party! Get ready to dance the night away while surrounded by bubbles and friends.

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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Coffee & Kayak the Lakes Meet at UREC - transportation will be provided to the lake Start your Choose Your Own Adventure out with some coffee and a nice morning on the lakes! We will provide coffee and pastries, followed by kayak paddling instruction. Then, put your new skills to the test and join us on a paddle around the lakes.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Welcome to the Starting Line of Your Journey to Medical/Dental School Bo Campbell Cox Auditorium Premedical Advisors provide information on the PreHealth Advising, Support and Education (PHASE) Program at LSU. Learn about the resources available and hear tips on how to be a competitive applicant.
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Undegraduate Research Fair  Union Ballroom Interested in learning more about student research opportunities at LSU? Come by the Undergraduate Research Meet & Greet to chat with student and faculty researchers. All majors welcome!
1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.  Connections, Cool Treats, & Candids with Jillian Elliott Miss LSU-USA 2022 Union Art Gallery & Lobby outside Art Gallery Meet Miss LSU-USA 2022 Jillian Elliot and learn how you can experience LSU's involvement opportunities that lead to crowning achievements on campus. (No, this is not a pre-pageant workshop).
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Stumped with the LSU Librarians Trivia Event LSU Main Library, Room 109 Come relax, have fun, and try to not get stumped in trivia with the LSU Librarians! Meet your friendly neighborhood librarians while testing your knowledge. Chance to win prizes as well!
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Build Your Own (BYO) Sugar + Salt Scrub UREC Training & Development Room Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seeds, and other exfoliants that will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. All supplies will be supplied.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Study Abroad Interest Meeting Zoom

Where will you geaux?

Learn about the opportunities that await you at LSU to study in another part of the US or another country while earning credits towards your LSU degree audit!

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Tail Gate Games UREC Activity Field/UREC Backyard Come to the UREC and play spikeball and cornhole – knock of the dust before tailgating season starts!
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Wipeoyt UREC Outdoor Pool Can you make it through the obstacle course without getting hit? Come enjoy a good day at the pool and try not to get “wiped out”
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sand Volleyball & Snow Balls UREC Sand Volleyball Courts Come to the UREC and join in on the 2v2 Sand Volleyball tournament! Don’t like sand volleyball? Stop by for a Snow Balls and relax by the Outdoor Pool.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Welcome to Physics and Astronomy! 453 Nicholson Hall Meet the Physics and Astronomy family! Tour the physics labs, enjoy catered food, and interact with faculty and current students. Here, you will get some valuable advice about your academic and professional career, and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  LGBTQ+ Welcome Reception Union Ballroom This event welcomes new first-year and transfer students to LSU by showcasing the resources that are available the LGBTQ+ community on campus.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  First Time Climber Night UREC Climbing Wall  Ever wanted to try climbing? Come out to our first time climbers night and give it a shot with others who are new to climbing!
TBA LSU Soccer Match The Pitch   
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Late Night at the Union  Student Union This isn't your average night at the LSU Student Union.Celebrate the start of with a night full of music, food, and games. The building will be jam packed trivia, lip sync battles, karaoke, Greek steph shows, and food stations. 

Time Event Location Details
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Community Bound Union Theatre Students will be volunteering both indoors and outdoors in teams throughout the city supporting local organizations’ service needs. Teams may be sorting donations or performing basic grounds keeping tasks at a park or historic cemetery.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Geaux Pre-Law Bootcamp Coates Hall, Room 152 Interested in pursuing pre-law? Don't miss this Geaux Pre-Law Bootcamp designed for Humanities & Social Sciences freshmen interested in attending law school!
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bike the Levee Meet at UREC - transportation will be provided to the lake Join us as on a morning bike ride along the Mississippi River levee system. We will ride from the UREC along the levee towards downtown Baton Rouge. You'll have a nice view of the tallest state capitol building in the US!
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Picture Your Career Free Speech Alley  Stop by Free Speech Alley to celebrate where you came from, where you are now, and where you will go - all captured through various pictures.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Global Games & Goodies Intercultral Center, 3365 Darylmple Dr.  Join LSU's International Cultural Center & LSU Global for an intercultural experience! Play field games with international/multicultural student organizations and meet people from all over the world!
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Community Partner Volunteer Fair Club at Union Square Make connections with local community partners and learn about volunteering in Baton Rouge
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Student Health & Snowballs Student Health Center Stop by the Student Health Center to get a guided tour and learn about all the service that we have to offer! You will check out the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion, Medical Clinic, and Mental Health Service. Tour will end with free snowballs and resources.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Build Your Own (BYO) Sugar + Salt Scrub UREC Training & Development Room Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seeds, and other exfoliants that will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. All supplies will be supplied.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Amazing Race: SG Edition Various Locations The Amazing Race: SG Edition is a perfect opportunity to learn how you can get involved in one of the largest student organizations on campus. In this scavenger hunt, you will journey through the different areas of SG to fulfill an initiative to improve the student experience.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Latinx Welcome Reception Union Ballroom Join the LSU Latinx Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs at this event where Hispanic/Latin American student can make new friends and learn information about the campus Latinx community while enjoying refreshments, music, and games.
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  NPHC Field Day  Parade Grounds NPHC Panel of student leaders to share information about their organizations and answer questions for potential members. 
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Silent Disco  UREC Courts Join Student Government and hunders of other freshmen for a fun, unique night full or partying, food, giveaways and of course music. Student Government will be hosting a Silent Disco in which students 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?

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9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Kayak the Atchafalaya Basin Meet at UREC Join us as we kayak through the Atchafalaya basin and explore the famous Louisiana swamp!
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Build Your Own (BYO) Sugar _ Salt Scrub UREC Training & Development Room Learn about the health benefits associated with body scrubbing while creating your own body scrub. Choose sugar or salt as your base and fancy it up with essential oils, seeds, and other exfoliants that will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. All supplies will be supplied.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pros vs Joes - Esports Competition UREC Esports Room Come check out the UREC Esports room and have the opportunity to meet and play with members of the LSU Competitive Esports Team.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Log Rolling Tournament UREC Outdoor Pool Come show off your inner lumberjack or lumberjill and log roll with the UREC staff.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  For the Culture Karoake Union Ballroom Join the African American Cultural Center (AACC) for Karaoke featuring your favorite music genres.
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Sunset Kayak the Lakes Meet at UREC Join us for an evening on the LSU Lakes! We will provide transportation from the UREC using the UREC van every hour on the hour.
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 freshmen year. Enjoy selections from your 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
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open Challenge Course UREC Challenge Course Challenge yourself to explore new heights at the UREC Challenge Course. Our facilitators will help you step outside of your comfort zone!
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Learn to Dive - Discovery Dive UREC Outdoor Pool Come try out something new! Discovery dives are all about learning how to use and get comfortable with the equipment and underwater diving
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sports Club Combine UREC Field Complex at Gourrier Road & River Road Interested in joining an LSU Sport Club? Come show off your skills at the Sport Club Combine.