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Bengal Bound Orientation 

Your new Tiger journey begins with Bengal Bound Orientation! Bengal Bound Orientation is required for all incoming students and is designed to introduce you to LSU's campus and connect you with other new Tigers while sharing with you the multitude of academic resources and student life opportunities at LSU. A direct link to register will be sent to the email address indicated on your application for admission.

To fulfill the orientation requirement, new Tigers must do ALL of the following:   

  • Register for Bengal Bound Orientation
  • Complete the Online Orientation Modules
  • Attend Bengal Bound Orientation (on-campus or virtually) 
  • Complete all New Student Task & Requirements

We are so excited to welcome you to the LSU family!

Spring 2023 Admits 

Welcome to the Tiger Family! During your Bengal Bound Orientation you will learn how to take full advantage of all the academic programs, student life services, and extracurricular activities Louisiana State University has to offer. As a new undergraduate student, you are required to register for and complete Bengal Bound Orientation in order to have your first semester schedule created. Your family is encouraged to participate in Bengal Bound Orientation programs designed for family members and learn more about what you will be experiencing as a new Tiger.

You will have the opportunity to select one date to participate in Bengal Bound Orientation. Each date is either an in-person or virtual experience and is identified in the list of available dates. If a date is available, it will show in the list otherwise the program on that date has met capacity.

Each of these days will provide you with a full day of mandatory sessions and optional appointments, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m

Class of 2027 & Fall/Summer 2023 Transfer Students 

Bengal Bound Orientation registration will open in February. A direct link to register will be sent to the email address indicated on your application for admission. 

Bengal Bound - FAQ

Our office is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 225-578-2634 or by email at orientation@lsu.edu. 

Yes. All new undergraduate students are required to complete Bengal Bound Orientation in order to complete enrollment at Louisiana State University (not required for Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Visiting, or Re-Admits). Registration for orientation costs $160 (non-refundable) for both freshman and transfer students.  Louisiana State University is committed to the orientation and academic transition of each new student. A new student will have the opportunity to receive academic advisement and an opportunity to learn and sign up or different university services.

Yes. All students have the option of fee deferral. If fee deferral is selected as a payment method, it means the student will be billed the $160 non-refundable orientation fee at the beginning of their first semester.  

After you submit your enrollment deposit you will be eligible to register for Bengal Bound Orientation. You will receive an email invitation to register. 

Freshman Students: 

The registration form takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will have the opportunity to select your schedule preferences on the registration form, which your advisor will consider as they build your course schedule. Once registered, your name will be added to a list and an advisor will begin creating your first-semester schedule for you. 

Transfer Students: 

Once registered for Orientation, the hold will be removed from your account within 48 business hours which will then allow you to register for your first semester courses. Before registering for your first semester, you should make arrangements to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your course options. To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your Senior College please visit: lsu.edu/admissions/academics/academic-advisors.php

No. Online orientation is a series of modules which must be completed PRIOR to your orientation date. Online orientation serves a resource you can refer back to throughout your time at LSU. 

On average, students need about two hours to complete the modules, and they do not have to be done all at once. If you need a break, your progress will be saved for you. This information will be available to you throughout your time at LSU, so we hope you will continue to refer back to it as a resource. You will receive an email with login instructions in December.

The online orientation will cover the following topics: Academics, Financial Matters, Support Services, Student Life, Policies & Safety

Though not required, family members/guests who serve in primary support roles are encouraged to participate in the Bengal Bound along with you. The orientation fee includes one guest and additional guest can be added for $25 per person.

We have many programs and services specifically designed for family members. Louisiana State University believes that the college experience represents a collaboration involving the student, the family of the student and the University. We invite family members to participate in Bengal Bound. We hope that by participating, you will become informed about the University’s academic programs, policies, facilities and services.

Family members and guests will participate in a majority of sessions together during Bengal Bound. While the student attends the Orientation Group, families will take part in the Introduction to being a Tiger Family Member session. 

Freshman Students:

Advisors will begin creating your schedule once you register for Bengal Bound.  After your schedule is finalized, you will receive an email with instructions on how to view it and how to set up an appointment with an advisor, if needed. All course schedules for Bengal Bound students will be completed and made available to you no later than January 11th. All registered students are guaranteed to have a course schedule and an opportunity to meet with an advisor before the start of the Fall semester.

Transfer Students: 

Once registered for Orientation, the hold will be removed from your account within 48 business hours which will then allow you to register for your first semester courses. Before registering for your first semester, you should make arrangements to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your course options. To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your Senior College please visit: lsu.edu/admissions/academics/academic-advisors.php. You should plan to register before your Bengal Bound.

Students should send verification of all credit received to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have already requested that these items to be sent, please allow up to two weeks for processing.