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Cajun Connection

Please read all information below about Cajun Connection to make sure you go to the right place at the right time. In addition, detailed information will be emailed in August to all freshmen enrolled in UNIV 100, at their UL email address. Make sure you are checking your UL student email!

The Office of First-Year Experience (OFYE) helps first-time UL Lafayette students develop the skills they need to be successful in obtaining a college degree. As part of the UNIV 100 First-Year Seminar course, OFYE hosts a special program called Cajun Connection to give incoming freshmen the tools they need to succeed from day one.

During Cajun Connection, you will be with your UNIV 100 classmates, peer mentor, and instructor as you get acquainted with the campus and the resources available to you here (from tutoring and other academic resources to finding your classes and everything in between). You’ll have access to the entire campus before the rest of the 18,000 students arrive!

Because the information provided in Cajun Connection is essential to your success (and because we don’t want you to miss out on this incredible bonding experience), attendance at Cajun Connection is mandatory (and will count as part of your UNIV 100 course grade).

Cajun Connection Fall 2017

When to Show Up/Check-In

  • Cajun Connection for Fall 2017 is on Thursday, August 17, 2017.
  • Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Student Union Courtyard (the area between the back of the Student Union and Cypress Lake, located at zone E6 on the main campus map). 
  • The location of your Cajun Connection classroom will be posted at check-in.
  • Cajun Connection is class and class will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students need to be in their Cajun Connection classroom seated and ready to learn at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch will be provided for all UNIV 100 students attending Cajun Connection.
  • Class attendance on Thursday is mandatory and is part of your UNIV 100 grade.


Cajun Connection takes place on UL Lafayette’s main campus in a variety of locations.

  • On-campus residents will park in their assigned residential parking lots and walk to check-in and their Cajun Connection classroom.
  • Commuter students will park at Cajun Field (2351 West Congress Street) and be bussed to campus free of charge.
    • If students choose to be bussed to campus from Cajun Field, they must allow for extra time as nearly 1,500 people are anticipated to be transported.
    • On-campus parking is also available to commuter students in the Girard Park Circle Parking Garage. Garage rates consist of $5.00 for the first two hours, then $1.00 for each additional hour. 


  • Lunch will be provided to all students attending Cajun Connection on the 17th. For breakfast, dinner and week-end meals, students have access to campus dining options, as well as off campus options such as Old Tyme Grocery, Bisbano’s Pizza, The Saint Street Inn, Cajun Commander Café, Cottage Café, Piccadilly Cafeteria, and local fast food.
  • The Cypress Cafeteria will be open during Cajun Connection the following hours:
    • Breakfast - 7a.m. to 8 a.m.
    • Lunch - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Dinner - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Students should eat breakfast each morning before attending class.

What to Wear/Bring

  • Every incoming freshmen should have their student I.D. on them at all times.
  • All students should arrive in class ready with necessary supplies such as writing utensils and paper.
  • Certain portions of Cajun Connection will be outside so it is important to come prepared for summer conditions (August in Louisiana!). This includes comfortable shoes to walk in. 
  • A water bottle is a great idea, as well as sun screen, sun glasses, some sort of hat, and an umbrella.
  • As part of Cajun Connection, you will have the opportunity to donate your pocket change to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Consider bringing a pocket of coins to throw into the donation boat!

Cajun Connection Photo Archives

Please feel welcome to browse through the Cajun Connection Photo Archives!