Freshman year is huge—for many of you it will be the first time to spend an extended time away from family and friends, which can be both exhilarating and intimidating. The Office of First-Year Experience (OFYE) is here to help you begin your journey as a university student! The Cajun culture is famous for its welcoming spirit and we want you to feel right at home at UL Lafayette. We have lots of events planned for you to help introduce you to your new classmates, the campus, and the best our colorful region has to offer. You'll be basking in the Louisiana sunshine and navigating the pronunciation of Hebrard Street tout de suite. (It's pronounced Hee-brard) and that's French for 'right now,' cher.
Don't think that we're here just for the warm and fuzzies, though—our mission is to connect first-year students and their families to the necessary resources to provide a strong foundation for success. We help students transition to college by offering academic and co-curricular programs that provide an enriching collegiate experience. We'll get you started during Cajun Connection and then we are here to help you stay on track all year.