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 Activities
- 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Student Check-In (at all four entrances to the Quad)
Required check-in to pick up your materials for Cajun Connection. Join us for breakfast in the Quad with Chick-Fil-A, pick up all of your required materials, then gather at the Fleur De Lis for the Class of 2022 photo!
- 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Class of 2022 Photo (stay in the Quad for the big Class photo)
After the big photo, head directly to your assigned Cajun Connection classroom. Class starts promptly at 9:15 a.m.
- 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. UNIV 100: Freshman Seminar Class Session (in your assigned Cajun Connection classroom)
As your first official class meeting in UNIV 100, this session is all about getting to know your instructor, peer mentor, and classmates. You’ll engage in activities to learn more about your fellow classmates (and have them learn about you!) and about what you can expect to get out of your UNIV 100 class. Don’t be surprised if by the end of this first session, you already know the names of most of your classmates and are excited about getting your first semester underway! You will also learn information essential for first-time freshmen including first-week on campus essentials, time management tips, and freshman do's and don'ts.
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. Busses begin at 7:00 a.m.
- 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.
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.
The freshmen class of 2021 at Cajun Connection, Fall 2017.