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Welcome to Freshman Week 2020!

UL Lafayette looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 to campus for Freshman Week 2020! We are excited to have you here and are pleased to offer a variety of activities to make your first few days on campus fun, educational, and most importantly, welcoming! We will be offering a variety of on-campus and virtual programming August 13 through August 16. 

Please use the drop-down menus at the bottom of the page to check out the Freshman Week Schedule. Please keep checking this site and the University's COVID-19 Response Page for updates. Masks are required at all in-person programs.

Please note that some events will require a reservation. Use the RSVP links below the event to register.


First-Year Info Sessions

During Freshman Week, we provide information sessions to set you up for success! We've curated many important topics for you, as a first-year student. You'll find videos about managing your finances, getting a job in college, volunteerism, joining organizations, and more.

Click here to access First-Year Info Sessions.


Office Hours and Dates to Remember

Are you looking to resolve some things before classes begin? Check out the services below:

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is now offering virtual appointments with Financial Aid Counselors for our students. You will need to login with your ULID to schedule your appointment. After clicking on the link, select the service you would like to book your day and time. You can email finaid@louisiana.edu with any questions or concerns. Please include your ULID in the email. 

Cajun Card Services: UPDATED ON 8/13/2020

Taking your ID photo: MyPhoto online submission for Cajun Cards has been re-opened from now until 4:00 PM, Friday August 14th. Click here to get started: https://cajunphoto.louisiana.edu/. After 4:00 PM on Friday, August 14, all photos must be taken at the Cajun Card office located in the Student Union, Room 134. Questions regarding your Cajun Card ID should be directed to cajuncard@louisiana.edu.

Picking up your ID: 
Reminder that you are required to wear a face covering while on campus and maintain proper social distancing.

Residential Students:
You must present another form of photo ID (high school student ID, drivers license, passport, Louisiana Wallet) to pick up your Cajun Card ID.

  • If you have submitted an ID photo on the website above, your Cajun Card will be available for pickup at Housing Check-In.
  • If you have not submitted an ID photo on the Cajun Card website, you will need to visit the Cajun Card office during regular business hours (see below) to obtain their ID card.
  • You must have a Cajun Card ID to gain access to your residence hall. Students who do not submit a card prior to Housing Check-In will need to visit the Cajun Card office during regular business hours (see below) to obtain their ID card.
  • Business hours beginning August 10: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM and Friday, 7:30 AM-12:30 PM

The Cajun Card office is located in the Student Union, room 134.

All Other Students:
You must present another form of photo ID (high school student ID, drivers license, passport, Louisiana Wallet) to pick up your Cajun Card ID.

In order to maintain proper social distancing, please adhere to the following pickup schedule:

  • Last name begins A-C      Monday, August 10: 7:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Last name begins D-J      Tuesday, August 11: 7:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Last name begins K-Q      Wednesday, August 12: 7:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Last name begins R-Z      Thursday, August 13: 7:30 AM-5:00 PM

The Cajun Card office is located in the Student Union, room 134.

  • If you are unable to pick up your Cajun Card ID on the day assigned above, please visit the Cajun Card office during regular business hours during the first week of classes (August 17-21): Monday-Thursday, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM and Friday, 7:30 AM-12:30 PM.
  • Students who are unable to pick up their Cajun Card ID in person, need to contact the Cajun Card office by emailing cajuncard@louisiana.edu.

Parking for ID Pickup: From August 10-13, commuter parking for ID pick-up will be available in the Earl K. Long Gym Parking Lot (E5 on our campus map). Beginning August 17, students must park in their registered parking zone on campus or take the shuttle system to campus.

New Student Convocation
New Student Convocation marks your entrance into UL Lafayette and collegiate life. All first-year students are required to complete New Student Convocation. You will have access to the New Student Convocation program via Moodle starting Thursday, August 13 at 8:00 AM. You do not have to access the program on August 13, but it must be completed by Monday, August 31. If you have any questions regarding New Student Convocation, please email us at ofye@louisiana.edu.

Cajun Connection
Cajun Connection is a required part of UNIV 100 for all first-year students. You will have access to Cajun Connection via Moodle starting Thursday, August 13. You do not have to access the program on August 13, but all contents must be completed by Monday, August 31. Failure to complete Cajun Connection via Moodle will result in a deduction of a letter grade in UNIV 100. Questions or concerns regarding Cajun Connection can be sent to ofye@louisiana.edu.


Parking for Freshman Week

Commuting students can park at EK Long (Zone 15), located across from the Alumni Center and Girard Park, for Freshman Week events being held in-person Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16. Residential students should park in their assigned parking zone.


Summer time in Louisiana means weather happens. Follow @ulfirstyear for schedule and weather updates! 
View the campus map to find out where events are located.

DISCLAIMER: The Freshman Week Committee is not responsible for the operation of events and shall not be held liable for any infractions of the Campus Events Framework. The Committee adds events to its packaged Freshman Week Schedule and promotes event on our website and social media platforms.

Freshman Week Schedule

Thursday, August 13

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Popsicles at the Library | Dupré Library | Hosted by Edith Garland Dupré Library
Come chill with us!!! Grab a popsicle and discover how the library can help you.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Welcome Lunch | Alumni Center | Hosted by the Alumni Association
Come and go style lunch sponsored by the UL Federal Credit Union on the grounds of the Alumni Center.

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Black P.R.I.N.T.: Mental Health Thursday - What's Your Vision? | The Evangeline Art Gallery (Student Union) / Virtual Option Available | Hosted by the Black Student Union
Come out this Thursday and show us your vision! The UL Black Student Union wants to help you process your goals and vision for the upcoming semester as well as help you unravel some of the mental stresses that come with college life!

Zoom Meeting ID: 766 1233 3668
Zoom Passcode: 1hxhCp

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Desserts with the Dean of Students | Helma Constantine Forum A and B (Student Union) | Hosted by the Dean of Students
Got questions about this semester? Want to know about resources available through my office? Want to learn some university trivia? Stop by for some dessert and discussion with the Dean.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Rec Sports: Ask the Trainer | Virtual | Hosted by Rec Sports
Rec Sports Fitness Coordinator and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Tess Swastek, will be available to answer your questions about fitness, exercise, and all that Rec Sports has to offer.

Zoom Meeting ID: 891 8035 1152
Zoom Passcode: 672977

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Tours depart at 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, and 4:30 PM

Campus Tour with the Student Orientation Staff | Meet at the Student Union Porch | Hosted by the Office of Orientation
Join the Orientation Leaders on a guided tour of main campus. Bring your face mask and your Fall 2020 schedule and we can show you the best route to your classes!

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

UL Lafayette Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Information Session | Virtual | Hosted by UL Lafayette Panhellenic Council
This is an informational session for Panhellenic's upcoming sorority recruitment. It will cover common questions such as dates, how to register, what to wear, and how the process works overall. It will also cover recent virtual changes that have been made to recruitment process this year. The session will also present our 6 Panhellenic sororities on campus and some information about them to give a closer look at our community. It will close with a Q&A for some additional questions. We hope that you join us to learn a little bit more about Panhellenic sorority recruitment!

Zoom Meeting ID: 851 2787 6863

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Black Student Mixer | Virtual | Hosted by the Black Male Leadership Association, the Black Women Leadership Association, the Black Faculty Staff Association, and the Christiana Smith African-American Alumni Chapter
This event will provide our students with the opportunity to engage with their peers and other members of our campus community through dialogue and interactive activities. Through networking and socializing, our incoming freshmen students will be able to make connections and gain important insight on being successful students at UL Lafayette.

Zoom Meeting ID: 929 5041 4773

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

#ULGETINVOLVED | Virtual | Hosted by the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership
Live Zoom session on the ways to engage and get involved through the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership.

Zoom Meeting ID: 814 2000 2561

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Rec Sports: Virtual Zumba Class | Virtual | Hosted by Rec Sports
Get a sneak peak at what Rec Sports Group Exercises classes will offer in the Fall semester. Join one of our Zumba instructors for a live class on Zoom! No equipment, experience, or expectations needed. Just a good attitude and a little space. Get ready to dance with us! All levels and abilities are welcome to join.

Zoom Meeting ID: 810 3593 5838
Zoom Passcode: 684247

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Campus Canvas | Virtual | Hosted by the University Program Council
Join us for a virtual paint party! Meet us on Zoom, where will have an instructor demonstrating how to paint some of our favorite UL artwork, in the comfort of your own home. There will be a limited amount of supplies in the UPC office for those who don't have their own, it will be first come first serve! You can pick up supplies from the UPC office (located in the Student Union) from 4:00PM - 5:00PM on Thursday, August 13.

Zoom Meeting ID: 923 0145 2450
Zoom Passcode: 643928

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

#ULGETINVOLVED - Fraternity/Sorority Life | Virtual | Hosted by the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership
Live Zoom session on joining Fraternity and Sororities. 

Zoom Meeting ID: 814 2000 2561

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

#ULGETINVOLVED - BLACK P.R.I.N.T | Virtual | Hosted by the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership
Live Zoom session with Black (Proud Resilient Individuals Networking Together). Learn how to get involved with Black Student Organizations on campus.

Zoom Meeting ID: 814 2000 2561

Friday, August 14

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Popsicles at the Library | Dupré Library | Hosted by Edith Garland Dupré Library
Come chill with us!!! Grab a popsicle and discover how the library can help you.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Welcome Lunch | Alumni Center | Hosted by the Alumni Association
Come and go style lunch sponsored by the UL Federal Credit Union on the grounds of the Alumni Center.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Rec Sports: Virtual Yoga | Virtual | Hosted by Rec Sports
Get a sneak peak at what Rec Sports Group Exercise will offer in the Fall semester with this virtual yoga class. Grab a mat, towel, or any soft surface and get ready for a relaxing and refreshing practices. All levels and abilities are welcome to join.

Zoom Meeting ID: 810 3593 5838
Zoom Passcode: 684247

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Tours depart at 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, and 2:30 PM

Campus Tour with the Student Orientation Staff | Meet at the Student Union Porch | Hosted by the Office of Orientation
Join the Orientation Leaders on a guided tour of main campus. Bring your face mask and your Fall 2020 schedule and we can show you the best route to your classes!

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rec Sports: Socially Distanced Yard Games | Rose Garden (Coronna & Bonin) | Hosted by Rec Sports
Come check out Rec Sports - Intramural Sports student employees and some of our great yard games. We will have plenty of prizes for you to win and plenty of opportunity to ask a student staff member about some of the modified Intramural Sport offerings that will be happening this academic year!

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Black P.R.I.N.T.: Fitness Friday - Scavenger Hunt | Union Porch (Student Union) | Hosted by the Black Student Union
Get ready for the greatest hunt of your life! Use clues to get new insight on what resources are available to help you become more successful as a minority student. Be in the know and discover things that most other students don’t... Come and show off your detective skills! Prizes and other goodies will be given away at the end!

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Movie on the Lawn | Rose Garden (behind Coronna Hall) | Hosted by the Residential Hall Association
Similar to the old drive-in movies, come out to sit on the lawn, watch a movie, while social distancing.

Saturday, August 15

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Popsicles at the Library | Dupré Library | Hosted by Edith Garland Dupré Library
Come chill with us!!! Grab a popsicle and discover how the library can help you.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Rec Sports: Virtual Body Weight Strength Class | Virtual | Hosted by Rec Sports
Get a sneak peak at what Rec Sports Group Exercise will offer in the Fall semester with this virtual strength class. No equipment is needed for this class, so find a little bit of space and get ready to get some gains! All levels and abilities are welcome to join.

Zoom Meeting ID: 810 3593 5838
Zoom Passcode: 684247

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Out of State Luncheon | Alumni Center | Hosted by Residence Life and the Alumni Association
The Out of State Luncheon located at the Alumni Center, is an opportunity for out-of-state residents to meet other students from across the United States. You will get to meet local UL-Lafayette Alumni, eat Cajun Cuisine, and learn about the Lafayette Community. At the end of the luncheon, you will be given a tour of the Alumni Center. Resident Assistant will be stationed at The Brew, located in the Student Union at 11:30 AM to show you the way.

Click here to RSVP for the Out of State Luncheon

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Rec Sports: Virtual Cajun Conditioning | Virtual | Hosted by Rec Sports
Get a sneak peak at what Rec Sports Group Exercise will offer in the Fall semester with this virtual Cajun Conditioning class. This is the perfect class to get your heart rate up! No equipment is needed, but don't forget to have water on hand. All levels and abilities are welcome to join.

Zoom Meeting ID: 810 3593 5838
Zoom Passcode: 684247

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SGA Freshman Senator Elections | Louisiane Room | Hosted by the Student Government Association
Are you interested in Student Government Association? This session will tell you everything you need to know about SGA, the services that we offer, & how you can get involved!

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Tours depart at 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, and 4:30 PM

Campus Tour with the Student Orientation Staff | Meet at the Student Union Porch | Hosted by the Office of Orientation
Join the Orientation Leaders on a guided tour of main campus. Bring your face mask and your Fall 2020 schedule and we can show you the best route to your classes!

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Black Student Mixer | Student Union Ballroom | Hosted by the Black Male Leadership Association, the Black Women Leadership Association, the Black Faculty Staff Association, and the Christiana Smith African-American Alumni Chapter
This event will provide our students with the opportunity to engage with their peers and other members of our campus community through dialogue and interactive activities. Through networking and socializing, our incoming freshmen students will be able to make connections and gain important insight on being successful students at UL Lafayette.

Click here to RSVP for the Black Student Mixer

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship: Snowballs & Campus Tours | Swamp Pier by the Student Union | Hosted by Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Stop by the Student Union (near the boardwalk onto the swamp). Grab a snowball on-the-go & tag along with a few upperclassmen who can give you a tour of campus and show you where your classes are!

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Baptist Collegiate Ministry: Fruit Ninja | BCM (1226 Johnston Street - right across from Girard Hall) | Hosted by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Are you restless from being cooped up at home due to COVID-19? Well, this is the event for you! Come get all of your energy out by slicing up fruit with swords just like the classic mobile game Fruit Ninja! Not only will you be able to get your ninja on, we will also be safely passing out free, pre-packaged Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. This event will be held outdoors.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Black P.R.I.N.T.: Bingo & Resource Night | Virtual | Hosted by the Black Student Union
Learn about some of the resources that are available on campus for minority students, and participate in an online bingo game for prizes.

Zoom Meeting ID: 757 138 9429

Sunday, August 16

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

LGBT+ Q&A | Bayou Bijou (Student Union) & Virtual | Hosted by the Multicultural Greek Council
This is a Q&A to introduce incoming freshman to LGBT+ organizations and resources on-campus. Session will be recorded and shared on social media during and/or following the event.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Desserts with the Dean of Students | Helma Constantine Forum A and B (Student Union) | Hosted by the Dean of Students
Got questions about this semester? Want to know about resources available through my office? Want to learn some university trivia? Stop by for some dessert and discussion with the Dean.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

College of the Arts Virtual Meet and Greet | Virtual | Hosted by the College of the Arts
Get to know the College of the Arts' Deans, Department Heads and Directors and student leaders.  There will be break-outs for individual departments.

Zoom Meeting ID: 976 0906 9687
Zoom Passcode: COA

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rec Sports: Socially Distanced Yard Games | Rose Garden (Coronna & Bonin) | Hosted by Rec Sports
Come check out Rec Sports - Intramural Sports student employees and some of our great yard games. We will have plenty of prizes for you to win and plenty of opportunity to ask a student staff member about some of the modified Intramural Sport offerings that will be happening this academic year!

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Popsicles at the Library | Dupré Library | Hosted by Edith Garland Dupré Library
Come chill with us!!! Grab a popsicle and discover how the library can help you.

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Tours depart at 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, and 5:30 PM

Campus Tour with the Student Orientation Staff | Meet at the Student Union Porch | Hosted by the Office of Orientation
Join the Orientation Leaders on a guided tour of main campus. Bring your face mask and your Fall 2020 schedule and we can show you the best route to your classes!

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Floor Meeting - Rose Garden | Corona & Bonin | Hosted by Residence Life
Required for residential students. 

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Floor Meeting - Taft Street | Baker & Huger | Hosted by Residence Life
Required for residential students. 

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Campus Ministries Cool Down | Boucher Street (by the Rose Garden) | Hosted by United Campus Ministries
Come meet all of the campus ministries at UL! We will be passing out cold drinks to help you cool down and be giving out information about the different campus ministries.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome Floor Meeting | Agnes Edwards | Hosted by Residence Life
Required for residential students. 

9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Baptist Collegiate Ministry: Trivia Night | Band Field (Baker Hall) | Hosted by the Baptist Collegiate Ministry
Join us on the band practice field beside the Taft St. parking garage for a night of Trivia! We will use the Kahoot app to hold a trivia night. The winner will get a pizza delivered to them on us!