Life on Campus

Freshman Orientation

For 45 years, Louisiana Tech Orientation has helped make the transition to Tech easier. You are very important to us; you are why we’re here. We want you to make the most of your college experience and then graduate to become one of more than 100,000 proud and successful Tech alumni. We know you have many questions – ask away! Summer Orientation will help ease your uncertainties and answer your questions about what it’s like to be part of Louisiana Tech. Orientation is your opportunity to register for fall classes, to learn how to get involved in the University community and to get prepared for college life. We want to do all we can to help you as you begin your college experience. Choose from three Summer Orientation sessions:

Session Date


June 5 – 7
#2 June 19 – 21
#3 July 10 – 12
#4 July 24 – 26

*Student must already be admitted into the Honors Program 

How to Register

Freshman Orientation is by invite-only. All students are invited to orientation soon following their acceptance into the university. There are two ways to register for orientation:

  • All admitted students will receive an email from the Louisiana Tech Orientation Staff inviting them to register for orientation and to complete other admissions-related tasks. Students need to check their personal email for this invite and follow the link to register.
  • Students may also register directly through their Kennel account. Log-in to your account using your personal email address or Kennel username. You will then click on “Events/Interviews” and choose from the available remaining dates.

If you have trouble logging into the Kennel or any other issues, please email the Office of Orientation at

About Check-In

Summer Orientation begins with two different check-in times for your convenience. You may choose between 12 – 2 p.m. or 3 – 5 p.m. on Wednesday. All check-in activities take place in the Student Center, located off  Wisteria Lane in the heart of campus. For specific travel directions go to Campus Maps and Directions. If special accommodations are needed, contact Elton Taylor, Director of Orientation, by phone at 318.257.4917 or by email at prior to your orientation session.


Louisiana Tech gives students the opportunity to stay on campus during Orientation. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, students are encouraged to stay on campus in an orientation residence hall. Your orientation fee includes dinner on Wednesday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thursday; and breakfast on Friday. Additional food is available for purchase.

What to Pack

  • Immunization records
  • Picture identification
  • Social Security Number
  • Transcripts from dual enrollment (if applicable)
  • Alarm clock
  • Twin-size bed linens, pillows, towels
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Toiletries and other personal items
  • Umbrella


When you register for classes at Louisiana Tech, you must have an up-to-date immunization record on file with the Health Services Center prior to attending Summer Orientation. If you need a medical history form, feel free to download the Medical History form or contact the Orientation Office at 318-257-4917.

Medical History

Louisiana state law (Act 1047) requires that all persons who are entering Louisiana colleges and universities for the first time and whose date of birth is after 1956 must submit proof of immunization against preventable and/or communicable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria (MMR, Td). Louisiana state law (Act 251) requires first-time freshmen to submit proof of immunization against meningitis beginning Fall 2006. Therefore, Louisiana Tech University requires all new students born after Dec. 31, 1956, to provide proof of immunization against MMR, Td and meningitis. Failure to complete and return these forms will result in the inability to complete the registration process. Prior to Orientation, mail your completed Medical History form to: University Health Center Louisiana Tech University P. O. Box 3023 Ruston, LA 71272-0001

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation is a separate, yet concurrent, program designed specifically for parents and guardians of new students. This program has special presentations designed to help family members assist with their student’s transition to college by becoming familiar with the University and our many resources. You must pre-register for this program. The program includes opportunities to meet with faculty, staff and students to discuss topics like academic performance, academic policies, campus safety, financial assistance, residential life, meal plans, fees and transition issues. Additional information will be mailed directly to parents.

Orientation Fees

A $150 non-refundable fee covers Wednesday and Thursday night lodging, meals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, event parking, registration, advising material and administrative costs. You will receive an email confirmation after your registration is received. Reservations received without payment are not considered. You will only receive confirmation via email, so make sure the email you provide is correct.

Quick Tip

Some sessions fill up before the registration deadline. Choose early if you want to be assured to be in a particular session. Should your first choice be full, your next available session choice will be granted.


Visitor passes are issued for Summer Orientation. You will have an opportunity to purchase your fall parking permit at Orientation. To purchase a parking permit you will need to bring the following items:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration (for school transportation)
  • Social Security Number
  • $100 parking fee (not included in Orientation cost)

Please do not send in your parking permit fee with your Orientation registration. That is a separate transaction with the Traffic Office during Orientation.

Change of Major

It’s okay if the major you’d like to advise in is different from the one you stated on your application for admission to Louisiana Tech. Changes to majors are made on Thursday during Orientation in your second group meeting.

Math and Chemistry Placement Exams

PLEASE NOTE: Math and chemistry requirements for your major are shown in the Louisiana Tech University Catalog.

Questions about eligibility? Please call our College of Engineering & Science to determine your eligibility for taken placement exams. The phone number for questions concerning Math Placement Exams is 318.257.2538. The phone number concerning Chemistry Placement Exams is 318.257.2842.

Math placement exams are offered on the Wednesday of your assigned orientation session beginning at 1:30 p.m. (You must check in by 12:30 p.m.) If you choose to opt out of the placement exam, you may start with the class that corresponds to your ACT/SAT scores. Refer to the table below to determine eligibility to take a math placement exam.

Math ACT/SAT Subscore Exam Eligibility
24-25 ACT / 560-600 SAT Eligible to take Math 101 (College Algebra) placement exam*
26 + ACT / 610 + SAT Will receive automatic credit for Math 101. Eligible to take Math 240 (precalculus) or Math 112 (Trigonometry) placement exam*

Chemistry placement exams are offered the Wednesday of your assigned orientation session beginning at 3:30 p.m. (You must check in by 2 p.m.) If you choose to opt out of the placement exam, you may start with the class that corresponds to your ACT/SAT scores.

Math ACT/SAT Subscore Exam Eligibility
26 + ACT / 610 + SAT Eligible to take Chem 100 (General Chemistry) placement exam*

* Advance preparation for these exams is strongly encouraged. Precalculus review material is available at

NOTE: Permission to take a credit exam in a given course will be denied to those students who have previously attempted the course. Students who do not pass the Math 240 or Chem 100 placement exam during Orientation will be given the opportunity to take a credit exam immediately prior to the beginning of Fall Quarter classes.

Quick Tip
Keep a copy of your ACT/SAT scores and your high school transcript and/or transcripts from any college from which you may have received credit (i.e., dual enrollment) with you at orientation to show your academic advisor.


NOTE: You must check in by 5 p.m. Wednesday in order to participate in Orientation. You must complete Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Orientation in order to be advised and register for classes.

Day and Time Event Location
Wednesday 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Check-In TONK (Student Center)
3:00-5:00 p.m. Check-In TONK (Student Center)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Dinner Student Center
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Group Meeting 1 Quad
7:30 p.m. Dog Days of Summer Downtown Ruston
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Late Parent Check-In Howard
8:45 – 9:15 a.m. Big Tech Welcome Howard
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Academic Convocation Howard
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Registrar/Comptroller TONK
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Lunch TONK
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Group Meeting 2 Classrooms
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Advising 1 Quad
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Advising 2 Quad
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Advising 3 Quad
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Advising 4 Quad
6:00 p.m. Dinner TONK
7:00 p.m. Presents Howard
Friday 8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Parent & Student Breakfast TONK
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Residential Life Tours TONK
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Group Meeting 3 Classrooms
11:30 a.m. Tech Business Campus
12:00 p.m. Dorm Checkout
12:30 p.m. University Closes

Wednesday Workshops

Counseling Services offers two workshops on Wednesday during Orientation. These workshops are separate from the Orientation programs and require additional fees. To attend a workshop you must enroll through Counseling Services. Workshop choices include:

Career Directions (9 a.m. – Noon) — Learn more about yourself and determine possible career options and majors that might fit with who you are and what you want in a career. Learn about career decision-making resources that will be provided during the academic year.

Get Smart! (1 – 4 p.m.) — This study skills workshop helps you prepare for the academic demands of college. Learn how to create your own academic success by acquiring the skills to manage your time, improve your memory, take better notes and manage your stress.

To register for either workshop, please call Counseling Services at 318.257.2488. Space is limited!