Life on Campus

Freshman Orientation

For over 45 years, Louisiana Tech Orientation has helped to make the transition to college 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 a college student at Tech. Orientation is your opportunity to register for fall classes, get involved in the University community, and prepare for college life all while meeting your fellow classmates and having a great time! We look forward to seeing you this summer at one of our four Summer Orientation sessions:

Session Date
Honors/Session #1* July 8 – 10, 2020
#2  July 22 – 24, 2020
#3 July 29 – 31, 2020
#4 August 5 – 7, 2020

*For students participating in the Louisiana Tech Honors Program.

How to Register

Freshman Orientation is by invite-only. All students should receive an email inviting them to orientation soon after their acceptance into the university. There are two ways to register:

  • All admitted students will receive an email from the Louisiana Tech Orientation Staff inviting them to register for orientation along with a checklist for other admissions-related tasks. Students need to check their personal email for this invite and follow the instructions to register.
  • Students may also register directly through their Kennel account. Log-in to your account using your Kennel username or the email address that you originally applied to the university with. From there, click on “Events/Interviews” and choose from the available remaining dates. 

Sessions may fill up before the registration deadline. Choose early to secure your spot in a particular session. If you have trouble logging into the Kennel or have issues registering, please email the Office of Orientation at orientation@latech.edu.

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.

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 such as academic performance, academic policies, campus safety, financial assistance, residential life, meal plans, fees and transition issues. Additional information will be emailed directly to parents.

When You Arrive To Orientation

About Check-In

Orientation begins on Wednesday with check-in between 12:00 – 2:00 PM or 3:00 – 5:00 PM. 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 travel, housing, or meal accommodations are needed, contact Elton Taylor, Director of Orientation, by phone at 318.257.4917 or by email at orientation@latech.edu prior to your orientation session.

Where will I be staying?

During Orientation, all students are encouraged to stay on campus in a residence hall. Your orientation fee covers the cost of staying on campus and includes all meals starting with dinner on Wednesday until breakfast on Friday. Additional food is available for purchase on campus.

*While students are encouraged to stay on-campus, they are not requiredStudent’s may stay with family during the session or commute from home. 

What to Pack

Change Your 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.

Medical History Forms

Medical History Forms

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. Download the Medical History form here or contact the Green Clinic TechCare Center at 318.257.4866 with any questions/concerns.

Louisiana state law (Act 1047 and Act 251) requires that all persons who are entering Louisiana colleges and universities for the first time must submit proof of immunization against preventable and/or communicable diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria (MMR, Td) and meningitis. Failure to complete and return these forms may result in the inability to register for classes. You may submit your Medical History forms by email to health@latech.edu or by mail to:

Green Clinic TechCare
P.O. Box 2134
Ruston, LA 71273-2134

Green Clinic TechCare representatives will also be in the Student Health Center during check-in on Wednesday to assist with any questions or concerns and to take up any additional forms. 

On-Campus Parking Permit

Visitor Passes are issues by email for use during orientation. You will have an opportunity to purchase a fall parking permit during Orientation. The following items are required to purchase a parking permit:

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle Registration Form (filled out with info from the vehicle the student plans on driving on campus)
  • $100 parking fee (not included in the cost of Orientation)

We will collect these forms during check-in until 4:00 PM. Parking Stickers will be picked up and all payments will be made directly to the Tech Traffic Office (1104 Hergot Ave, Ruston, LA 71270) on Thursday or Friday of Orientation.*

*Your student may also submit your form and pay for their sticker when they return to campus in the Fall.

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 http://www2.latech.edu/~charlesp/. 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.