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Bengal Bound Orientation 

Your new Tiger journey begins with Bengal Bound Orientation! Bengal Bound Orientation is required for all incoming students. It is designed to introduce you to LSU's campus and connect you with other new Tigers while sharing many academic resources and student life opportunities at LSU. A direct link to register will be sent to the email address indicated on your application for admission.

To fulfill the orientation requirement, new Tigers must do ALL of the following:   

  • Register for Bengal Bound Orientation
  • Attend Bengal Bound Orientation 
  • Complete all New Student Tasks and Requirements

We are so excited to welcome you to the LSU family!

Class of 2028

Welcome to the Tiger Family! Participating in Bengal Bound, Louisiana State University's new student orientation, is the next step in your new Tiger journey. During Bengal Bound, you will learn how to take full advantage of all the academic programs, student life services, and extracurricular activities Louisiana State University has to offer. As a new undergraduate student, you are required to register for and complete Bengal Bound Orientation to have your first-semester schedule created. Your family is encouraged to participate in Bengal Bound programs designed for family members and learn more about what you will be experiencing as a new Tiger.

Registration for the Bengal Bound Spring Invitational (SPIN) early orientation program will open by February 15th, with dates on-campus,  March 11th - 15th. Bengal Bound SPIN is a one-day experience, and you will have the opportunity to pick one date. 

For new Tigers in Texas, you can attend a session in either Houston or Dallas in March. Additional Bengal Bound On The Geaux dates will be available in various cities in May and June. Remember, Bengal Bound SPIN is an early orientation program - which means there will be additional dates in May through August that will be released in April. All dates listed in the registration form will satisfy the LSU orientation requirement.

 

Bengal Bound - FAQ

Our office is open M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. We can be reached by phone at 225-578-2634 or by email at orientation@l-echange.com. 

Yes. All new undergraduate students must complete Bengal Bound Orientation to complete enrollment at Louisiana State University (not required for Graduate, Post-Baccalaureate, Visiting, or Re-Admits). Louisiana State University is committed to the orientation and academic transition of all new students. A new student will have the opportunity to receive academic advisement and an opportunity to learn and sign up or different university services.

Yes. All students have the option of fee deferral. If fee deferral is selected as a payment method, the student will be billed the non-refundable orientation fee at the beginning of their first semester.  

After you submit your enrollment deposit, you will be eligible to register for Bengal Bound Orientation. You will receive an email invitation to register. 

Freshman Students: 

The registration form takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will have the opportunity to select your schedule preferences on the registration form, which your advisor will consider as they build your course schedule. Once registered, your name will be added to a list, and an advisor will begin creating your first-semester schedule. 

Transfer Students: 

Once registered for Orientation, the hold will be removed from your account within 48 business hours, allowing you to register for your first semester courses. Before registering for your first semester, you should make arrangements to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your course options. To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your Senior College, please visit l-echange.com/admissions/academics/academic-advisors.php

Though not required, family members/guests who serve in primary support roles are encouraged to participate in the Bengal Bound along with you. The orientation fee includes one guest, and an additional guest can be added for $25 per person on-site during check-in.

We have many programs and services specifically designed for family members. Louisiana State University believes that the college experience represents a collaboration involving the student, the family of the student and the University. We invite family members to participate in Bengal Bound. We hope that by participating, you will become informed about the University’s academic programs, policies, facilities, and services.

Family members and guests will participate in most sessions with their students during Bengal Bound. Families will participate in the Introduction to Being a Tiger Family Member session during the student-only portion of the day. 

Freshman Students:

Advisors will begin creating your schedule once you register for Bengal Bound.  After your schedule is finalized, you will receive an email with instructions on how to view it and how to set up an appointment with an advisor, if needed. All course schedules for Bengal Bound SPIN students will be completed and made available to you no later than May 2024. All registered students are guaranteed to have a course schedule and an opportunity to meet with an advisor before the start of the Fall semester.

Transfer Students: 

Once registered for Orientation, the hold will be removed from your account within 48 business hours, allowing you to register for your first semester courses. Before registering for your first semester, you should make arrangements to meet with an academic advisor to discuss your course options. To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your Senior College, please visit l-echange.com/admissions/academics/academic-advisors.php. You should plan to register before your Bengal Bound.

Students should send verification of all credits received to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If you have already requested and sent these items, please allow up to two weeks for processing.