Kickoff LSU is a day-long open house for high school seniors and their parents. Registration is required to attend, and space is limited. A popular feature of Kickoff LSU is the “Pick & Choose Events” portion. During this part of the day, students are free to choose events to attend based on individual interests. Below is a description of each event to provide a better understanding of what each entails.
Academic Programs Abroad
As the department website states, “LSU’s Academic Programs Abroad is your ticket to explore the globe and broaden your academic horizons. Whether you are looking for a short-term program or a longer exchange, APA can help. Come explore our program offerings, ranging from short-term and summer programs to international and domestic exchanges. What are you waiting for? We have options for everyone!”
This program is great to learn more about during Kickoff because it gives students the opportunity to experience the world, all while continuing their course of study and gaining class credit.
Admissions & Financial Aid
Learning about financial aid is important, and the office is dedicated to helping students finance their education through federal, state and institutional dollars. The Admissions department is equally important for prospective students to learn about because its presentation provides them with the information they need regarding the admissions process and requirements.
Air Force ROTC & Army ROTC
ROTC is an elective course where students learn the necessary leadership and management skills needed to become an officer or have a successful civilian career.
Campus Walking Tour
The campus walking tours are either 30 minutes or 1 hour, and they give prospective students an opportunity to see the beauty of LSU’s campus with a knowledgeable student tour guide giving descriptions along the way.
The Honors College offers a four-year curriculum focusing on community service, study abroad, undergraduate research and a senior thesis project all leading to graduating with College Honors.
LSU Dining Tour
This tour will take place in The 5, one of the dining halls on campus. LSU’s dining halls serve many different types of foods that match any and all types of diets.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks to create an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion and cultivates a campus atmosphere that is free from bias. They are a multi-faceted, student-orientated department that focuses on academic excellence, leadership development and social growth experiences for all students regardless of background or identity.
Quick Tips for Academic Success
Center for Academic Success
START Computer Workshops
START, Student Technical Application and Resource Training began as a pilot in the summer of 2000. The basic idea was to provide students with the opportunity to develop computer skills free of cost. START commenced with two tracks of training: Technical and Application. Now, START specializes in applications training, and has expanded its services to include both faculty and staff training. In Spring 2009, START moved from the Center of Academic Success (CAS) to Information Technology Services (ITS), where the program now resides. START is entirely funded by the Student Technology Fee. To date, thousands of students have successfully obtained certificates from START and many of our former trainers have gone on to pursue great careers.
Communication across the Curriculum
As the first program of its kind in the nation, Communication across the Curriculum works with LSU faculty to train, guide and recognize students who demonstrate exceptional communication skills. CxC is focused on enhancing the learning experience for students and improving their written, spoken, visual presentation and technological communication skills within the disciplines. CxC offers faculty development workshops and curricula design resources to faculty who incorporate communication-intensive components to their courses; operates communication studios that support students working on communication-based projects; and honors students who excel in communication via the LSU Distinguished Communicator certification program. LSU is known for its rigorous academics, and now, LSU graduates are not only masters of their discipline but also skilled leaders and experts in communication.
Residential Life Tour
The residential life tour will be a walk through of a showroom.
A faculty-led program open to all first-year students in the College of Agriculture focusing on career development and agriculture-related issues.
A scholarly community for first-year students pursuing a degree offered within the College of Science.
Laville Honors House
Residence hall for students enrolled in the Honors College.
Business Residential College
West Hall (Residential College One) – A program designed to develop and mentor the next generation of business leaders through a faculty-involved first-year experience for business majors in the E.J. Ourso College of Business.
Engineering Residential College
Residential College North (Residential College One)- A program focused on improving retention rates in engineering, computer science, and construction management through a first-year experience that actively incorporates and engages faculty and students.
Global Connections Residential College
Residential College South Hall (Residential College One)- A first-year community of globally-minded students exploring international & Louisiana cultures, open to students with a declared major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and also open to undergraduate international students.
Mass Communication Residential College
Residential College South Hall (Residential College One)- A shared first-year experience program providing a smooth transition into college life.
Resources Beyond the Classroom
The mission of Career Services is to assist students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences while in school, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school. Career Services can help with many things, from choosing a major to finding a job.
LSU’s libraries offer students and faculty strong support for instruction and research through collections containing more than three million volumes, microform holdings of more than four million, manuscripts of more than twelve million items, hundreds of electronic databases, and tens of thousands of electronic books and serials.
CCELL (Service Learning)
The Center for Community Engagement, Learning, and Leadership (CCELL) facilitates LSU service-learning and community-engaged research and works with university faculty, students, administrators and community partners.
University Recreation provides exceptional recreation facilities and programs that inspire, educate and empower students to cultivate active healthy lives. From a rock wall, racquetball rooms, weight rooms, basketball courts, a running track, a Smoothie King and a variety of work out classes, there is plenty to see in UREC.
Your First Year at LSU: Orientation, Greek Life, and Involvement
As a new student entering LSU, the Office of Orientation has designed programs to give you an opportunity to learn more about LSU. We look forward to seeing you at New Freshman Orientation, Transfer Student Orientation or Family Orientation.
Greek Life can foster the education of the whole person; intellectually, socially, and spiritually. Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Leadership, Philanthropy and Scholarship are but a few of the areas in which the Greek Community at LSU aspires to achieve excellence.
Have you been to Kickoff LSU before? What was your favorite Pick & Choose Event? Comment below and let us know!