Kickoff LSU is a day-long open house for high school seniors and juniors, as well as their parents or guardians.
Dates & Registration
- September 9, 2016
- September 16, 2016
- September 30, 2016
- October 14, 2016
- October 21, 2016
- November 11, 2016
- November 18, 2016
- January 27, 2017
- February 24, 2017
- March 3, 2017
- April 21, 2017
Registration is required to attend, and space is limited for each date. Registration for the Spring dates will open on January 1, 2017.
Check-in on the second floor of the LSU Student Union
Welcome & Event Overview
Academic College Session #1*
Representatives from each academic college will discuss the programs within their college and answer any questions you may have about your prospective major.
*Kickoff LSU is structured around each student’s desired academic programs. Students will need to choose at least one academic college on their registration form. View a list of majors within each academic college.
Academic College Session #2* or Optional Session
If you are not interested in attending two different academic college sessions, you will have the option to participate in a one-hour campus walking tour, attend a Residential Life open house, or find out more about Admissions & Financial Aid as an alternative. Select “Optional Session” under College Session 2 on your registration form.
Lunch on your own
At check-in, you will be provided with a list of dining locations across campus. There are several dining options located in the Student Union (food court-style). You can also choose to eat in one of our on-campus dining halls (buffet-style).
Pick & Choose Events
You will have the opportunity to “pick and choose” the events that are most appealing to your interests. Pick and Choose events may include what is listed below. A complete list, along with times and locations, will be provided at check-in.
It will cost approximately $13 to park on campus for the day. A link to purchase your parking permit will be emailed to you after you have completed registration. If you do not pay for parking, you may be ticketed or towed at your own expense.
Your designated parking space will be located in the Union Square Parking Garage on the corner of East Campus Drive and Raphael Semmes Road. Signage will be available to help guide you to the designated parking area. Please see below for specific driving directions to the Union Square Parking Garage.
If you are using a GPS navigation system, enter the intersection of East Campus Drive and Raphael Semmes Road as your destination. Be sure to print the directions below in case your GPS directs you to drive through campus, which is restricted from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A block of rooms are reserved at LSU’s premier hotel, the Cook Conference Center & Hotel. Please reference “Kickoff LSU” when booking your room. The Cook Hotel is located at 3848 West Lakeshore Drive on the LSU campus. Please call 866-610-2665 or visit The Cook Hotel’s website for reservations.
If you are staying at the Cook Hotel, you will be picked up at 8 a.m. at the hotel lobby entrance to be shuttled to the Student Union for check-in.
There are also hotels in the Baton Rouge area that offer discounts specifically for LSU visitors. View discounted hotels and book online.
I’m having problems registering for Kickoff LSU. When I try to register, it says I already have an account, but when I click forgot password, I never receive an email to reset my account.
What should I do?
Your on-campus event registration account is not linked to your myLSU account or your LSU application account. This information is only used to register for events. We would be happy to complete the registration process for you to make things easier. In order to register you for the event, please provide the following information to email@example.com:
- Student’s Name
- Student’s Email Address
- Student’s Date of Birth
- Cell Phone Number
- High School Name
- High School Graduation Year
- Full Mailing Address
- Academic College Session 1
- Academic College Session 2
- Number of guests attending (not including the student) – Limit 2 guests
- Date of Kickoff LSU that you’d like to attend
I’m not sure what Academic College Sessions I should attend.
If you’re unsure about your academic interests, visit www.lsu.edu/majors for a list of all of the academic programs LSU offers. The Undecided presentation at Kickoff LSU is a great choice for students who want to explore and learn about all of your choices.
What types of events are offered during the afternoon Pick & Choose Events?
The Pick & Choose Events are based on your interests, so you may pick and choose which events interest you most. We offer the following options (to name a few):
- Residence Hall Tours
- University Recreation (UREC) Tours
- Academic Programs Abroad
- Greek Life
- Honors College
- Orientation and First Year Programs
- Campus Life
- Admissions & Financial Aid
- Air Force and Army ROTC
- Campus Walking Tour
- Center for Academic Success
- Career Services
- And more!
You will receive a list of all Pick & Choose Events when you check in.
I can no longer attend Kickoff LSU on the date that I am registered. How do I switch my registration to another date?
Call us between 8:00-4:30 at 225-578-2888 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to provide us with the date you are currently registered for and the date you would like to switch your registration to.
Who can attend?
I am not a high school senior or junior. Can I attend Kickoff LSU?
Kickoff LSU is meant for high school seniors and juniors to explore their prospective majors and academic interests. However, if you will be in the Baton Rouge area anyway and you have an idea of what your academic interests are, we would be happy to register you for the event, provided there is still space.
Can I bring a friend with me to Kickoff LSU?
We ask that all guests who are in high school register for the event separately. This helps us plan accordingly.
Should parents attend the event with their student?
Parents are welcome to attend the event with their student. We do have students that attend the event alone as well. It is a personal preference.
Can my other child attend the event as well?
You are welcome to bring a sibling. We do ask that if your sibling is in high school, he/she should register for the event separately.
Do you offer large group visits on Kickoff LSU dates?
We do not offer group visits on Kickoff LSU dates. Kickoff LSU is based on each student’s academic and involvement interests, and we feel that students better explore these interests when they are not in high school or organization groups. Also, space is limited at each Kickoff LSU, and registration is required to attend.
Where should we park on the day of the event?
Once you have purchase your parking permit, your designated parking space will be located in the Union Square Parking Garage on the corner of East Campus Drive and Raphael Semmes Road. Signage will be available to help guide you to the designated parking area. Please see below for specific driving directions to the Union Square Parking Garage.
How do I purchase a parking permit?
It will cost approximately $13 to park on campus for the day. A link to purchase your parking permit will be emailed to you after you have completed registration.
Does every student need to purchase a parking permit?
No, but you will need one parking permit per vehicle. If you do not pay for parking for each vehicle that will be on campus, you may be ticketed or towed at your own expense.
May I park without a parking permit?
No, you must purchase a parking permit to park on campus for the day. If you do not pay for parking, you may be ticketed or towed at your own expense.
May I park anywhere on campus?
No, parking for all kickoff LSU guests that have purchased a parking permit is located in the Union Square Parking Garage on the corner of East Campus Drive and Raphael Semmes Rd. You must park in the designated area. Failure to park in the designated area may result in a parking ticket and/or your vehicle being towed at your own expense.
Are there handicapped parking spaces in the Parking Garage?
Yes, handicapped parking spaces are located on the first level of the Union Square Parking Garage near the elevators.
How far is it from the Union Square Parking Garage to the check-in location?
You will checkin at the Student Union, which is located just a short walk from the parking garage. There will be LSU staff and students along the way to help guide you. You can also look for the yellow Kickoff LSU directional signs to assist you.
I’m staying at The Cook Hotel (the on-campus hotel). How will I get back to the hotel when I’m ready to leave the event?
The Cook Hotel shuttle will pick up on Tower Drive next to the Union Theater and will continuously transport guests back to the hotel from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.
Preparing for Your Visit
How long will Kickoff LSU last?
Kickoff LSU is a day-long open house event lasting from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm.
Where is check-in located?
Check-In is located on the second floor of the Student Union. There will be Kickoff LSU check-in signs and student volunteers directing you to check-in from the parking garage.
When should we get to campus?
Check-In takes place from 8:00 to 8:30 am and the Welcome will begin promptly at 8:30 am.
We are running late, what should we do?
Kickoff LSU headquarters are located on the first floor of the Student Union in the Geaux Center from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. If you will be arriving to campus late, please report to the Geaux Center. We will check you in upon your arrival and assist you with getting to the proper location to join the group for the rest of the Kickoff LSU activities.
We have another obligation; can we leave the event early?
Kickoff LSU is a day-long event lasting until 3:45 pm, but we understand you may need to leave early. Lunch takes place from 11:45 to 12:45 and following there will be Pick & Choose Events lasting through the end of the day. The Pick & Choose events are based on your personal interests, so you can attend what works best with your schedule.
My student needs an excuse for school. Where should we get one?
All students will receive a school excuse in the bags during check-in. If you need a special form filled out for your school, a staff member will be happy to assist you.
What kind of attire is required for Kickoff LSU?
We suggest casual attire for the event. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as LSU is a walking campus. Please also check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
Where do we eat lunch?
Lunch is on your own from 11:45 until 12:45. We will provide you with a list of dining options on campus at check-in. There are many options to choose from including the on-campus dining halls or the Tiger Lair in the Student Union. If you’d like to eat in one of our on-campus dining halls (The 5 or 459 Commons), it will cost approximately $10, and you will need to bring cash.
- If anyone in your party requires any disability accommodations, please email email@example.com prior to Kickoff LSU
- Casual attire and comfortable walking shoes are suggested
- Depending on the weather forecast, you may need a rain jacket, umbrella, or poncho
- A school excuse form will be provided to each registered student at check-in