Spring Invitational (SPIN)

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    "I attended SPIN last spring. Coming from out of state, Atlanta, GA, it did require a little bit of commitment on my part because I had to miss school and travel to LSU, but I do not regret it in the least. It solidified for me that LSU was the place I wanted to go. I'm also grateful I had the opportunity to take tests because I received several hours of credit. The breakout sessions were useful and my group's ambassadors were a lot of fun. I was able to meet people in business majors that I still see in class and around campus now. SPIN was also the place where I met my roommate and suite mates for the first time! I'm am very glad that SPIN was an option for me and that I chose to attend." 

    Morgan H.
    Norcross, GA

    Students with outstanding academic records are welcome to participate in the prestigious LSU Spring Invitational program April 5 - 6, 2018

    Spring Invitational will serve as your orientation program. If you attend this orientation program, you will not need to attend any of the freshman orientation programs scheduled in June and July. 

    The LSU Spring Invitational Program’s testing sessions, orientation programs, scheduling privileges, and social activities provide significant benefits. Earning advanced standing credit for college courses could significantly reduce your college costs. 

    Remember, space is limited and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

    SPIN Tentative Agenda

    Click below to view the tentative agendas for students and families for Spring Invitational 2018. You will receive a final printed version at Check-In in the West Stadium Club of Tiger Stadium.



    SPIN Invitation Requirements

    The LSU Spring Invitational Program is limited to eligible students only. Your official SAT, RSAT or ACT score(s) must be on file with the LSU Office of Enrollment Management. Participants must meet the qualifications listed below to be eligible to register.

    Please Note: The SAT required score is calculated from a student’s combined Math and Verbal SAT scores on exams taken before March 2016. A combined score is sent for the SAT administered March 2016 and beyond (Revised SAT or RSAT).


    ACT composite score of 28 or an SAT score of 1250 or an *RSAT score of 1310 or greater AND a 2.90 academic GPA

    ACT composite score of 27 or an SAT score of 1210 or an *RSAT score of 1280 or greater AND a 3.2 academic GPA

    *Revised SAT – SAT taken in March 2016 or beyond


    Spring Invitational Cost: $160

    If you pay by credit card, a 2.5 percent nonrefundable processing fee will be added to your total.

    Online Pre-Orientation Program: Freshmen entering LSU in the fall semester who complete the LSU Online Pre-Orientation Program prior to March 1 will receive a $25 credit on their fall semester fee bills. Visit mylsuorientation.lsu.edu and login with your PAWS ID and password to complete the program.

    If you need to cancel your reservation & request a refund, please provide us with a written cancellation notice by emailing us at experience@lsu.edu. Refund requests must be received prior to March 15. Refunds will not be granted after this date.


    Login to Register for Spring Invitational

    Registration Deadline: March 29, 2018

    Note, you will need your PAWS Username and password to register for spring invitational through myLSU. You should have received your PAWS Username and Password when you applied for admission to the University. If you have trouble logging into the system, please contact Experience LSU for help. 

    Family Orientation*

    If you have family members who are interested in registering for Spring Invitational as well, this should be indicated at the same time you complete your Spring Invitational student registration. Family members will be able to:

    • Tour the Residence Hall where your student will be living
    • Learn how meal plans and TigerCASH work
    • Be in the know about financial aid and scholarships
    • Meet other LSU parents and hear firsthand the advice they have for incoming families
    • Learn how to join the Family Association and about the events offered for families throughout the year!

    Family Spring Invitational Cost: $60

    If you pay by credit card, a 2.5 percent nonrefundable processing fee will be added to your total.

    *Please note: Family Orientation is a separate program from the Spring Invitational student orientation program. While family members and students will separate for part of the program, they will also have the opportunity to attend select sessions together.

    Admission to LSU

    To participate in the Spring Invitational Program, you must be accepted for admission to LSU. Your online reservation form for the LSU Spring Invitational Program cannot be processed until you have been admitted by LSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid.

    Hotel Information

    Housing for students is not available during Spring Invitational.  Please see the information below regarding suggested hotels for your stay while in town. 

    The Cook Hotel

    3848 West Lakeshore Drive

    A block of rooms have been reserved at LSU’s premier hotel, the Cook Conference Center & Hotel. Please reference “SPIN” when booking your room.

    Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown

    462 Lafayette Street

    A block of rooms have been reserved for the dates April 4-6. Please click here and enter the group code "SIG" to reserve your room and receive the group rate.

    Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Acadian Centre/LSU Area

    2421 South Acadian Thruway

    A block of rooms have been reserved for the dates April 4-6. The deadline to book your room is March 21. Please click here to reserve your room and receive the group rate.

    Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

    201 Lafayette Street

    A block of rooms have been reserved for the dates April 4-5. The deadline to book your room is March 14. Please call 1-800-955-6962, reference "Spring Invitational", and provide the code "EXP2" to receive the group rate.