Center for Freshman Year | LSU Center for Freshman Year

Welcome to the Center for Freshman Year

The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY) is the academic unit for most new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Our mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the Center at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU. Some students may be granted additional time for enrollment if they have not yet declared a major.

Abby Blanchard in UCFY office

UCFY Operating Schedule

The UCFY team is not hosting in-person appointments at this time. We are assisting students by email and virtual drop-ins/appointments.

Phone: 225/578-6822

Important LSU academic deadlines

Virtual Appointments: January 22 – March 19 and March 29 – May 21, 2021

UCFY academic counselors will meet with students on a virtual appointment basis.  During this time, UCFY students can schedule a virtual appointment through the Navigate Student app.

When scheduling a virtual appointment, select the following options as prompted:

1. Care Unit: Academic Advising (UCFY/UCAC)
2. Location: Center for Freshman Year (UCFY)
3. Service: (select reason)
4. Comment: Indicate major and advising needs

Prior to the appointment, an email will be sent with instructions on how to access the Zoom appointment (online or phone). If the major was indicated in the comment box, additional advising documents may be shared via email at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time. If the major is not indicated, important information may not be available at the time of the advising appointment. 

Virtual Drop-Ins Offered ONLY: March 22 – March 26, 2021; 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM (Central Standard Time)

UCFY academic counselors are available for virtual drop-ins, no appointment needed, Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26, 2021; check in only from 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM (Central Standard Time). Wait times will vary.


UCFY students can check-in for a virtual drop-in through the Navigate Student app. Students must have the most recent version/update (August 13th or later) to use this app feature. Students can also visit the LSU Navigate Website to check-in.  

When checking in, select the following options as prompted:

1. Care Unit: Academic Advising (UCFY/UCAC)
2. Location: Center for Freshman Year (UCFY)
3. Service: (select reason)


Students will be seen on a first available basis. Wait times will vary. A text message and/or email will be sent with a Zoom meeting link when the academic counselor is available.  Due to the large volume of students needing assistance, students not present in the zoom meeting within 15 minutes may be marked as no-show and required to check-in a second time to be seen on a first available basis.

Students can also email for assistance in dropping a class or dropping all classes (resigning).  Due to the high volume of requests during this time, email responses may be delayed longer than usual. While email requests will continue to be monitored and responses provided, priority assistance will be given to students seen on a virtual drop-in basis.

With Navigate you can:

  • Make an appointment with a UCFY Counselor
  • View Course Schedule
  • Join available class study groups via Study Buddies
  • Learn about Campus Resources
  • Stay-Up-To-Date with important deadlines
  • Access recommended “To-Dos”

Download Navigate Student from the App Store

Download Navigate Student from Google Play

Phone: 225/578-6822

Important LSU academic deadlines

Meet with an Advisor

Phone: 225-578-6822

Office Location & Hours:
Virtual Appointments only at this time
8:00 am–4:30 pm 

All UCFY students are required to download the Navigate Student App on your iPhone or Android Phone which can be used to schedule appointments with counselors and other features like To-Dos, Study Buddies, Resources,
Holds, and Class Schedule.Navigate Icon

Email an Academic Advisor


lsu cares logo

At LSU, we’re family and care deeply about the well being of our students. LSU CARES is an initiative dedicated to helping students access the resources they need to thrive here.

LSU Cares