Jun 20, 2024  
2020-2021 LSUA Catalog 
2020-2021 LSUA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrollment & Student Engagement

The Division of Enrollment and Student Engagement offers services that support the university’s commitment to academic excellence and that enrich each student’s experience of college life. Students receive academic advising, counseling, career guidance, disability services, and the opportunity to participate in the university’s First Year Experience program. Students are also offered a variety of opportunities for participation in campus activities, student organizations, and leadership development. Admissions and Financial Aid and Scholarship are also housed in the Divsion of Enrollment and Student Engagement.

Student Engagement offices, located on the second floor of the Student Center (directly above the bookstore), are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are welcome. After-hours appointments can be scheduled by calling (318) 767-2604. The Division’s administrative office is located in Room 206, Student Center.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success fosters an environment that retains and advances students. We provide learning opportunities based on student experiences and interests. We work closely with all academic and support departments to provide continuous quality support for students from matriculation through graduation. We focus on academic and personal achievement throughout early interventions and systematic tracking of students.

Advising and Retention Specialists help new students make a successful transition to university life and build a solid foundation for future success. In particular, they help students to complete the following tasks:

  • select a course of study appropriate to their abilities and interests;
  • understand and follow the requirements of their degree programs;
  • assess their progress towards meeting those requirements;
  • develop and practice habits that lead to success in academic courses;
  • balance study, work, and leisure time;
  • become familiar with university policies and procedures;
  • learn about campus resources available to them;

Upon admission to the university, each incoming student, whether first-time freshman, transfer, or reentry student, will be advised by a faculty or staff member. New students or transfer/reentry students with less than 30 hours will come to the Center for Student Success and meet with an Advising and Retention Specialist. Students with 30 or more hours will meet with a faculty member within their department. It is during this meeting that course selection for degree completion will be discussed.

Students are required to see their assigned advisors before they schedule classes. They should keep in mind that between semesters and during summer semesters faculty advisors are generally less available than they are during fall and spring. Therefore, advising for spring semester needs to be addressed during the previous fall semester and advising for summer and fall should be addressed during the spring semester.

In addition, all new freshmen and transfer students, with 30 or fewer transfer hours, are expected to attend an orientation session before their classes begin.

The Center’s Student Development Specialist assists all students in navigating and understanding the college experience; developing strategies to improve academic performance; identifying academic support systems at the University; enhancing the student’s connection to the University through student life opportunities, and balancing personal and academic priorities. The Student Development Specialist develops and facilitates student development-related workshops throughout the year. She also oversees the first-drop program and advises students on academic probation.

For more information, call (318) 767-2604, e-mail advising@lsua.edu, or visit the advising webpage at https://www.lsua.edu/campus-life/dose/css/advising

Counseling Services

The goal of Counseling Services is to anticipate and address problems that can interfere with a student’s academic and personal progress. Students can meet with a qualified counselor in one-to-one sessions or in small groups dedicated to navigating particular topics together. Counseling can aid in personal growth issues and interpersonal relationship skills, and, when necessary, provide crisis intervention.

Assistance is provided through individual appointments, group counseling, educational workshops and seminars, self-help information, and assessment. All counseling services are free and confidential.

Career Planning and Placement

Staff are also available to help students choose their college majors and make other, long-term career decisions. In addition, students have access to personality tests and other tools to assist them with career planning.

Students seeking post-graduation employment are encouraged to attend the LSUA Job Fair. Held each fall, the fair provides an opportunity for employers in the region to identify suitable applicants for part-time positions, full-time positions, and internships. Students have the opportunity to meet prospective employers and gain experience in the networking process. Students considering graduate programs should participate in the graduate fair held each spring semester and attended by graduate school representatives from across the state.

Employment and internship opportunities are posted on the Job Opportunity Board located in the Department of Student Engagment, on other bulletin boards across campus, and on LSUA’s Career Planning and Placement Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LSUACareers.

For more information, visit the Department of Student Engagement’s administrative office, Room 206, Student Center, or call (318) 767-2604.

Disability Services (DS)

Students who identify themselves to DS, who have a learning, physical, or psychological disability, and who present appropriate written documentation of that disability may be eligible for accommodations. Students who are having problems or need assistance should visit the Department’s administrative office, Room 206, Student Center, or call (318) 427-0137.

Student Life

The primary purpose of Student Life is to coordinate student activities and to work with student organizations to enhance the campus experience. Such organizations are also supported by the Student Organizations Council (SOC), a body that encourages the development of student leaders and provides guidance to student activities. Each student organization has a representative on the SOC (a current list of student organizations is provided below). Student Life also assists individual students and academic departments in the coordination of student activity projects. Students interested in participating in campus life or becoming campus leaders should contact the Student Life Coordinator at 427-4403.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in the many organizations and clubs available to them on campus. For information about starting new organizations or about joining established organizations, call LSUA’s Student Life Coordinator at (318) 473-4403.

A list of LSUA’s currently active student clubs and organizations is presented below:

  • Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL)
  • Accounting Club
  • Art League
  • Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM)
  • Biological Science Organization (BSO)
  • Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD)
  • Canterbury at LSUA
  • Catholic Student Organization (CSO)
  • Clio
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Gamma Lambda Tau
  • International Students Organization (ISO)
  • KINS Club
  • Latin American Students Organization (LASO)
  • Link at LSUA
  • LSUA Business Society
  • LSUA Chemistry Club
  • LSUA Media Team
  • LSUA Theatre Masks
  • Marketing Club / AMA Chapter
  • Math Club (Lambda Tau Chi)
  • Muslin Organization for Leadership and Development
  • National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
  • Psychology Club
  • Rotaract
  • Sigma Beta Delta
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Student Government
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Zeta Phi Beta

Note: Gamma Beta Phi is a national collegiate honor and service organization for students in colleges and universities in the United States. Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 to be invited to become members. The gold satin stole worn by graduates at commencement signifies that they are members in good standing. For more information about the organization and its activities, visit www.gammabetaphi.org/.

Student Government

Student Government is the recognized governing organization of LSUA’s student body and provides student representation in all areas of university life. For more information, e-mail sg@lsua.edu.

Student Housing

Opened in August of 2007, The Oaks is the first on-campus, apartment-style housing complex dedicated to students attending LSUA. It consists of a Club House for programs and four apartment-style, multi-level buildings, and a community pool. Eighty-seven apartments provide a variety of one, two and four-bedroom living units. The Club House provides a community office, a computer lab, an entertainment area, and laundry room space as well as an outdoor pool/patio area. For more information about student housing, visit http://www.lsua.edu/housing.

Student Conduct

Our primary goal is to educate students about the policies, rules, and regulations that will impact their time here at LSUA. We strive to help students gain greater insight into their decisions and behaviors to support a safe, respectful learning environment for all.

It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations governing student conduct and discipline as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.