Leading Edge is a program for new LSU students to learn more about their unique talents in an engaging way. This year’s theme is “Adventure” which highlights sustainability and Leave No Trace principles as a part of responsible leadership. Students can expect to learn about leadership while enjoying a canoe trip and challenge course high ropes session. Leading edge is truly a way for new students to connect with one another while they develop confidence to get involved at LSU.

This program is open to all new LSU students who will be beginning their first semester at LSU.

Overview of Schedule

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time Activity
Prior to 2:00 p.m. Students with a fall on-campus housing assignment should move-in*
3:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions (LSU Student Union)
3:30 p.m. StrengthsQuest
5:30 p.m. Pizza and trip logistics
9:00 p.m. Wrap-up and late night activity

*Students with a fall on-campus housing assignment will be able to move into their room beginning Sunday, August 17, 2014.  Residence Hall front desks are open 24 hours, students simply report to the desk to check-in upon arrival. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Meet at UREC to depart for canoe trip
9:00 a.m. Arrive at off-campus retreat location
9:30 a.m. Brunch and review of Leave No Trace
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Canoeing with picnic lunch
4:30 p.m. Free time before dinner
6:00 p.m. Dinner
8:30p.m. Fireside chat with s'mores

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time Activity
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Hike
12:00 p.m. Lunch at camp
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Nature center and more leadership activities
3:30 p.m. Return to LSU
5:00 p.m. Unpack
6:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. UREC Challenge Course on campus
9:00 p.m. Wrap-up and late night activity

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Breakfast is on your own today, keep in mind we will be having a brunch closing event at 11:00 a.m.

Time Activity
9:30 a.m. Meet at UREC
10:30 a.m. Walk to LSU Bookstore Event Room as a group
11:00 a.m. Closing brunch
12:30 p.m. Program concludes

Pricing Information


Fee: $75
Includes: all meals (as listed in the schedule);  all materials for the program, including outdoor gear and canoe use; transportation to off-campus retreat location; and a StrengthsFinder online access code

Billed: must be paid upon registration

Optional Housing Fee*: $79
Includes: Early arrival for students with an assigned room for the fall semester on Sunday, August 17, 2014 through Wednesday, August 20, 2014 [$26.23 per night for 3 nights which is rounded to $79]. Students who can stay with family in Baton Rouge between August 17-20 can avoid this fee by moving in to LSU residence halls Thursday, August 21.

Billed:2nd week of classes to university fee bill

*On-campus housing is not available for students who plan to reside off-campus during the academic year.  If you have questions about this, please ask before registering.

While Leading Edge program requires a fee, Campus Life will work with all interested students so finances are not a barrier to participation. For more information or questions, contact Rachel Champagne, Assistant Director of Campus Life, at rspencer@lsu.edu or 225-578-5160 no later than July 25, 2014.


Refunds will only be granted to students who cancel by July 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM CDT, via email to leading@lsu.edu AND another student is added to take the place of the cancellation. Otherwise, the fee will be forfeited. If you opt not to attend LSU, but do not notify the program, you will not be eligible for a refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Leading Edge? We might be able to help! Click here to see a list of our FAQ’s. Students can reach us via e-­mail with questions at leading@lsu.edu.