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How do I access my campus email?

Your campus email is activated once you are able to retrieve your password. ULink passwords can be created online, via the University's Online Password Utility. You will need your username (ULID) to access your password. Here are a few helpful hints about the security questions:

  • Your answers are case and format sensitive.
  • If your birthday was January 1, 1990, you would need to answer the birthday question as 01-01-1990 (including the dashes.)
  • Your birth city must begin with a capital letter. Ex: Lafayette, New Orleans, Lubbock.
  • If you get the question about an email address, you must use the email address you supplied on your university application.

If you run into problems, contact the Help Desk.

Do I have to use the University email?

Yes, all official University communication will be sent to your @louisiana.edu email address once you have been admitted to the University.

How can I get technology support?

You can contact the Help Desk 24 hours a day:
Help Desk Website
Help Desk Email
Phone: 337-482-HELP (4357)

Is financial aid available?

Yes, UL Lafayette students may apply for Pell Grants, student loans and other University related scholarships. Students must register for at least six hours per semester (undergraduate degrees) or 5 hours per semester (graduate degrees) to be eligible for financial aid. Please see the Financial Aid page for information on applying for financial aid.

Are there any tuition waivers for the MBA program?

A tuition waiver does not apply to the price and will not be accepted. Some example of tuition waivers not accepted for this online delivery format include, but are not limited to: tuition exemption through employing school boards, a graduate assistantship, and/or the UL Lafayette senior citizen/employee tuition discounts. Direct employer billing is available.

How many start dates will there be each year?

There are five start dates per year offered by the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

What do I do if I need to move my application term?

RN to BSN

Contact your nursing advisor at rn2bsnadvisor@louisiana.edu if you need to change the term of your application.

Updating Your Entry Term

Applicants who have not been admitted and wish to update their application may do so, without fee, for up to one calendar year from the original semester of application. Should you choose to update by more than one regular semester, you will be required to submit new official transcripts. Beyond one year, a new application, application fee, and updated application materials will be required.

Steps to Update Your Entry Term:

  • Log in to your application portal
  • Select the application you would like updated
  • At the top of the following page ("Graduate School Application Instructions"), you will see a link labeled "Request to Update Entry Term"
  • Select that link and fill out the required fields. Click submit once completed
  • Your request will be sent to our admissions team who will approve or deny it.
  • To check the status of your request, visit your supplemental items page for that application and scroll to the bottom. There, you'll see a section labeled "Update Entry Term Requests" Deferring Your Admission

Applicants who have been admitted and wish to defer their admission may do so, without fee, for up to one calendar year from the original semester of application. Beyond one year, a new application, application fee, and updated application materials will be required.

Steps to Defer Your Admission:

  • Log in to your application portal
  • Select the application you would like deferred
  • At the top of the following page ("Graduate School Application Instructions"), you will see a link labeled "Request to Update Entry Term"
  • Select that link and fill out the required fields. Click submit once completed
  • Your request will be sent to our admissions team and your graduate coordinator who will approve or deny it.
  • To check the status of your request, visit your supplemental items page for that application and scroll to the bottom. There, you'll see a section labeled "Update Entry Term Requests"

Note: When deferring your admission, any assistantship offers made for your original entry term are not guaranteed for your new entry term. Please be in contact with your department and your graduate coordinator for more details.

How do I check my application status?

To check the status of your application click here, then click “Apply for Admission”. You will be required to remember your login information and PIN from when completed the application.

If you need your password reset email admissions:
RN to BSN admissions@louisiana.edu
MBAgradschool@louisiana.edu

Are international students eligible to apply for this program?

International students may apply to the RN to BSN program if they have earned the RN degree in the United States, have a work visa and can provide a U.S. address.

The MBA Online and MBA Health Care Administration Online might not be the right delivery method for international students. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; international students in other visa categories (i.e., H-4, L2), however, are exempt from this restriction. If you intend to remain in your home country, you may be eligible. If you're an international applicant interested in an MBA degree, contact the Graduate School at gradschool@louisiana.edu or 337-482-6965 to discuss the right option for you.

Do you accept transfer credits into your programs?

Yes, we do accept transfer credits for the RN to BSN program only. However, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at UL Lafayette.

How do I know if I have been accepted? How does the notification process work?

Once your application is complete and reviewed, you will receive an email notifying you of the admission decision. For those admitted, you will receive a separate communication from your academic advisor containing a degree plan. The degree plan is an outline of the courses that you will need to take to meet the requirements to earn your degree. You will use your degree plan to help track your progress toward earning your degree. You will receive a second email with your university login information and instructions to create your password for university resources.

Is this process the same for MBA? How does the communication differ from the Graduate School and advisor?

Applicants receive a decision notification from the Graduate School. In addition to a letter of admission, those admitted receive a "Next Steps" letter that explains how to create/activate their ULID and email, points them to the contract, talks about advising, registering for classes, and how to complete the online student orientation.

Do you accept transfer credits into your programs?

Yes, we do accept transfer credits for the RN to BSN program only. However, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at UL Lafayette.

Any transfer credits allowed for MBA?

The participant will not be given any credit for any course that is not completed during the program. The participant will not be given credit for partial completion of a course.

How do I know if one of my courses will transfer?

You must apply to UL Lafayette. Once we have received your official transcripts from each institution you attended, we can evaluate which courses will transfer.

  • RN to BSN: Each course, nursing and non-nursing, must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

What is UL Lafayette's accreditation?

SACSCOC™ - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UL Lafayette.

CCNE - The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

AACSB - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette B.I. Moody III College of Business holds an advanced accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

I have a copy of my sealed transcripts. Are these considered official transcripts?

An official transcript must be an original document bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the registrar for that institution. Although they must come directly from the institution, official transcripts can arrive to the Graduate School in a number of ways — in mail or in person. Official documents must arrive in the original sealed envelope that shows they were clearly issued by the originating institution, with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap. (See https://gradschool.louisiana.edu/admissions/official-transcripts.)

How do I register for classes?

Once you have been admitted to one of the online programs, you are able to register for your courses through your ULink account. If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact your Enrollment Specialist at 877-588-2429.

Click here to register for your first course.

  1. Under the "Register for Classes" heading click "Add/Drop Classes"
  2. Choose the appropriate term and select "Submit"
  3. Click the "Class Search" button
  4. Select "Nursing" for the RN to BSN program and "Business" for the MBA programs as your "Subject"
  5. Select "Online 100%" as your Instructional Method
  6. Click "Class Course Search" button
  7. Click "View Sections" button of the desired course
  8. Use the checkbox to select a section, then click the "Register" button
  9. Course appears on "Current Schedule"
  10. Repeat steps until all classes needed are added

For RN to BSN students:

  • To add linked courses (ex. CMCN 100, BIOL 318, etc.), view sections available and select one lecture and one lab section, then click the Register button to add both sections at the same time.
  • To add co-requisite courses (ex. MATH 103/104, etc.), select section of first course, then click the Add to Worksheet button. Select section of second course, then click the Add to Worksheet button. Once both CRN's are on the worksheet, click the Submit Changes button.
  • If course(s) could not be added due to restrictions, then an error message will display stating the restriction (ex. Prerequisite error, Major restriction, etc.). The dean's office responsible for the course can address questions/requests related to these errors/restrictions.
  • Courses could be added directly using the Add Classes Worksheet if the CRN for the courses are known.

How do I drop a course BEFORE the term has started (ULink)?

In order to drop a class in ULink, follow these instructions:

  1. Log into ULink.
  2. Click on the Students tab.
  3. Click on Registration, located under Registration Information.
  4. Select level (Undergraduate/Graduate).
  5. Select term.
  6. Click on the Regular class button.
  7. Click Submit.
  8. Choose the class you wish to drop.
  9. Click Submit.

How do I drop a course after term has started?

In order to withdraw from a course after the term has started, you must email your academic advisor. To withdraw from a RN to BSN course, email rn2bsnadvisor@louisiana.edu. To withdraw from a course in the MBA program, email gradschool@louisiana.edu.

How do I request unofficial or official transcripts from UL Lafayette?

  • Transcript requests are to be submitted using the Grade Transcript Request Form available online with the indication of Electronic Delivery as the delivery method.
  • This form should be completed and returned to the Registrar's Office by email, fax, or mail.
  • This form can also be returned by email to transcript@louisiana.edu as a PDF (or JPG, if size of attachment is limited) attachment as long as the request bears a handwritten signature.
  • How do I check my grades in ULink?

    Students may check their final grades by viewing their unofficial transcript.

    How do I pay for my courses?

    1. Login to ULink.
    2. Select the Student tab.
    3. Select Statement of Account.
    4. Select Online Payments.

    The payment options will be MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Discover, electronic check or electronic savings, and debit cards.

    See a video tutorial on how to pay for your course.

    Where do I learn more about the payment plan option?

    To learn more about payment processing information and payment plan options, visit our Student Cashier Center.

    Is there a fee associate with paying by credit card?

    For students who pay by credit card, the Paypath payment service fee is 2.85%.

    As an MBA student will I be required to apply for candidacy?

    Yes, you will be required upon completing 12 hours of graduate credit to apply for Candidacy. For more information click here.

    How do I find which books I need for my classes?

    In order to determine which books are necessary for your course(s), please refer to the RN-BSN Textbooks PDF. Make sure to check this textbook list each semester for updates to course textbooks.

    For the MBA programs textbook and materials are included in the courses and will be available on the first day.

    When will I have access to my courses?

    Individual instructors determine when a course is accessible to students. Courses are opened on the first day of classes by the instructor. If you log in on the first day of classes and do not see one of your courses listed, contact your instructor via email or contact the help desk.

    Whom do I contact for questions about assignments and course content?

    The faculty member teaching the course should be your first point of contact. Many courses will also assign you to a group led by an academic coach so you have two points of contact.

    How do I navigate through the program?

    You must take NURS 353 - Orientation for RN to BSN during your first session of enrollment. Course navigation instructions are provided as part of the orientation course. The program must be completed by noon on the third day of program.

    For MBA online students, you are required to complete the orientation prior to registering in your first course.

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