Hello, Ruth here!

If you have been on UofL’s Belknap campus any time between the beginning of this semester until now, you have probably been a witness to various renovations taking place. Like the best of us, questions arise: “What is going on?” typically being the first.   

Everyone seems to know of the roundabout construction that took place on Floyd Street and Brandeis/Cardinal Boulevard. With traffic having been completely shut off for a week or two, those who were on or around campus during the construction know the struggle of taking the longest route possible to reach a once-simple destination.

Everyone also seems to know of the Student Activity Center renovations, taking place right behind Threlkeld Hall. I would say, those who know of this construction better than anyone else would be the Freshman students living in Threlkeld Hall; hearing the banging and clanging of machines and tools as early as 7am on weekdays.

Few seem to know of the Belknap Academic Building being built directly in front of the Office of Admissions. Although we have all seen the existing building come down—an amazing sight—we still question of what and why it is going on.

An $80 million, four-story building will be replacing the once loved Crawford Gym. Rest assured, this is something that will benefit us students along with the faculty and staff. The new building will be called the Belknap Academic Building, as I’ve previously mentioned. Referred to as a “student success building” by the University’s Acting President, Neville Pinto, this construction will result in 17 classrooms, more science labs, space to hang out with your friends and even more food options.

This means that us undergraduate students will not be crammed in 200+ student lecture halls. The labs will allow for more explorations when it comes to the biology or chemistry class you are more than likely dreading. Also, keep in mind that more food options equal less lines and speedy service. So you can take a science course, ask questions and have discussions in the provided area, grab lunch and hang out with friends, all in one convenient building!

As you walk to and from class and take a look at any of the construction happening right before your eyes, think of the beauty that will soon occupy many of the blank spaces. Give it some time; keep in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

REMEMBER: Not all positive changes feel positive in the beginning but at the University of Louisville, you will be just fine!

Ruth Peter
Publications Assistant
Class of 2020

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Starting Summer 2017, students will have the exciting new opportunity to pursue a B.A. with a concentration in sustainability.

UofL has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, exemplified by the formation of the Sustainability Council in 2008. UofL was the first school in Kentucky to achieve a Gold rating according the the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), continues to hold the highest STARS rating in Kentucky. 

Students at UofL have previously had the opportunity to take sustainability courses, and a graduate degree program was made available last year.  Increasing student demand, as well as initiatives by faculty and staff, has helped propel the launch of the B.A. in sustainability. 

The program will offer an interdisciplinary approach to understanding sustainability, and students will learn from a wide variety of faculty expertise.  The program will be linked with the Sustainability Scholars and researches, the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development (KIESD), the Partnership for a Green City, the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Control Center and Louisville Sustainability Council. Graduates of the new degree program will be well prepared to work in both the private and public sector.

To learn more about the sustainability program, contact Yani Vozos, Student Advisor, at 502.852.8002 or click here.

Schedule a campus visit to learn more about the exceptional educational experiences UofL has to offer. Attend a presentation from UofL Admissions, take a tour of the gorgeous, park-like campus, and request an appointment to meet with a departmental representative (optional). 

 Hello, Ruth here!

I hope that we have all become situated into our college lives, classes are going smoothly and we aren’t extremely homesick.

To hopefully cheer you on, think of the fact that we only have 63 days until December 6th, the last day of classes! It seems that we have just started school last week. Can you believe it that we have been college students for 41 days?

My fellow freshmen, just 63 more days and we can officially proclaim that we have been in college for a whole semester.

Speaking of semesters, I do hope that we all are on the right track, as far as grades are concerned. If you feel that a class just isn’t for you, you still have a bit of time until the deadline to withdraw from it. That date is Monday, October 24, 2016. Keep in mind that you will have that “W” on your transcript, but that beats a terrible grade any day.

As you probably know by now, college life moves at a quicker pace than high school life. Prioritizing, balancing and managing are skills that we all have to master at one point or another, and there is no better time than the present. If you haven’t by now, I would recommend buying a planner or downloading a handy app for your mobile device. I, for one, have an app on my phone that syncs to my computer, a hand-written agenda, a desk calendar for work, and a dry-erase calendar hanging over my desk in my dorm. I know some who only have occasional reminders on their phone. Whatever works for you works for you. Just find it and stick to it but adjust it when need be.

Adjusting goes hand in hand with balancing, and balancing everything that life may throw at you becomes a skill that you wear with honor. I have come to understand that I am quite good with deadlines, so my academic life is where I want it to be. However, having the best of both worlds is something that life is not allowing me at the moment. My social life seems to be suffering due to my good grades and that is one sacrifice that I am more than willing to make.

Managing may mean sacrificing. We know that stress is to college as naps are to babies. This means that the stress you are feeling is almost second-nature. Although natural, do not ignore it, take care of yourself and keep moving forward. You may just need to drop something that is causing you stress, whether it be a person, a class or a situation you find yourself in. Whatever is causing you to feel less like yourself is not worth keeping around.

For those of us still learning, it is vital to recognize when we need help. This can be academically or purely mental. I know the best advice I have been given up to this point is to “take care of your mental health because without it being at its best, everything else crumbles.” I know the best of us needed this Fall break more than we knew. I know I needed to see my mother and push my nagging responsibilities out of my mind for a day or two. As for the remaining day of Fall break, a nap, see family, visit the Counseling Center, indulge some Insomnia Cookies; take care of yourself. 

REMEMBER: Just a reminder that not all positive changes feel positive in the beginning but at the University of Louisville, you will be just fine!


Ruth Peter

Publications Assistant

Class of 2020

Want to see what UofL is like for yourself? Future Cards and their families can visit campus on October 15 for Cardinal Preview Day! Take a campus tour, attend an info fair with various academic units, see workshops on scholarships and financial aid, and visit campus open houses. Click here for more info.



Campus Pride recently released a list of the best colleges and universities when it comes to policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ people and their allies. UofL ranked in the top 30 nation-wide, with a Campus Pride index of 5 out of 5 stars, marking UofL as a safe and inclusive learning environment for students, faculty and staff of every background and orientation.

The UofL LGBT Center was founded in 2007, making our university the first in Kentucky to open a full-service office for LGBT services. UofL was also the first in the state to offer health insurance benefits for LGBT employees. The LGBT Center continues to expand, offering various groups, organizations, events, housing, as well as academic and professional opportunities for LGBTQ people and their allies at UofL:

  • Shades (a registered student organization for LGBTQ students of color)
  • The Bayard Rustin LGBT and Social Justice Themed Living Community (est. 2012) 
  • PRIDE Week (coming Fall 2016)
  • LGBTQ Study Abroad experiences
  • Safe Zone Ally Project
  • Scholarship opportunities for students
  • Insurance, benefits and leave policies for employees
  • Gender-inclusive bathrooms

Stay tuned for next year's Cardinal Outlook Day, an event geared towards all high school students who either identify as LGBTQ or are allies of the LBGTQ community. In the meantime, learn more about UofL's commitment to inclusion through a campus visit

Hello, Ruth here!

I am an incoming freshman. I will be majoring in Middle/Secondary Education. Although I am a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, the move is still a big deal for my family. I may not be going far from home but the transition is a change that definitely comes with some stress.

Incoming freshmen all over the nation are anxious to finally move into their dorms! When not done correctly, this significant milestone can bring about some unnecessary stress for both the new college student and their parents. With the countdown nearing closer and closer, the more questions arise regarding the best way to transition to UofL. Here are some housing and prep tips for UofL’s incoming freshman and their nervous parents:

Tip #1: Get on the last minute essentials run!

We have procrastinated it as much as humanly possible, so let’s get on it, shall we? Luckily the University of Louisville has partnered up with Dorm It Up, an affordable furnishing and supplies service. Dorm It Up is available online and delivers right to your dorm within 3 easy steps: Select your package, choose a color, and get it delivered right to your door!

Tip#2: Check Ulink, Cardmail, and Blackboard faithfully!

Depending on your major, classes, clubs and activities, the University of Louisville’s staff and sponsors are constantly updating students on various events, sending alerts and posting assignments. Getting accustomed to these three sites will definitely be a way of getting head of the game.

Tip #3: Begin/complete AlcoholEdu and Haven!

These two requirements are a way for you to school policy on sexual assault and alcohol consumption. REMEMBER: Every entering undergraduate student is required to complete AlcoholEdu and Haven. Failure to do so will result in a hold that prevents registration for the next semester.

Tip #4: Begin/complete your STOMP Modules!

The First Year Initiative modules are a way to give you viable knowledge of campus life, the layout, where and when you can receive academic and psychological aid. These modules are assigned to you on Blackboard under your Orientation Course.

Tip #5: Make the most of your last week (or so) at home!

The move may just be harder on your parents than it is on you. Be courteous and understanding of their nervousness. Follow the tips above and eliminate unnecessary and unwanted stress on everyone’s part. And don't forget to check out more move in information on the housing website!

REMEMBER: Just a reminder that not all positive changes feel positive in the beginning but at the University of Louisville, you will be just fine!

Ruth Peter
Publications Assistant
Class of 2020

UofL offers a unique opportunity for incoming students interested in earning a law degree. The 3+3 Accelerated Law program, offered in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, allows eligible undergraduate students to apply for the Brandeis School of Law in their junior year.

Three departments within the College of Arts & Sciences offer an accelerated path to law school: Criminal Justice, History, and Women's and Gender Studies. Students admitted under the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year law school courses, allowing them to graduate with both a bachelor's and Juris Doctor degree in just six years. This equates to $20,000 in tuition savings for in-state students and $37,000 for non-residential students.

Students in the 3+3 program will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to purse a career in higher education, business, government, and the public sector.

UofL has been making major headway in sustainability efforts campus-wide. UofL was the first school in Kentucky to achieve a Gold rating according the the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), and we continue to have the highest STARS rating in Kentucky. More than a quarter of the food on campus is locally-sourced, we host Farmers' Markets each year on Belknap and HSC, and you can grow your own food right here on campus in UofL's organic gardens. In 2016 students even tapped our maple trees to make syrup!

UofL has also been recognized nationally for its Earn-A-Bike Program. UofL’s Sustainability Council accepts applications every summer from those willing to not drive to campus and to give up the right to a parking permit for at least two years in exchange for a $400 voucher to area bike shops! Applicationsfor the Earn-A-Bike program are now being accepted, and the deadline to apply is August 10.

UofL was ranked the most bicycle-friendly campus in Kentucky, and one of the nine best college for cycling by Bicycling Magazine. There's never been a better time to save money and the environment while biking around campus. Apply for the Earn-A-Bike Program today!



Over 600 incoming freshmen have already attended New Cards Orientation session, a two-day introduction to life as a student at UofL. Attendees have had the opportunity to meet their peers, explore campus, learn more about their majors and other academic interests, and meet with various groups and organizations for student involvement. Orientation will culminate with class registration.

Transitioning into college life is exciting and overwhelming, which is why Orientation is required of all first-time freshmen. If you haven’t already registered, there are still sessions available. If you have already registered for or attended Orientation, congratulations, you’re on the road to academic success!

Find more information on Orientation here.









After a grand opening celebration on March 12, 2016, Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum, the Speed Art Museum, has officially reopened to the public after an extensive three-year renovation. Located in the heart of campus at the University of Louisville, the Speed Art Museum offers a unique and exciting way to experience a vast variety of culture and art.

The new museum is “designed to inspire creativity and foster deeper engagement” for visitors, especially convenient for students living on or near campus. Admission to the Speed on Sunday's is free for all visitors.

The University of Louisville has been recognized as one of the nation’s top institutions for producing student Fulbright awardees during the 2015-2016 academic year, listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and promotes cultural exchanges with more than 140 countries. The prize is one of the most prestigious in academia.

UofL announced 10 Fulbright winners for the 2015-2016 academic year and has had 89 winners since 2003—more than all other Kentucky institutions combined.

UofL has had 89 winners since 2003—more than all other Kentucky institutions combined. Harvard topped the list for the 2015-16 academic year with 31 Fulbrights. The rest of the top five were Michigan (29), Northwestern (26), Yale (26) and Arizona State (22). Besides Stanford, U of L was tied  Penn State, George Washington and Washington.

UofL will announce the names of 2016-17 Fulbright scholars beginning in late March and continuing through early summer.

Ten of the 24 applicants at U of L won Fulbrights, the highest  percentage of any of the 42 universities.