Getting Started Students

1. Find your userID (you will need your university employee/student id # or Social Security Number). Students get userIDs and ULink accounts when they apply to the university through the PeopleSoft system.

2. Find your ULink password

  • If you are a new student and have never had an account at the University, your password will be set to the default
  • If you were here before and don't remember your password and you:
    • Are a student enrolled in distance education courses, contact the HelpDesk at 502-852-7997
    • Are a student taking classes on campus, take a picture ID to one of the Computing Centers and request a new password.


3. Change your ULink password and set up your Challenge Questions

4. Log into ULink, the University of Louisville portal. Verify that the student tab is available and familiarize yourself with the available information and services

5. Review Information Security Policies and Standards

6. Verify that these things are set up on your computer

    • Set up anti-virus software to run and automatically update on your personal computer(s). You can find a free download at iTech Xpress.
    • 7. Set up automatic operating system updates on your personal computer(s)
    • 8. Set up a firewall, either Windows or your own.

9. Log into your email:

    • All students receive CardMail email accounts. There are two methods to access your email:


10. Set up your Nickname based on your name and Preferred email address (PEA) in ULink

11. Set up your anti-SPAM processes (Help)

12. Log into Blackboard with your ULink UserID and password

13. Check out your University wireless account for your mobile PC.