Family FAQS

  1. Do I have to attend Family Orientation?

    Attendance at Family Orientation is optional, but encouraged, whether this is the first or last child to attend college.

  2. What will Family Orientation cover?
    We will introduce you to the academic structure and philosophy of your student’s degree program, cover academic support services, campus programs, financial aid, housing, security and a variety of other important topics. An event agenda will be posted on this website prior to Orientation.
  3. Do I have to stay for the entire day?
    You can choose the sessions that are most appropriate for you. However, we feel that all sessions provide important information.
  4. Where do I park?
    Free parking is available in the Floyd St. Parking Garage (2126 South Floyd Street) before check-in on the morning of your Orientation session. Enter the garage at the light across from the playground. The gate will be open from 7 – 9:30 a.m. If you leave and come back, you will have to pay for your parking in the visitor section of the garage.
  5. Why does orientation cost $40 for family participants?
    Your orientation fee covers the cost of two meals, refreshment breaks, materials and processing fees.
  6. Do you have on-campus accommodations?
    No. You may choose to stay at a local hotel, see our recommendations here.
  7. What should I bring to orientation?
    • $10 cash or check for UofL Orientation T-shirt
    • $10 cash or check for UofL Orientation Hat
    • $10 cash or check for your student's freshman Book-in Common
    • Credit card to pre-order textbooks
  8. Can I go to academic advising with my student?
    No.  Students meet separately with their academic advisers. Together, they make decisions about their fall schedule. Students will not register for classes until the second day, so you will have an opportunity to discuss your student's academic schedule with them during the first evening dinner break.
  9. When will I see my student during orientation?
    Student and families will be able to "catch up" during lunch and dinner on day one of the student's orientation.
  10. What if I need to reach my student in case of an emergency?
    Call the Orientation Office at 502-852-7276 to speak with a staff person. We can reach the Student Orientation Staff at all times and know what staff member your student is assigned to. We can always get a message to have your son/daughter call you back. For any urgent evening phone calls, use the Department of Public Safety non-emergency number at 852-6111.
  11. Are there any financial aid resources you can offer?
    Please visit our student financial aid website.  Also, CashCourse is brought to you by The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and the University of Louisville. At this website, you can learn about Financial Basics, Paying for College, College Life, and the World of Work.
  12. Does UofL have a Parent Association?
    Yes, view the Parent Association webpage now! It is the mission of the Parent Association to offer programs and services, regular communication, and outreach to parents and families to assist students in continuing their academic success throughout their college experience.