Freshman Orientation FAQS

  1. How do I register for orientation?
    You must submit your orientation registration form and fee ($130) online. Orientation registration will be available on February 20 at 3:00 pm EST. Click here to submit registration. You will need your last name and student ID number to log into the registration form. Select your top three session dates on the form. You will receive a hard copy confirmation of your session date in the mail within 10 business days, followed by an email to your UofL Cardmail account. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive your confirmed session date.
  2. Can I register for orientation over the phone?
    No, orientation registration must be submitted online.
  3. What business will I take care of during orientation?
    You will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, and get your Student ID card. You will also have a chance to learn about many campus groups, offices and departments.
  4. Do I have to attend orientation?
    Yes, orientation is mandatory for all degree-seeking students.
  5. What do I have to bring to orientation?
    Be sure to check What Should I Bring to Freshman Orientation for a full list.
  6. Where do I park?
    Free parking is available only in the main entrance of the Floyd Street Parking Garage. The parking garage gate will be open beginning at 7 a.m. for your arrival on day one of your orientation. If you park elsewhere, we cannot refund any fee or ticket assessed for alternate parking choices. DO NOT PARK ON THE PAY/VISITOR SIDE OF THE LOT. Directions to the parking garage can be found on the Parking and Directions page.  You will receive an email to your Cardmail with your orientation parking pass for the day a few days before your scheduled session.
  7. What should I wear?
    Dress is casual. We will be indoors and outdoors; don’t forget to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast! Some rooms are cooler than others, so dress accordingly.
  8. Do my parents have to come?
    We offer an optional Family Orientation ($40 per participant). Guests must be registered on the student's orientation registration form, and are limited to two per student.  The family program is one day that runs concurrent with the first day of the student session. You can meet up during lunch and dinner.
  9. I cannot attend any of the session dates. Are there other options?
    No. You must attend a listed session date.
  10. Am I required to stay on campus during the entire program?
    Yes. All components of the program are mandatory. If you leave at anytime during the program you will not be able to register for classes.
  11. Do I have to stay overnight on campus?
    Yes. The overnight stay on campus is required.  All students will stay in a traditional residence hall on campus designated for orientation.  Traditional residence halls have double-occupancy rooms with a community bath on each floor.  Roommates are not preassigned; you will be assigned a roommate, by gender, in the order of arrival to orientation check-in.
  12. What do I do if I have to work?
    Please make arrangements with your employer.  We can provide documentation that you attended or plan to attend orientation.
  13. When will I be finished?
    The completion time varies by student, but generally you should be done by 4:00 pm EST on the second day of your session.
  14. Can I bring a friend or significant other to orientation?
    Family members may register for Family Orientation. Family Orientation is $40 per participant and is a one day program that runs concurrent with the first day of the student session.  Student and Family Orientation are two entirely separate programs, and students can see their family member(s) at lunch and dinner.
  15. What if I want to change my major/session?
    If you change your major there is a possibility that your orientation date will need to be changed as there are limits on the number of majors per session. To change your major, please click here. To change your orientation session, please click here. The first session change request is free. Any additional session change requests will be charged a $25 fee before processed.
  16. Can my parents come with me to my advising session?
    No, you will meet with professional staff to ensure that you make an appropriate schedule.
  17. What do I do about AP or dual credit classes?
    Results from some AP exams won’t be available until after orientation; however, please bring a list of classes you have taken with you to your orientation session. Your academic advisor will help you plan an appropriate schedule. Contact your advisor after orientation upon receipt of your scores if any changes are necessary.  For information regarding ordering test credit results, click here.
  18. Are there any financial aid resources you can offer?
    Please visit our student financial aid website for detailed information regarding various financial aid resources.
  19. I don't know if I need to take a placement test.
    Please visit the First-Time Freshman Checklist for the most up-to-date information regarding placement testing.
  20. What if I am admitted for a spring semester?
    First-time freshmen admitted for the spring semester have different orientation requirements and timelines.  Click here for more information.