First-time Freshman Checklist

Are you ready to join the Cardinal Family? Here's a checklist to help you with your next steps!

This checklist is for Fall 2019 Freshmen. For students admitted to UofL for Spring and Fall 2020, your New Cards Guide will be available September 1!

If you haven't already done so, you must activate your student account before you register for New Cards Orientation. This will grant you access to ULink, Blackboard and UofL Email.

  • Your ULink account gives you access to your grades, your financial aid package and your tuition bill.
  • Blackboard is as web-based technology support for your classes.
  • Your UofL Email is your only source for official email communications from the University, including all details about your orientation session.

All first-time freshmen are required to accept their offer of admission and pay a $100 enrollment deposit before May 1. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied to your tuition. You’ll accept your offer and pay your deposit via your New Cards Gateway.

To log in for the first time…

  1. Visit the New Cards Gateway and click “forgot your password?”
  2. Enter the email address you used to apply to UofL and date of birth, then check that same email address for a special login pin.
  3. Log in with that same email address, pin and date-of-birth and update your password.
  4. Once you view your page, follow the link to “accept or decline your offer of admission and pay your enrollment deposit.”

Please note: Students will not be able to register for orientation until their enrollment deposit is paid.

For important financial aid announcements and tasks, please make sure you are checking your UofL e-mail and monitoring your financial aid to-do list on ULink.

Submit your 2019-2020 FAFSA beginning on October 1, 2018.

All first-time, full-time students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus, unless living at home with a parent or guardian. View exemption process.

The 2019-2020 housing application will be available on November 1st at 7 p.m.

All placement testing must be completed prior to attending Orientation. Be sure to review the requirements to learn what test(s) you may need to complete.

If you have completed any college credit work you must submit prior to orientation a transcript from the college/university where the course took place.

Office of Admissions
Department AO
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Once we have received these transcripts you will have the opportunity to request a pre-evaluation to see how your credits will transfer to the University of Louisville.

In order to receive course credit for any AP or IB test results, you must have your scores sent to the University of Louisville.

If you do not have results or transcripts submitted by the date of your orientation session, you will be advised accordingly and provided options once we have the official results/transcripts.

Your Student ID is also known as your Cardinal Card and every student is required to have one. This card confirms that you are a University of Louisville student and indicates you are entitled to the rights, privileges and responsibilities of a student. The Cardinal Card functions as your ID card, meal card, and library card, among many other uses. You’ll receive your Cardinal Card at New Cards Orientation if you submit your photo by 4 p.m. EST on the business day prior to the first day of your orientation session.

Review the Healthcare Readiness Checklist and bring any questions with you to orientation.

Immunization records are required by the University for all incoming freshman students.

Wondering what you need to bring to Orientation? Check out the What to Bring list to prepare for your orientation experience. Don't forget your sheets and pillow!

  • You can find your account balance on ULink.

Submit your final high school transcript with graduation date by August 1st.

Your financial aid will not be disbursed if it is not on file.

Please have your school send your transcript electronically through Parchment (preferred method) or mail to:

Office of Admissions
Department AO
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

You may verify the receipt of your final transcript through your ULink account under "view my undergraduate application status." Look for "FINAL" and a recent date in the education information section of this page. Please allow five days for processing after your transcript is sent.

If you plan to have a car on campus you'll need to order a parking pass.

The New Cards Navigator, in tandem with your other first year experiences, will ease your college transition and help you to understand the academic policies, procedures, and opportunities that will make your time at the university as successful as possible. Complete the Know Before You Go Module between August 1 and August 16.

Students can purchase course materials in person at the campus bookstores or via the UofL Bookstore website.

Store Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meal plans are convenient, flexible, and loaded with options. Your meal plan includes dining locations all across campus with a range of menus and offerings. You’ll get guaranteed value, whether you eat on campus three times a week or three times a day! We’ve got you covered. See our Meal Plan options for more information.

You'll use the New Cards app to see your personalized Welcome Week schedule and to sign in to the Signature Events. With the New Cards app, you'll have answers at your fingertips, as well as phone and web links to frequent campus contacts, dining options and hours, and more.

Welcome Week is an exciting four days of events and activities that help first year, transfer, and returning students get the fall semester started off right. With over 50 events, Welcome Week will help you meet tons of new and upperclass students and make UofL your new home, all while enjoying an almost endless supply of free food and prizes. All freshmen are expected to attend Signature Events.





WELCOME WEEK | August 15-18, 2019

CLASSES BEGIN | August 19, 2019



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