Virtual Freshman Orientation

Virtual Freshman OrientationWith the health and safety of our newest Cardinals as a top priority, summer 2020 New Cards Orientation will be transitioned to a Virtual Orientation Program.  While many things in the world around us are changing and uncertain, our commitment remains the same - supporting our students and families in their transition to the Cardinal Family while providing the best possible orientation experience.

Your Virtual Orientation experience will consist of three parts:

  • Virtual Freshman Orientation Module
  • Virtual Academic Advising Appointment
  • Fall 2020 Course Enrollment


The student fee for Virtual Orientation will be $25. 

You will register for Virtual Orientation through your New Cards Gateway with the personal email and password created at the time of application to UofL.  To register:

  • Login to your New Cards Gateway
  • Accept your Offer of Admission and pay your Enrollment Deposit
  • Verify your academic major
  • Pay your $25 Virtual Orientation student fee
  • Register for access to your Virtual Freshman Orientation module

Virtual Freshman Orientation

You can complete your Virtual Freshman Orientation module at your own pace – you will not be required to login on a specific date/time; however, you should expect the entire module to take about 2 hours to complete.  You will be able to start and stop as you need to, but will be required to complete all sections of the module in order to successfully complete your orientation requirement. 

The module will consist of multiple sections that present to you information you would have received at a traditional freshman orientation session in a variety of ways to try to maximize engagement and learning, including videos, voiceovers, and presentations. 

You must complete the entire Virtual Orientation module before your Academic Advising appointment.  Please complete at least one business day before your appointment to make sure you have access to register for classes.

To access Virtual Freshman Orientation

  • Log into your New Cards Gateway approximately 1 business day after submitting registration
  • Click on the "Complete Your Virtual Orientation" link in the New Cards Gateway Checklist section
  • Use Google Chrome as your browser
  • On the Microsoft Sign In screen, enter your UofL email address in the format
    • Click Next
  • On the Enter password screen, enter your ULink password
    • Click Sign In

You will not be able to login if:

  • You enter your email address incorrectly
  • Your University accounts are not activated
  • You have not been loaded in for access yet (remember, it could take up to 1 business day from receipt of this email)

Virtual Academic Advising

After you register for Virtual Freshman Orientation, contact your academic advising unit as soon as possible to schedule a virtual academic advising appointment.  A list of advising centers can be found by clicking here.  Once on the page, select your advising unit to find information about how to schedule an appointment.  If you are unsure which advising unit you should contact, please email us at and we will assist you.

You must complete your Virtual Freshman Orientation module before your appointment in order to enroll in classes with your advisors assistance at the conclusion of your appointment.  There is also important information to help you prepare for advising in the Virtual Freshman Orientation module.

Make sure you are ready for your here for steps to help you prepare!  

Academic Advising Intake Form:  You will need to complete an Academic Advising Intake Form prior to your advising appointment.  The form will be accessible in your New Cards Gateway approximately 1 hour after you submit orientation registration.  Careful completion of this form will help your advisor provide you with individualized guidance based on your plans, interests, and possible areas of needed support.

Course Enrollment

All students must complete both Virtual Orientation and attend an academic advising appointment before gaining access to course enrollment for fall 2020.  If you have already completed your entire Virtual Freshman Orientation module before your Academic Advising appointment (which we highly recommend!) you will be able to register for your classes immediately with the assistance of your advisor.  Otherwise, you will gain access to course registration approximately 48 hours after completion of the orientation program.

Additional Information

Activating University Accounts: You will need to activate your University accounts in order to login to Virtual Freshman Orientation and enroll in classes.  If you have not yet activated your accounts, click here for activation instructions.  If you have already activated, but do not remember your login information or password and need assistance in resetting, click here for information from the UofL IT Help Desk.

Major Changes:  It is of the utmost importance that you are admitted to the correct academic unit and major when you attend your academic advising appointment, as appointments are scheduled with specific academic units.

If you need to request a major change, click here (login is required - use your New Cards Gateway login credentials).

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellation of your Orientation registration must be received before accessing the Virtual Orientation Module to receive a refund of your $25 Virtual Orientation Fee.  Cancellations and refunds will automatically be processed when you change your admissions decision to a decline status through your New Cards Gateway. Refunds will be credited to the payment method used at registration.

Virtual Transition Programming

CARDS Insider Series

These virtual information sessions will provide you with helpful information to start your Cardinal journey off on the right foot. During each session you can ask questions and have them answered live! 

  • Classroom Tips from a Faculty Favorite
    • June 24 @ 7pm EDT on Facebook LIVE:
    • Dr. Edna Ross - a favorite faculty member among UofL students - will provide helpful insight on how to be successful in the classroom. In this engaging session, Dr. Ross will answer your questions and share some tips for your academic journey at UofL.
  • REACHing New Heights with Academic Assistance Programs
    • June 30 @ 7 pm EDT on Facebook LIVE:
    • Learn about REACH, UofL's FREE academic assistance program available for all students. Hear testimonials from a current student and a student tutor!

SOS Small Group Meetings

If you completed orientation, advising and course enrollment before August 3, you will be assigned to a Student Orientation Staff member to help you with your successful transition to UofL. You will be required to attend ONE virtual small group session with your SOSer and a few other students within your academic unit. Watch your email for registration information after you enroll in classes.

If you enrolled in classes on August 3 or later and would like to be paired with a SOSer, please email us at and we will help you connect.

Additional Virtual Programming

  • Critical Cardinal Conversations
    • August 3 @ 6 pm EDT via Zoom
    • The Office of Admissions, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Equity, is offering a virtual space for our incoming students to engage in conversations with UofL Staff and each other around race, community, and action, including dialogue concerning racial justice. This session will also include time to express fears, ask questions, and find support as you begin your Cardinal journey. 

      Critical Cardinal Conversations is a two-hour virtual event that will include time together to talk about the University commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as dedicated time with the community of your choosing. Spots are limited and first come, first serve.  The registration deadline is Thursday, July 23. To register, log in with the your New Cards Gateway credentials

Contact Us

Questions?  The Orientation Programs office is here to help!  Email us () or call (502.852.7276) and leave a voice message and we will get back with you!  We are looking forward to welcoming you to the Cardinal Family!

We hope that you have had a successful transition to virtual learning in your high school setting, and that you have both a device and internet access that enables you to engage in the platforms we will be using for Virtual Orientation and Advising.  If not, please let us know and we will work to find you accommodations.