Freshman Orientation

New Cards Freshman Orientation is a two-day program with a required overnight stay on campus. Attendance at all Orientation programming, including the overnight stay, is required in order to enroll in Fall 2018 classes. Orientation will prepare you for a successful transition to college and becoming a part of the Cardinal Family!

Click here to find orientation dates currently available for each academic unit. There are a limited number of spaces available at each session based on student majors and admission to the university honors program

Session Change Requests: If you would like to request a session change after receiving your confirmed session dates, please submit a Session Change Request Form. Changes are processed based on space availability, and confirmation of a new session date will be sent to student CardMail accounts approximately 3-5 business days after submission. The first session change is free; any additional session changes will require a $25 fee be paid before the request will be processed

Freshman Orientation is $130 per student. (This fee covers four meals, program materials, overnight accommodations on campus and all staff and administrative fees associated with the program.)

You may also register parents/guests for Family Orientation. Family Orientation is an optional, one-day program and is an additional $40 per guest registered. (This fee covers two meals, program materials and staff and administrative fees – overnight accommodations are provided for students only.) Please note that the family program is entirely separate from the student program, and is a concurrent session that takes place on day 1 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.

Fees, Cancellations and Refunds Policies

Orientation registration will be available beginning February 20 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Please note: Students will not be able to register for orientation until their enrollment deposit is paid. After February 20, please expect registration to be available approximately two business days after deposit is made.

Register for 2018 Freshman Orientation here! (registration will be available beginning February 20)

Session Change Requests: If you would like to request a session change after receiving your confirmed session dates, please submit a Session Change Request Form. Changes are processed based on space availability, and confirmation of a new session date will be sent to student CardMail accounts approximately 3-5 business days after submission. The first session change is free; any additional session changes will require a $25 fee be paid before the request will be processed.

  • Overnight linens (twin XL sheet, pillow, blanket – whatever you need to be comfortable for a one night stay in a traditional residence hall room!)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing appropriate for weather (umbrella, rain jacket, comfortable shoes)
  • Printed Orientation Parking Pass
  • Driver’s license or some form of ID (for student ID pick-up)
  • Username and passwords for ULink
  • Financial Aid Verification (if required, you will have been notified via CardMail)
  • Cash for Orientation t-shirt and Book-in-Common ($10 each)
  • Materials for taking notes
  • Checkbook and/or credit card (if you would like to pre-order textbooks)
  • List of questions
  • Snacks
  • Vehicle registration (Students interested in purchasing/ordering their on campus parking pass during New Student/Family Orientation need to bring a copy of their vehicle registration. This document is REQUIRED to complete the parking pass registration process.)
  • Service Project donation items

Click here to find information regarding parking at Freshman Orientation, directions, and a parking pass that you will need to print and display on your car dash to avoid ticketing. (Orientation is unable to cover costs of parking tickets if you do not display the parking pass or fail to park in the designated parking area.)

Students are required to attend ALL Orientation programming, including the overnight stay on campus in one of our traditional residence halls.

Student Day 1

Freshman Orientation will begin with check in at Miller Residence Hall at 7:00 a.m. EST on the first day of your assigned session. Orientation programming will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. in the Student Activities Center. On the first day of orientation, students will hear from and learn about various campus services and resources, including financial aid, campus safety, and academic units. Meals for the day will include lunch and dinner. Day 1 will conclude at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Student Day 2

The second day of orientation will begin with a brief morning meeting at approximately 7:45 a.m., immediately followed by breakfast. After breakfast, students will learn how to navigate various university technology platforms, and will have a final meeting with their academic advising units, all in preparation for ending the day with course registration. Lunch will also be served on day 2. Students should plan to be on campus until 5 p.m. EST, although check-out could occur anytime between 3-5 p.m. (Allowing extra time may give you the opportunity to take care of any other university business you may want to complete after checking out of orientation.)

Early Arrival

If you live more than 75 miles from campus and have registered for Early Arrival, you will check in to housing at Miller Residence Hall between 7-9 pm EST the evening before your scheduled orientation session. Dinner that night and breakfast the next morning are not provided, so please plan accordingly.

Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find the answers! If you have additional questions after that, please contact the Orientation Office at orient@louisville.edu or 502.852.7276 (office open Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm EST).

Make sure you are completing all necessary items in the “Before Orientation” section on the First-Time Freshman Checklist before your session date to make sure you are ready to join the Cardinal Family!