First-time Freshman Checklist
Orientation registration for Summer 2017 will openFebruary 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm EST
- Activate your accounts AFTER you are admitted to UofL, and BEFORE you register for New Cards Orientation
- Your UofL Email (called CardMail) is your only source for official email communications from the University, including all details about your orientation session.
- Your ULink account gives you access to your grades, your financial aid package and your tuition bill.
- You will need your student ID number to activate, which can be found on your Certificate of Admission, or retrieved here.
All first-time, full-time students are required to live on campus.You may qualify for an exemption to this rule under some circumstances (for example, living at home with a parent or guardian). The 2017-2018 housing application will be available November 1, 2016.
Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year.
- Review your financial aid to-do list through your ULink account.
- Complete the IRS verification step when available.
Students and families can also review the most up-to-date costs available to attend the University of Louisville by inputting individual information into the Net Price Calculator.
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.
UofL has an initiative that enables you to stay on course and graduate in four years or the time frame of your choice. Check-out your Flight Plan and be prepared with your academic options before you come to orientation.
During your orientation experience you will have a chance to talk with academic advisors and ask any questions you may have about your flight plan.
Submit any college credit work, and AP/IB scores to the Office of Admissions prior to your orientation session. This will be used for your advising during orientation. If you do not have results by the date of your orientation session you will be advised accordingly and given options for once you have the official results.
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
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.
All incoming undergraduate students are required to complete BOTH AlcoholEdu (up to age 21) AND Haven (all ages). These are two separate courses, each with two parts. There is no fee for either course.
AlcoholEdu and Haven are designed to help you make well-informed decisions about alcohol and to better cope with the behavior of others. These courses have been helpful to many college students seeking ways to balance their new freedom living away from home with their need to establish a healthy and safe lifestyle as young adults.
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.
Book-in-Common (BinC) is an opportunity for all new students to come to campus with at least one shared experience: that of reading the same book. It’s always a great starting point for conversation, and the variety of perspectives reflects the diversity of opinions and experiences that comprise our UofL community. Book-in-Common is about more than just reading; what really brings those pages to life are the different conversations and events that take place all year.
Welcome Week is an exciting five 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 designated events