First-time Freshman Checklist
Orientation registration for Summer 2017 will openFebruary 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm EST
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 (CardMail).
- 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.
- CardMail is your only source for official email communications from the University, including all details about your orientation session.
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 2017-2018 housing application is now available.
If you haven't completed your 2017-2018 FAFSA, do so as soon as possible. UofL's school code is 001999.
Once you've submitted your FAFSA:
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool if you are eligible to do so.
- Review your Financial Aid To Do List via your ULink account when notified by the Student Financial Aid Office and on a regular basis.
You can use our Net Price Calculator to receive an estimated net price of attendance.
Freshman Orientation is a mandatory two-day program with a required overnight stay. Students must attend all portions of the program. Orientation will prepare you for a successful transition in becoming a Louisville Cardinal.
Your registration lets us know that you plan to join the Cardinal Family in Fall 2017!
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. 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.
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.
The 2017-2018 flight plan will be available at the end of May 2017, but you may review previous flight plans as reference.
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