Transfer/Adult Orientation

A transfer student is a student who has attended an institution of higher learning other than UofL (not including dual credit completed during high school). An adult student is a student who has not previously attended a college or university, and graduated high school more than two years ago or is age 20 or older.

Becoming a Cardinal is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor

After you are admitted, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor by logging into CardSmart with your ULink username and password and clicking "make an appointment." View step-by-step instructions (opens PDF).  (If you experience an error, please allow 2-3 business days for the assignment of your academic advisor.)

2) Enroll in Classes

After you have completed academic advising, you will be ready to register for classes when registration is available.  Click here for the registration schedule.

3)Register for Transfer/Adult Student Orientation - $40 fee

Register for your orientation session through your New Cards Gateway with the same email address and password created when you applied for admission.

To login to your Gateway for the first time:

  • Visit the New Cards Gateway and click “forgot your password?”
  • 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.
  • Log in with that same email address, pin and date-of-birth and update your password.

On-Campus Orientation Sessions - Summer/Fall 2020

Attendance at an on-campus orientation session is required for all students who are not admitted into an online degree program.  The date selection link will be added to your New Cards Gateway approximately one hour after orientation payment is submitted. 

On-campus orientation sessions for transfer and adult students admitted for Summer 2020:

  • Friday, May 22, 2020
    • 8:15 am - 1:00 pm ET
    • optional campus tour at 1 pm

On-campus orientation sessions for transfer and adult students admitted for Fall 2020:

  • Friday, July 24, 2020 
    • 8:15 am - 1:00 pm ET
    • optional campus tour at 1 pm
  • Thursday, July 30, 2020 (afternoon session)
    • 2:30 - 8:00 pm ET
    • optional campus tour at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, August 7, 2020 
    • 8:15 am - 1:00 pm ET
    • optional campus tour at 1 pm

Transfer and adult freshmen students should plan to be on campus for orientation on their scheduled date for the entirety of programming.  Lunch will be provided for all registered students and guests in morning sessions, and dinner will be provided for the afternoon session.  Morning sessions will be from approximately 8:00 am - 1:00 pm ET, and afternoon sessions from approximately 3:00 - 8:00 pm ET (times are estimates and subject to change).  More detailed information about the day will be sent to student UofL email accounts 3 days before their scheduled session.

The day will include :

  • Faculty Expectations presentation
  • Tutoring Services information
  • Student Success presentation
  • Financial Aid presentation
  • Campus Resource Fair
  • Optional Campus Tour (wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather!)

Online Degree Program Students

If you are admitted to an online degree program, you will automatically gain access to register for an online orientation after you pay your orientation fee in your New Cards Gateway.  The registration link will be added to your Gateway approximately one hours after your orientation payment is submitted.

The online orientation module will be available in Blackboard approximately one business day after registration is completed.  The summer/fall 2020 module is currently scheduled for release to registered students on March 17.  Preregistered students will be notified via email when the module is available. 


Orientation is a requirement for all incoming, degree-seeking students.  Failure to complete your orientation requirement will result in a registration hold for the next semester, and will prevent you from being able to obtain your official UofL transcript.


Please Note:  International students (non-immigrants) should not register for Transfer/Adult Orientation.  International students will complete a required International Student Orientation before classes begin.  Information regarding International Student Orientation will be communicated through the University of Louisville's International Center.  Welcome to UofL!