Activate Your Accounts

Welcome to the University of Louisville!

Before you log in to any of UofL's online services, you will need to activate your UofL accounts.

Activating your University of Louisville accounts will give you access to your:

  • UofL student email
    • Communications will be sent to your UofL email regarding financial aid, campus housing, and is how your professors will stay in contact with you
  • ULink
    • Use ULink to register for classes, access your financial aid, tuition balance, and more
  • Blackboard
    • Blackboard is the University of Louisville's technology platform for in-person and online classes.  You can access your syllabus, grades, assignments and more in Blackboard for each of your classes.

Activating your UofL student accounts does not change your New Cards Gateway login and password.  You will need to continue to monitor your Gateway to complete important steps to officially join the Cardinal Family.  Check your New Cards Gateway regularly for items such as:

  • Updates to your application status
  • Scholarship application and action items
  • Paying your required enrollment deposit (for first-time freshmen)
  • New Cards Orientation registration and access

Instructions for activating your UofL accounts:

  • Go to to get your user ID using your Social Security Number (SSN) and your date of birth. Write your user ID and 7-digit student ID down or copy/paste them into a document so you can grab them for the next steps.
  • Go to ULink, our student portal.
  • Enter your user ID and your default password. Your default password will be:

Capital L


First 2 letters of your first name (lower case)


First 2 letters of your last name (lower case)


An exclamation point (!)


The last four digits of your numerical student ID

(Example: John Smith, with a numerical student ID of 1234567, has a default password of Ljosm!4567)

  • After logging in with the default password, click the Password Policy link to reset your password to one of your choosing. 
  • Once you reset your password, you may begin using your UofL email.  Visit your UofL email account to log in.
  • To login please use your and your re-set password.
  • You're all set! You will log on to ULink to register for and manage your classes, and access your grades, financial aid package, tuition bill along with other resources and important information.  If you have any problems with the above steps, please visit the Help Desk website.