Welcome Week: FAQs

Students at Alumni PicnicWelcome Week is a critical component in each student's transition, and it is full of useful content and important personal connections to help you as you are beginning your time at the University of Louisville.

At this point in time, we are planning to continue the tradition of hosting Welcome Week events. You should plan to be available to participate August 18 - 22. As University of Louisville, state and federal guidelines are updated as part of COVID-19 response, we will adjust the Welcome Week programming as necessary and keep our campus community informed of any changes. More information will be released throughout the summer regarding event specifics. Be sure to download the UofL New Cards app from Google Play or the App Store (links below) to stay up-to-date!


What is Welcome Week?

Simply put, it's an essential part of making sure that your first year at UofL is a great one. Welcome Week is an exciting four days of events and activities that help first year, transfer and returning students get the fall semester started off right. Comprised of over 50 events in just a few days, Welcome Week helps students get connected to people on campus and make the university feel like home. You’ll will enjoy an almost endless supply of free food and prizes while you make some of the best friends and memories of your UofL experience. Download the UofL New CARDS app (linked below) or to get your personalized schedule, real-time event updates, campus maps and more!

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Do I need to attend every Welcome Week event?

Even the most enthusiastic student probably won’t attend all the events, but there are Signature Events that all first time freshmen are encouraged to attend. The dates and times of these events will be added to the schedule this summer so you can be sure you're available. Don't forget to bring your student ID to all Welcome Week events for admission and attendance tracking. Your personalized schedule will appear in the UofL New Cards app and will be emailed to you by your peer mentor by Wednesday, August 18.

Is Welcome Week just for students living on campus?

Welcome Week is for everyone, whether you’re a residential or commuter student.

I don’t know anyone on campus and don’t want to go to these big events by myself. Do I still have to go?

The great thing about Welcome Week is that it’s designed specifically to make sure you don’t stay solo for long. We have upperclass students at almost every event so they can help make it easier to mix and mingle, and many of our events (especially things like Cardinal Crew Connections meetups, SOUL, and SAB's evening events) are designed to make it easy to meet other students.

Can I bring my family to Welcome Week?

For Welcome Week 2021, we most Welcome Week events are for students only, but there will be designated opportunities for families to connect with campus staff at the Welcome Tents. 

Where should I park during Welcome Week?

Parking is free at the Floyd Street Garage during Welcome Week. Get directions to campus.

Why should I take part in Welcome Week?

Students tell us all the time that they made some of their best friends at Welcome Week, and it was one of the best times of their UofL experience. In addition to making friends and memories of a lifetime, you’ll be taking an important first step in a successful start at UofL. The events provide opportunities for you to make connections with faculty, staff, current and new students; to get comfortable on campus and take care of last-minute business; to have an easier transition to life as first-time UofL student; and, of course, to enjoy good food and tons of free giveaways. We look forward to seeing you there!

I still have a question about Welcome Week. Who should I ask?

You can ask your Student Orientation Staffer when the Cards Connection program begins on July 12. Otherwise, feel free to email firstyear@louisville.edu and we’d be happy to answer whatever questions you have.