Welcome Week: FAQs


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 40 events, 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 to get real-time event updates, campus maps and more!

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 expected to attend. Don't forget to bring your student ID and your Welcome Week name badge/lanyard to all Welcome Week events for admission and attendance tracking.

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 Playfair, SOUL, SOSer Reunions and Kick Back in the Stacks) are designed to make it easy to meet other students.

Can I bring my family to Welcome Week?

Of course! There are a variety of events that your family can attend on move-in day before you meet up with your peer leader and small group (your Cardinal Crew) for the evening's events.

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?

If you came to Summer Orientation check with your SOSer. Otherwise, feel free to email firstyear@louisville.edu and we’d be happy to answer whatever questions you have.