Preferred Names Can Be Used on Cardinal Cards Starting September 21

The LGBT Center and Cardinal Card Office are pleased to announce that starting September 21, students who select a preferred first or middle name in ULink can also have that name appear on their Cardinal ID card.

In the last year the two offices have worked with campus constituency groups to implement a preferred name option that works for class and grade rosters as well as Blackboard. The process for selecting a preferred name is easy!  Simply log on to ULink and choose the "personal information" tab.  Once there, choose the "preferred name" link, enter a new first and/or middle name and save.

Because some critical functions like public safety still necessitate it, legal names will appear on the back of ID cards for ALL new card holders (both those who choose preferred names and those who do not) but in an inconspicuous way.  In almost every instance, a student will only be required to show the front of their card for services and identification.

In honor of the expanded preferred name option, the Cardinal Card Office is providing replacement cards FREE to those who bring in their old card. Before visiting the office to get a new card, students should:

  • Change their preferred name in ULink at least one business day before visiting the Cardinal Card office.  This will ensure that the new name is in the system and can be loaded onto the new ID card.
  • Bring in the old card (in order to get a new card free of charge).
  • Wait for the option to take effect September 21.

For more about Cardinal Cards, visit their website at

LGBT Center - Belknap

Cultural & Equity Centers

120 E. Brandeis Ave.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

Diversity & Equity Centers on Belknap Campus are open 
M-F 9am-5pm

HSC LGBT Center is open
M-F 9am-5pm

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LGBT Center - HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 209C/D

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861