I am a first-time freshman

I am a First-time Freshman

A first-time freshman is a student who has never attended a college or university (other than dual credit during high school), has graduated high school (or will graduate) within the past two years and is under the age of 20.


Welcome to the University of Louisville!  We are excited to see you on campus and assist you with your transition to college life and the Cardinal Family!


Which semester will you begin at UofL?

Spring 2024




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Orientation registration for Summer 2017 will open on February 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm EST

Prior to Freshman Orientation

1. Activate your student accounts:

  • Know your student ID number. You can find this number on your certificate of admissions.
  • Follow this link to set up your university email account and other online services. Please note: many university offices will only send information to your UofL email account.Your orientation information will ONLY be sent to this account.

2. Remember all first-time, full-time students are required to live on-campus.  You may qualify for an exemption to this rule under some circumstances (i.e. living at home with a parent or guardian).  To apply for housing please visit the Housing Website or find out more information about our exemption policy.

3. Review your financial aid information.

  • Be sure to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of your senior year.  More information can be found here.
  • View your financial aid to-do list through your ULink account.
  • Complete theIRS verification step when available.
  • Students and families can review the most up-to-date costs available to attend the University of Louisville by incorporating individual information into the Net Price Calculator.
  • Payment due dates and information.

4. Complete your testing and/or placement requirements. View requirements here.

  • Students with an ACT math sub score of LESS THAN 19 or a SAT math sub score of less than 460 are required to complete testing and/or placement requirements. View requirements here.
  • Foreign Language testing MUST be completed at least one week prior to orientation if you wish to enroll in a foreign language course your first semester. You can find more information here.
  • Engineering students will be contacted by Speed School offices regarding any necessary testing. For questions please contact the Speed School of Engineering at 502-852-6281.
  • If you intend to major in biology, chemistry, math, or are pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, or pre-pharmacy you are required to enroll in BIO 240. You must have an ACT science sub score of 24. If you do not meet this requirement you MUST take a biology placement exam. Watch your Cardmail for more information.

5. Submit your Student ID photo online. You will receive your Student ID at orientation.

6. Review the Healthcare Readiness Checklistand bring any questions with you to orientation. Prepare your immunization records. Immunization records are required by the University for all incoming freshman students. Find instructions here.

7. UofL has an initiative that enables you to stay on course and graduate in four years or the time frame of your choice.  Check-out your Flight Plan and be prepared with your academic options before you come to orientation.  During your orientation experience you will have a chance to talk with academic advisors and ask any questions you may have about your flight plan.  More information, including individual academic plans, can befound here.

8. Be sure to check the WHAT TO BRING list to prepare for your orientation experience.

9. Submit any college credit work, and AP/IB scores to the Office of Admissions. This will be used for your advising during orientation. If you do not have results by the date of your orientation session you will be advised accordingly and given options for once you have the official results.

After Orientation, Before Classes Begin:

  1. Make your tuition payment.  You can find your account balance on ULink.
  2. Submit your final high school transcript by August 1st. Your financial aid will not be disbursed if it is not on file.
  3. Order your parking pass online
  4. CompleteAlcohol EDU & Haven modules.
  5. Complete yourSTOMP modules
  6. Order your books from the University of Louisville Bookstore
  7. Verify your on-campus meal plan
  8. Read your Book-in-Common, Hidden America, and be ready to engage in events and discussions your first-year.
  9. Plan to participate in many of the Welcome Week events planned for the week prior to the start of classes.

Campus Health Services & Health Care Information

The University of Louisville's Campus Health Service's mission is to enhance students’ educational experience by providing confidential, affordable, effective and student-focused medical, mental and health education services. Make sure to check off all necessary requirements from your Freshman Checklist!

Student Agenda

Day 1

7:30 am      Check-in Opens at Strickler Hall Quad

8:15 am      Opening Activities

9:00 am      Welcome Program

9:35 am      Financial Aid and Bursar's Office

10:00 am    Faculty Expectations

10:15 am    First Year Initiatives

10:35 am    Campus Community and Responsibility

11:10 am    Academic Unit Meetings

12:15 pm    Lunch (including University Business Fair)

1:30 pm      Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement

2:00 pm      Campus Health Services

2:40 pm      REACH: Academic Assistance Programs

3:20 pm      Student Breakout Session A

3:45 pm      Student Breakout Session B

4:10 pm      Student Breakout Session C

4:35 pm      Student Breakout Session D

5:00 pm      Small Group Meeting

5:25 pm      University Freshman Picture

5:30 pm      Dinner (Residence Hall Tours available)

6:45 pm      "The Real World" Evening Program and Education Sessions

9:00 pm      Evening Entertainment Options

10:30 pm    Closing Activities


Day 2

7:15 am      Math Placement Testing (If student did not take before arrival)

7:45 am      Morning Regroup

8:00 am      Breakfast

8:40 am      Morning Welcome

8:50 am      University Technology Overview

9:15 am      Academic Advising (Group A) / The Cardinal Life (Group B)

11:10 am    Academic Advising (Group B) / The Cardinal Life (Group A)

1:00 pm     Lunch and Card Expo (RSO Fair)

2:00 pm     Class Registration and Housing Check-out

**Please do not make travel arrangements prior to 4 pm or book plane departures prior to 5 pm.  There is no way to know how long your class registration process will take before that day.  Contact the Orientation Office at 502.852.7276 with any questions.**

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Spring 2020 First-time Freshmen

First-time freshmen admitted for a spring semester do not attend a traditional two-day freshman orientation.

Follow these steps and you will be on your way to becoming a Cardinal!

Register for On-Campus Orientation - $40 fee 

*You will register for Freshman Orientation through your New Cards Gateway with the email address and password created when you applied for admission.*

Please note: All first-time freshmen must pay an enrollment deposit before they can register for orientation.  More details can be found on the First-Time Freshman Checklist.

On-campus orientation sessions for traditional first-time freshmen admitted for Spring 2020:

  • Friday, November 22, 2019 (Registration is now CLOSED)
  • Friday, December 20, 2019 

You should plan to be on campus for orientation from approximately 8:00 am - 3:00 pm ET.  Lunch will be provided for all registered students and guests.  More detailed information about the day will be sent to student UofL email accounts 3 days before your session.

The day will include :

  • Faculty Expectations presentation
  • Tutoring Services information
  • Student Success presentation
  • Financial Aid presentation
  • Campus Resource Fair
  • Campus Tour (wear your walking shoes and dress for the weather!)
  • Opportunities to meet current UofL students


Meet with an Academic Advisor

After registering for orientation, you can contact your academic advising center to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. 

Check out the New Cards First-Time Freshman Checklist

The New Cards First-Time Freshman Checklist will help you be prepared for the start of classes. 

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Dual Credit Transcript Requests

If you have completed dual credit classes (courses taken through a college that also earn you high school credit) UofL will need an official copy of each of your college transcripts to award you transfer credit.  While that course may also be on your high school transcript, credit cannot be awarded without the official copy from the college.  If you are unsure what college(s) your dual credit courses were through, please check with your high school guidance counselor.

Order your transcripts when you have finished taking all of your courses at that college, and your final grades have posted.  If you can have your transcripts sent before your freshman orientation session, great!  Otherwise, print out unofficial copies to bring with you to your orientation session to help ensure you are placed in the proper courses.

Below are links to request transcripts from colleges in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.  If you don't see your dual credit college on this list, just look up the school and search for "how to order a transcript" or go to the school's registrars office page. 


Public Universities in Kentucky



Eastern Kentucky University


Kentucky Community and Technical College System


Kentucky State University


Morehead State University


Murray State University


Northern Kentucky University


University of Kentucky


Western Kentucky University



Public Universities in Southern Indiana



Indiana University Southeast


Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana


Vincennes University