Transfer/Adult Orientation

A transfer student is a student who has attended an institution of higher learning other than UofL (not including dual credit completed during high school). An adult student is a student who has not previously attended a college or university, and graduated high school more than two years ago or is age 20 or older.

If you are joining the Cardinal Family in Spring 2021, watch your email and check back later for information about your orientation registration and completion process! Orientation registration for Spring 2021 is scheduled for release on November 4, 2020. The below information is for students entering in summer/fall 2020 only.

Becoming a Cardinal is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor

After you are admitted, schedule an appointment with your academic advisor by logging into CardSmart with your ULink username and password and clicking "make an appointment." View step-by-step instructions (opens PDF).  (If you experience an error, please allow 2-3 business days for the assignment of your academic advisor.)

2) Enroll in Classes

After you have completed academic advising, you will be ready to register for classes when registration is available. Please note that you will be required to complete pre-registration questions before gaining access to enrollment. These questions can be found in the “Tasks” tile in ULink.  Click here for the registration schedule.

3) Register for Online Transfer/Adult Orientation - $15 fee

Register for online orientation through your New Cards Gateway with the same email address and password created when you applied for admission. 

  • First, you will submit your orientation payment. 
  • About 30 minutes after payment is submitted, a registration link will be added to your Gateway.

To login to your Gateway for the first time:

  • Visit the New Cards Gateway and click “forgot your password?”
  • Enter the email address you used to apply to UofL and date of birth, then check that same email address for a special login pin.
  • Log in with that same email address, pin and date-of-birth and update your password.

Summer/Fall 2020 Orientation - Online Orientation

All on-campus orientation sessions for summer 2020 have been cancelled, and all orientation programming for transfer and adult students will be hosted online.  The online orientation module will be available in Blackboard approximately one business day after registration is completed.  To access the Online Orientation Program:

  • Login to Blackboard with your ULink userID and password.
  • After logging in, click Organizations in the left navigation bar.
  • Click on Summer/Fall 2020 Online Orientation to get started.
  • Once in the module, click on Start Here for instructions, and then navigate to the Orientation Modules.
  • You will need to complete the modules with a total assessment score of 70% to successfully complete your Orientation requirement.

Online Degree Program Students

If you are admitted to an online degree program, you will automatically gain access to register for an online orientation after you pay your orientation fee in your New Cards Gateway.  The registration link will be added to your Gateway approximately one hours after your orientation payment is submitted.

The online orientation module will be available in Blackboard approximately one business day after registration is completed.  


Orientation is a requirement for all incoming, degree-seeking students.  Failure to complete your orientation requirement will result in a registration hold for the next semester, and will prevent you from being able to obtain your official UofL transcript.


Please Note:  International students (non-immigrants) should not register for Transfer/Adult Orientation.  International students will complete a required International Student Orientation before classes begin.  Information regarding International Student Orientation will be communicated through the University of Louisville's International Center.  Welcome to UofL!