Transfer/Adult Orientation - Summer/Fall 2021

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.

The following information applies to students entering UofL in Fall 2021. For Spring 2021 students, please visit Spring 2021 Transfer/Adult Orientation.

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

You can also view the Transfer & Adult Guide for a complete list of your next steps.

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.

Academic Advising Intake Form: You will need to complete an Academic Advising Intake Form prior to your advising appointment. This form will be accessible in your New Cards Gateway. Careful completion of this form will help your advisor provide you with individualized guidance based on your plans, interests, and possible areas of needed support.

2) Complete Virtual Orientation

The Transfer Orientation Module will be available in your New Cards Gateway beginning Monday, March 22, 2021.  You must submit your orientation fee before you will gain access to the module.

To register for Virtual Orientation

  • Log into your New Cards Gateway 
  • Pay the $15 Orientation Fee (in the Payments Section)

You can complete your Virtual Orientation module at your own pace - you will not be required to login on a specific date/time, however, you should expect the entire module to take 1-2 hours to complete. You will be able to start and stop as you need to, but will be required to complete all sections of the module in order to successfully complete your orientation requirement. The module will consist of multiple sections that present you information in a variety of ways to maximize engagement and learning, including videos, voiceovers, and presentation.

To access Virtual Orientation

  • Log into your New Cards Gateway 
    • You will login to your Gateway with your personal email address and password created at the time of application to UofL
  • Click on the "Summer/Fall 2021 Virtual Orientation" or "Summer/Fall 2021 Online Programs Orientation" link in the New Cards Gateway Checklist section
    • Note: This may take up to 1 hour to show after the registration fee is submitted
  • Use Google Chrome as your browser
  • On the Microsoft Sign In screen, enter your UofL email address in the format
    • Click Next
  • On the Enter password screen, enter your ULink password
    • Click Next

You will not be able to login if:

3) Enroll in Classes

After you have completed academic advising and orientation, 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.


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!