August 2016


Parents Association

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Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed a summer with your students. We're ready to dive back into the new academic year. Check out this newsletter for important updates for you and your student.


In this Newsletter


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Academic Calendar Fall 2016


Classes start Aug. 22, 2016 (Mon)
Last day of registration Aug. 22, 2016 (Mon)
Last day to drop/add Aug. 26, 2016 (Fri)
Labor Day holiday Sept. 5, 2016 (Mon)
Last day to apply for degree Sept. 14, 2016 (Wed)
Mid-term break Oct. 3-4, 2016 (Mon-Tues)
Last day to withdraw Oct. 24, 2016 (Mon)
Presidential Election Nov. 8, 2016 (Tues)
Thanksgiving break Nov. 23-27, 2016 (Wed-Sun)
Last day of classes Dec. 6, 2016 (Tues)
Reading day Dec. 7, 2016 (Wed)
Final exams Dec. 8-14, 2016 (Thur-Wed)
Degree date Dec. 14, 2016 (Wed)
Commencement Dec. 15, 2016 (Thurs)*

Cardinal Family Weekend is October 21-23
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Family Weekend 2016 is full of tradition and excitement and is a wonderful time for parents and families to reconnect with their student, allow students to share favorite campus places and activities with their family, and meet other Cardinal families. There are exciting programs and events to explore and enjoy the vibrant Cardinal community. Tickets are now available! Seating is limited, purchase your tickets today!



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Family Orientation 2016
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We had a blast meeting all the new Cardinal Proud Parents this summer. Check out the pictures from Family Orientations!

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Move-in Day Information
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A separate Move-in Day Publication will be sent to your student's email and will go live on the UofL Housing website by August 1.

Moving your college student into their first residence hall? No worries! The Parents Association will be right there with you for any questions you may have. Come find us at our various welcome tents at most residence halls to pick up your Proud Parent or Proud Grandparent t-shirt and learn more about what we can do for you!

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What time does my student move-in?
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Move-in day is August 17 beginning at 9 AM through 6 PM and we are just as excited as you and your students! This year, we will have more than 2,000 first-year students moving into the residence halls and we want to make sure you as prepared as possible. All the information that you need to make this process as smooth as possible can be found on Housing's Move-In Day Website. This website includes residence halls address, maps and directions, hall staff information and overall general information about the halls. However, if you still have questions or concerns, please give us a call at 502-852-6636 or 502-854-9011 or send us an e-mail at

What should my student bring to their new residence hall?

With move-in day only being a few short weeks away, you've likely started to shop for a few items here and there. UofL Campus Housing created this great list of what they suggest you bring for your student's new home. For more tips and tidbits, check out our Pinterest page for dorm room prepapration and move-in day tips!

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Parent & Family Move-in Day Reception at the University Club

Move-in Day is an exciting time for students and families, but it's also hard work! Parents and family members: come relax, enjoy complimentary refreshments and chat with Student Affairs staff while your student arranges their new room. Join us from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on August 17. We can’t wait to meet you!

Dining Options on Move-in Day

Free food for families!  Interested in seeing the kinds of delicious meals UofL Dining will be serving your students this year? Stop by the Ville Grill on Move-in Day! Students will purchase a meal through their meal plan and feed up to three family members for free. Experience your all-you-care-to-eat "kitchen away from home" and get any meal plan and nutrition questions answered. Lunch is served from 11 AM to 2 PM and dinner from 4 PM to 7 PM.

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Welcome Week 2016
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With over 50 events from Aug. 17-21, Welcome Week will help your student meet tons of new and upperclass students and make UofL their new home, all while enjoying an almost endless supply of free food and prizes. Encourage your student to follow First Year Initiatives on Twitter @UofLFYI for exclusive event updates, and get the semester started off right by attending some of these Welcome Week events!

Your student can download the UofL Welcome Week app to get real-time event updates, campus maps and more!

Key Welcome Week Events for Families
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Wednesday, August 17
  • UPS Family Welcome Stations (9AM –12PM)
  • Welcome Center and Info Lounge (9AM – 6PM)
  • Ville Grill Lunch (11AM–2PM) and Dinner (4PM– 7PM)
  • Parents Association Family Reception (2:30PM–4PM)
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Friday, August 19
  • Coffee & Juice with the Dean of Students (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • New Student Convocation (2:30PM–3:45PM)
  • Academic Unit Open Houses (4:00PM–5:00PM)
  • Parents Association Info Station (4:30PM-5:30PM)
  • Louisville Alumni & New Student BBQ (5PM–6:30PM)
  • President's Coffee & Dessert Reception (6PM-7PM)
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Student Season Football & Basketball Tickets
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Football and Men’s Basketball Student Season Tickets are available for $210. Be sure to help your student secure their spot in the student section this upcoming school year. They can enjoy enhanced benefits of being a student season ticket holder with the option to purchase an additional guest ticket, ability to transfer tickets to other students, and the chance to score your share of $100,000 cash! If UofL returns the opening kickoff of the first or second half for a touchdown in the Sept. 1 season opener versus Charlotte or the Oct. 22 Homecoming game versus NC State, 100 students in the student section will win $1,000 each. Don’t miss out on the action and visit the website below for all the details.

Commonwealth Credit Union has been Carded!
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You may have heard that Commonwealth Credit Union is the preferred partner for UofL … well, that’s worthy of celebration. Come party with the Commonwealth CU team from August 29th to September 2nd at the grand opening of their new branch at 2126 S Floyd Street. They’ll have games, specials, and the two greatest words in the English language: “free food.” Learn more about benefits available to members of the UofL Community. Here, we CUofL Differently.

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Important Resources
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Bursar's Office

If your student registered for courses prior to July 2, their Fall tuition has been posted to their ULINK account for review. Your NET amount payment, which is your Tuition and Fees MINUS your anticipated Financial Aid, is DUE on July 29, 2016.


The Bursar's Office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM for tuition payment processing on-site. 

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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office provides both walk-in and by appointment counseling to current and prospective students Monday through Friday.  They also provide assistance to both current and prospective students through their Call Center. Representatives are available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Representatives will answer general financial aid questions as well as some specific account inquiries. FERPA privacy restrictions may restrict us from answering some questions over the phone.

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If your student has not purchased their parking pass yet, they can purchase online or after moving into their new residence hall. It is highly recommended for you to purchase this pass online! Parking passes must be purchased by the first day of classes. Your students will be eligible for either a Yellow/Orange/Brown Resident pass or a Purple commuter pass. For more information, visit the website below.


Wondering where to purchase your student's textbooks? We have two bookstores right here on-campus with all the necessary books for your students! Check out their websites to compare pricing and availability today!


NOTE: The University Bookstore will price match with online competitors!


University Bookstore

Gray's Bookstore

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Cardinal Card/Meal Plan Reminder

Your student's meal plan is now activated! They can use it at any of our on-campus locations by using meal plan swipes or flex dollars. 


IMPORTANT: Your student MUST have their Cardinal Card in order to access his or her meal plan. The first card is always free and can be picked up in Houchens, LL05 beginning August 1.

A note from Campus Health Services
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Help your student navigate healthcare as an adult by reviewing the healthcare readiness checklist with them before they come to campus! Remind your first time freshman to submit their immunization records, complete part one of AlcoholEdu and Haven before classes begin, and decide whether or not to waive the Primary Care Health Fee. The checklist is available on the Campus Health Website

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Reminder of FERPA

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. What this means is the educational rights have been transferred from you to your student. They are completely in charge of their educational rights and have to grant you access to their records should they wish for you to have them. For more information on FERPA and what it means for you, check out this article from one of our favorite national blogs, College Parent Central.


Student Resources


Looking for activities and events, online resources or links for your students on campus?

Family Resources
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Parent Guide

Download your FREE copy of our Family Information and Campus Housing Guide.

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Card Safety

Encourage your student to download the new Card Guard app onto their smartphone! It is available for free in both the Apple iTunes store and Google Play. Just search for "Rave Guardian" to download for FREE.

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Campus Health

Learn about the Health and Wellness of your student and our community.




We are committed to partnering with you to provide the support necessary to ensure your student's success while in attendance at UofL.

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