July 23, 2015


Parent's Association Newsletter

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We hope you enjoyed Family Orientation this summer. This edition of the newsletter is a preview of key information for the start of the Fall 2015 semester in prep for your student’s arrival to campus


In This Newsletter

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Academic Calendar Fall 2015


Classes start Aug. 24, 2015 (Mon)
Last day of registration Aug. 24, 2015 (Mon)
Last day to drop/add Aug. 28, 2015 (Fri)
Labor Day holiday Sept. 7, 2015 (Mon)
Last day to apply for degree Sept. 16, 2015 (Wed)
Mid-term break Oct. 5-6, 2015 (Mon-Tues)
Last day to withdraw Oct. 26, 2015 (Mon)
Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-29, 2015 (Wed-Sun)
Last day of classes Dec. 7, 2015 (Mon)
Reading day Dec. 8, 2015 (Tues)
Final exams Dec. 9-15, 2015 (Wed-Tues)
Commencement Dec. 18, 2015 (Fri)

Upcoming Freshman Summer Sendoff Events
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2015 Summer Sendoff Dates - RSVP Now!


Oldham County: July 27, 6:00 pm ET
Northern KY: Aug. 2, 5:00 pm ET
Frankfort: Aug. 4, 6:00 pm ET
Madisonville: Aug. 5, 6:00 pm CT
Bowling Green: Aug. 11, 6:00 pm CT
Lexington: Aug. 12, 6:00 pm ET

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You and your student are invited to a special send off picnic hosted by the UofL Parents Association and the UofL Alumni Association. This gathering will allow you to meet and greet fellow freshmen and their families from your area who will attend UofL this fall.

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Registration Now Open for Family Weekend (Sept. 25-27)
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Make plans now for Cardinal Family Weekend on September 25-27. Family Weekend is a Cardinal tradition designed for the entire family. Join us for various campus events, a pregame lunch and tailgating party, cheering on the Cardinal football team against the Samford Bulldogs, and a Sunday Brunch. Detailed Schedule now available. Learn more and register below!  Game tickets are limted, order by Aug. 31 to secure tickets!

Move In Day Information (Aug. 19)
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The Basics

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.  This publication will contain maps, directions for traffic flow, and all pertinent information on the logictics of the day.  In the meantime follow the link below for the Housing Herald for a general update on summer preparations for the opening of Fall 2015.

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Move-in day is August 19 beginning at 9 AM through 6 PM and we are just as excited as you and your students! Go directly to your student's assigned hall. Once you reach the residence hall, you will be able to unload everything out of your car in front of your hall. Once you’ve unloaded, you will need to go to your designated parking area (will be included in the Aug. 1 email). Be on the lookout for volunteer Move-In Helpers to help you with unloading and carrying items.

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Family Welcome Stations

Get your questions answered by Parents Association staff, enjoy water and snacks, grab your FREE Parent Guide, Cardinal Parent Proud Decal, purchase Proud Parent t-shirts, Welcome Week schedule, local shopping/dining maps and learn about the UPS Tuition incentive! Locations: Bettie Johnson Hall, Louisville Hall, Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall & Unitas Tower

Move-In Day Dining/Receptions (Aug. 19)
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SAC Student & Family Info Station (9 AM-6 PM)

Come by Jazzman's Cafe in the SAC. Families can refresh with drinks, free samples and prizes sponsored by Sodexo. Event guides, local shopping/dining maps, computer access, and answers to your questions are all here!

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Ville Grill Lunch (11 AM-2 PM) & Ville Grill Dinner (4 PM-7 PM)

Free food for families!  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.

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Move-in Day Parent & Family Reception @ the University Club (2:30 PM-4PM)

Move-in Day is an exciting time for students and families, but it can also be hard work! Parents and family members: come relax, enjoy complimentary refreshments, learn about membership options for the University Club, enjoy a cash bar, and chat with Student Affairs staff while your student arranges their new room. Can’t wait to meet you!

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Wednesday, Aug. 19th
  • 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, Aug. 21st
  • Coffee & Juice with the Dean of Students (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Family Friendly Info & Dining Station (12:00PM–3:00PM)
  • Academic Unit Open Houses (3:00PM–4:00PM)
  • New Student Convocation (4:30PM–5:30PM)
  • Louisville Alumni & New Student BBQ (5:30PM–7PM)
  • President's Coffee & Dessert Reception (6:30PM-8PM)
Parent Guide to Student Technology
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For new students and their parents, understanding campus technology can be a challenge. Information Technology (IT) at the University of Louisville has made technology easier by offering a summary of the technology your students will use while here at UofL

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Cardinal Card/Meal Plan
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Cardinal Card Basics

The Cardinal Card is the official identification card for University of Louisville students, faculty, and staff.  The Cardinal Card is used for: identification, library card, meal plan purchases; cardinal cash purchases; facilities/door access; access to athletic facilities/events; discounts; and free TARC services.  Parents can also utilize the Cardinal Card website to deposit funds onto their student’s card throughout the year.  In order to learn much more about the Cardinal Card, follow the link below.

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Meal Plan Basics
  • Your student’s ID will have the meal plan activated and ready to use on August 3rd.  Flex dollars can be used at a limited number of food services.
  • Limited dining service begins on the 19th; Full dining services begin August 24th.  
  • Your student can always upgrade or adjust their meal plan based on their dining needs through early Sept.
  • Does your student have food allergies or dietary needs? Have them ask to speak with the Head Chef and manager at the Ville Grill.  They can help students know how to eat in a healthful and safe way to meet their specific needs!
  • Learn more about your student’s meal plan and check on FAQ's by following the link below
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Student Parking On Campus

Visit the parking website to learn more about parking and transportation options at UofL.  Here your student can purchase their permit online if they desire.  Your student must set up an account and enter his/her UofL username and password.  Although, your students will be able to purchase their permit in person during Welcome Week by visiting the Parking Office, ONLINE PERMIT PURCHASING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  If you have questions, please contact the UofL Parking Office at (502) 852-7275.  As you can imagine, lines can form with so many students so try to visit the Parking Office as early in the day as possible.

Textbook Purchases & Rentals

University of Louisville students will be able to save money through an expanded textbook rental program offered by the UofL bookstore. UofL and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, which operates the campus bookstore, are teaming up to offer the program.  It will allow students to buy new or used books or to rent them for the semester.

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Student Resources


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

Tuition FAQ's

With the upcoming Fall 2015 semester upon us, just a reminder the Bursar’s Office has a Parent FAQ page to help answer some very detailed questions on tuition payment and other topics related to student billing.  Follow the link below to stay informed.

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Family Resources
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Parent Guide

Download the Parent Guide for information about the UofL community.

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CardSafety/UL Mobile

Learn how your student can help keep themselves safe with our emergency app.

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Campus Health

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

About UofL Parent's Association
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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