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First Year Initiatives

07 Aug First Year Initiatives


For your information, at UofL this acronym means First Year Initiatives. FYI leads the way on keeping new and experienced students involved in campus life and on track to graduation. The programming and activities reflect a commitment to civic, academic, personal and social aspects of UofL. Here are a few ways to get involved.

Welcome Week

Have fun at Welcome Week? Good. With more than 50 events in five days, Welcome Week is designed to help new students transition from high school student to first time UofL student. Upperclassmen are encouraged to participate as a way for them to celebrate their return to campus for the year. The week of fun includes everything—social outings, workshops, tours and annual traditions.

With more than 50 events in five days, Welcome Week is designed to help new students transition from high school student to first time UofL student.


How exciting is it to come to UofL and already have a mutual interest with other students? That’s the idea behind Book-in-Common, a series of events relating to the themes and characters from one book the entire campus reads. Along with making a meaningful connection with other students, faculty and staff at the BinC event during Welcome Week, you’ll also get to explore the book’s themes through a number of perspectives in classes throughout the year and from a series of interactive out-of-class activities, including service opportunities, keynote lecture and more. This year’s book is “Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work.”

CARDS Success Series

During Welcome Week, you recieved your first introduction to the CARDS Success Series, a yearlong series of events and activities that will help make your transition into college as successful as possible. All of these activities will center on five pieces of the UofL experience: Community, Academics, Responsibility, Diversity, and Service. Make sure to swipe in at each event to earn a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.


Through the monthly FRY newsletter, FYI keeps new, transfer and returning students in the know so everyone can have a first-rate year. Articles point to upcoming campus events and resources, introduce people on campus, and help you find free food. New students will receive a monthly email for each publication and returning students know to bookmark the FYI website.


Sure, it can get a little chilly (OK, downright frigid) during those long winter months in Louisville. But that doesn’t stop students from experiencing all the activities offered during the WinterFest celebration.

With more than 50 events in five days, Welcome Week is designed to help new students transition.

Every year upon returning to campus in January after winter break, students encounter a host of fun events ranging from movies to seminars to free lunches. WinterFest is a great way to get you back in the swing for spring semester.

From the Acting Vice President Of Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Dear New Students,

Welcome to the University of Louisville! We are glad you have chosen to be part of the UofL family.

As a new member of our community, take some time to acclimate and learn about the many diverse and exciting opportunities available to you at UofL. Our traditions are an important part of the Cardinal legacy and are the ties that help bind former Cardinals to their alma mater.

Having had the unique opportunity to be a UofL student, staff member, instructor and now dean of students, I can fully appreciate all that the Cardinal community and its traditions have to offer. This is an exceptional and unique place, with so many wonderful people, places, events and programs. You should easily find ways to connect with others while experiencing a multitude of opportunities to learn, have fun, lead and give back.

I encourage you to make the most of this community’s great diversity of opportunities (without neglecting your studies). Engage in and celebrate our traditions. Get to know your faculty and talk with your advisers. Get involved on campus, join an organization, bond with others and cheer on the Cardinal athletic teams. Check the calendar for upcoming events or follow on Facebook.

Soak in all that the Cardinal experience has to offer, because your college career is your unique journey. I assure you these things will greatly enhance your collegiate experience and help you develop lifelong, meaningful relations with your university and other Cardinals. I wish you all the best for a successful year.

Michael Mardis, PhD, Class of ’94, ’96, ’07