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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most people are friendly, there's almost always something to do.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our football stadium is quite large and grand, I park next to it everyday. The buses do work quite well most of the time, though they get packed at certain times a day. The engineering program is very popular, and seems quite intensive.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is really cool, one of my favorite spots. The Student Activity Center is fun to hang out in, though it is beginning to show its age.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The academic programs, the size of the campus and the people.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I do not like the living situation.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 206th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 497th
    Best Library
  • 658th
    Best Student Centers
  • 964th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1161st
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Muller
LaGrange, Ky.
French and English
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The University of Louisville has a rather big student body, so it needs a large amount of facilities. There are several libraries with multiple computer labs scattered around, a large student center equipped with spacious athletic facilities and restaurants, and a nice concert hall. However, some of the buildings need work, especially the academic buildings. The Humanities Building often leaks when it rains, and several classrooms have tile floors that are cracked and dirty. On the other hand, some of the facilities are really nice. Ekstrom Library, a student favorite, has been modernized with a new wing that has Heine Brothers’ Coffee and another computer lab, and Margaret Comstock Hall in the School of Music is one of the finer concert halls in the area.

However, even the facilities that need improvement are generally acceptable, they’re just uncomfortable. Students have even been known to create Facebook groups like, “Welcome to the oven, it’s hotter than L in here,” a reference to the extreme heating in the dorms. The University could greatly improve the aesthetics of campus just by changing little things and updating the cold gray stone of the SAC and Music School to make the campus more cheerful. At the same time, the architecture on the older side of campus by Third Street is beautiful and classically collegiate with its red brick and arches. Even with some needed improvements, the facilities on campus are pretty decent overall, and students seem generally satisfied.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
320 acres
Student Centers
Student Activities Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Ekstrom Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dorms
  • Heine Brothers' Coffee
  • Interfaith Center
  • SAC (Student Activities Center)
  • West Lawn
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Humanities Building
  • Heine Brothers' Coffee in Ekstrom Library
  • Jazzman's Café in the SAC
Movie Theater on Campus
Floyd Theater in the Student Activities Center
"Green" Initiatives
The campus has a new recycling program that will allow the University to send all its recycling to Indiana to be sorted and processed. The University partners with the Louisville Metro Climate Change Task Force and the Healthy Watershed Land Use Task Force, for which it provides research and resources, and there is also a student organization called GRASS that focuses on sustainability and green initiatives. Compostable soup cups are used in the SAC, and organic coffee is available in certain coffee shops.
School Slang
  • Blackboard: Online classroom system used for all U of L courses (not just the online classes). Here, you can check your grades, read messages from your professors, and even take exams.
  • Gen-Ed: General education courses, which all U of L students must take before graduating, regardless of their major
  • Gray's: Gray's Bookstore on South Fourth Street
  • GroupWise: The e-mail system used at U of L. Each student and faculty member has their own address. Be sure to check it often, or you might miss some important information.
  • Houchens: Houchens Building, home of the Cardinal Card Office, administrative offices, and the Career Development Center
  • IFC : The Interfaith Center, where most of the campus ministries are housed. From the outside, it looks like a polar bear exhibit or a bomb shelter, but students hang out here to do homework, watch movies, and meet people.
  • PEACC: Pronounced "peace," this acronym stands for Protection, Education, and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community. PEACC is a state-funded student organization that fights for those affected by domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and harassment.
  • REACH: Resources for Academic Achievement. This group provides academic services such as tutoring to help students succeed in their classes.
  • RSO: Recognized Student Organization. These organizations are clubs and groups that have officially been recognized by SGA and U of L.
  • SAC: Student Activities Center. The food court, student lounge, and athletic facilities are located here, as well as the student government offices.
  • SGA: Student Government Association. You'll hear about this group a lot on campus. It tries to make sure that students get the most from U of L, provides many of the student activities that you'll see on campus, and lobbies for lower tuition rates and other student causes.
  • SI: Supplemental Instruction, which are extra sessions for difficult classes taught by an older student. SI leaders offer worksheets, practice quizzes, more detailed lectures, and question-and-answer sessions.
  • Speed School: No, this isn't a school that you can just zoom through. It's actually U of L's school of engineering.
  • The Stadium: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. This is the stadium on South Floyd Street where students can park and take the bus to campus.
  • ULink: Web site for U of L students. You can pay tuition, schedule classes, and all sorts of other things here.
  • Annual Foam Party : The dance floor in the Red Barn is covered with tons of foam. This is often the wildest party on campus.
  • Fall/Spring University-Wide Career Fair: These career fairs are for all majors and offer students a chance to find a job for the summer or after graduation. There are usually more than 50 companies and organizations.
  • Movie on the West Lawn: During Welcome Weekend, the University puts a giant projector on the West Lawn by the SAC, and students watch movies while relaxing on blankets in the grass.
  • Shake Night at the IFC: The Interfaith Center gives away free milkshakes in exciting flavors like blueberry cheesecake and s'more during Welcome Weekend and orientation.
  • Welcome Weekend: During the first weekend of the fall semester, U of L hosts campus-wide barbecues, parties, organization fairs, and games. It's a time to meet new people and bring the magic back to campus for the new school year.
Urban Legends
  • Across campus there are cardinal birds painted on the ground with white circles around them. It's said that walking over them instead of around them will cause the Cardinals to lose upcoming games.
  • It's said that the honors house was once a brothel.
  • Students say that rubbing the dancer statue on the quad by the library will bring you good luck before a test.
Favorite Things To Do
Students can watch a performance at Thrust Theatre, listen to music at Margaret Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music, or check out a movie at the Floyd Theater. When they want to be more active, students like to participate in one of U of L's many intramural sports or cheer the Cardinals on at one of the athletic events. Looking for a party? There's one almost every weekend somewhere on campus.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Louisville Cardinal
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
U of L has more than 200 recognized student organizations and still more that fall under the heading of larger, national organizations. Popular groups include Dancing with the Cards (a weekly ballroom dance club), Greek life, GRASS (Group Recycling and Sustainable Solutions), diversity clubs, and various campus ministries.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
SGA has a DVD and VHS collection with more than 2,000 titles. Students can check out a movie for three to five days for free.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 66 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 9 responses

  • 36% Heine Brothers' Coffee
  • 29% SAC (Student Activities Center)
  • 14% West Lawn
  • 14% Greek Row
  • 7% Dorms
  • 0% Interfaith Center

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 38% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 63 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 19% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 44% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 33% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Walk around campus
  • 25% Attending movies at the Floyd Theater
  • 25% Study at the library

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% The "Happy Birthday" song originated here
  • 33% The White Squirell. Picture= free tshirt



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