Between 900 and 1,000 students – including new freshmen, transfer and readmitted students – are expected to start classes this week, said Christy Metzger, director of First Year Initiatives. Her office, in conjunction with units and departments across campus, pulled together new and existing events into WinterFest as a way to welcome them to UofL during the spring semester. Now in its third year, it is a smaller version of August’s Welcome Week.

“It’s really important that we take those first couple of weeks to show students what’s available here and offer them a hearty welcome,” Metzger said. 

While WinterFest is promoted to new students, all students are invited to participate.

The more than 50 activities include a fair highlighting student organizations, Zumba fitness and yoga classes, REACH seminars to help students develop time management and study skills, and the MLK Day of Service.

A major activity will be the Snow Ball Jan. 12 at the Speed Art Museum. Participants should come dressed up and enjoy music by DJ Prism. Students will be able to make masks, take pictures at a photo booth and go on a museum scavenger hunt. The ball is a partnership with the University of Louisville Dance Marathon and the Speed Art Museum.

See a full schedule of events.