Your Orientation day

With KU closer than ever, it’s time to attend your last major milestone: Orientation. Here’s what to know about your online or in-person session.

Session highlights

Orientation Assistant presenting on stage

Rock Chalk Welcome

You’ll begin the day with an introduction to Orientation programs and your transition to KU.
Three students sitting in an auditorium at Orientation

Student-to-student

In your student-to-student session, you’ll meet other future Jayhawks in your major or with similar academic interests. In our experience, these sessions often form the basis for future friendships.
Student and advisor working on a laptop

Advising and enrollment

You’ll also attend a one-on-one appointment with your advisor. Together, you’ll discuss your future plans, possible majors or Exploratory Pathways, and enroll in your first semester.

Orientation schedules

Freshman Orientation schedule (in-person)
Morning and afternoon timesSession details and locations
7:15-7:45 a.m. & 
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Check-in and refreshments
Kansas Union, 4th Floor

Advising Help Room
Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor
Update your KU major or area of interest.
8-9 a.m. &
1-2 p.m.
Rock Chalk Welcome
Kansas Union, Ballroom, 5th Floor
Kick off with an introduction to the Jayhawk experience.
9-11:30 a.m. &
2-4:30 p.m.
Student-to-student group
See info letter for time and location
Meet your Orientation assistant and other new students.

Academic advising and enrollment
See info letter for time and location
Meet with your advisor to enroll in classes.
11:30 a.m.-noon &
4:30-5 p.m.
Orientation checkout
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
Pick up your checkout gifts and Orientation materials.

Advising help room
Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor

Zoom details will be included in your schedule email.

Freshman Orientation schedule (online)
Morning and afternoon timesSession details
9-9:45 a.m. &
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Rock Chalk Welcome
Kick off with an introduction to the Jayhawk experience.
10 a.m.-noon & 
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Student-to-student group
See schedule email for start time
Meet your Orientation assistant and other new students.

Academic advising and enrollment
See schedule email for start time
Meet with your advisor to enroll in classes.
11:30 a.m.-noon &
4:30-5 p.m.
Orientation Hospitality Room
Staff members from the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs can assist you with any advising or IT concerns.
Freshman Orientation schedule (in-person)
Morning and afternoon timesSession details and locations
7:15-7:45 a.m. & 
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Check-in and refreshments
Kansas Union, 4th Floor

Advising Help Room
Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor
Update your KU major or area of interest.
8-9 a.m. &
1-2 p.m.
Rock Chalk Welcome
Kansas Union, Ballroom, 5th Floor
Kick off with an introduction to the Jayhawk experience.
9-11:30 a.m. &
2-4:30 p.m.
Student-to-student group
See info letter for time and location
Meet your Orientation assistant and other new students.

Academic advising and enrollment
See info letter for time and location
Meet with your advisor to enroll in classes.
11:30 a.m.-noon &
4:30-5 p.m.
Orientation checkout
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
Pick up your checkout gifts and Orientation materials.

Advising help room
Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor

Zoom details will be included in your schedule email.

Freshman Orientation schedule (online)
Morning and afternoon timesSession details
9-9:45 a.m. &
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Rock Chalk Welcome
Kick off with an introduction to the Jayhawk experience.
10 a.m.-noon & 
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Student-to-student group
See schedule email for start time
Meet your Orientation assistant and other new students.

Academic advising and enrollment
See schedule email for start time
Meet with your advisor to enroll in classes.
11:30 a.m.-noon &
4:30-5 p.m.
Orientation Hospitality Room
Staff members from the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs can assist you with any advising or IT concerns.

Parents and guests will attend their own Orientation sessions. 
View those schedules here.




What to bring

If you’re attending in person, add these to your to-bring list:

  • Final scores or transcripts: If you have remaining test scores or transcripts to submit, bring them to your session and take care of it there.
  • Weather-appropriate clothes: It’s Kansas, so expect a surprise.
Student receiving their KU ID card at Orientation

Your Jayhawk guides

Orientation Assistant greets Orientation attendees

Orientation Assistants

Our Orientation Assistants are current KU students who are trained to help you get the most out of your session. They’ll be with you throughout your session, answering questions, offering advice, and preparing you for Jayhawk life.
Student and guest speaking to an Orientation staff member

Orientation Staff

Each Orientation staff member is from the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs, which means they’re experts at providing new students with the information and tools they need to excel in their first semesters at KU. Together, they organize and oversee the Orientation process.

Weekly webinars and info sessions

Throughout June and July, we host a free, weekly series of supplementary webinars, followed by KU Band info sessions. Conducted live over Zoom, these events will cover programs and opportunities available to you in your first year. Register for a webinar here.

Webinar schedule | 2 – 3 p.m. CST
Zoom passcode: 2021

  • June 7 | Experiential Learning at KU
    In this webinar, you’ll explore the rich possibilities of experiential learning, which connects what students learn in the classroom to hands-on, real-world situations outside of it.
  • June 14 | KU Athletics 101
    Join athletics representatives to learn about KU sporting events, student passes you might need, and what to expect this fall.
  • June 21 | Student Involvement & Leadership 
    Join this session to learn about campus involvement opportunities, connecting with other students and the KU community, and how to make the most out of your time as a Jayhawk.
  • June 28 | Sorority & Fraternity Life 101
    Sorority and fraternity life at KU is a great way to find your place on campus. Join this session to learn about the opportunities available to you when you join a Greek organization.
  • July 6 | Community Service & Civic Engagement
    Join this session to learn about volunteer and service opportunities around KU and the wider community.
  • July 12 | Jayhawk Money Talk
    Join this session to discuss personal budgeting, college financial planning, student loans, and other major money matters.
  • July 19 | Navigating KU: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
    Fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is our priority. Join this session to learn about resources and offices that are committed to providing safe and empowering spaces for all students.
  • July 26 | Living on Campus: Housing & Dining
    Living on campus offers community and convenience. Join this session to explore on-campus housing and dining options to feel prepared before you come to campus.

KU Band information sessions | 4 – 4:30 p.m. CST
Zoom passcode: 617907

Interested in KU Band? Attend this weekly info session to learn more about the band program. They will occur every Monday, except for the Tuesday, July 6, session. Questions should be directed to Matthew Smith at maosmith@ku.edu