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 upcoming 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


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, consider possible majors or Exploratory Pathways, and enroll in your first semester.

What to bring

  • 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

Where to go

  • Orientation check-in is from 8 to 9 a.m. on the fourth floor (street level with Jayhawk Boulevard) of the Kansas Union. Some advising appointments will occur elsewhere on campus (as will optional campus tours and open houses). See the schedule for more details.

Orientation staff hands a new student a KU flag in front of a check-in sign

View the Orientation schedule

Preview your full day of Orientation programming, including session times, locations, and details.

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

All Orientation staff members are 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, these staff members organize and oversee the Orientation process.

Where to stay

Planning an overnight stay in Lawrence? KU has partnered with a selection of local hotels to offer discounted rates to Orientation attendees.