Parents and guests

Orientation isn’t just for students. We invite parents and guests to share in the experience and attend alongside their Jayhawks.

What to expect

You and your student will start the day together, with the Rock Chalk Welcome. After that, you’ll break off for your own separate activities. Like your student, you’ll attend information sessions about first-year expectations and opportunities. This is a chance for you to engage one-on-one with staff and faculty, ask questions, and learn about the student experience at KU.

Student and guest having a conversation at Orientation

Advising and enrollment

Students will attend an advising and enrollment appointment with their academic advisor. As a parent or guest, you will not attend advising with your student, since this session allows them to begin developing a strong relationship with their academic advisor. However, we encourage you to discuss your student’s plans for their advising session ahead of time.

Student and advisor at an advising session

Orientation schedules

Parents & guests (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
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
9:15-10:15 a.m. &
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Supporting your student’s needs: academic preparation and wellbeing
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium, 5th Floor
Learn how KU emphasizes wellness and academic success, plus helpful ways parents and guests can support their student’s transition to KU.

10:30-11:15 a.m. &
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Navigating KU as a Jayhawk parent and Orientation guest
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium, 5th Floor
Learn about involvement opportunities and campus resources geared toward parents and Orientation guests.
11:30 a.m.-noon &
4:30-5:00 p.m.
Orientation Checkout
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
Reunite with your student and collect checkout gifts and materials.

Advising Help Room
Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor

Zoom details will be included in student info letter

Zoom details will be included in student info letter
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.
10-10:45 a.m. &
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Supporting your student’s needs: academic preparation and wellbeing
Learn how KU emphasizes wellness and academic success, plus helpful ways parents and guests can support their student’s transition to KU.
11-11:45 a.m. &
2:30-3:15 p.m.
Navigating KU as a Jayhawk Parent & Guest
Learn about involvement opportunities and campus resources geared toward parents and Orientation guests.
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 & guests (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
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
9:15-10:15 a.m. &
2:15-3:15 p.m.

Supporting your student’s needs: academic preparation and wellbeing
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium, 5th Floor
Learn how KU emphasizes wellness and academic success, plus helpful ways parents and guests can support their student’s transition to KU.

10:30-11:15 a.m. &
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Navigating KU as a Jayhawk parent and Orientation guest
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium, 5th Floor
Learn about involvement opportunities and campus resources geared toward parents and Orientation guests.
11:30 a.m.-noon &
4:30-5:00 p.m.
Orientation Checkout
Kansas Union, 4th Floor
Reunite with your student and collect checkout gifts and materials.

Advising Help Room
Jayhawk Room, 5th Floor

Zoom details will be included in student info letter

Zoom details will be included in student info letter
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.
10-10:45 a.m. &
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Supporting your student’s needs: academic preparation and wellbeing
Learn how KU emphasizes wellness and academic success, plus helpful ways parents and guests can support their student’s transition to KU.
11-11:45 a.m. &
2:30-3:15 p.m.
Navigating KU as a Jayhawk Parent & Guest
Learn about involvement opportunities and campus resources geared toward parents and Orientation guests.
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.



Weekly webinars and virtual panels

We’ll host a weekly series of supplementary webinars and virtual panels from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday (and Tuesday, July 6) throughout the summer. Conducted live over Zoom, these events will address questions we’ve received from Orientation guests, and cover other important topics related to a student’s first year at KU. Register for a webinar or virtual panel today.

Virtual panels
Zoom passcode: 2021

  • Campus life panel | 11 a.m.-noon
    Hosted by representatives from KU Student Housing, Parking & Transit, KU Dining, and KU Public Safety Office, this panel delves into day-to-day life on campus, and the resources to support you and your Jayhawk.
    Register for the Campus Life panel
    Watch past panels
  • Campus well-being panel | 1-2 p.m.
    Learn about the ways that KU emphasizes health, wellbeing, and personal security on campus. Panel members include representatives from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center, Health Education Resource Office, Recreation Services, Student Case Management, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
    Register for the Campus Well-Being panel
    Watch past panels

Webinar schedule | 2 – 3 p.m. CST
Register for a webinar
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.