Your pre-Orientation to-do list

Once you’ve registered for Orientation, your to-do list awaits. The steps involved will prepare you for enrollment and tie up loose ends before your first semester.


  • Double-check your Orientation date and session type

    Did you register for an online or in-person session? Do you know when your session is, or how to attend? Note these details, and watch your inbox for more information as you prep for the big day.

  • Send KU your transcripts and exam scores

    If you are an incoming freshman, you should submit your final high school transcript to the Office of Admissions by July 1. If you have college credit from a university other than KU, please have those institutions send official transcripts directly to KU. If possible, transcripts should be sent at least two weeks before your Orientation date. In addition, send official Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or CLEP scores as soon as they are available.

  • Order your KU card

    Your KU card is your personal student identification card, and you’ll use it throughout your time on campus. To order your KU card, you’ll need a valid identification and photo. If you order your card before Aug. 1, you should receive it in the mail within 10 days. If ordered after Aug. 1, you’ll pick it up after you arrive on campus.


  • Take a language placement exam

    If you’re continuing study of a language, you may take a placement exam to place into a more advanced language course.

  • Take a math placement exam

    If you plan to take a higher-level math course, you’ll need to take the ALEKS online math placement exam. Plan to take the exam at least one week before your Orientation session.

  • Prepare your immunization records

    You will need to submit your immunization history to Watkins Health Services. The preferred method is through the secure patient portal, accessible 72 hours after enrollment. If you’re unable to submit through the portal, you may fax them, or email them to

  • Update your application

    If your exam scores, grade point average, or intended major has changed since you applied, you should update your application as soon as possible, and at least five days before your Orientation session.

Closer to your session

Pre-Orientation course

One week prior to your Orientation session, you'll receive an email with access to a required online course that will prepare you for Orientation and your transition to campus. The course will introduce you to programs and resources that will help you plan for your education and prepare for enrollment. To log in to the course, you’ll need your KU online ID and password.

Advising survey

Shortly before your session, we’ll send you an advising survey. Using these answers, your advisor will help you create a first-semester schedule and enroll in courses that build on your interests and bring you closer to your goals.

Supplemental summer webinars

Throughout June and July, we host a free series of webinars and virtual panels dedicated to first-year student life at KU. Whether your Orientation’s upcoming or you’ve already attended, we invite you to join us.

See webinar details

Accommodations requests

If you have concerns related to technology or accessibility, you may request accommodations in advance of your Orientation session by filling out this form. If you're unable to access the form for any reason, contact us at or 785-864-4270.