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Registering for freshman Orientation

For admitted freshmen, the first step to Orientation registration is to pay their enrollment deposit.

Set up your KU online ID

You’ll need your KU online ID and password to register. If you haven’t already done so, set up your KU student account to create those credentials.

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Pay the freshman enrollment deposit

All freshmen are required to pay a $221 deposit. The deposit secures your spot at KU, and, beyond enrollment, covers Orientation, your KU ID card, and first-year programs and events. If you or your family is unable to pay your deposit at this time, you may request a deferment at the link below, or contact the Office of Admissions at adm@ku.edu.

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Register for freshman Orientation

Now that you've set up your KU online ID and paid your deposit, you'll be able to register for an in-person session. The sooner you do, the wider the selection of session dates you’ll have to choose from.

Once you’ve registered, you can log back in at any time to update your information, see available dates, or register guests. Be sure to select “SUBMIT” for your registration to be finalized.

Note: The link below will take you to Slate, our Orientation registration hub. You'll need your KU online ID and password to access the system. Have that information ready before proceeding.

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About Orientation

What happens at Orientation?

Orientation really begins before your session, when you take your online pre-Orientation course. After completing that — which covers important topics related to Orientation and your first year — you’ll attend your session. There, you’ll connect with other Jayhawks, learn about campus resources, and get your questions answered. Finally, you and your advisor will meet to discuss goals and enroll in your first-semester courses.

When is Orientation?

Orientation is a full-day, in-person event. Students admitted for the fall term attend their session in the summer. You'll be able to view our full Orientation calendar and available dates when you register.

Do transfer students attend Orientation?

Not exactly. We host separate orientation sessions specifically designed for transfer students. We do, however, offer the option for transfer students to attend a single freshman session.

Orientation changes, alternatives, and cancellations

Orientation is a requirement for all incoming undergraduate freshmen. However, we recognize that every student’s availability is unique to their circumstances. If you are unable to attend any of the dates provided in the registration website or no dates are showing for you, please contact us at orientation@ku.edu or 785-864-4270.

If you need to change your session date, you can log in to the registration website to view other available dates and make changes to your reservation. Date changes must be made by 5 p.m. CT one week prior to your original session date.
Make changes

If you no longer plan to attend KU or will be attending in a future semester, please notify the Office of Admissions by updating your application. Completing the form will serve as cancellation of your Orientation session.

Update application

If you’re unable to attend Orientation, you’ll need to enroll during Open Enrollment, which is an abbreviated Orientation program that occurs on the Thursday prior to the first day of classes each semester. See the document below that has detailed information regarding Open Enrollment preparation and completion. Contact our office with any questions.

Open Enrollment Information Here

The Center for Orientation & Transition Programs is no longer processing Orientation exception requests for the Fall of 2023 semester. If you were unable to attend in-person Orientation during our available June, July, and early August sessions, your next option at this time is to attend Open Enrollment in person on August 17th. 

During Open Enrollment, you will attend a welcome session, meet with an academic advisor, enroll in classes, and order your first KU ID card if you have not done so already. Please contact the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs at orientation@ku.edu or call us at 785-864-4270 to register Open Enrollment. 

Please note that Orientation is required for all incoming students, and you must complete Orientation before you can enroll in the Fall 2023 semester.