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Before Orientation


Register for orientation

At orientation, you will immerse yourself in what it means to be a student at KU. You’ll focus on your broad educational goals and specific courses, and by the end of the day, you will have enrolled in your first semester of KU classes. The first step is to register for your orientation date.


Plan travel

Students and guest are expected to participate in a full day of programs. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. Please plan to spend the entire day on campus and make travel plans that accommodate this schedule.


Update your academic record

You will meet your academic advisor and enroll in classes at orientation. Plan to submit any previous college transcripts, concurrent enrollment transcripts, or exam scores at least two weeks before your orientation date. You can also update your major, if your academic interests have changed.


Take math or language placement exams

Your first KU math class is based on your ACT score and/or previous college math coursework. If you want to take more advanced classes, you'll need to take a math placement exam before orientation. You may also take language placement exams, if you plan to continue studying a language.


Complete the pre-orientation activities

Pre-orientation activities help you prepare for orientation. They also help your academic advisor prepare for your arrival. Help KU get to know you a little better by completing these activities. All can be accessed via BlackBoard or your KU portal by using your KU online ID.


Attend orientation

Before you come to campus, make sure you review this important list of items to bring. It will help you have a smooth orientation experience and successful first day as a Jayhawk.

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