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After Orientation

After Orientation

Campus resource guide

We hope you left your Orientation session ready to take on your first year with confidence. As we enter the fall semester, we recognize that COVID-19 means many aspects of campus and student life will be different than in past years. We’re taking every measure possible to ensure a healthy return to campus, which you can read about on our Protect KU site.

Despite those adaptations, you can expect the same level of support services and resources that have always been available to first-year Jayhawks. Consider this page a helpful directory of programs, offices, and information designed with your success in mind.

Health and safety

Your personal security is extremely important to us. Our campus network of safety services allows students to thrive in residential and learning environments. These include:


Health and fitness play active roles in your educational goals. Prioritize your well-being by taking advantage of these services and resources:


Whether living in residence halls, scholarship halls, or campus apartments, first-year students will enjoy a secure, convenient lifestyle alongside more than 5,000 other Jayhawks. Professional staff and resident assistants live in every Student Housing residential community and will be there to support your adjustment to campus life.

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From snacks between classes to full meals, KU Dining Services can accommodate all appetites, schedules, and dietary needs. Dining plans range in price and meal allowance and may be used at any of over 20 campus locations, including three residential dining facilities.

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Students with food allergies or who need nutritional accommodations are encouraged to contact KU’s registered dietitian at 785-864-2424.

Parking and transportation

KU offers great parking and transportation options to help you navigate campus and Lawrence. If you plan to bring a vehicle to KU, we recommend purchasing a parking permit before you arrive on campus. Alternatively, you can save on parking and fuel costs by using KU on Wheels, our bus service, which is free to students with a valid KU Card.

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Career services

Many college students balance the need to make a wage while working on a degree. At KU, this balance works best with on-campus employment. The University Career Center can also connect you with campus jobs, internships, and future employers.

Additional employment resources:

Experiential learning options

Through experiential learning, students travel the world, gain real-world skills, and research the possibilities that push our world forward. Explore the following experiential learning opportunities, then ask your advisor how you can make the most of them.

Hawk Week

Your official welcome to campus starts on Aug. 23, with Hawk Week’s first activities. Through in-person and virtual events, you’ll meet new people, explore campus, and get to know the KU and Lawrence communities that you’ll call home.


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