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Orientation FAQs

How do I enroll if I did not attend Orientation?

Students who are admitted to KU but do not attend an Orientation session may enroll during Open Enrollment, which occurs on the Thursday prior to the first day of class each semester.

That day, visit the Office of First-Year Experience in Strong Hall, Room 133, to begin your enrollment process. You will attend a brief introductory session, then visit with an academic advisor. Your advisor will help you enroll in classes.

I am a student with a disability. How do I request accommodations at Orientation?

Accommodations are coordinated by Student Access Services in the Academic Achievement & Access Center. Specific documentation is required to arrange accommodations. The deadline to submit your request is two weeks prior to your Orientation date. Please contact them as soon as possible.

What if I am a nontraditional student?

KU defines nontraditional students as undergraduates who are three or more years older than class peers, are married, have dependents, commute 10 or more miles, or are veterans. If you fit into any of these categories and are beginning your college career as a new freshman at the Lawrence campus, you may choose to attend an Orientation for transfer students. Transfer sessions are geared toward students with more college and life experience.

Do I have to attend early Orientation sessions to ensure class availability?

Our enrollment process is designed to avoid courses filling up with attendees of earlier Orientation sessions. We manage enrollment by opening spaces each day and saving course seats for students attending later Orientation sessions.

Nonetheless, we encourage you to be flexible during the enrollment process. Unless a course is required to keep you on track to graduation, we cannot guarantee its availability.

What are my lodging options during Orientation?

The University of Kansas has negotiated special rates at Lawrence hotels for students and parents/guests attending Orientation. Find more information here.

What if I plan to participate in Panhellenic sorority recruitment?

Prospective members must attend Orientation in June or July to participate in recruitment. KU Panhellenic Association offers an informational session as part of Orientation and encourages potential new members to attend.

Students who plan to participate in formal sorority recruitment and are unable to attend Orientation in June or July will receive additional instructions prior to recruitment. These students will participate in Open Enrollment and enroll in classes at that time.

What if I plan to participate in Interfraternity Council's recruitment?

Registration for Interfraternity Council's Formal Recruitment closes on June 15, and the event itself occurs June 21-23, 2019. Interested students should plan to attend an Orientation session close to the event.

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