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You, too, will soon be a part of our Jayhawk community. That’s why we strongly encourage parents and loved ones to get involved with their student’s Orientation experience. It’s a great opportunity to learn about campus resources and ways to support your student’s success in their first year at the University of Kansas.

Resource guides

Orientation resource guide

When it comes to Orientation and your student’s first year at KU, there’s a lot to take in. This guide will help you navigate your student’s online Orientation session and know what to expect for their new life as a Jayhawk.

We recommend reviewing all the information offered in the guide. But these are the pages we consider most relevant to you:

  • Academic advising, Page 7
  • Placement exams and deadlines, Page 10
  • Financial aid and billing, Page 22
  • Next steps checklist, Page 28
  • KU rules, regulations, and policies, Page 30

See the guide »

Using Zoom

We use the video platform Zoom for many Orientation experiences. Your student will use it to attend their Student to Student discussion group and one-on-one advising appointment. After Orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with campus resources over Zoom, through virtual panels and webinars related to your student’s future at KU.

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Campus resource guide

As a Jayhawk, your student will have access to a number of KU support resources. Use this guide to get to know the services and support available to your student.

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Advising and Enrollment

Students will attend a virtual advising and enrollment appointment with their academic advisor. As a parent or guest, you will not attend advising with your student, since this session allows the student to begin developing a strong relationship with their academic advisor. However, we encourage you to discuss your student’s plans for their advising session ahead of time.

You can help your student prepare for advising by reminding them to complete our preadvising activities. These activities help students explore their strengths and learn more about the advising and enrollment experience.


Live webinars and panels
The Office of First-Year Experience will host supplementary webinars on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. Conducted live over Zoom, these webinars will address questions we’ve received from parents and Orientation guests and cover other important topics related to a student’s first year at KU.

June 8 | More than just a program: TRIO SES & STEM
Learn more about the tutoring, mentoring, and life guidance TRIO SES & STEM provides to low-income and first-generation students, and students with disabilities, and how it directly helps those students reach their personal and academic goals.

June 15 | Academic preparation
In a conversation with the Academic Achievement and Access Center, the KU Writing Center, and KU Libraries, you'll learn about the resources and study habits that will help your Jayhawk perform their best.

June 22 | Experiential learning
If the idea of studying abroad, giving back to your community, or conducting research sounds exciting to you or your student, then tune in to this conversation with the Office of Study Abroad & Global Engagement, Center for Service Learning, and Undergraduate Research.

July 6 | Navigating KU: Diversity & Equity
Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity, and the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity in a conversation about building community, support, involvement opportunities, and resources for marginalized individuals at KU.

July 13 | Student involvement
Hear from the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and Sorority & Fraternity Life on ways students can get involved and join sorority and fraternity organizations on campus.

July 20 | Living on campus
Join us for an informative session with Student Housing and KU Dining to learn more about employment opportunities, student involvement, and services available to students living on campus.

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Other Monday webinars

In addition to the rotating webinar topics listed above, we’ll host recurring webinar panels with the staff and faculty who will be supporting your Jayhawk at KU.

11-11:45 a.m. | Living and Thriving
This conversation will focus on Jayhawk life and your student’s success at KU. We’ll be joined by representatives from KU resources like Student Housing, Dining Services, Transportation Services, and Watkins Health Services.

Register here »

1-1:45 p.m. | Campus well-being panel
Learn about the many ways KU centers security, health, and wellness in the student experience. In these conversations, we’ll be joined by representatives from the Public Safety Office, Student Affairs, and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center.

Register here »

Prerecorded presentations

If you’re unable to attend a live webinar, you can still view the following prerecorded presentations, which cover similar topics and which you may access at your leisure.

Although webinars and prerecorded sessions are geared toward parents and guests, students are encouraged to participate.


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