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At Orientation

Registered and prepared for Orientation? Great. Now it's time to plan for your day. Orientation is a full-day program running from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are required to attend all sessions to complete the Orientation day. Upon check-in, all students will receive a schedule of the Orientation day.

What to Bring

KU Online ID Login Information

You will need your login information to enroll in your classes. This is the same information you used to register for Orientation. If you do not remember your ID, you may contact Information Technology for assistance.

Government-Issued Photo ID

You will need a photo ID to receive your official KU Card. The only acceptable forms of government-issued photo IDs include driver’s license, passport, military ID, state ID, or green card.

Official (Sealed) or Unofficial Transcripts

This is only required if you have taken college courses at a different institution that have not yet been added to your record. It is important to bring this paperwork, because advisors may suggest taking different classes based on your previous experience. Official transcripts should be submitted to the Office of Admissions by July 1.

List of AP/IB Exams Taken in the Past Year

This is only required if you have an AP/IB exam score that has not yet been added to your record. It is important to bring this paperwork, because advisors may suggest taking different classes based on your previous experience. Scores are typically added to your record in early July. If your Orientation session is in June, your advisor will help you make adjustments as needed.

Math and/or Language Placement Exam Scores (If Applicable)

Many students choose to take placement exams to gain entry into higher-level courses. Many language exams may be taken online and we highly encourage you to take a language placement exam by June 1. You may take the math placement exam during your Orientation day, but you should preregister in advance, beginning on May 1. Make sure you come prepared with placement exam scores to help your advisor form the best schedule for you.


You'll have your picture taken for your KU Card. That head-and-shoulders picture will be your account photo for the entirety of your KU student career.

Additionally, Orientation sessions may require a walk across campus, so wear comfortable shoes. We also encourage you to keep an eye on the weather — Kansas is known for quick weather changes.The temperature in the Kansas Union often fluctuates, so we recommend bringing a light sweater or jacket. 

Getting Here

Transportation Options »

When we call Lawrence a destination, we mean it. Conveniently located on Interstate 70, Lawrence is only 45 minutes west of Kansas City International Airport and 20 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital.

Location and Directions


Please park in the Mississippi Street Parking Garage north of the Kansas Union. Parking is free for Orientation attendees.

Where to Stay

The University of Kansas has negotiated special rates at some Lawrence hotels for students and parents/guests attending an Orientation program. Contact the hotel directly for date availability and their special Orientation rate. You must mention "KU Orientation" when booking your room to receive the discount.

The Oread
1200 Oread Avenue

Spring Hill Suites
1 Riverfront Plaza

Hampton Inn
2300 W. 6th St.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson
2176 E. 23rd St.

DoubleTree by Hilton
200 McDonald Drive

Comfort Inn & Suites
151 McDonald Drive


In addition to the Orientation Team, you’ll also meet advising staff, campus partners, and other new Jayhawks.

Orientation Assistants

Our Orientation Assistants are current KU students who are trained to help you get the most out of your Orientation experience. They’ll be with you throughout the day, answering your questions, offering advice, and preparing you for Jayhawk life.

Orientation Staff

Each Orientation staff member is from the Office of First-Year Experience, which means they’re experts at providing new students with the information and tools they need to excel in their first semesters at KU. Together, they organize and oversee the Orientation process.


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