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Orientation FAQs

How does the COVID-19 coronavirus affect Orientation?

In light of the recent spread of COVID-19, we’ve received many questions about the impact the virus will have on summer Orientation sessions. Although the situation is developing, we plan to provide an Orientation experience for all incoming students. We are working to assess our options, and will update all Orientation participants as information becomes available.

You may also visit coronavirus.ku.edu for more university-wide communications and updates related to COVID-19.

How do I change my Orientation date?

You can log back into the registration portal to view other available dates and make changes to your reservation. Date changes must be made by 5 p.m. CT one week prior to the session you were originally scheduled to attend.

How do I view Orientation dates?

To view Orientation dates, please log into the Orientation registration portal using your KU online ID (ex: a123b456) and password. Once you login, you will be able to view a range of Orientation dates that are specific to your major.  The majority of Orientation sessions for Fall admitted students occur in June and July.

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

No matter when you attend Orientation, you will be able to make a schedule full of classes that work toward your degree. Academic departments manage capacities and know that new students are enrolling at Orientation. Nonetheless, we encourage you to be flexible during the enrollment process.

Who is considered a guest at Orientation?

Anyone attending Orientation with a student is considered a guest (ex: parents, siblings, friends, etc.). Please register all guests through the registration portal.  For more information about the guest Orientation experience, please refer to our Parents & Guests page.

Do I need to stay for the entire day?

Yes, Orientation is a full-day program running from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. If the date you selected no longer works with your schedule, please log back into the registration portal to view other available dates. We ask that you make travel arrangements with the full-day in mind.

What if I want to change my major?

You will need to submit your major change by filling out an online form through the Office of Admissions. Please allow 2-3 business days for your student account to be updated.

Orientation dates are specific to your major. If you would like to view the available dates for your new major, once it has been updated, you can login through the registration portal. We recommend you attend a day specific to your major, but if you are already registered, you are able to keep your current date.

How do I request accommodations for Orientation?

Orientation accommodations requests may be submitted in the registration portal for both students and guests. Please submit all requests at least two weeks in advance of your Orientation date.

If you would like to request accommodations for the academic year, please contact Student Access Services in the Academic Achievement & Access Center.

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 support is available if I am a military-affiliated student?

The Military-Affiliated Student Center (MASC) located in Summerfield Hall, Room 345 specializes in helping active duty military, veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, ROTC cadets, spouses and dependents of military and veterans. MASC staff will be present at the Opportunities Fair at Orientation to connect with you and answer your questions.

What if I plan to participate in Panhellenic sorority recruitment?

KU Panhellenic Association formal recruitment occurs August 16-22, 2020 and registration opens on May 1. Prospective members must plan to attend KU Orientation in June or July to participate in recruitment. 

What if I plan to participate in Interfraternity Council recruitment?

Interfraternity Council formal recruitment occurs June 19-21, 2020 and registration opens on March 1. Orientation does not conflict with IFC recruitment. 


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