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Parents and Guests Orientation

Parents & Guests

You're part of the Jayhawk family, too, and we want you to come to Orientation with your student. You'll learn about campus resources and opportunities to support your student’s success at the University of Kansas.

Your Orientation Day

Throughout the day, you and your student will attend some sessions together and some smaller, more in-depth sessions separately. We've created presentations tailored for students and sessions that specifically address the concerns of parents and guests.

While students meet with their advisors, parents and guests learn more about a variety of campus topics, including the following:

  • Health, wellness, and safety resources
  • Academic support strategies
  • Tools for living and thriving on campus, including housing, dining, and parking
  • Individual consultations with financial aid advisors
  • Opportunities to explore campus museums and attractions

Orientation sessions for first-year students are daylong events. All programs take place in the KU Memorial Union and start at 7:30 a.m. You and your student should plan to be on campus until 5 p.m.

Preparing Your Student

Important Items to Bring

Your student will need to bring a government-issued photo ID to receive an official KU Card. Other items to bring or have sent to the university include academic transcripts, health and immunization records, and test scores. For more information, see our complete list of items necessary for Orientation.

Advising and Enrollment

Students will attend an advising and enrollment appointment with their academic advisor in the afternoon. 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. During this time, you will participate in your own learning sessions. At the end of the day, you’ll reunite with your student to hear about their advising experience. A team of academic advisors will be waiting to answer any final questions or concerns you may have before you leave Orientation.

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

Register As A Guest

Your student can register you as a guest through our registration portal. We encourage students to include parents and guests as part of their Orientation experience. There is a $25 fee per parent/guest, which includes all Orientation meals, materials, and parking. 

You may cancel a guest reservation if your plans change. Read our Orientation Cancellation Policy for more information.

Register a Guest

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