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Join the Jayhawks at the University of Kansas

You’ve earned freshman or transfer admission to the University of Kansas — congratulations! In the weeks that lead up to your first day, you’ll take crucial steps that will shape your KU experience. Find a comprehensive list of those steps below.


First-time freshmen: Pay your enrollment deposit

If you are an incoming first-year student, you can pay your $221 enrollment deposit starting in mid-September once you've created your KU Online ID. This deposit confirms your place in the next KU class, covers the costs of Orientation and first-year programming, and pays for your KU Card. (Certain students may qualify for deferred payment.)

Transfer students do not pay an enrollment deposit. However, they will have a one-time $171 new student fee placed on their KU account after enrollment to cover the same costs.

Freshmen: Pay Your Deposit

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Additional steps for admitted students

  • Set up your KU Online ID and email address

    Log in at this link and follow the instructions to obtain your assigned KU online ID and email address, set up account security, and create additional email aliases. You'll need your student ID number — not the username you used to apply online — you can find it at admissions.ku.edu/status and it is also in your admit packet (be sure to keep both your student ID number and KU online ID and password handy as you will use them often for next steps).

  • Select on-campus housing

    If you’ve applied for housing and paid the fee, you'll get a notification when it's time to select your room and roommate online. Interested in a scholarship hall? Submit required materials by Nov. 1 to be considered in December. Otherwise, students who apply for a scholarship hall by March 1 will be selected in April. (Note that going through the housing selection process does not commit you to attending KU.)

  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    The FAFSA becomes available online on Oct. 1. You must file this form to be considered for federal loans, grants, work-study, and some state and university aid. To qualify for financial aid with limited funds, file by the Feb. 1 FAFSA priority date. You may still file the FAFSA after the Feb. 1 priority date, but awards may be smaller and notification of those awards may come later. KU’s school code is 001948.

  • Review your Degree Progress Report (DPR)

    Your DPR will show you how credits and exam scores transferred to KU, and how they contribute to the fulfillment of your chosen degree’s requirements.

  • Review your financial aid package

    If you have been admitted for the fall semester and filed a FAFSA, we will email you a link to a digital financial prospectus in the spring. This prospectus outlines your KU costs and how they’ll be covered. Review it carefully and refer to it during conversations with your family and financial aid counselor. Early action applicants: You receive advance access to your financial aid overview.

  • Register for KU Orientation

    At Orientation, you will enroll in classes, connect with other new Jayhawks, and learn about important policies and resources. Registration for Orientation opens on March 1 (it will unlock two hours after you make your enrollment deposit). Freshmen students entering in the fall will attend summer Orientation, and transfer students will have the option to attend sessions in April or during the summer. Enrolling for the spring semester? Register starting Oct. 1 for November or January sessions. Early action applicants: You receive advance access to Orientation registration.

  • Submit final transcripts and test scores

    Official, final high school transcripts and official ACT/SAT test scores must be submitted by July 1 to confirm your admission status and scholarship eligibility, if you received an award package. Transcripts must include a graduation date. (Transcripts for spring enrollees should be sent in December.)