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Next steps for freshmen

Set up your KU online ID and email address

You'll need the student ID number listed on your admission letter, or you can find it in the system where you check your application status. (It's not the username you used to apply online.)

When you log in at the link below, on-screen instructions will walk you through the process of obtaining your assigned KU online ID and email address, as well as setting up a password, challenge questions, and additional email aliases.

Set up your online ID

Sign up for student housing

For first-year students, we offer residence halls with traditional two-person rooms or two- or four-person suites, as well as scholarship halls, where students help with cooking and cleaning to reduce their costs.

Apply for housing beginning in September if you have been admitted. You do not have to pay the enrollment deposit to apply for housing. After you apply, you will be sent an email with details on how to pay the $50 application fee (this cannot be done at the same time).  Room and roommate selection will begin in April. If you are interested in the scholarship halls, you are encouraged to submit the additional scholarship hall application materials. The first review is done in December but you can continue to apply.

Apply for housing

Pay the enrollment deposit

Paying your enrollment deposit acts as your official acceptance of KU’s admission offer. You can pay it online or by check starting in early September. You can also assign a delegate, such as a parent, enabling that person to pay this and other KU fees directly. Once your deposit is received, you can register for Orientation beginning Feb. 1.

Pay your deposit online

Fill out the FAFSA and explore financing options

All U.S. students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. If you're starting in the fall, file a FAFSA form any time after Oct. 1 and have your information sent to KU (school code 001948).

KU’s priority date is December 1 — meeting that date gives you the best chance at the limited funds some programs offer. If you're admitted for spring or summer, you can fill out the FAFSA now for aid in those terms.

Find financial aid

Register for Orientation

In addition to academic advising and enrolling in your first-semester classes, Orientation will cover resources at KU, what it means to be a Jayhawk, and tips for handling the transition to college life.

Orientation sessions occur in January for spring-admitted students, and April, June, July, and August for fall-admitted students. The Office of First-Year Experience will send registration materials to spring-admitted students in late November and fall-admitted students in mid-January.

More about Orientation

Transfer your credits

If you have credits from college-level courses you took in high school, at a community college, or from another higher education institution, send us your official scores or transcripts so we can apply them toward your course work at KU.

How to transfer credits

Get ready for your first-year experience

The Office of First-Year Experience creates programs to help you have the best possible first year at KU and accomplish your academic goals. You can check them out now to get a head start:


KU online ID and email address

Paying your deposit




Transferring credits

First-Year Experience

Visit KU

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