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Students of color

Jayhawks claim a common name, but we’re a composition of cultures and identities. Together, we express the progressive ideals set forth by our abolitionist founders.

Your Opportunities

Multicultural support resources

The Office of Multicultural Affairs works to cultivate an inclusive campus community through academic enrichment programs, social justice coalitions, and events and education. The Office of Diversity & Equity facilitates inclusionary measures and protocols in KU’s classrooms and workspaces.

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Student Success Programs

Student Success Programs offer first-year Jayhawks grants, scholarships, and enrichment programs, many of which are designed specifically for underrepresented student populations.

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100+ multicultural student groups

Student groups offer a platform to activate other voices and advocate for campus communities. Several groups participate in Student Senate and on the committee that addresses student rights and multicultural affairs.

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More to know before applying

  • Scholarships (and their deadlines)

    As a student of color, you may have access to private scholarships. Many will have requirements and deadlines separate from KU’s institutional scholarships.

  • Representation in your major

    Considering a particular field of study? Many KU schools and departments offer student organizations and scholar programs specifically for students of color and other underrepresented populations. Reach out to your academic advisor or contact the school or department you’re exploring to learn more.

  • Application fee waivers

    KU has established a grant, based on availability of funds, to cover the admission application fee for economically disadvantaged students and for U.S. veterans and active duty military. See if you qualify.

  • Multicultural sororities and fraternities

    Out of more than 40 fraternity and sorority chapters at KU, 11 are multicultural or historically Black. Reach out to the National Pan-Hellenic Council or Multicultural Greek Council to learn more about these chapters and explore your visit options.

Get started

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