Artwork depicting an audio wave of the Rock Chalk Chant, paired with a photo of students listening to a lecturer on the Lied Center stage..

Academics and exploration

Hawk Week is the chance to survey your new horizon. Meet your professors. Visit your classrooms and libraries. Stop in at open houses and support centers. You’re crimson and blue now — these are the resources that will cultivate your future.

See the Hawk Week events


Mount Oread is packed with places to explore. Hang out with the crowd on Wescoe Beach. Scope out quiet study spaces. Consider different majors at KU academic department open houses. And visit our museums and libraries to explore our past and imagine your future.

Students looking at an old book while touring the library


Communication is essential to unlocking possibilities. The faculty and students you meet during Hawk Week will welcome you, challenge you, and encourage you. The activities are casual and relaxed — so that you can be yourself and have a good time. And there are events specific to your interests – all you have to do is plan your Hawk Week.

Students outside Allen Fieldhouse during a Hawk Week event


Now, make these patterns of success a habit. Hawk Week is the beginning of a grand adventure where you choose how to spend your time and efforts. Every Jayhawk you encounter is ready to help you raise the chant and rise to the occasion of your future. And we will be there to help again and again.

Engineering students playing video games

Spaces and Places

Students attending a career fair

University Career Center

Jayhawks get jobs, thanks in large part to UCC. Their team connects you with employers, and offers invaluable interview coaching and career services.
Interior of the Basketball Experience at the DeBruce Center

KU Museums

In a single afternoon, you could glimpse prehistoric dinos, Renaissance prints and contemporary sculpture, and James Naismith’s original, handwritten rules of basketball — all without leaving campus.
Student volunteers raking leaves at The Big Event

Center for Service Learning

The Center for Service Learning connects students with community engagement and public service opportunities.
An advisor assists a student.

Jayhawk Academic Advising

Whether you have declared a major or are still exploring options, the JAA will connect you with all the information needed to navigate your college career.

Plan your schedule now.

Hawk Week starts your year with momentum, direction, and fun.

Contact and Accommodations

Hawk Week has answers.

If you have questions or need more information about Hawk Week, we can help. Contact us at

Accommodation requests

If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in Hawk Week, please contact the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs two weeks in advance at or 785-864-4270.