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Hawk Link supports the development of students through intentional educational opportunities designed to foster academic success and belonging.

About Us

Linking You to KU

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Get A Head Start

Jayhawk JumpStart (formerly OPTIONS) is an early access move-in program that provides Hawk Link students with a FREE on-campus experience to enhance the transition to KU.
Lori Hasselman presenting to OPTIONS students.

Stay Connected

Hawk Link students have FULL access to a Hawk Link Coordinator who provides holistic support around students’ needs and connection points at KU.
Student walking Jayhawk Blvd.

Linking You to KU

Hawk Link assists students with navigating campus, identifying campus resources, and linking students to educational opportunities in the community.

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Hawk Link Nest

Our office has moved to the Hawk Link Nest. You can find the MSP Scholars Program, Hawk Link, and Native American Initiatives on the 1st Floor of Summerfield Hall, in Suite 130.

Participate in Hawk Link events, visit with a Hawk Link Coordinator, sign up for a Hawk Link Peer Mentor, attend Jayhawk JumpStart (formerly OPTIONS), engage on social media, or apply to work with as a peer mentor. There are many ways to get connected to Hawk Link, fill out this Hawk Link Interest Form to get started or stop by our office (Summerfield 350). 

Absolutely! KU offers several support programs that offer targeted support or a smaller campus community. Students should absolutely apply for programs that interest them including TRIO SES & STEM, Honors, Emerging Scholars, McNair Scholars and so many others. To find out more about these programs visit Student Success Programs. 

Follow hawklink_KU on Instagram and Twitter to get updates about events, resources, and services. Check your e-mail for our Hawk Link newsletter (new for Fall 2023), get updates through our Hawk Link course on Canvas, or fill out the Hawk Link Interest Form

If you are an enrolled KU student you qualify for our services. Visit our office, email a Hawk Link Coordinator or fill out the Hawk Link Interest Form

You are welcome to invite others to attend events with you. Some academic services and trips may be reserved for specific students due to cost limitations but unless stated, all events are open to all Jayhawks.

Hawk Link primarily serves undergraduate students but we are working to partner with other campus offices to support graduate students. 

Yes, Hawk Link does provide support to transfer students coming to KU.

Equity and Success Initiatives

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MSP Scholars Program (MSP)

Scholarship program supporting the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of undergraduate students
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Native American Initiatives (NAI)

Building and supporting a community of care that fosters the well-being of all Jayhawks with an emphasis on Native American Jayhawks.
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Haskell/KU Exchange Program

An opportunity for students from two historic campuses to take classes at either campus while remaining full-time students at their home university.

Equity & Success Initiatives

Equity & Success Initiatives houses Native American Initiatives, Haskell/KU Exchange Program, Hawk Link, MSP Scholars Programs, Jayhawk JumpStart (formerly OPTIONS) and supports students who are KC Scholars, Hispanic Development Fund Scholars and Larsen Scholars.