Hawk Link

A support program that serves to enhance the experiences of first-generation college students, students of color and low-income students by providing intentional academic support and meaningful learning experience to students throughout their time at KU.

Get A Head Start

Hawk Link scholars are invited to participate in the Summer Success Series and OPTIONS program for free the summer before they start at KU. These programs are meant to give students a head start in preparing for their transition to college.
Chevy Equinox parked in front of Daisy Hill Commons while students move in.

Academic Support

Hawk Link students have access to free tutoring, supplemental instruction and writing support through the KU Learning and Writing Centers. Not sure where to start, sign up to meet with a peer mentor to talk about your options.
Student taking notes outside the Burge Union

Career Exploration

Hawk Link provides free opportunities for students to gain beneficial experiences and develop important career competencies.
Students drawing outside of Marvin Hall

Community Building

You are a part of a community of thousands of Jayhawks just like you. Hawk Link provides weekly community events and campus social opportunities to hang out and meet new students. Don’t forget to pick up your Hawk Link button to gain special access at campus events.
Fraser Hall during a sunny day

Frequently Asked Questions

Participate in AREC programs and events. Attend a weekly community event, sign up for a peer mentor, attend OPTIONS attend one of our larger events, engage on social media, apply to work with our center. There is no one way to get connected to Hawk Link. Students should connect with the programs and resources that interest them in the ways that make the most sense for their needs.

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

Follow ku_arec on Instagram and twitter to ger updates about events, resources, and services. Check your e-mail for our AREC newsletter and get updates through the Hawk Link course on Canvas.

If you are unsure e-mail arec@ku.edu and we will follow up with more details around eligibility and qualifications.

Unless specifically specified, you are welcome to invite others to attend events with you. Some academic services and trips may be reserved specifically for Hawk Link students due to cost limitations. 

No, right now we are focusing on building this resource out for the undergraduate student experience. 

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