The Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity and Success (OPTIONS) program is an early access program that provides students with a FREE on-campus experience to enhance their transition to life at KU

Program Dates

August 15, 2022 – August 18, 2022 
A picture of OPTIONS program from 2021

What to expect?

  • Students living on campus will move in on August 15th, 2022, for FREE. Students not living on campus will need to book accommodation with their leasing agent to accommodate an early move-in 

  • Students will participate in daily required programming. Programming is a mix of interactive experiences and presentations reflective of the in-class experience. See a draft of the OPTIONS Fall 2022 Schedule here

  • OPTIONS Student leaders will be available to help students navigate campus, answer questions, and make sure they find their place. 

  • Students will have the opportunity to connect with KU students, ask questions directly to KU faculty and staff and get a head start on navigating campus. 

How to sign up? 

Reserve your spot today before August 1, 2022.  
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Signed up for OPTIONS, and no longer able to attend? Click here

Frequently Asked Questions

The OPTIONS program is open to any first-time, full-time undergraduate students that identifies as:

  • First- Generation College Students: Neither parent nor guardian has completed a four-year degree 
  • Students of Color: Identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or more than one race 

  • Low-income: Determined by Pell-Eligibility 

  • Members of the following Scholarship programs: 

    • Hispanic Development Fund Scholars 

    • Hixson Opportunity Award 

    • KC Scholars Scholarship Program 

    • Larson Scholars Scholarship Program 

    • Multicultural Scholars Program

  • Students in the following Academic Support Programs: 

    • TRIO Student Support Services 

    • Emerging Scholars

Students will move-in the Monday prior to the official move-in day. There is an optional parent session that begins at 2pm. Students should be moved in and are required to attend events beginning at 4pm. 

No. Students living on campus will move into their fall housing assignments for free. Students not living on campus will need to make arrangements with their housing providers to accommodate an early move in.

No. OPTIONS covers the cost for ALL STUDENTS during the four days of OPTIONS. This includes students living off campus and in scholarship halls. Students with campus meal plans will not be required to use their meal plans during OPTIONS.   

There is an optional session for parents on Monday, August 15th beginning at 2 pm. After that event, parents should not plan to attend any other OPTIONS sessions.

No. Unfortunately the two schedules overlap too much, and students are not able to get the benefits of both programs. Both programs offer similar outcomes to the campus experience, so students will need to decide which program better fits their needs.  

No. Unfortunately band camp and the OPTIONS schedule overlap too much, and students are not able to participate in both programs

No. Currently, the program prioritizes the experiences of first-time full-time freshman. Transfer students are included in Hawk Link and Peer Mentoring services

No.  Due to the resources available currently, the program prioritizes the experiences of domestic students.