The Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity and Success (OPTIONS) program provides virtual and in-person experiences designed to assist incoming freshmen transition to high school to KU.

OPTIONS is offered at no cost to eligible freshmen students!

This program is for you if you want to:

  • make your transition to KU easier

  • connect with other KU students like you

  • ask questions directly to KU personnel and professors

  • learn how to manage your scholarships, grants, and loans from experts

  • get help finding campus jobs

  • learn more about KU resources and how to succeed in college

OPTIONS Virtual Experience:

Students may choose to participate in this six week facilitated session that starts the week of July 5 and runs through the week of August 9. Students will be assigned to a small group and explore topics like selecting courses and majors, exploring the cost of college, and creating a road map for your college success. Groups will meet weekly through zoom. Each group meeting will be facilitated by a student leader and a KU staff member.

OPTIONS In-person experience:

Students may choose to participate in OPTIONS early move-in. This four day experience takes place on campus August 15-18. Students move into their residence hall FOR FREE, and participate in daily programming meant to give you a glimpse into the real college experience. Students will be connected to student leaders, as well as get to learn more about being on campus, and meet faculty and staff that will support you through your time at KU.

You can choose to participate in both experiences or choose the one that best fits your summer plans.


OPTIONS is free and available to incoming University of Kansas students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college students.
    This means that none of a student’s parents or guardians received a bachelor’s degree. 

  • Underrepresented Minority.
    Students who identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority.

  • Low income.
    A student whose family meets the federal guidelines for low-income status.

  • Participant in one of the following programs:
    CAMP, Emerging Scholars, Hixson Scholars, Hawk Link, KC Scholars, KUEST ONE, Multicultural Scholars Program, or TRIO SES/STEM.

Student Leaders

Student Leaders guide teams of OPTIONS participants, coordinating team development activities, ensuring attendance to activities and events throughout the KU Campus, assisting participants with immediate needs, and serving as peer counselors.

Student Leaders also serve as mentors to OPTIONS students during the academic year.

Stay tuned! This page will be updated when applications open for OPTIONS Student Leader Positions.