Next steps and Orientation

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Next steps for admitted students

Congratulations on being admitted to the University of Kansas! Next, you have important steps to take to enroll and prepare for your first courses. Let’s get started.

What to do right now

  • Create a KU online ID

    Before you enroll, you’ll need to set up your personal KU account, which requires an online ID and password. You’ll use your ID to access crucial online services, including Enroll & Pay, university email, Canvas, and myKU portal.

  • Prepare for enrollment

    Refer to the KU registrar’s academic calendar to familiarize yourself with important enrollment dates and deadlines. Soon after you have been admitted, an academic success navigator will contact you to schedule required new student preparation sessions. These include a 30-minute, one-on-one Zoom technology session to set up your user ID and passwords, review critical student systems to prepare for classes, and to schedule all next-step appointments for enrollment. You will also have a self-guided, online Orientation course to complete and a welcome advising Zoom meeting with your academic advisor. Connect with academic success navigators at or 785-864-1218.

  • Clear enrollment holds

    Once you’ve set up your account, log in to Enroll & Pay and check for enrollment holds, which indicate any action you’ll need to take before you can enroll. Look for holds in the far right column of the Enroll & Pay Student Center. Graduate students will commonly receive holds related to receipt of their final, official transcripts, or their status as international students or non-native English speakers.

  • File your FAFSA

    The 2023-24 FAFSA is currently available to file. The 2024-25 FAFSA will be available in December 2023. You must file this form to be considered for federal loans, grants, and some state and university aid. International, nonresident students will need to file the Institutional Student Need Analysis Worksheet (ISNAW). KU encourages all students to file the FAFSA and learn their financial aid options, even if they do not plan on receiving or using aid.

  • Complete your online Orientation

    All online students are required to complete a self-paced Orientation course. Please complete this course before your academic advising appointment to ensure you’re prepared for the advising and enrollment session. During your one-on-one Zoom technology session, you’ll register for your Orientation course and be issued access instructions. If your course doesn’t appear or doesn’t open in Canvas, contact or 785-864-4270. If you can’t access Canvas, contact IT at or 785-864-8080.

  • Send transcripts

    Request official transcripts from all other institutions you’ve attended. Advise them to send official transcripts to: The University of Kansas, Office of Admissions | 1502 Iowa Street | Lawrence, KS 66045