Word-art Jayhawk made out of the names of Hawk Week events

Hawk Week

Hawk Week is KU’s campuswide celebration that kicks off the school year. Over several days of live events and festivities, block parties and community meetings, we proudly — and loudly — welcome new and returning Jayhawks.


As of Aug. 6, all students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks indoors on KU’s campus. We strongly encourage wearing masks to any outdoor gathering where you could be among a crowd.

For more information about the university's health and safety measures in response to COVID-19, visit the Protect KU website.

Choose your own adventure

Community and inclusion

Stadium celebrations, boulevard block parties, and a place to call home

Explore community events

Wellness and support

The resources you can turn to, and the Jayhawks in your corner

Explore wellness events

Academics and exploration

Your new campus, and the student life you’ll lead

Explore academics and campuswide events

Students at Hawk Week play a game featuring a colorful wheel

Required events for new Jayhawks

Most Hawk Week events are open to the whole KU community. Some are geared specifically to undergraduate first-year students, who will be required to attend.

Getting around

Hawk Week events occur on campus and through the weekend, so we open special bus routes for students looking to travel to the Hill. Get acquainted with KU’s stellar transportation system.
Two KU buses driving on Jayhawk Boulevard

Accommodation requests

If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in Hawk Week, please contact the Center for Orientation and Transition Programs two weeks in advance at hawkweek@ku.edu or 785-864-4270.