Word-art graphic of campus made out of the names of Hawk Week events

Academics and exploration

Hawk Week is a preview of your Jayhawk life, inside the classroom and as a student on campus. You’ll spend the week among your new classmates, meeting future faculty, and exploring the wilds of Mount Oread.

Start for the stacks

Did you know KU has seven libraries on campus? You’ll no doubt spend a good part of your KU career studying and working in these hushed and hallowed halls, which is why they host more than a few dedicated library events.

Students looking at an old book while touring the library

Get to know your new home

We pack a lot of adventure into the Mount Oread experience — and this is the time to explore. You’ll find all kinds of open houses hosted by academic departments, KU museums, and campus support resources.

Students outside Allen Fieldhouse during a Hawk Week event

Meet your major

Many academic schools host their own welcome events. These are often laidback affairs — opportunities to network with faculty and peers over food and games. If your school will be there, we highly recommend that you attend.

Engineering students playing video games

Spaces and places

Students attending a career fair

University Career Center

Jayhawks get jobs, thanks in large part to UCC. Their team connects you with employers, and offers invaluable interview coaching and career services.
Interior of the Basketball Experience at the DeBruce Center

KU museums

In a single afternoon, you could glimpse prehistoric dinos, priceless objets d’art, and James Naismith’s original, handwritten rules of basketball — all without leaving campus.
Student volunteers raking leaves at The Big Event

Center for Service Learning

The Center for Service Learning connects students with community engagement and public service opportunities.


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.

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.