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

Celebrate with your new community

Over 10 days, the air on Mount Oread buzzes as Jayhawks rally, raise their voices, and share in celebration of their brand-new adventure.

Commence your Jayhawk legacy

Where better to claim KU’s iconic traditions than under the stars at Memorial Stadium? At Traditions Night, new students assemble to learn the Rock Chalk Chant, how to Wave the Wheat, and more of the customs and history that make us Jayhawks.

Crowd of students wave their hands in the air during Traditions Night

Raise your hands, bust a move

All week, community events bring you closer to your new campus. In the daytime, you’ll explore the Hill with other new Jayhawks. At night, major celebrations like OMA Block Party and UnionFest pump up the decibels and ring in the semester with spirit to spare.

A person performing in front of students at Union Fest

Find your perfect fit

Events organized by and dedicated to LGBTQIA+ and students of color are hosted throughout Hawk Week. In these spaces, Jayhawks discover their own tight-knit communities and support networks. Plus, many of these events are hosted by student clubs and organizations, who carry on meeting throughout the school year.

Students posing in front of the Campanile during a Be You at KU event

Spaces and places

Student touring the Wall of Oppression at the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Office of Multicultural Affairs

OMA’s programs and services support the academic, personal, and professional development of all students, particularly students from historically marginalized populations.
Students posing with a rainbow flag at Traditions Night

Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

As the center of LGBTQIA+ and ally life on campus, SGD provides a drop-in space and platforms for student-led organizations.
Students having a conversation at Hawk Fest

Student Involvement & Leadership Center

SILC helps facilitate the more than 500(!) student clubs and organizations at KU. Looking to join a group of Jayhawks who share your interests? That’s SILC.
Door with logo for The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity

Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity

ETC is committed to the advancement of gender equity on campus. The center offers support services and involvement opportunities for students of all genders and identities.


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.