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The Orientation Experience

The Office of First-Year Experience wants to help you get a head start on college life at the University of Kansas.

Math Placement

Incoming freshmen can take a look at our Math Placement Chart to determine if they are ready to start in MATH 125 (Calculus 1) or MATH 104 (Pre-Calculus) for fall 2016. More detailed information will be provided at orientation, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact Engineering Student Success staff at 785-864-3881.

Attending Orientation will help you:

  • Plan your fall semester schedule and let you enroll in courses for the fall semester.
  • Get answers to your specific questions
  • Learn about services just for engineering students, such as free tutoring and the Engineering Career Center
  • Be better informed about campus services, activities and issues that will help you make the most of your university years
  • Meet other new and current students, as well as faculty and staff.

Students have several summer orientation programs from which to choose. Students are encouraged to register early for an Orientation session, as many sessions fill to capacity. Registration for an orientation session must be completed before the first day of the session. The university offers a special program for parents and guests that runs concurrently with the student programs. The parent programs are designed to answer questions about the college experience at KU and services for students. Orientation dates can be found on the First-Year Experience website. Dates will vary based on your admission level (freshman or transfer) and academic field (Engineering or Pre-Engineering).

All Summer Orientation sessions for freshmen admitted directly to the School of Engineering the will be one-day programs. The sessions begin in the Kansas Memorial Union. The small group advising sessions will be in the afternoon in LEEP2. Students will enroll online after they are advised. 

Readmitted students are not required to attend orientation. They should contact their department directly to schedule a one-on-one advising session. Advising sessions may also be available through the Engineering Student Success Office, 785-864-3881.

To register for an orientation program go to http://firstyear.ku.edu/orientation.


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