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Mission Statement

collage of connections

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Mission Statement

The CONNECTIONS Orientation Office coordinates and implements all undergraduate orientation programs to introduce students to the concepts of academic success and co-curricular enrichment to discover pathways to engagement. Orientation programs provide opportunities for parents & family members to support their student's transition. These programs are planned in collaboration with academic and student service units who share the responsibility for welcoming our new students and their parents & family members.




Orientation Program Objectives

  1. To create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes positive attitudes and stimulates an excitement for learning.
  2. To facilitate the academic advising, placement testing, course registration process and student services.
  3. To cultivate a more inclusive environment while helping students to understand and embrace cultural diversity and appreciate others.
  4. To provide opportunities for new students and families to meet faculty, staff and current students while transitioning to the changes associated with higher education.
  5. To provide employment, leadership and learning opportunities for undergraduate students as orientation leaders.




Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of participation in orientation programs, entering first-year and transfer students will:

  1. Assist new students in making the transition from their previous environment to KU.
  2. Acquaint new students with the mission, objectives and services of the university.
  3. Provide students and their families with an opportunity to interact with other students, faculty, and staff of KU.
  4. Enable students to feel connected to KU and excited to be a part the campus community.