The Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity aNd Success (OPTIONS) program is a five-day residential program designed to assist incoming freshmen transition from high school to KU. The program connects participants with campus organizations and resources that further the university’s strategic goal of increasing retention rates of first-year students.

The 2019 OPTIONS program will run from Saturday, August 17 through Wednesday, August 21.

OPTIONS is offered at no cost to eligible freshmen students!

This program is for you if you want to:

  • make your transition to KU easier
  • move in a week earlier (before your roommate comes to campus)
  • have extra time to become familiar with campus
  • connect with other KU students like you
  • ask questions directly to KU personnel and professors
  • learn how to manage your scholarships, grants, and loans from experts
  • get help finding campus jobs
  • learn more about KU resources and how to succeed in college
  • enter to win a $500 scholarship

OPTIONS applications are closed for 2019! Look for more information on OPTIONS 2020 coming soon.


OPTIONS is free and available to incoming University of Kansas students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college students.
    This means that none of a student’s parents or guardians received a bachelor’s degree. 
  • Students with a documented disability.
    Students with disabilities should register with the Academic Achievement and Access Center, in room 22 of Strong Hall.
  • Low income.
    A student whose family meets the federal guidelines for low-income status.
  • Participant in one of the following programs:
    CAMP, Emerging Scholars, Hixson Scholars, Hawk Link, Multicultural Scholars Program, or TRIO SES/STEM.

Student Leaders

Student Leaders guide teams of OPTIONS participants, coordinating team development activities, ensuring attendance to activities and events throughout the KU Campus, assisting participants with immediate needs, and serving as peer counselors.

Student Leaders also serve as mentors to OPTIONS students during the academic year.

Stay tuned! This page will be updated when applications open for OPTIONS Student Leader Positions.

In addition to TRIO SES & STEM, KU OPTIONS collaboration includes the following programs and offices:

Contact Us

LaTisha Davis
CCAMPIS Director, TRIO SES Assosciate Director & OPTIONS Cooridnator
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers