The OPTIONS Program

The Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity and Success (OPTIONS) program provides a virtual and four-day residential program to assist incoming freshmen transition from high school to KU. By connecting participants with campus organizations and resources, we're furthering the university’s strategic goal of increasing the retention rates of first-year students.

Details for 2021

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Students may choose to participate in this six-week facilitated session where students will be assigned to a small group and explore topics like selecting courses and majors, exploring the cost of college, and creating a road map for your college success. Groups will meet weekly through zoom.
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This four-day experience takes place on campus and allows students to move into their residence hall for free and participate in daily programming meant to give you a glimpse into the real college experience. Students will be connected to student leaders, as well as get to learn more about being on campus and meet faculty and staff.


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 criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Underrepresented minority
  • Low-income
  • A participant in one of these programs: Emerging Scholars, Hixson Scholars, Hawk Link, KC Scholars, KUEST ONE, Multicultural Scholars Program, or TRIO SES & STEM.