Hawk Link Components & Benefits

Living On-Campus

Living on-campus during their first year of the program is a required component of Hawk Link. By living on campus, Hawk Link students will be able to participate in the free programs facilitated by the partnership between the Office of Multicultural Affairs and KU Student Housing. While most housing options on the KU campus are gendered, KU Student Housing does provide Gender Inclusive Housing. GIH at KU is a housing option that allows students to live in a suite, regardless of their sex, gender identity, gender expression or the sex, gender identity, gender expression of their roommates. GIH on Daisy Hill is an option for any Hawk Link student who wishes to be housed in a gender inclusive environment. Click here for more information about Lewis Hall, home to GIH.

Academic Coursework

During their first two semesters, all Hawk Link students will take one fall and one spring course together as a cohort. In the fall, first-year students will take a course that introduces them to the KU campus, while facilitating dialogues about identity within the university context. In the spring, first-year students will take a course that fulfills a KU Core requirement for all undergraduate students and provides a space for students to continue a dialogue about identity, equity and social justice.  

Programs and Experimental Learning

Hawk Link provides many forms of programming for participants, all of which are free of cost. These programs include professional seminars and networking events, social gatherings, and experiential learning opportunities. Most notably, Hawk Link collaborates with Housing to facilitate Study in the States, an experiential learning opportunity that takes students on weekend trips to cities all over the United States.


All Hawk Link students are eligible to receive free tutoring. While there are a variety of courses offered through the program, we mostly employ peer tutors who tutor courses in mathematics, science, and writing. Apply to receive Hawk Link tutoring for Spring 2019.


Hawk Link staff provide academic support in the form of advising. All Hawk Link students will meet with their assigned advisor three times each semester during their first year. While meetings will focus on topics like academic planning and goal setting, Hawk Link advisors are here to meet with students about any needs they might have while navigating their transition to the University of Kansas.

Early Move-In

Participation in Hawk LInk begins with a free early move-in residential component calld OPTIONS (Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity aNd Success) one week before classes begin. This program allows students to move into their residential hall early and begin to explore campus, build community, and learn about resources before the rest of the study body arrives.