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.

Early Move-In

Participation in Hawk LInk begins with a free early move-in residential component  before classes begin. This program allows students to move into their residential hall early and begin to explore campus, build community with each other, meet Hawk Link staff, and learn about campus resources before the rest of the study body arrives.

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 closed section of American Studies 110: American Identities taught exclusively to them. In this class, students explore theories and methods relating to identity from various perspectives, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and region. This course fulfills a KU Core requirement for all undergraduate students. 

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. Additionaly, the Office of Multicultural Affairs reserves spots for program participants at Colors of KU, an overnight social justice retreat. 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.

Programming Board

All Hawk Link students can apply to be a part of a programming board that develops programs for both first and second year cohort members. Being a part of the programming board provides students with the opportunity to take ownership of their Hawk Link experience, strengthen their community, and increase their leadership development.


All Hawk Link students are eligible to receive fee waivers for on-campus tutoring services.


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.