Hawk Link introduces existing programs on campus to students and helps them navigate each of these programs through direct intervention. Hawk Link operates from an inclusive model that will prepare students for success well beyond their college days.

By linking students with various departmental programs and services, Hawk Link is designed to bring focus to the first year. Direct intervention beginning with the recruitment process to mentoring programs from both faculty and students, culminating to the Hawk Link graduation. Hawk Link is designed to help students with both academic and personal success.

To get involved with the Hawk Link program, fill out this application.  Once accepted to the program, you may fill out this request for tutoring.

Components of Hawk Link

Hawk Link encompasses many components that assist students in persisting through their first year. These components are:

1) Recruitment
2) Orientation
3) Financial Aid
4) Advising
5) Living/Learning Environments
6) Tutoring & Mentoring
7) Educational & Developmental Programs
8) Student Involvement

Program Components of Hawk Link

  • UNIV 101 Freshman Orientation Seminar
  • Hawk Link Tutoring
  • Monthly Success Seminars
  • Full-time staff that serve as Adjunct Academic Advisors
  • Special Events (Convocation and Graduation event)

Hawk Link Guides

Hawk Link Guides are undergraduate students who work through the Office of Multicultural Affairs to assist new students and students of color with their academic transition to KU. The Guides work throughout the summer attending orientation events and contacting incoming students to help make the transition smoother. The Hawk Link Guides also act as mentors to their assigned Hawk Link students and remain in contact with the students throughout the summer and into the school year.

During orientation, the Hawk Link Guides sign students up for Hawk Link, encourage students to register for the Hawk Link section of the UNIV 101 Orientation Seminar, are available during lunch/dinner sessions to answer questions, and provide assistance during enrollment.

If you are interested in becoming a Hawk Link guide, please visit the KU job site and search for the Hawk Link Guide (student hourly, on-campus) position description and to apply.  The position is posted annually in mid-spring.


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