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Next steps for admitted students

Congratulations on being admitted to KU! Next, you have important steps to take to enroll and prepare for your arrival. Let’s get started.

What to do right now


  • Create a KU online ID

    Before you enroll, you’ll need to set up your personal KU account, which requires an online ID and password. You’ll use your ID to access crucial online services, including Enroll & Pay, university email, Canvas, and your myKU portal.

  • Clear enrollment holds

    Once you’ve set up your account, log in to Enroll & Pay and check for enrollment holds, which indicate an action you’ll need to take before you can enroll. Look for holds in the rightmost column of the Enroll & Pay Student Center. Graduate students will commonly receive holds related to receipt of their final, official transcripts, or their status as international students or non-native English speakers.


  • Prepare for enrollment

    Refer to the KU registrar’s academic calendar to familiarize yourself with important enrollment dates and deadlines. Then, contact your department to learn more about individual requirements and policies for enrolling in your program’s classes.

  • File your FAFSA

    The 2023-24 FAFSA is available to file. The 2024-25 FAFSA will be available in December 2023. You must file this form to be considered for federal loans, grants, and some state and university aid. (International, non-resident students will need to file the Institutional Student Need Analysis Worksheet, or ISNAW.)

Before arriving on campus


  • Review your financial aid package

    If you have been admitted to KU and filed a FAFSA, we will email you a link to a digital financial prospectus. This prospectus outlines your KU costs and how they’ll be covered. Once you’ve reviewed your financial aid package, you’ll accept or decline your awards in Enroll & Pay.

  • Submit final transcripts

    Students who were accepted into KU while still completing a degree program will need to provide final transcripts that show the conferral of a degree. Failure to provide a final, degree-conferring transcript will result in an enrollment hold in subsequent semesters.


  • Submit department-specific documents

    Make sure you’ve completed, signed, and submitted any KU contracts, including letters of acceptance, teaching or research assistant contracts, and any other paperwork required by your department. For more information about contracts and other required paperwork, contact your academic department.

  • Attend graduate Orientation

    Orientation is designed to give you the tools and connections you'll need to be successful at KU. You’ll still have the opportunity to meet other new graduate students and learn about life at KU.

When you arrive on campus


  • Pick up your KU ID card

    All admitted students receive a KU ID card, which is their official university documentation. Request your card and submit your photo for it ahead of time. When you arrive on campus, you can pick yours up at the KU Card Center.

  • Attend graduate events

    Many departments and programs host their own welcome events or orientations for new students. We strongly encourage you to seek out opportunities to engage with your new graduate community.


  • Complete EVERFI

    All new students, faculty, and staff are required to complete EVERFI, KU’s online sexual assault prevention training. Admitted students should check their email for more information about requirements, deadlines, and completing the course.

Admitted students with specific statuses

After being admitted, international students have their own series of steps to take before enrolling in and arriving at KU, including registering for Orientation. Visit International Support Services for more details.

To ensure a smooth enrollment and avoid payment delays, students should reach out to the Military-Affiliated Student Center to confirm their G.I. Bill benefits.

Non-native English-speaking students may have an enrollment hold placed on their account until they have successfully completed certain testing or coursework through the Applied English Center (AEC). If this applies to you, reach out to the AEC at to discuss your next steps.