KU students having a conversation on the steps of Marvin Hall.

The Jayhawk community

We’re proud of KU’s welcoming community. Jayhawks share important values, celebrate each other’s differences, and achieve their dreams together.

Connect with your peers

In more than 500 student-led groups, Jayhawks bond over common interests and discover new ones.

Connect with your peers

Students practice a Brazilian martial art known as capoeira.

Clubs and organizations

A student-led group may focus on one of your interests and hobbies. Others may feature a topic or talent you'd like to explore. Search for campus groups on Rock Chalk Central and get involved.
Students toss colored powder during a Holi festival on the KU campus.

International Student Association

Members of the International Student Association share their cultures with each other and the wider KU community. Find more information and links, visit Rock Chalk Central:
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International Support Services

ISS provides continual programing for international students throughout the school year to help students enjoy campus and engage with their peers.

Participate in traditions

Like many institutions of higher education, the University of Kansas has traditions that are special to its community:

Participate in traditions

KU band members performing their "Hog Call" tradition.

The Rock Chalk Chant

The Rock Chalk Chant, our most famous tradition, is recognized worldwide for its special sound and haunting quality.
A crowd of students in Allen Fieldhouse wave their arms in the air. Championship banners hang in the background.

Wave the Wheat

KU fans “wave the wheat” at specific moments during sporting events. Opposing teams see a sea of waving arms — and a lot of Jayhawks having fun.
Students at a football game have their arms around one another as they sing.

Crimson and Blue

At athletic events and ceremonies, the KU community will sing our school song, or Alma Mater. A performance of “Crimson and the Blue” can create a lasting memory.

Seek help from staff

Staff play an important role in the KU community. For many staff members, their job duties focus solely on the growth and success of KU students. Reach out — they are here to help.

Staff Assisted Resources

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Academic assistance

When coursework becomes a challenge or a degree path needs adjustment, students will find writing experts, tutors, and advisors who can provide the right assistance.
A student meeting with an advisor at Orientation.

International needs

International Support Services staff can help address adjustment to U.S. culture, immigration matters, and other issues specific to international students.
A COVID vaccination clinic on KU's main campus.

Health and wellness

Resources like those offered by Watkins Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services help Jayhawks take care of their physical and mental health.