Before Coming to KU
Below are aspects of graduate school that you need to consider before beginning your studies at KU. More resources on a wide range of academic and personal matters can also be found on the Student Resources page.
Driving Directions to KU are available here.
Information on ground transportation from the Kansas City International Airport is available here.
Dental and vision insurance are also offered by KU through UnitedHealthcare StudentResources. Please note that, unlike health insurance, dental and vision insurance is only available on an annual basis and you must sign up within the first 45 days of the insurance policy's effective date, August 1st.
Please review the following welcome letter from Watkins Health Services:
You will be asked to provide your vaccination records to Watkins Health Center. To provide your mandatory vaccination records to Watkins Memorial Health Center, learn about and then complete the Health History Form and Immunization Screening History Form. Failure to provide your records will prevent you from enrolling for subsequent semesters. For more information, or if you need vaccinations, please contact the Watkins Health Center.
The Student Recreation Center is free to students who pay their student fees. Visit the KU Recreation Services website.
The University is requiring all newly-enrolled, degree seeking students on the Lawrence campus under the age of 21 as of August 1st of the academic year to complete an online alcohol education course. Full information about this course is available here.
Student Access Services, part of the Academic Achievement & Access Center, works with all units at the University to insure that every student has an equal opportunity to succeed at KU. We are here to help you whether your disability is physical, medical, sensory, psychological, or related to attention or learning.
The Academic Achievement and Access Center offers many services and programs to assist students in their academic success and to enhance their collegiate experience at KU. Students should also consult the Access Handbook and the Accessible KU website.
For off campus housing, please see the following websites:
KU SafeRide and SafeBus provide transportation in the late night hours after KU on Wheels and Lawrence Transit end service.
Train service to and from Lawrence is offered by Amtrak.
For transportation to the Kansas City International Airport (airport code: MCI), see this list of airport transportation options.
Make sure you have completed, signed, and sent 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.
Information on funding that you apply for is on the funding website for the Office of Graduate Studies.
Information on tuition and fees for graduate students is available here.
Financial Information for international students is available in the International Student Services' Pre-Arrival Guide and the International Student Services' Plan for Finances webpage.
If you are traveling abroad, make sure you have a passport. Passport Services by International Programs can assist with this process.
All domestic students, and many international students, will need a Social Security Number for a variety of purposes.
International students must obtain a visa; for information see International Student Services.
Make sure you have an updated C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) and/or resume available, you will use it for both academic and career opportunities.