Those who start strongest lead.

The KU Adidas Leadership Scholars program is built around seven critical components that are designed to help you get a jump-start on your academic career and help guide you towards the ultimate goal: graduation. The program is open to incoming freshmen who are Pell-grant eligible or identify as the first generation in their family to attend or graduate from college. 

Seven critical components:

  1. On-campus summer coursework (Summer Success Academy)
  2. Community of scholars
  3. One-on-one academic advising and success coaching
  4. Peer mentoring
  5. Career coaching
  6. Summer opportunities with possible funding (experiential learning)
  7. Local and global professional mentors

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*You will need to know your KU Online ID and password in order to access the program application.


KU Core

The KU Core stretches across the undergraduate experience, yielding fundamental skills, building a broad background of knowledge, generating capacities and opportunities for blending and creating ideas, strengthening an appreciation of cultural and global diversity, and cultivating ethical integrity. Each of our six educational goals has one or more distinct learning outcomes. Learn more visit kucore.ku.edu

DEI Strategy

Undergraduate Studies is committed to creating and promoting an inclusive and diverse learning environment, in our offices, through our programming, and throughout our services supporting students. Our leadership team is currently developing a DEI strategy that will guide our efforts across the units. The strategy will be regularly reviewed and adapted to reflect the needs of the community we serve. 

Bold Aspirations

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and for the medical center. To learn more visit boldaspirations.ku.edu

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