Hawk Link Benefits

Optional Living Learning Community

This living learning community is exclusively for Hawk Link Students. Its components include living in Hashinger Hall or a gender-inclusive housing option, and taking a section of American Studies 110 together. Through participation in the LLC, Hawk Link students have the chance to build a cohort that fosters a strong sense of belonging. 

Living in the LLC is not a required component of the program. Hawk Link simply requires that you live on campus to participate in the program.

American Studies 110

During their first semester, the Hawk Link cohort will take a closed section of AMS 110 exclusively for them. AMS 110 is an interdisciplinary introduction to individual and group indentities over time. In this class, students explore theories and methods relating to identity from various perspectives, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, and region. This course does fulfill a degree requirement for all undergraduate students.

Programs and Experimental Learning

Hawk Link provides many forms of programming for participants, all of which are free of cost. These programs include profession seminars and networking events, social gatherings, and experiential learning opportunities. Most notably, Hawk Link collaborates with Housing to facilitate Study in the States, an experiential learning opportunity that takes students on weekend trips to cities all over the United States.


All Hawk Link students are eligible to receive free tutoring. While there are a variety of courses offered through the program, we mostly employ peer tutors who tutor courses in mathematics, science, and writing.


Hawk Link staff provide academic support in the form of advising. All Hawk Link students will meet with their assigned advisor three times each semester during their first year. While meetings will focus on topics like academic planning and goal setting, Hawk Link advisors are here to meet with students about any needs they might have while navigating their transition to the University of Kansas.

Early Move-In

Participation in Hawk LInk begins with a free early move-in residential component calld OPTIONS (Opening Paths to Individual Opportunity and Success) one week before classes begin. This program allows students to move into their residential hall early and begin to explore campus, build community, and learn about resources before the rest of the study body arrives.