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Resources and Residential curriculum

On-campus residents get better grades than students in other living environments - and are retained at a higher rate than off campus - in part because of trained staff, study groups, and upperclass mentors. We take the extra step to help you reach goals (see tabbed section below for additional resources). Student housing features study areas are in every building and classrooms in GSP, Templin and Daisy Hill Commons. Within the halls, Resident Assistants help each resident develop an academic goal plan and set up academic “check-ins” throughout the semester to help residents reach their goals. During finals week, quiet hours are enforced continuously and students see these posters as a reminder.

Residential Curriculum

What is a residential curriculum?

KU Student Housing strives to support students as they develop into the best versions of themselves. Through intentional connections and crafted support, students living in Student Housing will gain competence in inclusion, healthy community, self and relational management, and academic success. The residential curriculum is linked to KU’s academic mission to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world. KU Student Housing residential curriculum is geared toward learning for first-year students.

It is:
• Derived from educational priorities through research-backed pedagogy and assessment.
• Utilizes sequenced, individualized, and targeted interventions, coupled with strategic community building.
• Provides students with transformative learning opportunities that lead to graduation in four years.

These are the curriculum areas:

1. Inclusion: Students critically examining themselves and the world in order to make positive social change.

Learning outcomes:
  • Relate social justice and inclusion concepts to their personal and KU experiences.
  • List their social identities.
  • Express an increased confidence in ability to confront social identity based conflict.
Curriculum goal:
Articulate the important of inclusion in your daily life at KU.

2. Academic success: Students engagement with academic success utilizing academic partners and supportive learning environments.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify areas for academic growth.
  • Describe strategies for academic success.
Curriculum goal:
List academic support services used outside of the classroom.

3. Health and Wellness: Students responsibility for healthy decisions regarding self-care, stress management, physical and mental well-being, alcohol and other drug use.

Learning outcomes
  • Define healthy habits regarding alcohol.
  • Identify campus/local community resources regarding health and wellness.

Curriculum goal:

Utilize campus/local community resources regarding personal wellness.

4. Self and Relational Management: Students ability to understand themselves from their knowledge and experiences and how they navigate relationships with others.

Learning outcomes
  • Compare the congruence of their actions and their values/beliefs.
  • Recognize the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
Curriculum goal:
Gain positive relationships on campus/local community.

5. Engaged civility: Students awareness of how the campus, local community and global community affect each other and the people within each community.

Learning outcomes
  • Discuss how national or global events affect the campus/local community.
Curriculum goal:
List outside-of-classroom involvement.


KU Student Housing residents have a variety of resources at their disposal, including the writing center, advising center and a center devoted to academic achievement and access. In each hall, there are Academic Resource Centers, which are designated study and classroom spaces. Here is a brief description of each of the services that are most helpful to KU students. Here is the link to academic calender page for more information.

Writing Center

The Writing Center offers a variety of ways for students and members of the community to get feedback on their writing. If you already know which type of consultation you'd like, you may submit your writing for e-mail feedback or schedule a face-to-face or videoconference consultation. Please let your consultant know if you need an accommodation due to a disability.


Writing Centers are located in Daisy Hill Commons, Hashinger and Oliver Halls. Here is a complete list of locations and hours.

KU Writing Center
Anschutz Library
1301 Hoch Auditoria Drive, Room 424

writing@ku.edu | 785-864-2399

Advising Center

About the UAC The Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) assists students in choosing a major, making schedule plans, supervising probation cases, finding academic and professional resources, and successfully advancing to a college degree.


Undergraduate Advising Center
1300 Sunnyside Ave.
Summerfield Hall, Room 315
E-mail: advising@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-2834

UAC Mission Statement: The UAC empowers all students to take ownership of their education by providing personalized, comprehensive academic advising in a supportive environment.

University Academic Support Center

The University Academic Support Center offers many services and programs to assist students in their academic success and to enhance their collegiate experience at KU. Choose from learning strategy consultations, group workshops or general or course-specific academic assistance, by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Feel free toask for information or direction about academic and personal issues.


University Academic Support Center
1450 Jayhawk Boulevard Strong Hall, Room 22

Phone: 785-864-4064
Email: achieve@ku.edu

Academic Accommodations

The University Academic Support Center serves as the home for Student Access Services for students at KU. If you have a documented disability, you work directly with Student Access Services to provide and coordinate the appropriate accommodations. Contact Student Access Services in order to secure the proper accommodations.

Tutoring Services

The University Academic Support Center also provides students with Tutoring Services at KU. Students may request a tutor in disciplines that include Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, French, Spanish, and Italian. Other courses may be offered based on student demand and the availability of tutors. Students may contact tutoring services about potentially adding a course if one is not currently being offered. This program provides small group, course specific tutoring and the groups meet twice a week for one-and-a-half hours each session.

Learning Strategy Consultations

Finally, the University Academic Support Center offers individual consultations on skill development in the areas of time management, study skills, test taking strategies, and more. During these appointments you will work with an staff member to develop success strategies specific to your own needs and goals. Contact University Academic Support Centers to schedule a one-on-one appointment.


Wireless Internet is part of your housing contract at KU. Residents can register for an account at www.MyResNet.com. Once you’ve created a unique username and password, you can log in and access the ResNet on the day you move in to KU. The service (pdf) is provided by Apogee.

Included in your contract is 40 mbps download speed and four additional devices. Or you may purchase an enhanced level of service.

Phone: 855-643-2149
Email: support@myresnet.com

More than $200,000 in annual scholarships to returning residents
Academic success: More than 94 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen in student housing enroll for the next semester
5,100 residents choose student housing each year
Residence hall rates are almost $2,000 less per year than the national average for public schools
— College Board
$4 million alumni gift funded Krehbiel Scholarship Hall
Options include suites, private bedroom with shared bath, two-person rooms, scholarship halls, and apartments
Oswald and Self residence halls opened in 2015
One bill covers all costs: room, food, utilities, and wireless Internet
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities