Horizons - Multicultural Student Orientation Information   

The Horizons Multicultural Student Orientation introduces freshmen and first semester transfer students to the Fort Hays State University Campus and Hays community. We invite students who identify as an ethnic minority, a member of the LGBTQIA community, and students who are differently abled to participate in the program.

The Horizons Multicultural Student Orientation is dedicated to fostering academic and social success among freshmen and transfer students in practical , immediate and meaningful ways. It also aspires to build community within the underrepresented student body through encouraging social engagement and organizational participation.

The following goals that are hoped to be achieved by all participants in the Horizons Multicultural Student Orientation:

  • An enhanced sense of cultural identity awareness
  • Personal investment and attachment to FHSU and the Hays community.
  • A committed an engaged student body
  • Promote retention and persistence to underrepresented students.

Horizons 2014 is Sunday, August 10 - Wednesday, August 13 (Students will be on campus for all Freshmen Orientation activities). Click here for a complete schedule. 

Who can attend HORIZONS?
All first year and first semester transfer students of Fort Hays State University of different races, religions and genders who are African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and Latin Americans, Native Americans and LGBTQ students.

Is there a cost to participate?
The registration is free of charge.

Do I need to bring money to the orientation?
Just personal spending money.

What should I bring to the orientation? 
Everything you would like to have in your room. You will be moving into your room assignment. Check out the What to Bring? checklist on the Residence Life web page.

What will I be doing in the orientation?
Various activities that help promote leadership, build confidence, enhance awareness of others’ uniqueness, make new friends, and become a part of a community at Fort Hays State University. There will be workshops, team building exercises, tours, ropes course, and a visit to the Hays Aquatic Park, and much more!


I am a parent bringing my child to campus for Multicultural Student Orientation (MSO). Will there be an event for parents before the orientation begins?
There will be a welcome reception and banquet for both parents and your student.

I have more questions! What do I do?
You can do one of the following: Call the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) at 785.628.4664 or email amwhite7@fhsu.edu


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