Fort Hays State University Diversity AffairsHorizons - Multicultural Orientation Information   

Diversity Affairs sponsors Horizons for incoming African American, Hispanic, Asian Americans, Native Americans and LGBTQ students.
Horizons - introduces new freshmen and first semester transfer students to our diverse community and provides them with an opportunity to meet and interact with new and returning students.. Starting your time at Fort Hays State University on the right foot is paramount, and the best way to do that is by attending the Horizons Orientation.

Read over the information below and register now to attend.

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

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.

How much is the retreat?
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? 

  • Casual/Athletic clothes
  • Swimsuit
  • Tennis/Athletic Shoes
  • Hygiene essentials (toothbrush, shampoo, etc.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Bedding & Pillows
  • Alarm Clock
  * You will be moving into the room you will be assigned through Residential Life.

What is the difference between Horizon and other FHSU programs?
Horizon focuses on team building and community building activities to help students make a smooth transition into FHSU life as a first-year student, while preparing you for the academic, social, and extracurricular experiences that you will encounter during college. Statistics show that students who attend special orientations like “Horizons” tend to stay enrolled at FHSU and attain higher grades. 

What will I be doing on 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