The "New Normal"


"The Union prides itself as being the heart of campus. We are honored to provide safe and engaging facilities where students, alumni, and all fellow Jayhawks are welcome."

JJ O'Toole-Curran
Senior Associate Director


KU Bookstore Savings for Students by Digital Access
Students Served Through KU Dining Plans
Events Booked in Union Buildings

KU Memorial Union


Full Return to Campus

Union business enterprises continue to serve KU. Despite the challenges, our enterprises continue to innovate.

UnionFest 2021 returned with over 6,000 in attendance for the traditional student welcome in Hawk Week.

The Union hosted an exciting Union Friends Organization homecoming reception this past fall, highlighting the newly implemented Sue Buckley SUA Enrichment Fund that enhances current programming dollars.

Operating Through a Pandemic

Labor shortages and supply chain disruptions complicated the challenges of operating on campus. Remote working declined as enrollment reduced revenues as we struggled in a pandemic environment.

Building and Events rapidly transitioned from classroom set-ups to meeting accommodations with the full return of faculty to campus.


The KU Memorial Union is the largest student employer on campus.

We employ over 600 students with the intention to not only provide employment, but also to allow them the experience to grow with us as we provide the building blocks for successful future careers.

From retail, IT, marketing, and business administration, the Union has opportunities to fit every Jayhawk and fulfill their goals.

KU Bookstore

Digital Access

Digital Access Program

The KU Bookstore led the drive in implementing a Day One Digital Access program through the Learning Management System to over 6500 students in 17 courses. This program saved students over $250K vs. the previous cost of materials. This program will continue to grow as other publishers and faculty join the program. 


KU Bookstore opened a prototype New Stand operation at the Burge to learn more about sophisticated customer interactive experiences and shopping habits through an App Based system, bringing consultants to KU to grow our abilities to recruit and recoup through conference and event sales.


The Bookstore employs KU students in not only part-time associate positions, but also in various leadership roles at our locations. Over 100 students are employed every year to work in one of our 6 Lawrence Locations.

KU Dining

Grilled Cheese

KU Dining Plans

KU Dining provides our students the nation’s most flexible and value laden meal program, exceeding national use levels. Whether eating on campus or off dining plans provide for student food and beverage needs.


KU Dining is the largest Union unit employer of students at KU. During the year there were an average of 345 students employed in dining operations across campus in various roles from baristas to supervisors.
Kings Hawaiian

Variety and Choice

KU Dining partners with Grubhub to provide students expanded plan use on and off campus. Starbucks sales bloom on campus with KU being the #2 college campus in the nation for the brand. Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, and King’s Hawaiian highlight well-known names as part of campus offerings.

Wish you were here
Game Day
Add On
Welcome Back

Thank you for enriching our current programming dollars and helping our students thrive.