Jumpstart your journey at K-State as a part of the ninth annual Wildcat Warm-up, a three-day event for new students wanting to pump up their passion for purple. Wildcat Warm-up begins after your Orientation and Enrollment session; then, you'll check in for Wildcat Warm-up and collide with your Wildcat side.
Join other new K-State students as you build friendships and learn what it really means to be a Wildcat! Wildcat Warm-up is an exclusive opportunity for new freshmen to get a headstart on leadership, student involvement, academic success, and K-State services, history, and traditions.
Session 1 - June 7-9
Session 2 - June 14-16
Session 3 - June 21-23
*You will attend orientation and enrollment on Friday, June 7, 14, or 21 at 8:00 a.m. in the K-State Student Union. Check-in for Wildcat Warm-up will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 14, or 21 in the Derby Dining Center. You will check-in for Wildcat Warm-up once you have finished enrolling in classes for the fall semester. If your advising appointment is running late, please contact New Student Services at: 785-532-6318 to make alternate check-in arrangements.
Lodging in a K-State residence hall, meals served in the dining center and catered by local restaurants, parking, the official Wildcat Warm-up welcome packet and T-shirt, and activities and programs designed just for you.
Schedule of events
How can you be successful at college?
Join us at Wildcat Warm-up for a headstart on your college experience.
- Meet current and prospective students at the tailgate dinner.
- Build ties with other new students while learning valuable college success strategies at the K-State Challenge Course.
- Explore healthy relationships and dating tips with a nationally recognized speaker.
- Show your Wildcat pride at a K-State pep rally.
- Create a simple strategy for your academic success.
- Connect with current K-State students who will guide you as you learn what it really means to be a K-Stater.
Sample schedule of events
"Welcome to the Big Show!"
- Get a taste of Powercat Pride by learning the traditions, meeting Willie the Wildcat and hearing from coaches and players, while enjoying dinner from local Manhattan restaurants!
Union Program Council 'After Hours' Activities
- Play poker with K-State Celebrities, listen to live musical entertainment and win great prizes!
K-State Challenge Course
- Balance on a log, swing your team to safety and work as a team to accomplish your goals.
- Get a feel for the diverse population on campus and learn new perspectives about each of our differences.
Choose from different Student Success Session
Campus Scavenger Hunt
- Check out some of the campus hot spots on this exciting adventure through campus!
Dinner in Aggieville
- Enjoy a bite at the legendary Kite's restaurant!
Healthy Relationships Speaker
- We all get stung by cupid's arrow once in awhile; Kelly Welch will give you some pointers on how to communicate, respect and enjoy a healthy relationship.
- Check out ways you can volunteer at K-State and participate in the fun! Dance, play basketball and eat some of Manhattan's tastiest at the Recreation Complex.
- Chow down on hotcakes while perusing some of over 475 campus organizations and learn about all the Alumni Association has to offer!
"Nothing But a Good Time"-Send off Session
- "We have to say goodbye...but just until we see you again this fall!"
Parents are welcome to join us in Forum Hall as we recap the weekend and
then bid adieu until August!
Check Out of Residence Halls
Wildcat Warm-up is held after select June 2013 Orientation and Enrollment sessions, where you'll finalize your class schedule, get your student identification card, and cover many other details. After Orientation and Enrollment, you'll check in for Wildcat Warm-up and experience K-State like never before!
Registration will be available in April. After we receive your registration, you will receive an email with information on check-in, what to bring, and other details. Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need. Please contact our office for more information at 785-532-6318 or 1-800-432-8270 (toll free).
Registration will open in early April.
Please note that registration for Wildcat Warm-up and Orientation & Enrollment is combined.
Contact Kiley Moody at (785)532-6318.
Need to reschedule your Wildcat warm-up session date?
If you are unable to attend your scheduled Wildcat Warm-up date, please contact the Office of Admissions at 785-532-6250 as soon as possible to reschedule for the next available session.
Cancellation & Refund policy
The last day to cancel and request a full refund for any Wildcat Warm-up session will be May 31, 2013. Cancellations from Wildcat Warm-up will result in a change of Orientation and Enrollment date, as these select June dates have been reserved for participants in the program. Any cancellations beyond May 31st will not be refunded. For questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Admissions at 785-532-6250.
If you have already registered, a confirmation email will be sent. Remember to bring the completed forms listed in the email to check-in for your session. Click on the links below to download each form.
Be sure to note the difference in the K-State Challenge Course release forms for 18 years or older and under 18 years of age. Check out what you'll be doing and also double check the Get Packed, Get Ready, Get Excited list to make sure you're prepared for WWU!
Wildcat Warm-upParticipation Form
K-State Challenge CourseChallenge Course Form
Goals and expectations
Wildcat Warm-up is a time to foster relationships with new friends and learn all that you can about life as a K-State student. With that, the use of electronic communications, such as cell phones and computers, including email and social networks (i.e. Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter), will not be permitted during program activities as they are distracting to the overall goal of our program. You will be asked to leave you cell phone in your residence hall room during the program.
Car keys will be collected during registration and kept in a safe and secure location throughout your participation in the program and will be returned promptly at the end of the program.
In the event of an emergency, staff members may be contacted at any time during the program. Staff contact sheets will be provided to any guardian in the event they must contact their student. We appreciate your support in making this a successful weekend.
Courtney Hallenbeck - Senior - Political Science, International Studies
Junction City, KS
Brian Davis - Junior - Interior Architecture and Product Design
Cody Kennedy - Sophomore - Secondary Education
Ryan Patterson - Junior - Management
Sarah Swenson - Junior - Elementary Education
Cameron Banning* - Junior - Mass Communications
Chance Berndt - Sophomore- Marketing, International Studies
Overland Park, KS
Cora Byrnes* - Sophomore - Life Sciences
Overland Park, KS
Ellen Collingwood* - Sophomore - Advertising
Josh Cox - Sophomore - History, Pre-Law
Wakefiled , KS
Morgan Denton - Freshmen - Architecture
Erin Ebeling - Junior - Accounting
Overland Park, KS
Kimberly Gerstner* - Junior - Human Ecology
Maggie Griffith - Sophomore - Accounting
Rebecca Hickey - Sophomore - Marketing
Steph Hughes - Freshmen - Business
Overland Park, KS
Alayna Humphrey - Junior - Family Studies and Human Services
Paige Kallenberger - Freshmen - Biology, Chemistry
Ja'Lynn Montgomery - Sophomore - Elementary Education
Kansas City, KS
Donald Pepoon - Sophomore - Marketing
Lizzie Petite - Sophomore - Human Resource Managment
Junction City, KS
Kaitlin Rogers* - Junior - Business Management
Luke Schnefke - Freshmen - Mechanical Engineering
Theo Stavropoulos* - Senior - Management
Trevelle Stewart - Junior - Open Option
Lees Summit, MO
Joseph Thomas* - Junior - Secondary Social Studies Education
Chayce Wynn - Junior - Biology
Kansas City, KS
K-State students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni
"What others have to say..."
"As an out of stater, I was worried about taking the big step to move to K-State. Wildcat Warm-up allowed me to make friends, find my way around campus, and find my comfort zone which made my start as a freshman so much easier!" Sarah Urbanczyk, 2012 Participant
"At first I was nervous about Wildcat Warm-up because none of my friends had signed up for it and I didn't know what to expect. From the start though, I was completely comfortable because of the energetic leaders and friendly outgoing students I met. Wildcat Warm-up really made me feel more prepared and more excited to start school in August; I couldn't wait to be around so many passionate and enthusiastic students again!" Christa McKittrick, 2012 Participant
"I really enjoyed the Wildcat Warm-up experience because it allowed me to meet new people that are in the same position as me and had similar questions about the college experience. Also it helped me become more familiar with the campus and dorm life." Kevin Donlin, 2012 Participant
"Wildcat Warm-up for me was a truly amazing way to get to know my way around campus while getting to know some of my future classmates. To this day I still am great friends with some of the people I met there, and I constantly see people around campus that I recognize from Wildcat Warm-up. I don't know a single person who said they regretted going; I know I certainly didn't." Emily Mast, 2012 Participant
Which Orientation and Enrollment day works best?
You will attend orientation and enrollment on either Friday, June 7, Friday, June 14 or Friday, June 21.
What do my parents do while I'm at Wildcat Warm-up?
Some parents see this as a great opportunity to check out campus and Manhattan on their own. See the Manhattan hotel information. Parents are invited to the closing session Sunday morning at the K-State Student Union, Forum Hall.
Can I come and go from the program?
Once you check in, we require that you stay with the program. Most of what you do will be in small groups where you build strong connections quickly. A member of the group who is not there for the entire experience misses a lot of the action and changes the experience for his or her group.
Where do I park, and where is my car while I'm with the program?
We have arranged parking for you near the residence hall where you will be staying. We provide all the transportation throughout the program, so you won't need to worry about driving.
What is a challenge course?
Low and high challenge courses allow participants to grow individually as well as build teamwork. Participants face a number of outdoor obstacles, building leadership, teamwork, and problem solving. Health forms, permissions slips, athletic attire, and tennis shoes are required. Learn more about the K-State Challenge Course.