For New Freshmen: Advising FAQs
Who is my advisor?
Set up a Campus Visit to find out! If you're already enrolled, your advisor is listed in your Student Center in iSIS. Check out the iSIS Q & A for more. If there is no advisor listed, look up the office contact info for your department and they will tell you the name of your advisor and how to contact him or her.
I'm a high school student taking classes for college credit, how do I find out if they will transfer?
Click here for more info about Advanced Placement/Credit by Exam and how your courses will transfer to K-State.
I'm a transfer student. Which of my courses will transfer to K-State?
Check out the Transfer Advising Guide to find out!For more info for Transfer Students, check out http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.html
What are the K-State 8 requirements all about?
Click here to find out about K-State's general education requirements.
Are there any special opportunities for first-year students?
There are plenty of opportunities especially geared toward first-year students! K-State
First, Guide to Personal Success (GPS), First Year Seminar classes, Week of Welcome,
Okay, how do I apply?
Fill out an application and send in your high school (and transfer college) transcripts! http://www.k-state.edu/admissions/
Where do I send my high school transcripts?
A transcript is a certified, official copy of student’s permanent record. Since it
contains confidential information, it cannot be released to anyone other than the
student without written permission unless it is being mailed directly to another university
from the K-State Registrar's Office. Students can order a transcript by mail or fax.
Students can send a written request to the Registrar's Office, Kansas State University,
118 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-0114, FAX (785)532-5599.
TRANSCRIPT ORDERING FORM available at: http://www.ksu.edu/registrar/t_v/trans_request_frm.html
When do I enroll?
Check out the Academic Calendar to find out when you enroll. Students with senior status are the first to enroll each new semester, then juniors, then sophomores, then freshmen.
What is a credit hour?
The amount of credit hours students will receive for a course is related to the amount of time students spend in class. Most classes are three credit hours, which generally means the course meets three times a week for 50 minutes, two times a week for 75 minutes, or once a week for 150 minutes. Lab sections meet at additional times, and lab credit is figured differently.
How many credit hours are considered full-time?
Students need twelve credit hours to be considered full-time. If students have specific concerns related to insurance, financial aid or housing they should be directed to the appropriate office for details.
Should students take Expository Writing their first semester?
Students may or they may wait a semester or two.
Do students need to complete all the basic requirements before they can take classes for their major?
Because many major courses do have prerequisites, students need to complete selected basics before they get too far into your major. However, there is no need to complete all basics before starting anything else. Students can start exploring their major and completing major requirements as soon as they have the prerequisites.
Which classes are easy?
Advisors rarely give a direct answer to this question, because the answer relates more to the student than the classroom. What is your learning style? What are your study habits? What subjects are strongest for you? What type of assessment do you prefer? All these things determine whether students find the class "easy" or "difficult." These are very subjective terms!
What can I do with a major in...?
Visit the Academic and Career Information Center at K-State.
When do students need to make a decision about majors?
Students are required to declare a major and move out of Open Option by the time they have completed 60 credit hours (by the end of the sophomore year). Encourage students to set a goal to choose a major prior to the end of the freshman year. However, some students do not make their decision about a major until they are sophomores, and most of these students will still be able to graduate in about four years.
What resources are available to help students make a decision about majors?
The Academic and Career Information Center is a really good place for students to begin. Their website includes information about career assessments, K-State majors, and what one can do with a major in various programs.
What is the procedure for declaring a major or changing majors?
Go to the Deans’ Office and request a change of curriculum form. It is important to
understand that K-State policy requires a 2.0 GPA to move between Colleges, and some
programs impose additional restrictions and/or criteria.
Students declare minor(s) with the department/academic unit that offers that minor. Even if students complete the right courses, nothing appears on the transcript unless students file with the department/academic unit. Students will need to consult their Department Office regarding the correct paperwork.
How do students declare Open Option (undeclared)?
Students should fill out a Change of Major in the college where they are currently enrolled. Then, students should go to Arts & Sciences (Eisenhower 113) to complete the paperwork.
What if a student knows the general field of interest but not a specific major?
Most colleges at K-State also have general programs. For example, if a student is leaving Horticultural Therapy but knows other choices still relate to Agriculture, students might change into the General Agriculture program rather than Open Option.
Where do students learn about the placement testing in Modern Language?
Students who have had previous language training in high school, at home, or through living abroad should take the department's placement examination. The test is administered in the Language Learning Center, Eisenhower Hall 001 (785-532-1930). It generally takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete, and may be taken at any time during the LLC's regular hours of operation.
For more information, please contact or visit the Department of Modern Languages at 104 Eisenhower, 785-532-6760. http://www.k-state.edu/mlangs/
Can students study abroad if they do not know the language?
There are many programs available in English in both English-speaking countries and non-English-speaking countries. Studying abroad can give students the opportunity to learn a foreign language or to improve skills in a language you already know. Numerous programs offer beginning and intermediate language instruction. Some students can finish their entire four semesters of language credit in one semester overseas. Studying a language overseas is the single best way to learn, since students are immersed in the foreign culture daily.
For more information, visit: http://www.k-state.edu/studyabroad