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When you visit campus, be prepared to release your adventurous side. Loosen your belt for homemade ice cream. Cheer on the Wildcats. Watch renowned live performances. From our dairy bar to our nationally competitive athletic teams, K-State offers entertainment and enrichment for everyone.
Delve into K-State history through campus artifacts, memorabilia, Royal Purple yearbooks, and K-Stater magazines. And be sure to scope out the aquarium filled with purple sea life. The building also features the original 1859 Bluemont College arch in the fireplace.
Catch K-State theatre, dance, music, or English students in live performances, or see photography, sculpture, paintings, and architectural renderings by K-State students and faculty in galleries throughout campus. Or attend a McCain Performance Series event or wander through an exhibit at the Beach Museum of Art.
Wildcat fans roar for the 16 men‘s and women‘s varsity teams that participate in the Big 12 Conference under legendary coaches.
The campus dairy bar serves student-made ice creams and dairy products. Students produce more than 20,000 gallons of ice cream each year. Flavors include purple pride, candy crunch, and apple dapple.
A world-class championship course open to the public, Colbert Hills is home to Kansas State University‘s men‘s and women‘s golf team, a living lab for environmental research, and a classroom for students in the golf course management program.
Check out bugs from around the world in both live and preserved insect displays. The insect zoo features interactive exhibits for the kids with creepy crawlers such as scorpions and tarantulas.
This horticultural display garden offers a variety of landscape and tested ornamental plants in different aesthetic settings. Plant collections include daylilies, irises, roses, and more.
View the Flint Hills landscape as Mother Nature intended - far from city lights. The Konza is the largest unplowed tallgrass prairie preserve in North America at more than 8,600 acres, and it offers hiking, tours, and educational programming.
History buffs can access special collections on subjects such as cookery and military history at Hale Library - the largest and one of the most recognized buildings on campus. Patrons can also attend a concert, film, exhibit, or lecture; enjoy the architecture of the most recognizable buildings on campus; make use of top-notch technology; or ask a librarian for help finding a perfect book or researching your favorite topic.
Known as the campus living room, this 260,000-square-foot facility features dining, shopping, recreation, and much more, including a 90,000-square-foot outdoor plaza. Each week the Union hosts films, concerts, art exhibits, and festivals. Bowling and billiards are offered in the recreation center, and the Union also has meeting rooms for events of all sizes.
The series - named after the late Kansas governor and presidential candidate Alfred M. Landon - has featured distinguished figures such as Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Brian Williams, Sandra Day O‘Connor, and former Mexican president Vicente Fox. The prestigious lecture series hosts three to five speakers each year.
Other lecture series include the Lou Douglas Lectures and the Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecture Series.
Together the Chet E. Peters Recreation Complex and the Ahearn Natatorium are home to great facilities and fitness programs for the entire campus community. Club sports teams compete with other universities in more than 20 sports from baseball to water skiing, and intramurals programs feature competitions in more than 40 sports.
Check out the K-State calendar for more events on the Kansas State University campus.