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Frequently asked questions

Multicultural Academic Program Success Bridge Program

QWhat are the benefits of the MAPS program? 
MAPS students can start their college careers early. Students spend six weeks getting to know other students, faculty, the Kansas State University campus and their majors. MAPS students also get to experience industry tours and meet professionals and faculty who can serve as mentors for them throughout their college careers. It's a great way to spend the summer.

: I am interested in participating in MAPS, but I can attend only part of the summer program. Can I still participate?
A: It is required that students attend all classes, participate in the MAPS activities and remain on campus for the entire six-week period.

Q: I would like to attend MAPS, but I don’t plan on being a freshman at K-State during fall 2018. Can I still attend?
A: MAPS is a summer bridge program for incoming K-State freshmen. Students who are planning to enroll in a different college/university during fall 2018 are not eligible for MAPS.

Q: What costs are covered by MAPS?
A: MAPS covers tuition, textbooks, lab supplies, room and board, and most meals, except for Sunday nights when the dining hall is closed. MAPS also pays for group activities such as industry tours. 

Q: What costs are not covered by MAPS?
A: MAPS does not cover expenses related to traveling to and from Manhattan, Sunday evening meals, K-State’s Orientation fee and personal items.

MAPS logistics

Q: The application says I receive a stipend for participating in the MAPS program. Does the stipend go to pay for tuition or does it go directly to the participants?
A: MAPS students receive their stipends midway through the MAPS program. The stipends are in check form and can be used however the participants wish. 

Q: How many credits can I earn during the summer with MAPS?
A: MAPS participants earn up to six credits:

  • four credits of Chemistry 210 (chemistry 1 lecture and lab) OR three credits of Math 100 (college algebra) 
  • one credit of Kinesiology 161 (fitness and conditioning)
  • one credit of university experience

Q: Do I have to attend K-State’s Orientation and Enrollment?
A: Yes. MAPS students are required to attend the K-State Orientation and Enrollment session on Friday, June 8, 2018. You will learn important information about the campus and your academic college during session. In addition, you will meet your academic advisor, prepare your fall class schedule, create a K-State email account and get a K-State student ID card. You will need to pay for you and additional family members to attend the day-long event. You can sign up for orientation and Enrollment here: 


Q: Where will I live during the summer with MAPS?
A: MAPS students live in a coed, standard room-style residence hall on K-State’s campus. MAPS peer mentors live on the floor and help you adjust to college life. They assist you with understanding the university and K-State housing and dining policies.

Q: When can I move into the residence hall?
A:  Students can move into the residence hall after Orientation and Enrollment has concluded at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Q: Is transportation provided to/from the Kansas City airport?
A: MAPS does not provide transportation to/from the Kansas City International Airport. The Manhattan Regional Airport has daily direct flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is the MAPS participant’s responsibility to make arrangements for transportation to and from Manhattan at the beginning and end of the program. If you need assistance, please notify the MAPS staff.

Q: Can I bring my car to MAPS?
A: MAPS participants are not allowed to bring or ride in personal vehicles for the duration of MAPS. Parking is tight at K-State and permits are expensive. MAPS will provide safe transportation to and from designated events.

Q: What do MAPS participants do when they’re not in classes?
A: MAPS students are in classes Monday to Thursday, with ample breaks in their class time during the day. The entire group participates in industry tours or on-campus activities each Friday. Saturday events can include trips to Worlds of Fun amusement park, activities around Manhattan -- such as swimming, mini-golf, picnics, bowling, movies and citywide events -- challenge course activities, group competitions, the Little Apple Jazz Festival and other nonacademic activities. MAPS students have Sundays off.

MAPS application

Q: The application asks for a recommendation from a community official. Who is eligible to write that recommendation for me?
A: Past MAPS students have had coaches, church members/teachers, family friends, 4-H leaders, mentors and scout leaders write recommendations as community officials.

Q: Is there a similar program for soon-to-be college sophomores?
A: The MAPS program is a summer bridge program. It is designed to create a cohort of students who will enter college together and provide a touchstone for the start of their college careers. We are not aware of a MAPS-type program for sophomores at K-State.

Q. Can I fax my MAPS application to you?
A: Yes. Students can fax their completed MAPS applications to 785-532-6339.

Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: Contact the MAPS program coordinator if you need more information or have more questions. Please write, email or call:

Brandon L. Clark
MAPS Program Coordinator
224 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506