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Student Success CAT Communities

Chart your journey to success!

These Student Success CAT Communities engage first-year students with a diverse community of goal-oriented peers, facilitate individual academic guidance, and assist students in developing a strong educational foundation. These Communities foster independent learning, build community and inspire engagement, develop multicultural competencies, and provide students with the tools and skills needed to succeed in college. Within the courses, there is an emphasis on college student success skills such as time management, study skills, critical thinking strategies, etc. They provide a place to ask questions about the University and practice the skills needed to succeed as a first-year student. There are Residential and Non-Residential options to choose from!

For these CAT Communities, we also work closely with the Academic Achievement Center to offer academic support to students inside and outside the classroom in the form of tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic coaching.

Residential Student Success CAT Communities:

Find Your Fit icon Find Your Fit

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” and "What are you going to major in?" are undeniably two questions a first year college student has heard over and over.  Enroll in this CAT Community to learn more about yourself and the decision-making journey as you uncover your strengths, values, and a world of majors and careers that can lead to a life of passion, purpose, and fulfillment.

Residence Hall: Marlatt

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

FSHS 110 Introduction to Human Development

EDCEP 120 Academic and Career Decisions


First in the Family Icon First in the Family

This is a living-learning community for first-generation, first-year students. You will learn essential college success skills such as community building and critical thinking, while taking classes that teach you about social systems and leadership. You’ll develop your talents and strengths, become a part of an academic and social support network, and learn all about the tools, resources, and services to make your transition to college successful.

Residence Hall: Haymaker

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

LEAD 195 First in the Family


First Scholars First Scholars

This CAT community will focus on empowering you with tools and resources to create a successful transition to college. You will learn how to analyze the social world and your place in it. You’ll accomplish this through hands-on workshops to learn about bettering yourself professionally and socially while exploring leadership potential. This living learning community is only for first-generation first-year students selected to be part of the First Scholars program.

Residence Hall: Strong Community

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

LEAD 195 1st Gen 101: First Generation Transition Seminar  


Pop Culture and Society Icon Pop Culture and Society

You will explore how popular culture not only reflects but also influences society's attitudes and beliefs toward human diversity. If you enjoy discussing film and television and their connections to social issues, and if you want to discover how watching movies can make you a better student, then this CAT Community is for you!

Residence Hall: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

ENGL 220 Fiction into Film

MC 110 Mass Communication in Society

DAS 195 Pop Culture and Society



Strengths Strengths

K-State is a strengths-based campus. First year students in this living learning community will transition from strengths identification to strengths development.  Discover what you do best and learn how to use those talents to make your college experience rewarding and successful. In this positive and engaging learning community, you will study the importance of exercising leadership through a strengths based perspective. You will bridge the gap between your own leadership education and social environment to make progress on issues you care deeply about.  

Residence Hall: Moore and West

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

LEAD 195 Strengths


Non-Residential Student Success CAT Communities: 

Global Conversations Global Conversations

Bonjour! ¡Hola! Guten Tag! Ni Hao! Hello! Did you know that there are 196 countries and countless cultures across the globe? In this CAT Community, you will learn how communication transcends location and how to develop your own skills as a global communicator. 

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

EDCEP 110 Study Skills and Strategies

Mapping Your Future Mapping Your Future

Discover the world through the lens of political, social, and economic geography in this engaging CAT Community, while also practicing a variety of problem-solving skills for the classroom and the real world. 

MATH 100 College Algebra

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography

EDCEP 110 Study Skills & Strategies

Problem Solving Problem Solving

Are you a math person? Do you enjoy working with numbers and formulas? Or do you like reading and writing? Most people identify with one skillset over the other, but in this dynamic CAT Community you'll learn the necessary skills to solve a variety of everyday problems -- inside and outside the classroom.

MATH 100 College Algebra

ENGL 100 Expository Writing I

EDCEP 110 Study Skills & Strategies


Speak Your Mind Speak Your Mind

In this CAT Community, you'll learn how psychology and communication shape the ways you understand yourself and the world around you. You'll spend time with a close group of peers exploring your perspectives, sharing ideas, and building community. 

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

PSYCH 110 General Psychology 

EDCEP 110 Study Skills & Strategies


Writing Life Writing Life

"In order to write about life, you must first live it." -- Ernest Hemingway. In this CAT Community, we'll explore the ways race, gender, and class intersect in our everyday lives and in society at large. 

ENGL 100 Expository Writing 1

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

EDCEP 110 Study Skills and Strategies


If you have additional questions, contact us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu.