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Kansas State University
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1101 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506

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Student Success First-Year Seminar Courses

For these classes, we 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. 

EDCEP 111 - University Experience

In addition to helping students make the transition to university courses and college-level learning, First-Year Seminar University Experience courses also emphasizing college student success skills such as time management, study skills, critical thinking strategies, etc. As a place to ask questions about the University and practice the skills needed to succeed as a first-year student, these courses provide support for the transition into college life and the K-State community.

The University Experience course will help you find your way and give you the chance to:

  • Discuss common problems and concerns with other freshmen.
  • Find effective ways to make the transition from high school to college.
  • Discover how to gain the most from co-curricular activities.
  • Learn about K-State policies, procedures, and services.
  • Practice skills required for academic success such as time management and critical thinking.
  • Explore interests, academic strengths, values, and career goals.
  • Be exposed to diverse insights, strategies, and techniques that are essential to success in a multicultural world.

University Experience is a graded, elective course that may be taken for 2 credits. For more information about the course, click HERE. For information about sections and times, see our First-Year Seminar course list HERE

EDCEP 109 - Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is offered for various courses each semester. SI consists of weekly, peer-facilitated study sessions that support students in a specific course and further engagement with their coursework to reinforce learning. Through collaboration with peers in the course and an SI leader, students work to compare notes, discuss challenging concepts, share study and test-taking strategies, and demonstrate learning.

Enrollment is open for all students. SI is capped at 15 students per section. The SI section must correctly match with the appropriate course section. For more information visit the Academic Achievement Center SI website. Questions? Call the Academic Achievement Center at 785-532-6492. For more information about Supplemental Instruction sections, check out the course chart HERE.

DAS 100 - Introduction to K-State Culture

The purpose of DAS 100 is to introduce you to what a university is, to the purpose of a university education, and to what it means to be an educated person. Many students come to universities without a clear understanding of what higher education is and what it can mean to them, which provides a unique challenge to both students and their teachers. Equally unfortunate is the fact that many faculty members assume that students have such an understanding when in fact they do not. Some students quickly learn what is expected of them and meet with great success at the university. Some do not. This Introduction to K-State Culture class will help you understand the university, get more from your college experience, and help you get off to a good start!

This is not the typical orientation course in which the focus would be on the range of services available to students at a university. That information can certainly be useful, but that is not what we will do here. Our approach is different - we want to introduce you to what it means to be an educated person. But we will not lecture to you about this or about what a university is. Instead, we will let you directly experience what a university is by sharing with you the varied cultural and intellectual activities that occur at a major university.

You, your professor, and your classmates will go to the events listed on the syllabus and share your reactions to them together. Your teacher will be someone you can turn to if you have problems during your first semester at K-State. We hope that through your association with the members of your class and your teacher, your transition to the university will be smooth and your tenure here at K-State will be successful.

Check out the informational flyer or contact us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu or ask your advisor for additional information about either course.