A great college experience starts with a great first year

K-State FirstK-State First is the University's first-year experience program, our way of helping students establish a great foundation for the rest of their college career.

We offer first-year seminar courses and learning communities designed specifically for first-year students only. We are the home for the University's common reading program (KSBN) and a one-on-one mentoring program (GPS) that connects new students with other members of the K-State family. In everything we do, K-State First is deeply committed to academic excellence, community, diversity, and the empowerment of students.

We're also here to help. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know at kstatefirst@k-state.edu. We'd love to hear from you.

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What's New? 


K-State First is proud to announce that Mariya Vaughan has been hired as our new Assistant Coordinator!

Vaughan has served as a GTA and full-time instructor in the English and Women’s Studies departments at Kansas State University for the past five years. She has worked closely with students not only as a teacher, but also as a mentor and advisor. Vaughan will be utilizing her teaching and instructional methods to oversee the Guide to Personal Success program. She will also spearhead the public relations and marketing needs of K-State First, aided by her background in web and print design. 

Vaughan joins the current K-State First team, including Dr. Gregory Eiselein, Director, Kylie Kinley, Learning Assistant Coordinator, and Mandi McKinley, Staff Assistant. 


K-State First offers four programs for first-year students that are open to all students, in any field of study. To learn more about our programs, browse the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen. If you have any questions, please email us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu