New Student Services assists prospective and new students and their families. The services, activities, and programs offered are designed to provide information and support to promote a successful transition to the K-State community.
Admissions Representatives (ARs) communicate to prospective students and their families, and educational personnel about academic programs and student life opportunities. Admissions Representatives hold responsibility for the development of an effective student recruitment program within a specific geographic region.
The campus visits program provides individual tours to prospective students and their families. Student guides conduct tours of the campus throughout the year.
Group visits are available for school or community groups and offer a variety of schedule options.
Special events are held throughout the academic year and provide another opportunity for future students to visit the campus. Some events are held at locations around the state and across the country.
There are four selective interview scholarships for incoming students. These scholarship opportunities include a supplemental application. Scholarships are:
This award seeks to attract top students who demonstrate the potential to make exceptionally strong contributions to the K-State student body, both in the classroom and in the extracurricular life of the university.
The Kassebaum Scholarship seeks to recognize students who aspire to careers in public service.
The Urban Leadership Scholars Program seeks to shape the next generation of great American urban leaders.
The K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship competition identifies and rewards exceptional high school seniors with a commitment to serving others in their community, school, or place of worship.
Following a prospective student's visit to campus, student staff follow up with a phone call to gather feedback.
The K-state Parents and Family Association is a way to formalize the connection between K-State and the families of our students. The Association allows families to feel actively engaged with their students' college experience by participating in campus programs and activities specifically geared towards families.
Presidential Lecture Series is a service offered by the University at no charge to middle schools, high schools and community colleges. The series makes faculty and staff members available for lectures on a variety of topics.
Orientation and enrollment is a program that welcomes new students and their families. Programs are held prior to the start of each semester and include information about student life, academic success, and campus policies.
Wildcat Warm-up is the optional, extended orientation program for new freshman. Students stay on-campus for the weekend following their orientation & enrollment session and learn about campus traditions, student involvement, academic success, K-State services and history.
K-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. K-State First offers first-year seminar courses and learning communities designed specifically for first-year students only. They are also the home for the University's common reading program (KSBN) and a one-on-one mentoring program (GPS).
The “Student Heightening Involvement in Education, Learning and Development” or SHIELD Scholar Program, sponsored by Phillips 66 is available to students in select majors in the College of Business Administration or the College of Engineering who have an interest in the energy industry. Students are encouraged to apply during the second semester of their sophomore through senior year. SHIELD Schoalrs receive $3,500 in renewable scholarship money. Additional funding is provided for enrichment activities that help scholars grow as a student, future professional and member of the community. Scholars are also assigned a company mentor. Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA to remain in the program. More information on the Phillips 66 SHIELD Scholar Program can be found here.
First Scholars is a comprehensive program focusing on first-generation students. The goal of the First Scholars Program is to support and enhance students' ability to successfully graduate by focusing on their holistic development. The First Scholars Program is based on student development and student success research to address the unique challenges first-generation students face. Selected students receive personalized support, development and leadership opportunities, and an annual award of $5,000, which is renewable for a total award of $20,000 over 4 years. More information can be found here.
K-State has partnered with Gallup to become a strengths-based campus in an effort to increase student retention, engagement, and the overall well-being of our undergraduate students. All new freshmen, transfer, and international students have access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder™ online assessment. Students taking the assessment identify their top five strengths and have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one peer coaching and other education programming to dive deeper into their talents, helping to develop their strengths. More information on StrengthsQuest™ at K-State can be found here.