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Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS  66506


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Each student at K-State has an advisor assigned by the dean's office of his or her college. Some colleges have large group advising for the first part of the program.

The academic advisors assist the students in planning academic programs and explain curriculum requirements and academic rules and regulations.

Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors before early enrollment and at other times as needed. At that time, students and advisors review the students' progress to date, review courses taken, and plan for the upcoming semester.

During early enrollment, time can be brief. Students should make appointments with their advisors any time during the semester if questions or concerns arise.

Advisors are also excellent resource people when students don't know where to go for information. They can set students on the right path. But remember that advisors can only advise when they know how they can help your student. They will expect students to express opinions and to ask questions.

Credit hour

The unit of credit at K-State is the semester hour. Each semester hour represents the equivalent of one class period of 50 minutes each week for 16 weeks.

Full-time student status

To maintain eligibility for financial aid and intercollegiate athletics, a student must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester in order to be considered full-time during the fall and spring semesters.

Generally, most undergraduate students register for 12 to 15 credits per semester. Although the number of credits required for graduation varies from program to program, the minimum for all baccalaureate degrees is 120 credits, which averages to 15 credits for each of the eight regular semesters. Students should consult with their academic advisor or with the office of the undergraduate dean in their college regarding graduation requirements.

Classification of students

An entering student with less than 30 semester hours of accumulated credit is classified as a freshman.

A student is advanced to a higher classification upon successful completion of sufficient credit hours to meet the requirements listed below:

  • Freshman: 29 or fewer semester hours
  • Sophomore: 30–59 semester hours
  • Junior: 60–89 semester hours
  • Senior: 90 or more semester hours
  • Fifth-year student*: 120

*Applies only to the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design and the College of Engineering.