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All-University Open House


How much food, entertainment and fun can you handle? Find out at K-State's Open House, and explore campus during this carnival-like event.

Start planning your Open House visit now. When you show up:

  • Pick up a map and program in the Union.
  • Don't forget to fill out your passport for a chance to win prizes.
  • Get instructions at the information table in the Union.

No reservations are required at this free event. 

This schedule is representative of events you'll find at Open House. 

Nine Colleges, a World of Options
  • College of Arts & Sciences
    Get hands-on with physics in our user-friendly demonstrations. Stop by Cardwell Hall's main entrance for interactive activities delight visitors. An astounding collection of our favorite, fun physics demonstrations will be presented at 12:30 p.m. in 103 Cardwell Hall. See all Arts & Sciences events
  • College of Engineering
    Watch mechanical engineering students and faculty race bicycles powered by grass trimmer motors. Drag races, a maximum speed challenge and lap races will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the road between Rathbone and Seaton Halls. See all Engineering events
  • College of Business Administration
    Calling all future Wildcats! Join us for the Future Wildcat Fair on the east lawn of Calvin Hall for free snacks, a bounce house for children and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See all Business Administration events
  • College of Education
    History comes to still life as "wax figures" are rendered motionless until a participant steps on their button, and they come to life and speak. Sponsored by the social studies club. Further explore North American history through trivia and presentations. First floor, Bluemont Hall. See all Education events
  • College of Agriculture
    Feeling brave? The entomology department has a variety of activities to keep you crawling. Enjoy delicious bug treats, see critters up close in our bug petting zoo, put maggots to work at the maggot-painting table, get the chance to be a “pollinator-for-a-day” and cheer on your favorite cockroach during the cockroach races. West Waters Hall. See all Agriculture events
  • College of Human Ecology
    Compete in the Hospitality Olympics, including a relay race complete with a martini olive toss, creating a place setting and a broom competition. There also will be a blindfolded cupcake decorating and napkin folding demonstrations. West lawn, Justin Hall. Inclement weather: 115 Justin Hall. See all Human Ecology events
  • College of Architecture, Planning & Design
    Help us build BOXhattan and try your hand at city planning. Using recycled materials and Lego bricks, learn to assess a city's physical and economic needs, design harmonious buildings and public spaces, and construct a city that enhances urban livability.106C Seaton Hall. See all Architecture, Planning & Design events
  • College of Veterinary Medicine See the amazing two-headed calf and other extraordinary birth anomalies at the congenital defects exhibit. 204 Trotter Hall. See all Veterinary Medicine events
  • Kansas State Polytechnic 
    Visit Salina's campus to build and launch your own bottle rocket. Decorate your own two-liter bottle rocket and with the help of our physics students, pump it up and see how far it launches. See all Kansas State Polytechnic events
Food for All, All for Food
  • Rise and dine 
    It's an Open House tradition! Stop by the pancake feed in 142 Seaton Hall from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to get your fill. Don't forget the syrup! 
  • Just dough it 
    For years, K-Staters have stopped by Shellenberger Hall to pick up their homemade baked goods. Now it's your turn! 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 204 Shellenberger Hall.
  • Fro-yo 
    Make your way to the south lawn of Justin Hall to grab a bowl of Orange Leaf frozen yogurt.
  • Grillin' it 
    Stop by Bosco Student Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a barbecue lunch that's sure to fill you up.
  • Real deal 
    Get a real K-State experience at the Kramer and Derby dining centers with a $9 sandwich bar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Charge up 
    It's a must-do in Manhattan, and it's right on campus. Stop by Radina's Coffeehouse in the Leadership Studies Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for your caffeine fix.

See all Food for All

Enjoy Yourself 
It's safe to say that all of Open House is enjoyable, but we have some tricks up our sleeve to help you get even more fun out of the day. Here are our top picks for Open House entertainment.
  • United Black Voices  
    Treat your ears to this campus singing sensation, which can be heard on Bosco Plaza at 10 a.m.
  • K-State Marching Band and Drumline 
    The Pride of Wildcat Land will demonstrate true K-State passion at 2:30 p.m. on Bosco Student Plaza.
  • Lecompton Reenactors 
    Take a step back in time and watch the Lecompton Reenactors display their historical acting skills at 10 a.m. on the Quad.

  • Cas Haley 
    Sit back, relax and enjoy the music of Cas Haley at 1:30 p.m. on Bosco Plaza.
  • Poize Dance Group
    Get ready for high-energy action with the Poize Dance Group at 2 p.m. in on Bosco Plaza.

  • In-A-Cord
    Enjoy a capella versions of your favorite pop songs at 11 a.m. on the Quad

See the full list of Entertiainment

Wildcats of All Ages
Open House is exciting and memorable whether you're 3 years old or bring your grandkids. We have plenty of activities that are geared toward the younger set, and here are our top picks.
  • Math whiz 
    Students compete in the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad from 9 a.m. to noon in 101 Cardwell Hall. Competitions for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.
  • Hands-on fun 
    Build a toolbox with construction science and management students in Seaton Hall. Then, make your own silly putty with chemical engineering students in Durland Hall. 
  • No work, all fun 
    Calling all future Wildcats! Join us on the east lawn of Calvin Hall for free snacks, a bounce house for children and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
  • Educational exploration 
    Experience Australia through a sand tray station. First floor, Bluemont Hall.  
  • Creepy crawly 
    Feeling brave? The entomology department has a variety of activities to keep you crawling. Enjoy delicious bug treats, see critters up close in our bug petting zoo, put maggots to work at the maggot-painting table, get the chance to be a “pollinator-for-a-day” and cheer on your favorite cockroach during the cockroach races. West Waters Hall.  
  • Make and take 
    Children are invited to create their own K-State picture storybook. 132 Campus Creek Complex. 
  • Space to play 
    Want to show off your creativity and design skills? Stop by the third floor of Seaton Hall and spend some time contributing to Lego creations. 
  • No appointment needed 
    Kids can bring their stuffed animals for treatment at the stuffed pet clinic. Small animal lobby of veterinary hospital, Mosier Hall. 
10 Can't Miss Stops at Open House
  1. Scoop of purple pride ice cream 
    This tasty, campus-made treat is a K-State tradition. Stop by the dairy bar in Call Hall for an authentic experience.

  2. Visit the nuclear reactor 
    How many people can say they spend their Saturday checking out a nuclear reactor? Visit Ward Hall for a tour. 

  3. Take a selfie with Willie 
    Willie the Wildcat is always up for pictures, and there is no better way to display your purple pride than with a profile picture featuring K-State's favorite cat!

  4. Do some good 
    Participate in a short service project at the School of Leadership Studies. K-Staters love taking care of others!

  5. Climb the rock wall 
    If you have a current K-State student ID, or a friend who is a current student, tag along to the Rec Center and try your luck on the indoor rock-climbing wall.

  6. Show your spirit 
    Visit the K-State Bookstore in the Student Union and pick out a K-State T-shirt to remember your time on campus.

  7. Learn to Wabash 
    The K-State Marching Band — commonly referred to as The Pride of Wildcat Land —will perform throughout the day. Learn to Wabash with the best of them!

  8. Claim a lane 
    Challenge your friends and family to a game of bowling at the Union Bowling Center, located in the basement of the Union.

  9. Sip a local treat 
    Visit Radina's Coffeehouse, a Manhattan favorite, located in the Leadership Studies Building. Locations are available around town, but this spot is right in the middle of the action.

  10. Visit a residence hall 
    Even if you aren't yet sure of your housing preference, visit a residence hall for a   tour and to get a feel for what living on campus is like.



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