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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 and Sciences
    Get hands-on with physics in our user-friendly demonstrations and interactive activities at 11:30 p.m. in 103 Cardwell Hall. See all Arts and Sciences events
  • College of Engineering
    Cheer on students and faculty as they race bicycles powered by grass trimmer motors between Rathbone and Seaton halls. See all Engineering events
  • College of Education
    Young (and young at heart) visitors will enjoy a petting zoo, balloon animals, snacks and more in Bluemont Hall. See all Education events
  • College of Agriculture
    Stop by Waters Hall for an airbrush tattoo, then make your way to fascinating exhibits, like a milking demonstration and bug-petting zoo. See all Agriculture events
  • College of Human Ecology
    Can you hear me now? Get a free hearing screening in the audiological suite from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 127 Campus Creek Complex. See all Human Ecology events
  • College of Veterinary Medicine Learn basic pet care for dogs and cats, visit the kids' pet clinic and explore all of the wonderful booths and exhibits located in Trotter and Mosier Halls. See all Veterinary Medicine 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. Follow the delicious smells to 204 Shellenberger Hall.
  • Fro-yo 
    Make your way to Justin Hall patio to grab a bowl of 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 when you purchase breakfast, lunch or dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 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 or Engineering Hall 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.
  • In-A-Chord   
    Treat your ears to this campus singing sensation, which can be heard on Bosco Student Plaza at 9:50 a.m.
  • Swingin' Spurs
    Put a little country in your day by watching K-State's Swing Dancing Club show their stuff at 10:30 a.m. on Bosco Student Plaza.
  • 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.

  • Jordy Searcy 
    Sit back, relax and enjoy the music of Jordy Searcy at 12:45 p.m. on Bosco Student Plaza.
  • K-State Tap Ensemble
    Get ready for high-energy action with the K-State Tap Ensemble at noon on Bosco Student Plaza.

See the full list of Entertainment

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 146 Cardwell Hall. Competitions for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.
  • Hands-on fun 
    Build a toolbox and join in fun simulations at children's displays throughout the Engineering Complex.
  • No work, all fun 
    Calling all future Wildcats! Join us in front of Bluemont Hall to take a turn in the bounce house, a ride on a train and a kettle corn treat. 
  • Creepy crawly 
    Be a “pollinator-for-a-day” and cheer on your favorite cockroach during the cockroach races at west Waters Hall.
  • Warm up 
    Take a spin as a K-State athlete and experience some of the athletic training activities they do to prepare for game time in 146 Justin Hall.
  • Space to play 
    Want to show off your creativity and design skills? Stop by Weigel Library in 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 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. Get lost in literature
    Explore Hale Library and pick out your study spots. Visit the Great Room and find out why students refer to it as the Harry Potter Room.

  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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