Open House
Kansas State University
Phone: 785-532-6250
1-800-432-8270 (toll free)

Hot spots

Academic Career and Information Center

  • Which K-State major is right for you? Beginning at 10 a.m., take a free online career assessment. 


  • Chow down on some pancakes in Seaton Hall.
  • It's raining soda at Call Hall! Come visit the food science club to watch Ol' Fizzy, the soda geyser, erupt. Then, have fun playing with your food.
  • Complete the College of Agriculture scavenger hunt and receive a free T-shirt (quantities limited).
  • Stop by Shellenberger Hall to purchase scrumptious fresh baked goods, participate in baking demonstrations and view small-scale flour milling demonstrations.  
  • Take a shuttle to the grain science north complex where you will enjoy music, food and fun! Tour the new $16 million feed mill and a state-of-the-art flour mill, participate in hands-on feed demonstrations, and taste some extruded snacks before digging into a free lunch.
  • Tour the Kansas State University Gardens and consult with landscape design students to get ideas for your own yard. While you're there, brighten your home's landscape with plants from the horticulture club's bedding plant sale. 
  • Check out the mock sprinkler system to learn how you can improve irrigation efficiency at home.
  • Watch K-State Students participate in a livestock showmanship contest in Weber Arena at 1 p.m. 
  • Take a swing at the rodeo club's roping dummy. 

Architecture, Planning and Design

  • Participate in the Student Planning Association's "BOXHattan" project by applying for a "building permit" and creating an addition to the box city in Seaton Hall. 
  • Visit the third floor of Seaton Hall to show off your creativity in the Lego Playspace.
  • Immerse yourself in models, furniture, plans and landscapes that are drawn, designed and built by students.
  • View the exhibit in the Chang Gallery, featuring the work of Jon Hunt, assistant professor.

Arts and Sciences 

  • The math department invites you to watch the newest math whiz earn his or her title. Students will compete in the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad XVII from 9 a.m. to noon in 101 Cardwell Hall. Competitions for grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Discover the many career opportunities open to math graduates.
  • Have the English department’s poet-in-a-box write you a personalized poem on the first floor of the Student Union.
  • The geology department will show you how groundwater moves and is polluted, as well as identify your unknown rocks, minerals and fossils on the first floor of the Student Union.
  • See weird science with the chemistry department's glowing magic show, 11:15 a.m. to noon, 114 Willard Hall.
  • Watch the chemistry department's glassblowing demonstration at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., 114 Willard Hall.
  • View the art department's award-winning student artwork exhibitions and demonstrations at Willard Hall. Watch a digital 3D printing demonstration, create your own handprint T-shirt, purchase one of a kind student-made artwork and much more.
  • Participate in the physics department's hands-on activities throughout the day and enjoy a midday demonstration from the physics department at Cardwell Hall.
  • Visit the department of military science's rock climbing wall on Bosco Student Plaza. 
  • Visit the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's green screen to find out what you would look like on TV. 

Beach Museum of Art

  • Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in "Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish," a multimedia exhibit that celebrates the native stone and arches roof cellars of the Flint Hills. Visit the exhibit in the Vanier Gallery. 
  • In the Pelton Gallery, you can explore "Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature." This exhibition features responses by painters to the great writer and philosopher Luis Borges. 
  • View open structures inviting various interpretations of "house" and "home" at the "Joan Backes: Where the Heart Belongs" exhibit in Stolzer Gallery. Draw your ideal home on a whiteboard in the gallery. 
  • The work of John Steuart Curry, an artist best known for the murals in the Kansas State Capitol, will be featured in "Prairie Journeys." This exhibit offers a range of themes and formats relating to the concept of journeys. Check out the exhibit in the Wefald Gallery. 

Biosecurity Research Institute

  • Visit Pat Roberts Hall to tour a science lab and learn about biosecurity.
  • Get the latest updates on NBAF through a question-answer session.

Business Administration

  • Tour Calvin Hall to learn more about our trading lab, sales lab, and other Calvin Hall and College of Business Administration facts.
  • Enjoy free snacks and fun activities on the east lawn of Calvin Hall.
  • Learn more about the new College of Business Administration building, opening in 2016.
  • Meet, learn about and socialize with the clubs and organizations specific to the College of Business Administration. 


  • Watch historical figures come to life in a “living” wax museum in Bluemont Hall. 
  • Design your own artwork at the Imagination Station.
  • Hold a cloud and dissect flowers at the Science Exploration Station.
  • Interact with future teachers, visit with College of Education faculty and staff, and meet with our all-star advisors regarding program and scholarship opportunities.
  • Participate in awesome interactive games for prizes.


  • See the present and future of military robotics. Come to Durland Hall to visit with representatives from the military and see robots in action. 
  • Join biological and agricultural engineering students and faculty for a Saturday morning pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 142 Seaton Hall.
  • Help build a canned food skyscraper in the Engineering Complex. Bring your donations of cash or canned food to Fiedler Hall. Contributions will support a local charity. 
  • Cub Scouts will have the opportunity to earn Webelos activity badges or complete academic belt loop requirements. 
  • See the TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor glow blue as nuclear engineering students demonstrate its research capabilities in Ward Hall.
  • See K-State's 2013 international champion competition robot in action as it runs through a hay bale transport simulation.
  • Kids can build a wooden toolbox with construction science and management students. Then, take the toolbox home.
  • High school students may compete in our bridge building competition at 9 a.m. in 1107 Fiedler Hall.
  • Check out weed eater-powered bicycles with the Whip’n Around Campus student group at the Engineering Complex
  • Compete in a water war with the Fountain Wars Environmental Design Team on the west side of Seaton Hall.

Human Ecology

  • Kids can design their own space, while parents can view a project from conception to construction.
  • See how interior design students transform their sketches to create universal and sustainable spaces for clients. Iconic furniture pieces will be on display.
  • Stop by and learn more about the structures that help you hear and speak. Examine anatomical models of the ear and the larynx (voice box), high tech devices which aid communication, and learn more about the services provided by the Speech and Hearing Center.
  • Graduate students in the communication sciences and disorders program will provide free hearing screenings in the audiological suite of the Speech and Hearing Center.
  • Visit family and consumer sciences education to see how slime is made, how to use MyPlate and how much sugar is really in the beverages you consume.
  • Enjoy grilled hot dogs, chips and a complimentary soft drink, provided by Pepsi-Cola of Manhattan, at the Open Air Café on the Justin Hall Patio.
  • Watch hospitality management students transform blocks of ice into beautiful sculptures right before your eyes.
  • Dietetics students will show you how appetite is governed by our thoughts, while hunger is governed by the body.

 K-State Olathe

  • Explore our graduate degree opportunities in adult and continuing education, agribusiness, biological and agricultural engineering, food science, horticulture, and veterinary biomedical science. See how our workforce education opportunities can accelerate your career and earnings potential. 
  • Learn what our research scientists and industry partners are working on.
  • Learn how the K-State Olathe Innovation Accelerator is solving real-world problems with real-world solutions.
  • Visit the Urban Water Institute to participate in a biological and chemical analysis of water quality.
  • Participate in a consumer research study, watch a food safety demonstration and try out different food samples for sensory qualities.
  • “Picture” yourself as a Wildcat. Capture your K-State story in the recording studio, write it on the giant storyboard or share it with others over a cup o’ joe. 
  • Take a piece of K-State home with you. The tomato-plant giveaway is back! Plus, cool keepsakes and door prizes will be given throughout the day.

K-State Salina

  • Check out the dancing robot.
  • Take part in wild and wacky chemistry demonstrations.
  • See what it’s like to fly an aircraft, and check out the university’s fleet.

Leadership Studies

  • Tour the Gold LEED-certified Leadership Studies Building and experience organizations and programs that can shape your career at K-State and beyond.
  • Interact with leadership studies students, faculty and staff.
  • Participate in a hands-on service project that will impact local communities. Perfect for students, families and individuals of all ages.
  • Visit Radina's Coffeehouse and Roastery, a locally-owned restaurant in our building that sells coffee, snacks, baked good and lunch. 
  • Hear from our International Service Team participants as they prepare for their summer of service in Mexico, South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

K-State Libraries

  • Learn about all that K-State Libraries has to offer students while enjoying games and activities.
  • See the stories from K-State history in University Archives.
  • Stop by the Friends Book Shop.
  • See how K-State Libraries have changed over the years with historic tours of Hale Library.

Recreation Center

  • Gaze up to the top of our new 40-foot rock climbing wall in Chester Peters Recreation Center. 
  • Walk along on a guided tour of the newly expanded Recreation Center, or drop by just to look around.
  • Come with a K-State student and get a free daily pass to work in your daily workout.
  • Check out the K-State Inline Hockey Club's alumni game in the multi-activity court (MAC) gym, noon - 2 p.m.

Recycling Center

  • Tour the K-State Recycling Center behind Weber Hall.

Residence Halls/Jardine Complex

  • Stop by Housing and Dining Services’ booth in the Union to learn how we make on-campus living such a popular choice among K-State students. Explore the construction plans for the new residence hall and dining center coming to the Kramer Complex.
  • Tour any of the residence halls or Jardine Apartments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each hall will have tour guides available in the front lobby. Tours of the Jardine Apartments begin at the Jardine Tower.
  • Try the sandwich bar at Derby or Kramer dining centers between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ($6.50)
  • Check out the specials at JP's Sports Grill in Jardine open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Veterinary Medicine

  • Come visit the exotic animal exhibit at Mosier Hall. 
  • Visit the Stuffed Animal Pet Clinic.
  • Cheer for your favorite pet at the pet talent show.
  • Learn about anatomy with the painted horse and palpation pony.
  • Enjoy games and activities while learning the importance of "One Health."
  • Enjoy a delicious pulled pork sandwich, courtesy of the swine club.

Check in at Open House

Want to be eligible to win prizes at Open House?  Get set up with Foursquare — you can use the app to check in at designated Manhattan campus locations.

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No smart phone?

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