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Hot spots

Academic and Career Information Center

  • Which K-State major is the best fit 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 

  • View award-winning student artwork exhibitions and demonstrations at Willard Hall. Watch a digital 3-D printing demonstration, design your own t-shirt, purchase student-made artwork and more.
  • See weird science with a glowing chemistry magic show.
  • Watch a chemistry department's glassblowing demonstration.
  • Have the English department’s poet-in-a-box write you a personalized poem.
  • See how ground water moves and is polluted. Have your unknown rocks, minerals and fossils identified by the geology department.
  • Middle and high school students can compete in the Manhattan Mathematical Olympiad.
  • Participate in hands-on activities throughout the day and enjoy a midday demonstration show from the physics department
  • Visual illusion demonstrations and other psychological phenomena, coloring sheets for children, and other opportunities to participate in rotating surveys throughout the day.
  • Check out activities at Chapman Theatre and the new Purple Masque Theatre.

Beach Museum of Art

  • Visit the museum for a variety of art projects and interactive galleries for all ages. 
  • Visitors are welcome to view "Stan Herd: Cairns on the Beach." This artistic installation featuring dry stone cairns, or mounds of rock, built with assistance from landscape architecture faculty and staff.
  • "Dinner and a Midnight Snack: Gifts of Contemporary Works on Paper from Don Mrozek and Scott Dorman" features donated works from these two art collectors. This eclectic exhibition includes a rotating display, gallery performances, conversations and readings, and reflects Mrozek and Dorman's shared love of music, literature, post-modern art and mid-20th century modernist architecture.  
  • View watercolor and oil paintings from the 2015 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist, Dean Mitchell. His exhibit, "A Place, A Mental Space" includes scenes from a Native American community in Arizona. 

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.


  • High school sophomores and juniors are invited to Engineering Day on Friday, April 10. Learn more about the College of Engineering and see our engineering student designs on display! 
  • See the present and future of military robotics at Durland Hall as you visit with military representatives and see robots in action.
  • Help build a canned food skyscraper in the Engineering Complex. Bring your cash or canned food donations to Fiedler Hall to support a local charity.
  • 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 2014 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.
  • 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.

Human Ecology

  • View exciting window displays throughout Justin Hall highlighting pieces from our Historic Costume and Textile Museum. 
  • Show us your golfing skills and learn about Club Mangers Association of America.
  • See how interior design students transform their sketches to create universal and sustainable spaces for clients and the future.
  • Learn how to "rethink your drink" and cut down on liquid caloric consumption. 
  • Are you interested in working for a not-for profit, as a therapist, or as a speech pathologist? Explore the many career options available through family studies and human services.
  • Children are invited to create their own K-State picture story and take it home.
  • Stop by and learn more about the structures that help you hear and speak as you examine anatomical models of the ear and the larynx, speech-language development in young children, swallowing, voice and hearing conservation, and high-tech devices aiding in communication.
  • Graduate students in the communication sciences and disorders program will provide free hearing screenings at the K-State Speech and Hearing Center. 
  • Experience high-tech augmentative-alternative communication devices and see how they improve communication for those unable to speak effectively.
  • See how a career in personal financial planning helps individuals with debt management, retirement planning and everything in between.
  • Family and consumer sciences education students will demonstrate how to use science to blow up balloons and how to make notepads out of recycled paper.
  • Learn about the Professional Event Management Society and indulge in some Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.  
  • Cheer on hospitality management students as they compete in a bed-making competition, martini olive toss, toilet paper basketball, bellman luggage relay and other fun games.
  • Witness hospitality management students transform big blocks of ice into beautiful sculpture right before your eyes.

 K-State Olathe (activities located at the Manhattan campus)

  • Visit with representatives about K-State Olathe's business-focused approach to education, research and discovery.
  • Explore our graduate programs, certificates and workshops in health, food science and related sectors. 
  • Learn how to connect with our industry partners and engage with our research programs. 

Kansas State Polytechnic Campus (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 Staley School and experience organizations and programs that can shape your career at K-State and beyond.
  • Interact with Staley School students, faculty and staff.
  • Families, students and individuals of all ages may participate in a hands-on service project that will affect local communities. 
  • Visit Radina's Coffeehouse and Roastery, a locally owned restaurant in our building selling coffee, snacks, baked goods and lunch. 

K-State Libraries

  • Learn about all that K-State Libraries has to offer students while enjoying games and activities.  
  • Visit Special Collections and the University Archives to see interesting exhibits from the Libraries' holdings.
  • Enjoy activities for children including story time from our juvenile literature collection. 
  • 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 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.
  • On Friday evening and all day Saturday, check out the K-State Men's and Women's Soccer Clubs at the Chartrand Memorial Soccer Tournament at Memorial Stadium. 

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. At both locations, the cost is $9 per person, while children ages 2-5 years old eat at half price. Children under 2 years old eat free. 
  • 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. 
  • Take a tour of the veterinary hospital.
  • Hear from a panel of veterinary students and the assistant dean of admissions. 
  • 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

Instagram: K-State Selfie Challenge

Snap a selfie at six or more of the 13 designated locations across campus. You must use the hashtag #KStateSelfieChallenge to be eligible for prizes.

Need the app?

Download Instagram from your phone's app store. Search for Kansas State University.

Have the app?

Follow Kansas State University, take selfies at the designated locations and use the hashtag! 

All done?

Once you've completed the K-State Selfie Challenge, present your app at the prize table at the K-State Student Union (first floor).