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Pilots Program

Chart your journey to success!

The Pilots Program engages first-year students with a diverse community of goal-oriented peers, facilitates individual academic guidance and assists students in developing a strong educational foundation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Kansas State University Pilots Program is to increase program participants' retention through fostering independent learning, building community and inspiring engagement, developing multicultural competencies, and providing students with the tools and skills needed to succeed in college.

Goals & Objectives

Through Pilots, you will:

  • Be a part of a diverse community
  • Strengthen appreciation and knowledge of other cultures
  • Attend small classes with friends
  • Take advantage of individualized advising and academic guidance
  • Experience courses taught by outstanding, dedicated faculty
  • Benefit from tutoring offered by exceptional peer assistants
  • Develop tools and skills needed to be successful in college

Summer 2015 updated poster

One Stop: Student Guide to Help and Resources

principles of community

Program Highlights

  • 2014 Outstanding Program Award for Enhancing Diversity

Student Population

  • 58% of Pilots students are first-generation
  • 51% of Pilots students are multicultural
  • 50% of students received a 3.0 or higher (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)


August 21
New student (freshman) enrollment

August 23
New Pilots Student Orientation
3:30-5:00pm / 101 Bluemont Hall

August 24, 25, & 26
Attend your scheduled 1st class meetings

September 7
University Closed
Labor Day Holiday
No classes or PA hours

Sept 7 - Oct 2
1st Pilots advising appointments
Set up a time to meet with your Pilots advisor! :)

October 5
Pilots Group Enrollment Meeting
004 Kedzie Hall

Oct 5-9 
Check out Spark week! 
Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Oct 12 - Nov 6
2nd Pilots advising appointments 

Nov 23 - 27 
Thanksgiving break
No classes or PA hours this week

December 11
Fall term ends

Dec 14 - 18
Final exams

April 20, 2016
Save the Date! 
Pilots Program Scholarship Awards Reception
Little Theater, K-State Student Union