About Pilots: A First-Year Academic Success Program
What is the Pilots Program?
Pilots is one-year academic success and retention program that provides academic structure, offers individual attention, and assists students in making a strong connection to the campus community.
Who is in Pilots?
- First-Year students who want structure as they navigate the transition to university life.
- Students who wish to work closely with their teachers and staff.
- Students who seek individualized guidance and advice for early academic success.
- Students who want early leadership opportunities.
- Students who want to become independent learners.
How do Pilots students perform academically compared to overall university freshmen?
When compared to non-participants of equal ability, Pilots students typically have a higher GPA and perform better in social science and math courses.
What can the Pilots Program do for me?
- Small classes and class clusters
Class clusters allow you to attend smaller classes with Pilots peers. Smaller classes mean more individual attention and increased time with faculty.
- Access to faculty
Smaller class sizes allow greater access to caring, involved faculty members.
- Computer lab and study area
A computer lab is available for peer-directed studying and quiet, independent study.
- Peer Assistants (PAs), individualized tutoring, and structured learning
You'll have access to free, small-group (or individual) tutoring from exceptional k-State students who are available to explain class material.
- Writing development
Writing labs, administered by caring instructors with experience teaching writing at K-State, help you with Expository Writing classes.
- Award opportunities & leadership training
Several Pilots scholarships and awards are available; you may also obtain help in filling out other scholarship forms.
- A community within a community
Pilots students form bonds and friendships with other Pilots students, and they benefit from going through their freshman year together.
How do I know if I'm eligible for the Pilots program?
If you think Pilots might be a good fit for you, check with your academic advisor or contact one of our counselors.