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About Pilots: A First-Year Academic Success Program

What is the Pilots Program?

The Pilots Program helps students navigate through their first year of college. We teach independent learning, build community, inspire engagement, increase diversity awareness, and provide first-year learners with the tools and skills needed to succeed in college.


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.

   Morgan rose alumna

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.

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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 navigating their first 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 staff.

Our Mission

The mission of the Kansas State University Pilots Program is to increase program participant’s 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.