Family. It's a word you hear echoed throughout the limestone buildings nearly the moment you step onto Kansas State University's campus. It's what we stand for, and it's our foundation.
But what does "family" really mean? Perhaps a better question is, "What does it mean to be a K-Stater?" Since 1863, the nation's first operational land-grant university has solved problems, broken new ground and ignited inspiration. We've been successful for more than 150 years because K-Staters — above all else — work together for the greater good.
Our students have launched K-State Proud, a nationally recognized student philanthropy, and kept hard-fought traditions, like the Wabash Cannonball, alive and well. Undergraduate and graduate research is pushing the university toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025, as well as the discoveries made by our expert faculty in more than 90 research centers.
It doesn't end at graduation, either. K-State has been No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for nearly 20 years in the percentage of graduates who are members of their respective alumni associations. Once you become a Wildcat, it's for life, and you look for opportunities to give back to the spot you love full well. K-State recently launched its largest fundraising campaign in history: the Innovation and Inspiration campaign, with a $1 billion goal. While the campaign was just announced in October 2015, K-State supporters have already given more than $800 million.
The list goes on and on — title-winning athletic teams, a national leader in prestigious scholarships and millions of dollars in research funding — but these accomplishments are only possible because of a community of passionate, purple-loving individuals.
What does it mean to be a Wildcat? To those who are, it means everything.