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Leadership and service

Great leaders aren't satisfied with boosting their own opportunities, but the world's.

Kansas State University is the perfect environment to develop your leadership mindset, skills and interests. You might raise money for charity, design a solar car or lead your residence hall soccer team to a championship. No matter your passion, K-State can help you personalize your experience to be as meaningful as possible — while still having plenty of fun.

School of Leadership Studies

Leadership studies is the most popular minor among K-State undergraduates, and it's the only program of its kind at a public university in the country. Students learn valuable leadership principles and take ownership of their education by teaching introductory classes, volunteering in the community or becoming ambassadors for the program.

Lay the groundwork for leadership 

  • Be a resident assistant: Every floor of K-State's nine residence halls has a resident assistant. As a resident assistant, you'll provide guidance to the members of your floor: academic help, directions to class, personal advice, even fashion tips.
  • Run for office: Students have a big voice at K-State. Our Student Governing Association plays a major role in issues across campus and in Manhattan. Share your ideas as a member of SGA, or become an ambassador for your college.
  • Lead a club: There are more than 500 clubs and organizations to choose from at K-State, or you can start your own group.
  • Be a tutor: Tutors are the unsung heroes of the leadership world. K-State tutors guide fellow students to success at the Academic Achievement Center or in residence hall dining centers.
  • Go Greek: Plan service activities, or just get experience leading your peers in a fraternity or sorority. K-State Greeks represent about 20 percent of K-State undergrads, but they hold about 65 percent of the leadership positions on campus.

Discover the value of service

  • HandsOn Kansas State: As part of the School of Leadership Studies, this program promotes civic learning and leadership through meaningful service opportunities on campus and in the community.
  • K-State Proud: This student-led, nationally recognized philanthropy has raised more than $1 million in scholarship opportunities for students in need.
  • Cats' Cupboard: An on-campus food pantry offering healthy food options to all K-State students, and with plenty of opportunities to volunteer. 
  • Alternative Breaks: These intensive service-based trips take place during winter, spring and weekend breaks, and serve as organized experiences throughout the Midwest for students to make a difference outside the Manhattan community.