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Wildcat Warm-up

Jumpstart your journey at K-State as a part of the thirteenth annual Wildcat Warm-up, a three-day event for new students wanting to pump up their passion for purple. Wildcat Warm-up begins after your Orientation and Enrollment session; then, you'll check in for Wildcat Warm-up and collide with your Wildcat side.

Join other new K-State students as you build friendships and learn what it really means to be a Wildcat! Wildcat Warm-up is an exclusive opportunity for new freshmen to get a headstart on leadership, student involvement, academic success, and K-State services, history, and traditions.


Session 1 - June 7 - 9, 2019

Session 2 - June 14 - 16, 2019

Session 3 - June 21 - 23, 2019

You will attend Orientation and Enrollment on Friday, June 7, 14, or 21 at 8 a.m. in the K-State Student Union. Check-in for Wildcat Warm-up will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 14, or 21 on the ground floor of the K-State Student Union. You will check in for Wildcat Warm-up once you have finished enrolling in classes for the fall semester. If your advising appointment is running late, please contact New Student Services at 785-532-1521 to make alternate check-in arrangements.


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Applications for the Wildcat Warm-up registration scholarships, sponsored by the Wildcat Warm-up Excellence Fund are now available. 


Lodging in a K-State residence hall, meals served in the dining center and catered by local restaurants, parking, the official Wildcat Warm-up welcome packet and T-shirt, and activities and programs designed just for you.

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Schedule of events

How can you be successful at college?

Join us at Wildcat Warm-up for a head start on your college experience.

  • Meet current and prospective students at the tailgate dinner.
  • Build ties with other new students while learning valuable college success strategies at the K-State Challenge Course.
  • Learn about resources on how to get involved and other skills from various speakers.
  • Show your Wildcat pride at a K-State pep rally.
  • Create a simple strategy for your academic success.
  • Connect with current K-State students who will guide you as you learn what it really means to be a K-Stater.

Sample schedule of events (PDF)

*Schedule Subject to Change


"Welcome to the Big Show!"

Pep Rally

  • Get a taste of Powercat Pride by learning the traditions, meeting Willie the Wildcat and hearing from coaches and players, while enjoying dinner from local Manhattan restaurants!

Union Program Council 'After Hours' Activities

  • Enjoy some time with friends and engage in various games, like playing poker with K-State Celebrities.


K-State Challenge Course

  • Balance on a log, swing your team to safety and work as a team to accomplish your goals.

Diversity Presentation

  • Get a feel for the diverse population on campus and learn new perspectives about each of our differences.

Presentations of Choice

  • Choose from different Student Success sessions designed to prepare you for your first year at K-State. 

Dinner in Aggieville

  • Enjoy a bite at a popular area restaurant!


  • Check out ways you can volunteer at K-State and participate in the fun! Dance, play basketball and eat some of Manhattan's tastiest at the Recreation Complex.


Alumni Social

  • Start off the morning on a good note with some hot breakfast, and learn about K-State's history, traditions, and some great programs offered by the Alumni Association. 

"Nothing But a Good Time"-Send off Session

  • "We have to say goodbye...but just until we see you again this fall!"
    Parents are welcome to join us in Forum Hall as we recap the weekend and
    then bid adieu until August!

Check Out of Residence Halls


Wildcat Warm-up is held after select June 2019 Orientation and Enrollment sessions, where you'll finalize your class schedule, get your student identification card, and cover many other details. After Orientation and Enrollment, you'll check in for Wildcat Warm-up and experience K-State like never before!

Registration will be available in March. After we receive your registration, you will receive an email with information on check-in, what to bring, and other details. Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need. Please contact our office for more information at 785-532-1521.

Registration for Wildcat Warm-up will open near the end of February.


Wildcat Warm-up registration scholarships, sponsored by the Wildcat Warm-up Excellence Fund. 

Registration Waiver

Contact your admissions representative.

Need to reschedule your Wildcat Warm-up session date?

If you are unable to attend your scheduled Wildcat Warm-up date, please contact New Student Services at 785-532-1521 as soon as possible to reschedule for the next available session.

Cancellation & Refund policy

The last day to cancel and request a full refund for any Wildcat Warm-up session will be May 24, 2019. Cancellations from Wildcat Warm-up will result in a change of Orientation and Enrollment date, as these select June dates have been reserved for participants in the program. Any cancellations beyond May 24 will not be refunded. For questions regarding this policy, please call 785-532-1521.

Already registered?

If you have already registered, a confirmation email will be sent. Remember to bring the completed forms listed in the email to check-in for your session. Click on the links below to download each form.

Be sure to note the difference in the K-State Challenge Course release forms for 18 years or older and under 18 years of age. Check out what you'll be doing and also double check the Get Packed, Get Ready, Get Excited list to make sure you're prepared for WWU!

Required forms

Wildcat Warm-up

Participation Form (pdf)

K-State Challenge Course

Challenge Course Form (pdf)

K-State Rock Wall Form - Adult (pdf)

K-State Rock Wall Form - Youth (pdf)

Helpful Information

WWU Sample Schedule (pdf) *This is a sample schedule only. Document subject to change.

WWU Get Packed Get Ready Get Excited (pdf)

Goals and expectations

Wildcat Warm-up is a time to foster relationships with new friends and learn all that you can about life as a K-State student. With that, the use of electronic communications, such as cell phones and computers, including email and social networks (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), will not be permitted during program activities as they are distracting to the overall goal of our program. You will be asked to leave your cell phone in your residence hall room during the program.

Car keys will be collected during registration and kept in a safe and secure location throughout your participation in the program and will be returned promptly at the end of the program.

In the event of an emergency, staff members may be contacted at any time during the program. Staff contact sheets will be provided to any guardian in the event they must contact their student. We appreciate your support in making this a successful weekend.


"What others have to say..."

"I decided to participate in Wildcat Warm-up to try and get a better fell for life on campus. Just to see how my adjustment would be coming here in August." Maddy, Fresno, CA - Class of 2021

"This weekend has been amazing. I have met a lot of new people. It's been really fun." Spencer, Topeka, KS - Class of 2021

"I was kind of nervous at first, but I think my nerves have settled and I feel ready!" Devin, Chicago, IL - Class of 2021

"It's been really fun. Up until now, I have been on the fence about K-State, but ever since enrollment everybody was like family and made you feel welcomed the second you step through the door." Elijah, Columbus, GA - Class of 2021


Which Orientation and Enrollment day works best?

You will attend orientation and enrollment on either Friday, June 7, Friday, June 14 or Friday, June 21.

What do my parents do while I'm at Wildcat Warm-up?

Some parents see this as a great opportunity to check out campus and Manhattan on their own. See the Manhattan hotel information. Parents are invited to the closing session Sunday morning at the K-State Student Union, Forum Hall.

Can I come and go from the program?

Once you check in, we require that you stay with the program. Most of what you do will be in small groups where you build strong connections quickly. A member of the group who is not there for the entire experience misses a lot of the action and changes the experience for his or her group.

Where do I park, and where is my car while I'm with the program?

We have arranged parking for you near the residence hall where you will be staying. We provide all the transportation throughout the program, so you won't need to worry about driving.

What is a challenge course?

Low and high challenge courses allow participants to grow individually as well as build teamwork. Participants face a number of outdoor obstacles, building leadership, teamwork, and problem solving. Health forms, permissions slips, athletic attire, and tennis shoes are required. Learn more about the K-State Challenge Course.