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Academic Success Programs

TRIO Programs

TRIO programs are Federally-funded and designed to help students stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees. Participants, who include disabled students, receive tutoring, counseling, and remedial instruction. There are 199,956 students being served at over 944 colleges and universities nationwide. TRIO programs at Kansas State University include:

  • Educational Supportive Services (ESS)

    The goal of Educational Supportive Services is to help first-generation, low-income and disabled Kansas State University students earn their undergraduate degrees. We provide services to help students improve class performance and find the necessary resources (academic, financial, career, etc.) on campus and in the community so that they graduate and achieve their life goals.

  • McNair Scholars Program

    The McNair Scholars Program is funded by the Federal Department of Education to prepare talented undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D.-holders from under-represented socio-economic and ethnic groups. To be eligible, students must either be low-income and first-generation, or a member of a group that is under-represented in higher education (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Native Pacific Islander).

K-State First

K-State First is the University's first-year experience program, our way of helping students establish a great foundation for the rest of their college career.

Developing Scholars (DSP)

DSP offers under-represented students research projects with faculty mentors. Students receive academic, social, and financial support, while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University.

Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT is a suite of best-practice programs designed to increase the number and quality of historically under-represented students in agriculture, business, and engineering. Project IMPACT programs include College-for-a-Day Institutes, state-wide multicultural student leadership conferences, MAPS – the summer bridge program, scholarships, tracking and monitoring, secondary advisement, tutoring, leadership and professional development opportunities, and placement with top-tier employers.

Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE)

All four KAWSE programs work to increase the participation, retention and advancement of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Programs focus on Middle School, High School, K-State Students and Faculty & Postdocs.

Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP)

The Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is part of the Dean's Office of the College of Engineering, and was created in 1977 to increase the pool of interested and qualified students from historically under-represented groups pursuing engineering degrees. MEP also provides a foundational support system and programs that encourage students to find solutions to technical and social challenges.

Diversity Programs Office, College of Agriculture

The Diversity Programs Office is dedicated to providing and promoting leadership opportunities, understanding, goodwill, diversity and friendship among the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

Office of Admissions

The Office of Admissions recognizes the changing demography of the state of Kansas and seeks to increase the enrollment of multicultural and first-generation students. We invite all prospective students and their parents to call us for help with the admissions process, to schedule a campus visit, and to discuss the outstanding benefits associated with the K-State brand.

Office of Admissions - Multicultural Ambassadors

Multicultural Ambassadors are students who have been trained to help the Office of Admissions recruit historically underrepresented students.


Alianza is a faculty and staff organization that advocates for the advancement of Hispanics and Latinos at Kansas State University. Alianza monitors and defends the rights of Hispanics, Latinos, and other minority groups. Members meet every month during the academic year to review the inclusiveness of KSU's community and to facilitate career development and professional opportunities for Hispanic and Latino faculty, staff, and students.

Black Faculty and Staff Alliance (BFSA)

The purpose of the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance is to bring together people who have an active interest in promoting racial equity for Black and other minority groups at Kansas State University. BFSA keeps abreast of the issues affecting Black faculty, staff and students, and works with the administration and other groups to insure that the climate for diversity is positive and that the needs of under-represented people are met. Through regular programs, BFSA promotes Black culture, enhances cultural awareness, and seeks a sense of community across campus and within the local Manhattan communities.

College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee's mission is to promote and support diversity in the College and build coalitions with other groups on campus who believe in multiculturalism and inclusive excellence.

Social Transformation Studies

Social Transformation Studies combines the interdisciplinary traditions of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies to create a program that is more than the sum of its parts.

The department offers students knowledge and skills that enable them to launch and sustain careers devoted to tackling some of the most pressing social issues facing Kansans, and Americans more broadly, including health disparities, food insecurity, gender violence, and racial and economic inequalities. We foster community-based engaged learning that is responsive to the needs and realities of underserved communities.

Students are provided skills that employers seek in law and policy studies, health professions, the technology sector, business, public health, urban planning, as well as graduate-level studies. Our students develop skills to create new solutions to both emerging and enduring social problems.

Center for Intercultural and Multicultural Advocacy (CIMA)

We strive to provide academic programs that incorporate today's technology and prepare our graduates, at all levels, to be job ready upon graduation. We not only present the scientific and technological concepts in each of our programmatic areas, we also provide experiential learning (i.e., practicums, internships, and field laboratories) to allow our students to perform immediately once they enter their profession.

Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP)

The Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center works to meet the needs of each school district. Through professional development, the Center works to increase parental and community involvement, the development and assessment of a multicultural curriculum, leadership skills for students, and teaching strategies for instructors.

Nicodemus Educational Camps

Nicodemus Educational Camps is a summer residential camp for children in grades 5-10. The camp is a subsidiary of the Kansas Black Farmers Association and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Center, the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation, the Kansas State University College of Agriculture, and the Kansas State University Office of Diversity. Our objective is to expose participants, primarily from low-income homes, to an educational experience in agriculture that gives them a glimpse into the world of food from the farm to the plate.

Kauffman Scholars Summer Residential Institute

The Kauffman Scholars Summer Residential Institute targets low-income, urban students from the Kansas City area. During the summer, scholars stay in K-State residence halls and engage in a number of academic and recreational activities throughout the day. Each scholar is mentored by both an academic coach and a life skills coach. Scholars are divided into classes with 20-30 students each.