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K-State First
Kansas State University
014 Holton Hall
1101 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506


A great college experience starts with a great first year

K-State FirstK-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.

We offer first-year seminar courses and learning communities designed specifically for first-year students only. We are the home for the University's common reading program (KSBN) and a one-on-one mentoring program (GPS) that connects new students with other members of the K-State family. In everything we do, K-State First is deeply committed to academic excellence, community, diversity, and the empowerment of students. Check out our informational brochure and flyer for additional information.

We're also here to help. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know at kstatefirst@k-state.edu. We'd love to hear from you.

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K-State First awarded 2019 University Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity

K-State First, the university's first-year experience program, has been awarded the 2019 University Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity.

Established in 2003, this award recognizes the exceptional efforts undertaken by a unit or department to enhance diversity at Kansas State University. Through leadership initiatives of the core staff, Greg Eiselein, director and professor of English and university distinguished teaching scholar; Mandi McKinley, program assistant; Mariya Vaughan, assistant director; and Brent Weaver, learning assistant coordinator, the K-State First program built upon their commitment to enhancing diversity, inclusion and equity in their own program and through collaboration with many university partners.

Read more about our diversity and inclusion efforts at K-State HERE.