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


Establish your foundation for success.

A great college experience starts with a great first year.

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.

K-State First has something for everyone, and we want you to get connected to exciting and engaging learning opportunities that will help you to succeed throughout your time at K-State!

We offer Connecting Across Topics (CAT) Learning Communities and First-Year Seminar courses designed specifically for first-year students that will help you progress towards your degree and engage in interactive, engaging, and small classes with peers who are interested in similar topics.

We are also the home for the University's common reading program, K-State First Book (KSFB). In everything we do, K-State First is deeply committed to academic excellence, community, equity, and the empowerment of students. Check out our informational brochure and flyer for additional information.

Our team is always here to help you find the right place to start your K-State journey. If you have any questions, please reach out to us by email kstatefirst@k-state.edu or phone (785) 532-1501. We are happy to set up appointments to meet online or in our Holton 14 office as well. We'd love to hear from you.

Guide to Personal SuccessK-State First BookCAT CommunitiesFirst-Year Seminar

Join us at our Sophomore Spring Forward Events!

This spring, we have two exciting events designed for first-year students as they prepare for their second year at K-State!

Avoiding the Sophomore Slump

Join our first-year student honorary Phi Eta Sigma students as they help to guide you through exercises that will help you reflect on and focus your second-year goals, learn more about making the most of your second year by getting involved across campus, and practice life skills you'll need as sophomores. Beverages and pizza will be served at 4:30 and the event starts at 5.

Tallgrass Room, Kramer Dining Center

Sunday, March 26 

4:30-6:30 pm 

Building Your Well-Being: Scavenger Hunt and Money Beliefs

K-State has so many resources available to you and we want to make sure you are ready to make the most of your second year here! Choose your own adventure as you embark on a scavenger hunt across campus and attend one of our money beliefs financial well-being events to either kick-off or finish up your scavenger hunt journey. Determine who and what influences your money beliefs to help you overcome financial stress and build financial resilience, learn more about the campus resources available to you, and you'll have an opportunity to win a $100 scholarship if you attend the event and complete all of the steps on the scavenger hunt! RSVP at the link provided to get started on your journey. Beverages and pizza will be served at the Money Beliefs events.

Money Beliefs Event

Sunday, April 2

5:00-6:00 pm

Room 134, Derby Dining Center

RSVP here:

qr code for April 2 event

Building Your Well-Being Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, April 5

3:30-5 pm

K-State Manhattan Campus

Money Beliefs Event

Sunday, April 9

5:00-6:00 pm

Tallgrass Room, Kramer Dining Center

RSVP here:

qr code for April 9 event