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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, K-State First Book (KSFB), and a one-on-one mentoring program, Guide to Personal Success (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.

Guide to Personal SuccessK-State First BookCAT CommunitiesFirst-Year Seminar
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K-State First celebrating 10 years of student success

Our program has been a leader in student success for a decade! Throughout 2020 we will be celebrating with 10 events, will highlight 10 people who have been integral to our growth, and share 10 stories of success. We look forward to celebrating with you!

K-State Book Network is becoming K-State First Book

After an exploration of best-practices, research, and lively discussion, we are changing the name of the university common book program from K-State Book Network to K-State First Book, or KSFB. We hope that a more descriptive program name will be easier to connect to our K-State First program, as well as to the university as a whole. We hope this will be especially helpful to, and more effective at reaching, the new incoming students who often refer to it as the first book or the book program.

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.

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