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K-State First

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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Check out the CAT Communities!

We have expanded our selection of CAT Communities for Fall 2016! Check out all of the Residential, Non-Residential, and Study Abroad options HERE to make the most of your college experience! 

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We're looking for fabulous GPS Guides! 

GPS is K-State First's first-year mentoring program. We match K-State faculty/staff/graduate students/alumni with first-year K-State students. The intended purpose of a Guide (mentor) is to serve as a professional point of reference throughout the student's first year at K-State. Guides do not replace academic advisors. Rather, they will share information outside of academics and class selection and provide support and feedback as needed. Students and Guides get together at least three times a semester. Go out for coffee, attend an athletics event, visit the Beach Museum, get some Call Hall ice cream, and any number of other activities!

Ready to sign-up? Guide enrollment for the 2016-2017 is now open! Matches will be made over the summer and we will contact you before the fall semester begins with more information! Fill out the survey below!