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K-State First

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


What we do

K-State First is an integrated effort to create an outstanding university experience for every first-year student at Kansas State University. The program provides new students with a transition to college-level learning and college life in four important ways:

University Wide

  • By fostering campus community and feelings of belonging
  • By offering opportunities for diverse activities and interactions
  • By raising academic expectations with engagement and compassion
  • By empowering students with a strong sense of personal responsibility and social agency

Bringing together exciting small classes taught by exceptional faculty with a vibrant student life experience, K-State First helps students establish the foundation for a successful college career.

Core Programs & Student Learning Outcomes

K-State First has three core programs for first-year students:

These core programs have been developed and organized for students to achieve maximum success during their first-year. The following four student learning outcomes are applied:

Student Learning

  • Think critically
  • Communicate effectively
  • Build community
  • Apply learning

K-State First is also an advocate for first-year students and an important source for connection and communication among the various programs and opportunities for incoming students. For more information about how to make the most of your first year, download our booklet: K-State First: Making the Most of Your First Year (PDF).