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What is a Residential CAT Community?

Residential CAT communities provide an added opportunity for first-year students to connect with others who share their academic interests by placing them in the same on-campus residence hall. Like our other CAT Communities, about 22 first-year students take a group of classes together, but they live, eat, sleep, study, and socialize near each other, too! Students in each CAT Community will live in the same hall, along with their Residential Learning Assistant.

If you are interested in enrolling in a Residential CAT Community, read through the page below and indicate which Residential CAT Community you would like to be a part of on your Housing contract. For more information you can Explore Your Options on the Housing and Dining site.

Be sure to talk with your advisor during June Orientation and Enrollment to get connected as well!

A Special Live Event!

On March 23, 2021 we held a special live event with our parnters in Housing and Dining to answer some frequently asked questions about Residential CAT Communities. Check out the video below for additional information on how our CAT Communities work, the impact they have on students, and ways to get connected! 

Below are the Residential CAT Communities for Fall 2021! Click on the icons for more information about each one.   

Fall 2021:

APDesign APDesign Community

APDesign has a long-standing tradition of providing connection between building a foundation in design through Studio, learning about the rich and varied history of design through History of the Designed Environment, and exploring the diversity of the professions and career paths in Survey of Design Professions for all first-year students. The CAT Community will provide you with additional opportunities to get to know your ENVD classmates better, have dinner with a faculty member each week, and learn strategies to stay focused and motivated in your first year as an APDesign student.  

Residence Hall: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

ENVD 250 History of the Designed Environment 1

ENVD 203 Survey of the Design Professions 1 

ENVD 200 Student Success Seminar


Engineering Futures Icon Engineering Futures

In this community, you will explore different engineering degree programs and careers while engaging in learning activities that promote your personal and professional development. You will also develop a solid understanding of how engineers utilize math and science to solve all types of problems. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to get to know other general engineering students and begin building a community of peers. Please keep in mind that the Engineering Futures CAT Community is designed for students who are in the General Engineering program. The required orientation course will help you make progress towards any engineering degree, but depending on the program, you might have to take an additional introduction course.

Residence Hall: Goodnow

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics

MATH 220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

DEN 161 Engineering Futures


Find Your Fit icon Find Your Fit

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” and "What are you going to major in?" are undeniably two questions a first year college student has heard over and over.  Enroll in this CAT Community to learn more about yourself and the decision-making journey as you uncover your strengths, values, and a world of majors and careers that can lead to a life of passion, purpose, and fulfillment. This CAT Community serves Open Option students.

Residence Hall: Derby Community (West, Haymaker, Ford, Moore)

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

EDCEP 120 Academic and Career Decisions


First in the Family Icon First in the Family

This is a living-learning community for first-generation, first-year students. You will learn essential college success skills such as community building and critical thinking, while taking classes that teach you about social systems and leadership. You will also take these classes and build connections with other students who have similar experiences as the first in their families to go to college. Together you will develop not only your individual talents and strengths, but will also be part of an academic and social support community that will help you all year long.

Residence Hall: Haymaker

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

LEAD 195 First in the Family


Honors Engineering Community icon Honors Engineering Community

Do you want to be an Engineer? In this CAT Community, you will develop a solid understanding of how engineers utilize math and science to solve all types of problems, engaging in learning activities that promote your personal and professional development, and begin building a community of peers to help support you through the engineering program. This CAT Community is for Honors students in the College of Engineering.

Residence Hall: Marlatt

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics

CHM 220 Honors Chemistry 1 

DEN 161 Honors Engineering Community


Hope and Resilience Through Fandom icon Hope and Resilience Through Fandom

"So long as life remains, there is always hope... and so long as there is hope, there can be victory!" - Wonder Woman. Do you love Marvel and DC, did you grow up reading Harry Potter, have you been inspired by characters in Star Wars or Star Trek, or maybe an adventure with Doctor Who sounds like fun? Join this community to examine the transformative power of stories of hope and resilience and the fandoms inspired by them. Together, our fan community will explore how these stories helped to shape our ideas and values, and have inspired us to be and do better for the world around us. 

Residence Hall: Derby Community (West, Haymaker, Ford, Moore)

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

ENGL 220 Fiction into Film 

DAS 195 Hope and Resilience Through Fandom


Kibble Tech Icon Kibble Tech: The Science of Food For Pets

Kibble Tech connects the Principles of Animal Science and Chemistry 1 in an investigation of the technology required to produce healthy, nutritious, and safe foods for companion animals. This CAT Community is designed to pair your interests in pets and science. Together we will explore career opportunities related to the pet food industry and practice strategies for your success in meeting academic and career goals. 

Residence Hall: Haymaker

ASI 102 Principles of Animal Science

CHM 210 Chemistry 1

GENAG 200 Science of Food for Pets  


Pop Culture and Society Icon Pop Culture and Society

You will explore how popular culture not only reflects but also influences society's attitudes and beliefs toward human diversity. If you enjoy discussing film and television and their connections to social issues, and if you want to discover how watching movies can make you a better student, then this CAT Community is for you! Additionally, the ENGL 220 & MC 110 courses fulfill half of the credits for the new Film Studies Certificate.

Residence Hall: Derby Community (West, Haymaker, Ford, Moore)

ENGL 220 Fiction into Film

MC 110 Mass Communication in Society

DAS 195 Pop Culture and Society


Pre-Med icon Pre-Med

Students have the opportunity to explore what it means to be a health professional by building communication skills as they prepare for future medical careers.

Residence Hall: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

BIOL 198 Principles of Biology

COMM 106 Public Speaking 1

DAS 195 Pre-Med

Psychology of Prejudice icon Psychology of Prejudice

You will examine stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination broadly, including field observations as these manifest in media and everyday social interactions. You will also complete a novel research project using psychological/sociological research methods to answer a research question related to stereotypes, prejudice, or discrimination. Some class time will be devoted to strategies for maximizing opportunities for success in college.

Residence Hall: Kramer Community (Goodnow, Marlatt, Wefald)

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

DAS 195 Psychology of Prejudice


Strengths Strengths

K-State is a strengths-based campus. First year students in this living learning community will transition from strengths identification to strengths development.  Discover what you do best and learn how to use those talents to make your college experience rewarding and successful. In this positive and engaging learning community, you will study the importance of exercising leadership through a strengths based perspective. You will bridge the gap between your own leadership education and social environment to make progress on issues you care deeply about.  

Residence Hall: Derby Community (West, Haymaker, Ford, Moore)

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

LEAD 195 Strengths


What Not to Wear What Not to Wear: The Psychology of Fashion

Join this CAT Community if you are interested in the apparel and textiles program. You will explore why people choose to wear the clothes they wear and the influence an individual's clothing has on both yourself as well as on other people. You will also discuss the meanings individuals link to dress, the relationship between personality and fashion, how clothing choices affect our self-perception, moods and emotions, and how clothing influences the perceptions/impressions of others.

Residence Hall: Ford and Haymaker

FASH 245 Fashion Industry

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

DHE 195 The Psychology of Fashion




In a Residential CAT Community, first-year students:

•Take two general education courses and one connections course with the same 22 students

•Are housed in the same Residence Halls

•Have the opportunity to work with an undergraduate Residential Learning Assistant, who lives just down the hall and offers academic and social support

•Work with awesome faculty members, both in class and in Residence Hall sponsored events, such as our faculty lecture series.

•Participate in social and educational activities related to shared interests.

Is a Residential CAT Community for you?

The Residential Community may be a good fit for you if...

•You are looking for a first-year college experience that will maximize academic and social opportunities, through both a community of dedicated students and talented faculty

•You are interested in the classes and themes of this year’s Residential CAT Community offerings

•You wish to reserve a space in one of our popular on campus Residence Halls

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu