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Student Success CAT Communities

Chart your journey to success!

These Student Success CAT Communities engage first-year students with a diverse community of goal-oriented peers, facilitate individual academic guidance, and assist students in developing a strong educational foundation. These Communities foster independent learning, build community and inspire engagement, develop multicultural competencies, and provide students with the tools and skills needed to succeed in college. Within the courses, there is an emphasis on college student success skills such as time management, study skills, critical thinking strategies, etc. They provide a place to ask questions about the University and practice the skills needed to succeed as a first-year student.

Student Success CAT Communities are an excellent option for any student wanting to navigate the college experience with a group of other students, and we highly recommend these learning communities to first-generation and Open Option students. In fact, some of these CAT Communities have been specially designed for first-generation students (First in the Family) and Open Option Students (Find Your Fit). All of them will provide the kinds of support and connection to help you flourish in your first-year.

Residential Student Success CAT Communities:

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

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

LEAD 195 First in the Family



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

Student Success CAT Communities: 

WellCAT State of Mind icon A WellCAT State of Mind

Regardless of your field of study, your well-being and the well-being of others is essential to driving purpose, belonging, and performance. This CAT Community will focus on the social and emotional pillars of well-being to help you THRIVE!

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Studies 

PSYCH 110 General Psychology

LEAD 195 A WellCAT State of Mind

Writing Life Writing Life

"In order to write about life, you must first live it." -- Ernest Hemingway. In this CAT Community, we'll explore the ways race, gender, and class intersect in our everyday lives and in society at large. This CAT Community serves Open Option students.

ENGL 100 Expository Writing 1

SOCIO 211 Introduction to Sociology

DAS 195 Writing Life


If you have additional questions, contact us at kstatefirst@k-state.edu.