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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, First-Gen Fundamentals) 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: Marlatt

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’ll develop your talents and strengths, become a part of an academic and social support network, and learn all about the tools, resources, and services to make your transition to college successful.

Residence Hall: Haymaker

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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: Moore and West

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

ANTH 204 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

LEAD 195 Strengths


Student Success CAT Communities: 

 Adulting 101 icon Adulting 101

Get prepared for the "real world" and learn about topics that will help you be successful inside and outside of college. This interactive class will focus on a set of life skills and current issues based on things like the K-State First Book theme(s), current needs or trends, or topics of interest to students. These may include things like financial planning, identifying fake news, identity, time management, health & wellness, relationships, career planning, difficult conversations, and more.

EDCEP 111 Foundations of College Student Success

PFP 105 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning

DAS 195 Adulting 101


Engineering Foundations Engineering Foundations

The Engineering Foundations CAT Community is designed specifically for General Engineering students enrolled in College Algebra or Trigonometry. This community will provide students with a connection to the College of Engineering and resources to help them successfully navigate their first semester on campus. Students will engage in learning activities that will strengthen their time management skills, study skills, goal setting and give them the tools to be successful future engineers.

MATH 150 Plane Trigonometry

ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics

DEN 015 Connecter Course


First-Gen Fundamentals Icon First-Gen Fundamentals

This CAT community will focus on empowering you with tools and resources to create a successful transition to college. You’ll accomplish this through hands-on workshops to learn about bettering yourself professionally and socially while exploring leadership potential. This  learning community is only for first-generation, first-year students.

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts

EDCEP 111 Foundations of College Student Success

LEAD 195 First-Gen Fundamentals

How We Learn Icon How-To College

College is a life changing experience. Together in this CAT Community, we will use a variety of study skill strategies, community building activities, and examination of life stages that will help you be successful during your time at K-State. You will also practice strategies that you can use to support and encourage your own future students.

EDCI 110 Foundations of Education

HDFS 110 Introduction to Human Development

DED 150 How-To College

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.