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K-State First

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


Advisors - Information for 2021 Enrollment

K-State First is open to all new students, including first-year students and new transfer students. To see a full list of what is available for students during the upcoming enrollment period, click and download our At-A-Glance CAT and FYS Enrollment Chart.

All exceptionally admitted students (they will have an indicator in KSIS and SSC) need to be enrolled in a K-State First option—a FYS class, a CAT Community, or one of each. If you would like any support in selecting and enrolling the right option for your student, please let us know. EDCEP 111 University Experience or one of our Student Success CAT Communities are great options!

Thank you for the work that you do to connect students with high impact opportunities that support their success. We appreciate your collaboration! 

What Are Students Seeing?

Students will be receiving an email that encourages them to complete a pre-enrollment checklist 48 hours before their enrollment day in June. In it, they are encouraged to watch the "Enrolling 101" and "Begin Your K-State Journey" videos available on the Office of Student Success page.

Additionally, as you build out your SSC Navigate campaigns encouraging students to sign up for enrollment appointments, you can include our K-State First Enrollment Guide as an attachment. It includes information about the impact of K-State First courses, and has a quick overview of the CAT Communities and First-Year Seminars that are available.

CAT Communities

Getting students connected to a CAT Community is easy. Just send us an email with the student's name, WID, and the CAT Community they want to be in, and our team will get them enrolled in all three courses. We're lightning fast and can typically get it done within 5-10 minutes. For a full list of the CAT Communities, their classes, and descriptions that will help students decide, visit our CAT Community page. If a student is pre-enrolled in a CAT Community, and you need to drop them, please let us know. It might affect their Housing options if they were in a Residential CAT Community.

For more detailed information that might be more beneficial to you as you consider students' schedules and academic needs, our CAT Community Course Guide (updated 5/7/2021) includes info like course numbers, days/times, K-State 8 categories, locations, and instructors.

CAT COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS. K-State First will award two $1,000 scholarships to first-year students enrolled in a CAT Community this fall. We are especially eager to support first-generation college students and/or students with financial need, and we would love your advisor input on selecting the students for these scholarship. You may nominate students here on this form by answering three short questions.

Closed CAT Communities:

  • Education in a Global World
  • Exploring the Health Professions
  • Exploring Scientific Research
  • Hacking the MCAT
  • Nutrition and the Health Professions
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Tony Dosien Sales and Marketing Community
  • Writing Life

CAT Community Best Bets (these could use a few more students):

Student Success CAT Communities:

  • Adulting 101 [EDCEP 111 + FNDH 132]
  • First-Gen Fundamentals [EDCEP 111 + LEAD 212]
  • Getting Lost in the Stacks [EDCEP 111 + LEAD 212]

Residential CAT Communities:

  • Pop Culture and Society [MC 110 + ENGL 220] (Derby Complex)

CAT Communities:

  • Global Citizenship [LEAD 212 + LEAD 350]
  • Leadership in Sports [LEAD 212 + POLSC 115]
  • Science for Humans [BIOL 101 + GEOG 100]
  • Sports in America [MC 160 + HIST 152]

First-Year Seminars

We have open seats in most of our First-Year Seminars. To sign up a student, just enroll them in any open seat. If a section seems closed but you'd really like to enroll a student, please let us know. Students may enroll for one CAT Community AND for one FYS class. If you have a situation where a student might really need two FYS classes, please send us and email or give us a call, and we will work with you to get the student the best schedule possible. 

For more detailed information that might be more beneficial to you as you consider students' schedules and academic needs, our FYS Course Guide (updated 6/2/2021) includes info like course numbers, days/times, K-State 8 categories, locations, and instructors.

Closed First-Year Seminars:

  • ECON 110 - Section H
  • ECON 110 - Section J
  • ENGL 100 - Section BV
  • FNDH 132 - Section B
  • MATH 100 - Section 99
  • EDCEP 111 - Section B
  • EDCEP 111 - Section E

Office of Student Success Partners

Explore the PowerPoint and short Resource Guide with information about enrollment considerations and requirements for:

These resources will highlight who is eligible, any enrollment needs, and contact information for questions during enrollment.

Contact Us

The best way to contact us is via email: kstatefirst@ksu.edu. Our phone number is (785) 532-1501. If you have trouble getting though during busy times during enrollment appointments in June, please call Dr. Eiselein on his cell phone: (785) 320-1221.