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Office of First-generation Students

Partnering Programs

Other areas on campus offer additional supportive services for first-generation students. Explore the tabs below to get connected to the support you need.

Academic Achievement Center

The Academic Achievement Center has several programs that can help first-gen students. Visit their site to learn more about Academic Coaching, Tutoring, and Student Success Courses, and learn how to sign-up for the right program for you.

Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs

The department of Diversity and Mulicultural Student Affairs is committed to promoting diversity in every sector of Kansas State University by providing vision and leadership in diversifying all university functions as well as students, faculty, staff and the curriculum.

Head over to the webpage to learn about scholarships, student programming, events, and the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center!


Educational Supportive Services

First-generation undergraduate students with academic need qualify for Educational Supportive Services. ESS can provide students one-on-one tutoring, exclusive workshops, individualized support, and more.

Apply for ESS eligibility at any point in your academic career.


First Scholars 

First Scholars is a comprehensive cohort based program that focuses on first-generation students retention and success. The program is based on student development and student success research to address the unique challenges first-generation students face.


K-State First

K-State First is a program designed to help students with the transition to college level learning and life during their first-year on campus.

CAT Communities are one of K-State First's programs that help first-year students form connections with peers and engage more deeply with course content and learning. Certain CAT Communities are specifically for first-gen students.

Sign-up for a CAT Community before your first-year starts by mentioning it to your advisor at Orientation and Enrollment.


McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is an undergraduate research experience program that prepares students for graduate school. McNair Scholars have special research opportunities, participate in GRE test preparation, and experience social and cultural activities to gain a better understanding of academia.

Apply to be a McNair Scholar before your junior year.


Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry

Developing Scholars Undergraduate Research Program

The Developing Scholars Program creates an opportunity for undergraduate students to work on research with a faculty member. Students receive academic, social, and financial support while becoming integrated into the intellectual climate of the university.

Apply to be a Developing Scholar at any point in your academic career.

Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP)

KS-LSAMP is a program for students throughout Kansas with the goal of increasing the success of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students have opportunities for conducting summer research, participating in mentoring, and attending events.

Learn about KS-LSAMP opportunities at any point in your academic career.