This is the campus center for social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities. It was built entirely by student fees. It features a full-service bookstore; a variety of food/dining options; a recreation area complete with bowling, billiards, video games, snack bar and pro shop; a movie theater; an art gallery; bank; hair salon; ATM machines; self-service postal services; study areas, televisions; copy center; two auditoriums; campus vending services, and much more.
The Union Program Council provides more than 450 programs each year for the social, cultural education, and personal growth of students. Contact UPC at 532-6572.
In September, students in all colleges and all classes are invited to participate in a career fair. Almost 200 organizations will be available to talk to students about co-op, internship, and professional employment opportunities. Contact Career and Employment Services at 532-6506.
There are a variety of recreational, sports and fitness programs on campus. There is intramural competition in more than 30 activities. Two 25-yard swimming pools and a diving well are located at the Ahearn Sports Complex. At the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex, indoor facilities include two saunas, handball and racquetball courts, sand volleyball courts, baseball diamonds, two gyms, two weight and exercise rooms, and a running track. The outdoor facilities include lighted tennis and handball/racquetball courts and a fitness trail cluster. Outdoor recreational equipment and camping equipment can be rented at the Outdoor Rental Center. Your validated student ID admits you free and permits you to purchase a fee card for your spouse, partner or family to use these services.
Many outstanding scholars, speakers from a variety of backgrounds, musical and dramatic productions, and other cultural events are available on campus throughout the year. Students are invited to attend free of charge or, if a charge is made, at a reduced rate. Often,spouses and sometimes children qualify for the reduced student rates. Watch the Kansas State Collegian and bulletin boards around campus for announcements for the following special events and speakers:
Tours and exhibits
Tours of the campus start from the Admissions Office, 119 Anderson Hall, at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Other tours can be arranged to see the flourmill in Shellenberger Hall, the planetarium in Cardwell, Hale Library, and other points of special interest. Galleries and exhibits are available in the K-State Union (main floor art gallery and second floor display case), Hale Library, McCain Auditorium, Justin Hall, Chapman Art Gallery in Willard Hall, and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.
This annual fall family day is designed for everyone in your family, from children to grandparents! More than 40 attractions in addition to the traditional home volleyball game have made the three-day weekend one of the University's most popular events.
If you are not certain about your major and want information in order to make a decision or simply want to know more about programs at K-State, plan to attend the All University Open House on a designated weekend during April. Students often wonder about changing majors and many do so after attending Open House. In addition to getting information available from advisors, counselors, department heads, and Career Planning and Placement, attending Open House is an excellent way of gaining insight into over 200 curricula offered at K-State and having fun. It is a great time to invite your whole family to campus. You may discover during fall semester you need a "lift." This may be it!
K-State is a member of the Big Twelve Conference. Tickets for intercollegiate competitive events can be purchased at the beginning of the fall semester at Bramlage Coliseum. There is a reduced fee for the combination football/basketball season ticket in the student sections. Contact 532-7606.
Within the university community there are more than 350 organizations available to students, faculty members, staff and community members. Recent research suggests that some participation in extracurricular activities has a positive effect on grade point averages. Registered groups may schedule rooms and tables in the K-State Union, use most campus facilities, and post notices on campus bulletin boards. You can obtain a list of the organizations at the Student Activities and Services Office in the lower level of the K-State Union.
UFM Community Learning Center is a multi-faceted education and resource program serving K-State, Manhattan and surrounding area, and communities across Kansas. UFM is affiliated with the Division of Continuing Education at K-State. UFM offers: non-credit courses ranging from cooking Chinese foods to astronomy to personal finance, as well as courses for all ages. There are nominal fees to defray operating costs for a variety of courses offered. Brochures are available in many locations each semester. Call 539-8763.