A First-Year Academic Success Program

The Pilots Program engages first-year students with a diverse community of goal-oriented peers, facilitates individual academic guidance and assists students in developing a strong educational foundation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Kansas State University Pilots Program is to increase program participants' retention through fostering independent learning, building community and inspiring engagement, developing multicultural competencies, and providing students with the tools and skills needed to succeed in college.

Goals & Objectives

Through Pilots, you will:

  • Be a part of a diverse community
  • Strengthen appreciation and knowledge of other cultures
  • Attend small classes with friends
  • Take advantage of individualized advising and academic guidance
  • Experience courses taught by outstanding, dedicated faculty
  • Benefit from tutoring offered by exceptional peer assistants
  • Develop tools and skills needed to be successful in college


Pilots lab poster

One Stop: Student Guide to Help and Resources

Program Highlights

  • 83% Retention (Freshman to Sophomore Year)

Student Population

  • 50% of Pilots students are first-generation
  • 50% of Pilots students are multicultural
  • 50% of students received a 3.0 or higher (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)


January 19
Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
Day of Service

January 20 (TUESDAY)
Spring 2015 term begins

Jan 20-23, 2015
Pilots class meetings
Schedule your PA hours for the Spring semester

January 26
Scheduled PA hours begin
Last day to add a class without instructor consent

February 2-27
Pilots advising appointments

February 9
Last Day to drop class with 100% refund & Summer/Fall 2015 course schedule available

February 16
Last day to drop class with 50% refund

February 19
Pilots Scholarship Information Session w/ Kara
4:00pm, 111 Leadership Studies

February 24 
Last day to drop class without a W

March 2
Pilots Scholarship Information Session w/ Kara
4:00pm, 111 Leadership Studies

March 9

March 16-20

Spring Break!

March 23-April 24
Pilots advising appointments
Summer/Fall enrollment begins

March 30
Last day to drop a class

April - More info TBA
Pilots 20th Anniversary Celebration & Scholarship Award Ceremony!

May 8
Last day of classes
Last day of scheduled PA hours

May 11-15
Final Exams

May 20
Final grades posted to iSIS


New to the Pilots Program?

Check out photos and scholarship winners from the Spring 2014 Pilots Awards Reception