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Undergraduate Studies

About the office

Strengthening the undergraduate experience

The Office of Undergraduate Studies helps advance the university’s goals for an outstanding undergraduate educational experience, a key theme identified in the K-State 2025 strategic plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. Goals include:

  • Building a connected, diverse, empowered, engaged, participatory culture of learning and excellence.
  • Promoting a successful student experience for all of our undergraduate students.
  • Increasing undergraduate opportunities for research and service learning as hallmarks of a leading land-grant research university.

Key areas

The office works closely with the university community to shape and implement undergraduate education initiatives in the areas of:

  • Student retention
  • Undergraduate course development and management
  • Academic advising
  • Honors program
  • Transition programs
  • General education
  • Interdisciplinary programs
  • Undergraduate research
  • Service-based learning

Working together

The office works closely with leaders throughout the university, including faculty, deans and department heads, and the vice president for student life, vice president for research, senior vice provost for academic affairs, associate provost for diversity and associate provost for international programs, to support and enhance a strong undergraduate experience that promotes academic success and graduation of undergraduate students.

Contact us

Mary Hale Tolar
Director, School of Leadership Studies
1300 Mid-Campus Dr North
257 Leadership Studies


Jared Nietfeld
Office Specialist II
1601 Vattier Street
215 Fairchild Hall