It's a well-known fact that when you enter the Kansas State University community, you become part of a family that takes pride in supporting that spot they love full well. With any family, you're bound to have shared memories, commonly held values and honored traditions.
Your K-State family is no different. Since the university's beginnings in 1863 as the nation's first operational land-grant university, K-Staters have been creating purple-tinted traditions that bind us all together.
Traditions where you can scream loud and proud — like the university fight song — or dance to in the stands — like the "Wabash Cannonball". If low-key rituals are more appealing to you, visit the Call Hall dairy bar for a scoop of K-State's signature ice cream, Purple Pride. Or, find a sunny spot in the Quad to relax and watch Frisbees fly through the air.
Some other traditions unique to K-State:
- Purple Power Play: Join thousands of K-State fans each year in Manhattan's City Park at this exciting pep rally before the first football game.
- K-State Proud: This student-led philanthropy has raised nearly a million dollars to help fellow students in need.
- Open House: More than 20,000 visitors arrive on campus each April to experience the unmatched K-State environment.
- Willie the Wildcat: Our fearless mascot can be seen at sporting events, university activities or simply hanging out around campus. He's always up for a photo op!
- The "KS" letters: In 1921, engineering students plotted the 80-food-tall letters that can still be seen on a hill overlooking Manhattan.
Some traditions have been around since the first brick was laid on campus, while new ones are created nearly every day. However, the one tradition that crosses all generations, cultures and paths of K-Staters is a word all Wildcats hold dear: family.
We know that without family, traditions are fleeting. It's when we band together that our values last forever.
That's the Wildcat Way.