The first year of college is a big deal. K-State First, a program for first-year freshmen and transfer students, helps new K-Staters navigate the academic and personal changes they encounter in their first year on campus.
Build academic confidence and community
K-State First creates small supportive communities of students called CAT Communities — Connecting Across Topics — where new Wildcats build lifelong friendships around learning. Students choose from dozens of CAT Communities crafted around topics like art and creativity, sports in America, history — even What Not to Wear: The Psychology of Fashion.
A solid start
K-State First reaches new students where they live and where they learn.
- CAT Communities help students conquer the challenges of college life in the classroom and beyond.
- First-Year Seminars are lively hands-on courses like Earth in Action, Insects and People and Fiction into Film. These general education classes help all K-Staters — regardless of major — with critical thinking, goal setting and career planning.
- A GPS for college? K-State’s Guide to Personal Success matches students with a campus or community professional who mentors them one-on-one in their first year and sets them up for a lifetime of success.
Connecting the K-State Family
Going above and beyond to build community for freshmen
Choose how to support K-State First
K-State First Student Success Fund C28722
Supports activities and projects essential to development of K-State First and its mission of student success.
K-State First – Bosco Family Scholarship N75875
Provides financial assistance to students who participate in K-State First.
Bill Miller and Debbie Leckron Miller K-State First Book – Vanier Family Scholarship N79488
Provides financial assistance to students enrolled in any curriculum participating in K-State First.