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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Services for Students



Academic Achievement Center

101 Holton Hall

The Academic Achievement Center seeks to empower students through useful resources, motivate through positive encouragement, and inspire hard work and dedication. AAC’s services are open to all Kansas State University students and are met with understanding, encouragement, and the resources to generate success now and in the future.

Academic Coaching

Free Academic Coaching provides one-on-one support to empower students. Academic Coaches help students work through academic and social transitions, goal-setting, and progress at K-State. Students benefit from the individualized approach that includes building community, engaging coursework, and developing skills to be successful at K-State and beyond.

Tutoring Center at Holtz Hall

The AAC provides free tutoring to all enrolled students in a variety of classes at three convenient locations. The Holtz Hall Tutoring Center assists with course content and learning strategies, including weekly scheduled sessions that meet in a small group with a peer tutor and online tutoring for distance learners. Additionally, walk-in-tutoring is available in a select number of subjects and is offered during the daytime and evening hours.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction consists of weekly, peer-facilitated study sessions that complement students’ learning in a specific, large lecture course. Through collaboration with peers in the course and an SI leader, students work to compare notes, discuss challenging concepts, share study and test-taking strategies, and demonstrate learning.

For further information about the services offered by the Academic Achievement Center, please visit www.k-state.edu/aac or Holton 101.


Kansas State Testing Center

102 Unger Complex




Credit for Prior Learning

Kansas State University offers academic credit for prior learning through the successful completion of exams accepted under the Credit for Prior Learning Program. The Kansas State Testing Center, a part of the Academic Achievement Center, is the campus service agency for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exam program. The Center will also provide consultation and conduct utility studies for academic departments interested in implementing credit for prior learning. Information and registration for the CLEP and DSST programs are available from the Kansas State Testing Center.

Entrance and Professional Examinations

The Kansas State Testing Center administers the following examinations, which are often required to enter selected undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs. Contact the Kansas State Testing Center to obtain further information concerning these and other examinations.


American College Test (ACT)
Engineering and Land Surveying Examination Services (ELSES) Fundamentals of Engineering
Graduate Record Examination (subject exams only)
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Pharmacy College Admission Testing (PCAT)
Praxis Series Assessment
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Certification and Licensure

The Kansas State Testing Center administers a number of certification and licensure examinations for students seeking careers in business, finance, health care and health administration, information science and technology, personal fitness, and teaching.  Contact our office to obtain further information concerning these and other licensure examinations

Proctoring Services

The Kansas State Testing Center provides proctoring services. Fees may apply.

Career Center

Kerri Day Keller, Director
148 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Fax: 785-532-3696
E-mail: careercenter@k-state.edu

The Career Center facilitates career readiness for K-State students by providing career exploration and employment opportunities. The Career Center offers an extensive career library, job search training, career advising, employer connections, and a staff dedicated to assisting students in the career development process. Gain an advantage by attending our career fairs, interviewing on-campus with employers or enrolling in our credit-based courses for major/career decision-making and internship experiences.

Stop by the Career Center to:

  • Schedule an appointment for personalized major exploration or job search assistance.
  • Take a free career assessment to explore interests and to help decide on a major.
  • Shop our Career Closet and prepare for interviews.
  • Research employers, K-State curriculum guides, or graduate school information.
  • Drop in to get a resume critique or ask a quick question.
  • Find job listings online (part-time, internship/co-op, and full-time).

Additional resources include employment profiles, salary information, career reference books, K-State curriculum guides, graduate school information, and career planning workshops.

Your Career Center Account is a free service for students to search employment and internship opportunities, make their resume visible to employers, sign up for on-campus interviews and find employer contact information to enhance their professional network.

Alcohol and Other Drug Education Service

Chaz Mailey, Psy.D., Coordinator
214 English/Counseling Services Building
Fax: 785-532-3932
E-mail: cmailey@k-state.edu
Web page

The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Service offers timely and accurate information on the physical effects and social issues related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse. Campus services provided include individual counseling regarding alcohol and other drug issues; alcohol/drug information; basic assessment and intervention assistance; educational presentations; professional referral resources; and a variety of special alcohol/drug related programs and services for individuals, small groups and organizations.

Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE)

206 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: ksucare@k-state.edu

The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) is a safe space for any member of the K-State community who has been affected by dating, domestic, and sexual violence, stalking or harassment to receive confidential services. CARE collaborates across identities and sheds light on the realities of psychological emotional, financial, physical and sexual forms of violence. CARE challenges the campus community to join us in advocating for positive social change while addressing the influences and social patterns that lead to interpersonal violence and other forms of oppression.

Cooperative Houses

Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House

1500 North Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-4695
E-mail: housing@k-state.edu

The Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House is a unique cooperative living option for women interested in a focused leadership experience. Smurthwaite is located on the east side of campus and houses approximately 46 women. This vibrant community emphasizes academics, leadership, campus involvement and community service–the four pillars of Smurthwaite.

Smurthwaite residents pay a lower rate for room and board while assisting with the day-to-day operation of the house, such as kitchen and phone duty. Residents are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be involved in on-campus clubs, participate in philanthropy and volunteer activities, and attend Smurthwaite-sponsored programs and house meetings.

Applications for Smurthwaite can be found on the K-State Housing and Dining website. Because acceptance and assignment to the house are limited, it is best to complete the online residence hall application and contract with alternate preferences in addition to the Smurthwaite application.

Counseling Services

1105 Sunset, Rm. 101
Phone: 785-532-6927
Fax: 785-532-3932
E-mail: counsel@k-state.edu
www.k-state.edu/counseling and www.universitylifecafe.k-state.edu/

OFFICE HOURS: When school is in session - Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm. During school breaks–including summer - Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm.

WHAT WE DO: Kansas State University Counseling Services, in support of the overall mission of the University, provides the highest standard of professional services to help students reach their full potential–personally, academically, and socially. We see students with a wide range of problems from normal adjustment concerns to more serious emotional/mental health issues. Our range of services aim to alleviate concerns, facilitate problem solving, promote well-being, and enhance success. When students’ needs are beyond the scope of our services, we will help with referral options.

At Counseling Services we value our multicultural campus community and, thus we provide culturally sensitive and relevant services. Welcoming diversity in culture, in sexual orientation, religion, and other factors of difference. Our agency is a supporter of the SAFE ZONE Program on campus.

While appropriately protecting confidentiality, we work collaboratively with other entities, both on and off campus, to foster a safe and healthy environment. During times when a critical event occurs, we are ready to offer timely response to campus through consultation, outreach, and follow-up to lessen trauma and promote resolution. In addition, we offer: a variety of free programs online to enhance personal growth and skill development; in-person presentations, such as the Kat Chats series; topics may include stress management, body image, navigating finals, and relationship enhancement; workshops on various topics; and we also teach a Career Life Planning course for academic credit.

OUR STANDARDS: The Counseling Services staff, and the APA-accredited internship training program in psychology, adheres to the ethical code of the American Psychological Association and licensing/legal standards for our professions.

Confidentiality means that your contact with this office does not go on your academic record and that clinical materials will not be disclosed to any other office or individual unless you have signed a written release for this to occur or there is a legal mandate to do so.  It is important to note that our staff members are exempt from Title IX and therefore they do not report crimes that include sexual violence (including rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment) to university officials.

FEES: Counseling Services is funded in part by the student privilege fee. Students receive some initial individual sessions without charge per year. A nominal fee is charged for additional services. See our website for details.

Educational Supportive Services Manhattan and Student Support Services Salina

Kathleen Greene, PhD, Director
201 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: ess@k-state.edu

Low-income students and first-generation college students are assisted in setting and attaining realistic educational goals and are provided information about graduate-level educational opportunities. Students admitted and enrolled at K-State are offered educational supportive services including study skills and academic enrichment program courses, academic pre-advising, individualized tutorial assistance, and a variety of referral services.

McNair Scholars Program

Kathleen Greene, PhD, Director
201 Holton Hall
E-mail: mcnair@k-state.edu

The McNair Scholars Program, named for the African American astronaut who died in the 1986 space shuttle explosion, encourages and prepares academically promising students to pursue doctoral degrees. McNair Scholars are from low-income and first generation college educated backgrounds or are from minority groups who are underrepresented in graduate study.

Staff will assist McNair Scholars in selecting an appropriate graduate school for their career goals, in preparing for the Graduate Record Examination, and in applying for graduate admittance and financial assistance. Each year McNair Scholars will be matched with a faculty mentor and will work on research projects for which they will receive a stipend.

Graduate Student Council

Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the student organization representing graduate students from all academic disciplines at Kansas State University. Any organization with graduate student membership is invited to participate in the council and council activities are open to all graduate students.

GSC is a highly active student governing board for graduate students. GSC provides students with professional development, networking and leadership opportunities. GSC awards students travel grants to present their research and scholarly work at professional meetings and to attend conferences. Students participate in a variety of networking events sponsored by GSC and other graduate student organizations.

  • The council meets on the first Monday of every month.
  • The Graduate Student Council is funded mainly the Student Governing Association from the Graduate Student Activity Fee. Access the GSC constitution (PDF).
  • You must register your organization each year to remain active with the Graduate Student Council.

Leadership Opportunities

There are various ways to get involved with Graduate Student Council. Every council member is encouraged to serve on a committee, including the Allocations Committee, GRA/GTA/GA Affairs Committee, International Affairs Committee, Research Forum Planning Committee, and Ice Cream Social Planning Committee. Members also publicize GSC events and help maintain the website. Council officers are elected during the spring semester. Officers include the president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in the council activities. Membership in the standing committees are open to all graduate students.

Professional Development

GSC strives to provide informational meetings, workshops and forums that enhance the professional development of graduate students. The council promotes interdisciplinary activities to enrich graduate students’ education beyond their own disciplines. The council also sends out information on various seminars held across campus every week to the Council members, to be shared with their graduate student groups.

If you have any questions, contact the GSC officers: egsc@k-state.edu.

Housing and Dining Services

Derek Jackson
Director of Housing and Dining Services
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
104 Pittman Building
1-888-568-5027 (toll free)
Fax: 785-532-6855
E-mail: housing@k-state.edu

The university encourages all new K-State students to live in an organized group. As part of a residential community, students have a sense of belonging and an avenue for involvement, as well as many opportunities for interaction with other students and university staff. Furthermore, the opportunity to participate in organized social, athletic, and educational events contributes to overall academic success.

More than 5,000 students call our campus home. With ten residence halls, one leadership/scholarship house for women, a house for honors students and a large apartment community to choose from, Housing and Dining Services has something for everyone.

Residence Halls

K-State residence halls have a long-standing tradition of providing a living and learning environment that encourages personal growth and academic success. For that reason, residence hall living is recommended for a student’s first one or two years at K-State.

In this ideal transition from home to school, students benefit from direct access to helpful staff, dining service, tutoring programs, on-site laundry facilities, leadership opportunities and more. They’re close to classes, and living among fellow students provides many opportunities to develop lifelong friendships.

After Housing and Dining Services receives a student’s online residence hall application and nonrefundable fee, the student is notified that he or she can complete the online residence hall contract process. The cost of the contract is determined annually and following an initial down payment it can be applied to the student’s KSIS account.

Jardine Apartments

Jardine Apartments provides on-campus apartment living for students who are upperclassmen, graduate, nontraditional, married (with or without children) or single parents.

This unique apartment community offers a wide variety of floor plans to choose from. Different price points include options in modern, highly renovated, renovated and traditional apartments. Also in Jardine is the Hybrid Option, which allows students to rent space at Jardine by the bedroom. Activities help residents get involved and stay connected, and a trained professional staff-including a 24-hour maintenance crew-is available to assist residents. Residents have the benefit of an on-site sports grill, coffee shop, and laundry facilities.

There is a nonrefundable application fee due at the time of application. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, and early application is recommended. On assignment, a deposit is required. Learn more and/or apply.

Smurthwaite Leadership/ Scholarship House

The Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House is a unique cooperative living option for women interested in a focused leadership experience. Smurthwaite is located on the east side of campus and houses 46 women. This vibrant community emphasizes academics, leadership, campus involvement and community service — the four pillars of Smurthwaite.

Smurthwaite residents pay a lower rate for room and board while assisting with the day-to-day operation of the house, such as kitchen and phone duty. Residents are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, be involved in on-campus clubs, participate in philanthropy and volunteer activities, and attend Smurthwaite-sponsored programs and house meetings.

Those who wish to live in Smurthwaite simply complete the online residence hall application and contract with alternate preferences in addition to the Smurthwaite application. Residents will sign a contract addendum after they are officially selected.

Honors House

Honors House is a coeducational community for members of the University Honors Program  . It houses 52 students in residence hall just west of campus.

The house provides a focused living environment for students with a passion for learning. Amenities include wireless internet, study space, free laundry and free printing. On-site parking is free, but limited.

Learn more about the house and the qualifications for living there at the Housing and Dining website. To apply complete the regular residence hall application and indicate a preference for Honors House.

Academic Initiatives

On-campus living environments offer individualized academic support to residents through trained staff, programming and faculty involvement. Computer stations, study spaces, workshops and more help improve academic skills and make the residence halls a great environment for learning and academic success.

Residential CAT Communities

Residential Connecting Across Topics (CAT) Communities are a set of learning communities specifically created for first-year students. A group of 22 students with similar interests takes classes, lives, eats and studies together in a residence hall. The communities offer mentoring from a professor and an advanced undergraduate Residential Learning Assistant who also lives with the students. This is a great way for students to make connections and quickly become an active part of life on campus.

Leadership and Involvement Opportunities

Hall Governing Boards, the Jardine Residents’ Council, and floor governments plan and implement intramural events; community service projects; educational, cultural and social programs and more. Judicial boards provide an opportunity for students to address one another regarding policy violations that impact the community. The Kansas State University Association of Residence Halls plans hall-related events and works closely with hall representatives to develop and implement policies that promote respect and acceptance among all residence hall students. The Little Apple Chapter of the National Residents Halls Honorary recognizes the top 1 percent of residents who have contributed outstanding service and leadership in the residence halls while demonstrating academic excellence.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Sara Thurston, PhD, Director
International Student Center
Fax: 785-532-6607
E-mail: isss@k-state.edu

The staff at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provide vital services for K-State’s around 2,500 international students, scholars, and their families. This includes advice on U.S. immigration regulations, support during their stay in the U.S., and cultural programs. The staff assists them with visa and passport issues, work authorization, entry and exit documentation, certification of status forms, housing, programming and personal concerns. ISSS also offers assistance to faculty and departments wanting to bring international scholars to the United States. Additionally, the staff serves the entire campus as a resource on international student and scholar issues. The office operates under the Office of International Programs and works with all facets of the University to implement and support both the goals of each student and scholar and the goals of the University in international education. Staff members provide leadership and support for a variety of programs that promote global awareness and understanding.

ISSS is housed in the International Student Center which is composed of three building that have been completely funded by private gifts to K-State. The Taiwan Wing houses most of the staff. The Korean Room houses the director’s office and office meeting space. The Center provides a comfortable relaxed atmosphere where people can meet or attend various programs. It includes a multipurpose meeting room, kitchen, reading lounge, and small classroom. Rental of the facilities is available.

Kirmser Language Center (KLC)

01 Eisenhower Hall

Making learning enjoyable…if you are a faculty, or a student enrolled in a language course, come on in! You are invited to the Kirmser Language Center. We will provide you audio, video, and computer multimedia services for both undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Department of Modern Languages. The KLC currently servies about 1,250 students each semester, and offers a variety of resources. The Kirmser Language Center is the location for students to have their language skills tested prior to enrolling in most language courses.


K-State Student Union and Union Program Council (UPC)

William Smriga, Director
K-State Student Union
Director’s Office, 2nd Floor
Fax: 785-532-6565
E-mail: union@k-state.edu

Union Mission Statement: The K-State Student Union is the host of the campus community and plays an integral role in the educational mission of the university. It provides products, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life of its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests, with particular emphasis on students. It fosters an environment that promotes respect for all peoples and values diversity, leadership development, and the free exchange of ideas.

Since 1956 the Union has served the university and surrounding community with a variety of social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities. The Union and its diverse programs and services are supported by student fees and generated revenue. The Union is the exciting hub of campus life. Often referred to as the “living room” of the campus, the Union provides a gathering place and a common ground for students, faculty, staff, alumni, university departments and the greater community. All revenues generated at the Union assist in funding program, opportunities, and services for our campus community.


The Union can accommodate all meeting and catering needs with a large variety of meeting rooms, banquet facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Rooms are offered at a discount to students, faculty, staff and registered student organizations. The Union provides the highest quality of catering services, from a simple coffee break to extravagant receptions and dinners. Whether it’s for an executive retreat for 12 or an annual conference for 1000, the Union has a place for you.


Union restaurants offer a variety of food choices and seating locations. Complementary venues designed to appeal to students; faculty and staff alike were chosen to provide different experiences from grab-and-go options, quick service selections or casual dining with table service.

  • Union Station by JP’s

Through a partnership with K-State Housing and Dining Services, Union Station by JPs brings the campus and the Manhattan community together around a table filled with excellent food. A K-State original modeled after JP’s in the Jardine Complex, Union Station menu items are locally sourced when possible, including Weber Hall meats and homemade pretzel buns.

  • Radina’s Coffeehouse and Roastery

Simple, delicious food and handcrafted coffee are the foundations of Radina’s. Locally owned and operated, Radina’s is committed to quality items made by caring hands.

  • Qdoba Mexican Eats

Qdoba restaurants serve up mouthwatering bites that are both chef-inspired and customizable, with fan favorites like burritos, 3-Cheese Queso, Loaded Tortilla Soup and Knockout Tacos.

  • Chick-fil-A

Recognized for its original chicken sandwich and waffle fries, Chick-fil-A serves a full menu of fresh, handcrafted food.

  • Panda Express

Panda Express is best-known for its wide variety of original recipes including its Original Orange Chicken™, SweetFire Chicken Breast®, award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp and Shanghai Angus Steak

  • Just Salad

Just Salad provides quality, healthy food in a fast, responsible, yet affordable way. The menu focuses on organically grown, locally sourced balanced recipes curated by a registered dietitian that include nutrient-rich flavor combinations with fiber, protein and calories in mind.

  • Call Hall Ice Cream at the Union

Bringing a beloved K-State tradition home to the Union, Call Hall uses high quality products from the university dairy farm; the shop showcases long-time favorite Purple Pride, customary flavors and seasonal selections.

Subway, in the Union Bowling Center, is ready to serve you great tasting sandwiches and breakfast seven days a week. Subway is open longer hours and later than any other food venue in the Union.

The Cats’ Den Convenience Store is the best place to pick up a drink or a tasty snack between classes. ReFresh-ReThink-ReFuel at the Cats’ Den alternative snack area featuring gluten-free, vegan, organic, natural and energy/power options. We stock a variety of soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, snacks and sandwiches, as well as our freshly-popped popcorn.

Not in the building? The Union provides options around campus, including food trucks on Bosco Student Plaza, Einstein Brothers Bagels in Hale Library, and Radina’s Coffeehouse and Roastery locations in the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the Engineering Complex and the College of Business Administration building. Whatever your palette craves, your Union has the fix.

Einstein Brothers Bagels, on the lowest level in Hale Library, provides a great mid-campus stop to refresh between classes, over lunch, during your study breaks or anytime. High-quality food is the standard here, with a diverse menu ranging from gourmet coffee drinks, to baked goods, salads, made-to-order sandwiches, and decadent desserts.

The Union Bowling Center, located on the Union’s lower level, is the best place for relaxing on campus. Whether it’s something fun to do between classes or an evening with friends, the Union Bowling Center is the place to be. The center is equipped with 16 bowling lanes, 14 billiard tables, two air hockey tables, a video arcade, and a Subway Sandwich Shop. Student bowling leagues are always very popular and billiard leagues are also available. The recreation center is also available for group gatherings.


The official K-State Campus Store is located on the Union’s ground floor, is not only the most convenient place to get your textbooks, but also has a great selection of K-State merchandise and apparel. Textbook options ranging from new to used, rental to digital are designed for student savings. The official K-State booklist is available online at kstatecampusstore.com. Textbook information (including ISBN, Author, Title, Publisher and Copyright data) is available at courses.ksu.edu. When viewing a course, click on the textbook icon for textbook details. For more information, contact 785-532-6583.

Cat Tech, the Union computer store, is a full-line computer store and an Apple authorized educational reseller. Students can receive discounts on Apple computers, Microsoft and Adobe products, as well as other academic software. Cat Tech carries an extensive inventory and variety of computer supplies, including MacBooks, iPads, the complete line of Apple iPods, and a large selection of iPod accessories. Online shopping is offered 24/7 at kstatecampusstore.com. Stop by the new location on the Union’s ground floor or give us a call at 785-532-7319.

All students, faculty and staff can get their official university ID card, the Wildcat Card, at the ID Center, located on the ground floor of the Union. Wildcat Cards can be used as a photo ID, access/entry card, library card and Cat Cash on-campus debit account. Cat Cash is ideal for anyone who carries a Wildcat ID and spends time on campus. The ID Center can assist with card replacements, Cat Cash deposits and Union gift card purchases. If you have any questions, contact 785-532-6399 or wildcatcard@k-state.edu.


Union Program Council (UPC), K-State’s premier student-led event planning organization, provides entertainment to the K-State community and an opportunity for students to gain leadership skills. UPC sponsors over 180 programs each year. UPC’s student volunteers determine the films you see on weekends, select the comedians that make you laugh, choose the art exhibited in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery, decide which controversial issues speakers address, expose you to different cultures with their multicultural programming and organize a substance-free After Hours every Friday night during the semester.

All students are encouraged to get involved with UPC and its various committees. Students help create and plan the exciting events that are the talk of the campus. UPC volunteers receive valuable experiences that complement both their academic pursuits and future job skills. Students who want to get involved should contact UPC on the web, by phone 785-532-6571, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Union is also the home of many student offices: the Student Governing Association (SGA), the Office of Student Activities and Services (OSAS), Greek Affairs, Multicultural Student Organization, Union Program Council (UPC), Union Governing Board (UGB), Union Ambassadors, and the campus radio station, Wildcat 91.9.

Lafene Health Center

Jim Parker, Director
1105 Sunset Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-3761
Fax: 785-532-6627
E-mail: lafene@k-state.edu

The Lafene Health Center is a modern ambulatory health care facility designed to provide for most student outpatient health needs. The health center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare. Students who have paid the health fee as a part of their “privilege fees” are eligible for care. Non-student spouses, university conference participants, and other campus visitors may receive care upon payment of a special fee.

Lafene Health Center provides, through a full complement of medical and other professional personnel, a range of services that include special clinics for sports-related injuries, women, and allergies and immunizations, as well as a clinic for general care. Also included are services in health education, nutrition, and physical therapy. The services of a pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray are available at reduced rates.

The center is staffed by full-time physicians with medical support personnel. When necessary, the student is referred to specialists for treatment at the student’s expense.

After regular clinic hours, a student who is ill or injured may receive medical care at a local hospital, at the student’s expense. Home visits are not made. The local ambulance service is available, when needed, to transport patients to the appropriate health care facility.


It is strongly recommended that all students at K-State carry medical insurance, either through the parents’ plan at home or through the university-sponsored student health insurance plan available at special rates. It is mandatory for International Students to carry medical insurance. This latter plan covers most services provided at Lafene Health Center and allowed claims for medical expenses if the student requires care away from the campus.

Medical History

K-State encourages all students (new and transfer) to provide complete medical history, including a current immunization record. This history must be completed on the Kansas State University Lafene Health Center Medical History Form and is required prior to provision of non-emergency treatment at the health center. A physical examination is not required, but encouraged, and a copy of this examination assists the staff in evaluating illnesses. If a student has a continuing medical problem, a summary from the attending physician is helpful should treatment at the center be needed. Students requesting allergy injections must furnish instructions from their allergist before injections can be administered at the Health Center.

Tuberculosis Screening

International students from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis and domestic students who have spent more than three months in such a country are required by state law to be tested for tuberculosis prior to enrolling at K-State. Testing may be done at Lafene Health Center or another healthcare provider. Proof of testing and the results are required if not done at Lafene Health Center.

Incoming Students Residing in University-owned Housing

State of Kansas Board of Regents requires all incoming students residing in university-owned housing to be vaccinated against meningitis or sign a document waiving the vaccination. The vaccine can be obtained at Lafene Health Center or the student’s private physician. Meningococcal Vaccine Documentation Forms may also be obtained at the Health Center or the university housing office.

Multicultural Programs and Services

Mirta Chavez, Director
224 Anderson Hall
E-mail: mps@k-state.edu

The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services provides assistance to the Asian- American Student Union (AASU), Black Student Union (BSU), Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), Native American Student Association (NASA), United Black Voices (UBV), and other cultural and academic interest organizations focusing on multicultural students.

MPS assists organizations in sponsoring programs and activities that heighten multicultural awareness and leadership at K-State and in the community. MPS also provides support and assistance to all multicultural students through individual consultations and through building strong support systems that help foster the educational and personal development of multicultural students on campus. 

New Student Services

Emily Lehning, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Director of New Student Services
Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Fax: 785-532-3696
E-mail: nss@k-state.edu

New Student Services works with prospective and new students and their families. Admissions representatives meet with high school students during school visits, college fairs, and special events. Transfer staff visit Kansas community colleges and help transfer students successfully make the transition to K-State.

New Student Services coordinates campus visits, orientation and enrollment, Wildcat Warm-up, StrengthsQuestTM Initiative, Blue Key Honor Society, Welcome Center Ambassadors and the Presidential Lecture Series. The department collaborates with many campus programs and departments to provide services to prospective, new and current undergraduate students.

Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services

Dominic Barnes, Veteran’s Center Manager
Union 2nd Floor

Non-Traditional Student Services
Office of Student Life
201 Holton Hall

E-Mail: nontrad@k-state.edu

Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services assists undergraduate and graduate students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • 25 years of age or older
  • Married
  • Parent
  • Veteran
  • Returning to school after an absence of 3 or more years

Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services provides assistance and advocacy for students before, during, and after their admission to K-State. Staff members assist students in obtaining information and/or providing referrals in many areas, including: admission, scholarships, childcare, housing, tutoring, refresher and study skills courses, student health insurance, campus activities and community programs, non-traditional student networking opportunities, and many other student questions/concerns. 

Off-Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Office is located at the Office of Student Life, 201 Holton Hall, 785-532-6432. The coordinator of off-campus housing helps students resolve issues or answers questions regarding landlord problems or rental contracts. Student can also find information about rental units, with information on cost, size, restrictions, etc., and other housing options. 

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Jordan Kocher, Director
Brianna Hayes, Assistant Director
4 K-State Student Union
Fax: 785-532-5341
E-mail: greek@k-state.edu

K-State is home to more than 3,500 fraternity and sorority members. The fraternity and sorority community consists of 40 many of who own and control their own residential facility. The average Panhellenic sorority size is 66, and the average IFC fraternity size is 60.

Panhellenic sororities select their members during Fall Formal Recruitment which happens the week prior to the start of the fall semester. Women who wish to participate in the Formal Recruitment process must register on the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life website and pay a participation fee by no later than August 1.

Most new members live in a residence hall during their first year of membership, and may move into the sorority house their second year of membership. Additional opportunities to join may be available in the continuous open bidding process. More information can be found about this process on the website.

Interfraternity Council fraternities select new members through an informal, chapter-driven process.  This process mainly occurs beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer. Most new members live in their fraternity house during the first year of membership if the chapter owns a property. Men may fill out an interest form on the website and find contact information for chapter recruitment chairs.

Complete information regarding fraternities and sororities including costs, how to register, recruitment dates and methods, the recruitment week schedule for sororities, and a list of K-State fraternity and sorority chapters can can also be found on the website.

Information about NPHC fraternities and sororities and other national organizations that select new members via the intake process can also be found on the website

Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Jim Hohenbary, Director
215 Fairchild Hall
E-mail: jimlth@k-state.edu

The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships assists K-State students as they compete for nationally competitive awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, and Fulbright.

The office helps students identify awards that might suit their accomplishments and goals, advises students as they prepare their applications, and manages the campus selection process for scholarships and fellowships that require applicants to be nominated by their university.

A strong academic record and active résumé are essential for applications. Students interested in competing for major awards are encouraged to consult with the office as early as possible in their college career.

The office website provides a much larger listing of national and international scholarships and fellowships. Note that the office primarily advises students regarding major award competitions that are external to the university. Students seeking information about K-State scholarships should consult the Office of Student Financial Assistance and their academic departments.

Office of Student Life

Heather Reed, Assistant Vice President/Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Student Life
Andy Thompson, Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of the Office of Student Life
Laurel Moody, Interim Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of the Office of Student Life

102 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-5307
E-mail: stulife@k-state.edu

The mission of the Office of Student Life is to enhance the K-State student experience and promote student success in the classroom and in life. Student Life helps when problems arise, working with students and with other campus services to find the most appropriate and effective solutions. The Office of Student Life is also a resource for parents who may have concerns or questions. The Office of Student Life administers the judicial programs for non-academic misconduct and works closely with the student judicial system.

Powercat Financial

Jodi Kaus, Director
302 K-State Student Union, Third Floor
E-mail: powercatfinancial@k-state.edu

Powercat Financial assists students with financial decisions including budgeting, saving, student loan repayment, and understanding credit.  The center is free to K-State students and uses a peer mentor program where students studying in a finance related curriculum provide one-on-one peer financial counseling and education to fellow students.  In addition to individual confidential counseling, the center provides free workshops to campus groups and organizations about various financial topics.  The goal of Powercat Financial is to improve the financial literacy and success of all K-State students.  Visit the Powercat Financial website to schedule an appointment, to request a financial workshop presentation, or to learn more about financial issues. 

Recreational Services

Steve Martini, Director
Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex
Fax: 785-532-4983
E-mail: recservices@k-state.edu

Recreational Services oversees the programming and administration of intramurals, fitness/wellness programs, climbing wall, K-State challenge course, and free time use of the Peters Recreation Complex, outdoor recreation area and the K-State natatorium.

Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex

fully accessible and includes:

  • 8 racquetball courts
  • five performance zones
  • two squash courts
  • two wallyball courts
  • three gyms that include:
    • 13 basketball courts
    • 15 volleyball courts
    • 5 badminton courts
    • 2 pickleball courts
  • multi-activity court (MAC) gym provides for indoor soccer, in-line hockey, and for basketball, volleyball and tennis
  • three weight rooms
  • two cardio areas
  • combatives room
  • four group fitness and studios
  • one multipurpose room
  • private personal training studio
  • 40-ft climbing wall and bouldering rock
  • Quik Cats Cliffside snack/juice bar
  • game lounge offering video game stations, pool tables, foosball and electronic darts
  • two indoor tracks
  • table tennis area
  • locker rooms with saunas
  • southside parking lot exclusively for students


located adjacent to the Ahearn Sports Complex is fully accessible offering

  • two 25-yard pools
  • one diving pool
  • sun deck

Outdoor Recreation Area

surrounding the Recreation Complex includes these lighted facilities

  • playfields for football, soccer, softball, ultimate
  • four sand volleyball courts
  • six tennis courts
  • three basketball courts
  • two 3-wall handball/racquetball courts
  • running/walking trails

Outdoor Rental Center

located adjacent to the outdoor tennis courts offers equipment rentals to the K-State community during spring, summer and fall seasons

  • camping equipment
  • canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards
  • tents and sleeping bags
  • hammocks

Intramural Sports

scheduled competitive activities offering

  • team, individual, and meet sports for students, faculty, and staff
  • over 50 different intramural activities for men, women, and co-rec competition

Fitness Services

programming designed to promote health and wellness

  • group fitness sessions offering a wide variety of formats such as cardio, yoga, pilates, and aqua exercise
  • personal trainers providing fitness assessments, and exercise program planning
  • educational outreach presentations/workshops

Climbing/bouldering Area

providing a variety of ever changing climbing routes ranging from beginner to advanced

  • 40-ft rock wall with 11 top ropes
  • 12-ft freestanding boulder

K-State Challenge Course

team building, experiential activities available by reservation to K-State students and organizations, as well as the Manhattan community offering:

  • low elements consisting of ropes, wires, poles and other wooden objects
  • high elements using ropes and belay systems provided activities 30-40 feet in the air

Cooperative programs

  • Wildcat Wellness Coalition: a cooperative wellness program with Recreational Services, Lafene Health Center, Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE), LGBT, Housing and Dining, Academic Assistance Center, Human Capital Services, K-State Libraries, Powercat Financial, and Counseling Services offering classes, workshops, seminars, and activities designed to promote the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, environmental, occupational, social intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and financial wellness.
  • Sports medicine: athletic trainers from Lafene Health Center provide on-site evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries plus first aid.

Student Employment

positions for lifeguards, sports officials, building supervisors, group fitness leaders, personal trainers, facilitators, maintenance, and office assistants.

Additional information and a complete schedule of hours and events is available on the Recreational Services home page.

Student Access Center

Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson, Director
Holton Hall 202
Fax: 785-532-6457
VP: 785-370-0431
E-mail: accesscenter@k-state.edu

Student Access Center appreciates disability as an integral part of the K-State experience. We are dedicated to providing equal educational opportunity and access to students by providing a broad range of services to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Students may require accommodations in areas such as attention, autism, learning, mobility, medical, psychological, and sensory. Services provided may include adaptive technology, alternative text, note-taking, sign-language interpreters, residential life, and test-taking. Literacy software, called Read and Write Gold, is available to all students and includes features such as text-to-speech, scanning, and a read-aloud dictionary. Additional services include assistance with writing and peer tutoring. Transportation is available to students with either a temporary injury or a permanent disability.

Through collaboration and support of the entire campus community, the Access Center promotes disability pride, program accessibility, and universal design principles so that everyone has full access to university life.

Student Activities and Services

Bill Harlan, Director
Office of Student Activities and Services
K-State Student Union
Fax: 785-532-7292
E-mail: osas@k-state.edu

The Office of Student Activities and Services helps students identify campus activities and avenues of campus and community involvement. The office houses the Student Governing Association, Student Judicial System, Student Legal Services, Off-campus Housing Support, and the Student Organization Budget Office. The office also assists individuals and groups who wish to organize and register their organization on the K-State campus and maintains the OrgSync website for student organizations and K-State.

Student Organizations

More than 500 organizations are available to students, faculty members, staff, and community members.

Any organization desiring to become a registered organization must register with the Office of Student Activities and Services. Registered groups have the opportunity to request funds from SGA, hold fund-raising activities on campus, and schedule rooms and tables in the K-State Student Union as well as most campus facilities. Registered student organizations may also post notices in university buildings and on campus bulletin boards.

Student Government

Heather Reed, Executive Branch Advisor
Bill Harlan, Legislative Branch Advisor
Andy Thompson, Judicial Branch Advisor

K-State Student Union
Fax: 785-532-7292
E-mail: osas@k-state.edu

The purpose of the Student Governing Association is to help students voice concerns, suggestions, or grievances. Every student is a member of SGA and is represented by student senators from their college, and by the student body president and vice president. The student senators, student body president, and vice president are elected by the K-State student body.

SGA is divided into three branches: legislative, judicial, and executive. Student Senate makes up the legislative branch. It is composed of  standing committees including allocations committees, student engagement, governmental relations, privilege fee, and senate operations.

The judicial branch is composed of the judicial council, student review board, student tribunal, parking citations appeals board, and the housing and dining services judicial boards.

The student body president, vice president, and cabinet make up the executive branch. The president has the responsibility to promote the general welfare of the students and acts as the official voice of the student body to the faculty, administration, and public.

Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound at K-State Polytechnic Campus

Upward Bound K-State Polytechnic Campus
2310 Centennial Road

Upward Bound is a federally funded campus-based TRiO program designed to assist low income and underrepresented students with college potential who need additional academic preparation, advisement, and encouragement to succeed in high school and later, in college. The Upward Bound program participants are involved in the program from the time they are selected for participation until they graduate from high school. The program offers a six-week summer residential component and academic advising sessions during the academic year.

The mission of the Upward Bound program at K-State at Salina is to promote enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education for program participants and their families by providing academic, social and emotional support. The Salina Upward Bound program serves students from Ell-Saline, Clay Center, Lincoln, and Newton high schools.