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.
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 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 https://www.k-state.edu/aac/ or Holton 101.
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
The Kansas State Testing Center provides proctoring services. Fees may apply.
Kerri Day Keller, Director
148 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. Martin Luther King Jr Drive
The Career Center facilitates the career readiness all students throughout the K-State community. The Career Center offers an extensive career library, free assessments for exploring major/careers, job search training, career advising, employer connections, and a staff dedicated to assisting students in the career development process. Gain an advantage by attending K-State 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).
See additional in person and online materials such as salary information, K-State curriculum guides, graduate school information, and other career advisor recommended resources.
Handshake is a free service for students to search for jobs and internship, make their resume is visible to employers, learn about interview opportunities and find employer contact information to enhance their professional network.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Service
Lafene Counseling and Psychological Services
Web page: https://www.k-state.edu/lafene/services/alcohol-education/
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.
Shelly Williams, Morrison Family Director
Cats’ Cupboard – The Kansas State Food Pantry provides direct access to a variety of perishable and non-perishable foods, hygiene products, and gently used kitchen supplies. Previously located at 009 Fairchild and transitioning in fall 2023 to a new fully renovated space at 1021 Denison. Open Monday through Thursday 10am-6pm and Friday 10am-2pm. Active K-Staters (full/part-time students, staff/faculty, and visiting scholars) are welcome to shop. Take what you need, give what you are able, and be mindful of your fellow Wildcat!
Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education (CARE)
206 Holton Hall
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.
Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House
1500 North Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-4695
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 front desk 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 complete the Residence Hall Contract. On the contract the student can indicate their interest in living in Smurthwaite and also complete the Smurthwaite Interest form available in the contract confirmation email. Students invited to live in Smurthwaite will complete a contract addendum prior to move in.
Lafene Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
1105 Sunset, Rm. 101
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 CAPS, in support of the overall mission of the University, provides high quality short-term professional services to help students reach their full potential–personally, academically, and socially. Within an accepting, sustaining, and compassionate setting, CAPS provides a professional resource to attend to the psychological needs, promote well-being, alleviate concerns, facilitate problem resolution, and enhance the success of our students. 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.
As a professional staff, we value our culturally diverse campus community. We are committed to the ethical and professionally competent behavior consistent with our training, our experience, and the mission of this university. Our services are culturally competent and inclusive. CAPS is committed to social justice efforts to ensure all identities are safe to seek services.
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.
Confidentiality means that your contact with this office does not go on your academic records and that clinical materials will not be disclosed to any other office or individual unless you have given us written permission, or there is a legal mandate, to do so. CAPS staff is 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.
OUR STANDARDS: The CAPS staff, and the APA-accredited internship training program in psychology, adheres to the appropriate ethical code for our respective professions like the American Psychological Association, American Associate for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, and licensing/legal standards for our professions.
FEES: CAPS is funded in part by the student service fees. Students receive free services for therapy, while a nominal fee is charged for additional services such as ADHD assessments. Contact our office by phone for more details.
Student Belonging & Inclusion
Mirta Chavez, Executive Director
Student Belonging & Inclusion (DMSA) provides leadership in building an inclusive campus community through multicultural programs and services, diversity and multicultural student life experiences for students, and intercultural learning for the entire K-State community. Student Belonging & Inclusion provides support and services through the DMSA Office on the 2nd floor of Anderson, the LGBT Resource Center in Holton Hall, the Dream Zone in the Student Union and at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, east of the Kansas State Student Union.
Multicultural Programs and Services
Mirta Chavez, Executive Director, Student Belonging & Inclusion
Multicultural Programs and Services leads Project IMPACT – a suite of interdisciplinary recruitment, retention, and career placement pipeline programs through Leadership Conferences, College-for-a-Day Institutes, Urban Gardening, MAPS six-week summer bridge program, KOMPASS three-day orientation program, Career development, Corporate Industry tours and Leadership lessons. These programs provide holistic well-being components through Encuentro and BSU Leadership conferences while College-for-a-Day provides prospective students the tools and information to help navigate the university admissions process and connects them with critical on-campus faculty/staff/administrative resource personnel. Urban gardening provides life lessons through gardening – teaches students how to be self-sustainable in urban areas and areas with food desserts, provides Health/Wellness/Nutrition educational lessons, teaches the positive effects of exercise and how these healthy foods provide fuel for energy, and provides intercultural learning in developing and learning about identities and roles in everyday college life experiences, and finally, the benefits of being true to yourself.
Multicultural Programs and Services provides additional counseling, academic support services, college level mentorship as well as $200,000 scholarship funds for multicultural, first-generation, and students in financial need.
Diversity & Multicultural Student Life
Kevin Santos Flores, Director
Diversity & Multicultural Student Life (DMSL) enriches the K-State student experience by promoting a holistic approach to student success and development. We strive to affirm the diverse identities of students through:
- Supporting historically marginalized and underrepresented students and their organizations such as:
- Asian American Student Union (AASU), African Students Union (ASU), Black Student Union (BSU), Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), Native American Student Body (NASB), United Black Voices (UBV) and other cultural & academic interest organizations
- Providing culturally relevant student programming that promotes and celebrates multiculturalism
- Offering opportunities for intercultural student learning & engagement
- Fostering an environment where ALL students have a sense of belonging
Morris Family Multicultural Student Center
The Morris Family Multicultural Student Center (MFMSC) is a space dedicated to developing a welcoming, supportive and inclusive campus culture across the boundaries of culture, identity, and discipline. Celebrating unity in diversity, the MFMSC serves as the home to our multicultural student organizations while fostering opportunities to develop and build community for all Kansas State University students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and members of the Manhattan community. Through culturally responsive departmental and student led activities and programs, individuals from varying backgrounds and identities, have the opportunity to engage in meaningful cross cultural interactions, dialogue and experiences that will broaden their perspectives and contribute to the overall K-State learning experience.
Intercultural Learning and Academic Success
Dr. Debra Bolton, Director
020 Morris Family Multicultural Student Center
Intercultural Learning and Academic Success promotes equitable representation of under-represented and historically excluded student populations in higher education by providing workshops, publications and events with other training opportunities that advance inclusive policies and best practices that address the academic, social, and emotional needs of students. Introduces students, faculty, and staff to the varying ways humans form their identities including race, ethnicity, color, national origin, tribal citizenship, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, or status as a veteran. Intercultural learning and development occurs through assessments, coaching, classroom teaching, and publications.
LGBT Resource Center
Dr. Brandon Haddock, Coordinator
207 Holton Hall
The Center provides support, workshops, scholarships, events, and representation of the LGBTQ campus community to engage in multiple platforms to advance learning around intersectional identities through educational presentations, student supports, and committee representation. The Center provides support to students and their organizations, such as the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), Gender Collective, and STEM at K-State.
Kevin Santos Flores, Director
021 Morris Family Multicultural Student Center
915 Mid-Campus Drive South
The K-State DREAMZone offers support to students with various immigration statuses: undocumented, DACA recipients, asylum-seekers, mixed-family immigration status and others who may seek additional resources to complete their educational goals. In addition, the DREAMZone offers private appointments, a website presence which includes numerous university resources – student financial assistance, counseling and health services. Resources and training are also available to faculty and staff.
Educational Supportive Services Manhattan and Student Support Services Salina
103 Holton Hall
Income limited 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. Both programs are funded through a federal TRIO grant.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Dining Services
Derek Jackson, Associate Vice President for Community, Dir. of Housing and Dining Services
104 Pittman Building
1531 Mid Campus Dr. North
1-888-568-5027 (toll free)
The university requires all incoming Manhattan campus first-year K-State students to live on campus during their first two semesters. 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.
K-State residence halls have a long-standing tradition of providing a living and learning environment that encourages personal growth and academic success. It is for this reason that residence hall living is required for a student’s first year and recommended for a student’s second year at K-State, and that many upper-division students decide to remain in the halls.
In this ideal transition from home to school, students benefit from direct access to helpful staff, dining service, tutoring programs, technical support, 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.
A student can submit a Housing Information Request form in mid-September. This form notifies Housing and Dining Services that this student would like to receive more information about the upcoming contract process. In early December the student will be able to complete the Residence Hall Contract and submit a contract payment which includes a $30 non-refundable processing fee and a $200 initial contract payment. The cost of the contract is determined annually, and following an initial payment, the remaining balance due will be billed to the student’s KSIS account.
Jardine apartments provides on-campus apartment living for students who are upper division, 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.
Housing and Dining Services begins accepting applications for Jardine apartments in mid-September. The student will indicate on the application the preferred apartment types and whether roommate(s) or family members will also reside in the apartment and submit the $30 non-refundable processing fee.
Apartment selections for the fall semester typically begin the first week of March. Applicants will be notified by email prior to March when their specific apartment selection time will begin. Applicants can log in to the Resident Portal and view all of the currently available apartments and select the apartment of their choice.
To secure the apartment, the student must complete the Jardine Agreement and submit a $400 deposit payment.
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, service, friendship and equity — the five 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 front desk 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 complete the Residence Hall Contract. On the contract the student can indicate their interest in living in Smurthwaite and complete the Smurthwaite Interest form available in the contract confirmation email. Students invited to live in Smurthwaite will complete a contract addendum prior to move in.
Honors House is a coeducational community for members of the University Honors Program. It houses 46 students in a 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.
Those who wish to live in the Honors House complete the Residence Hall Contract. On the contract the student can indicate their interest in living in the Honors House and complete the Honors House Interest form available in the contract confirmation email. Students must also apply and be accepted in the University Honors Program in order to be eligible to live in the Honors House.
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 interest take classes, live, eat and study together in the residence halls. 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 Residence Hall 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)
Dr. Sara Thurston, Director
104 International Student Center
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 serves 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)
Corey Williamson, Executive Director
K-State Student Union
Director’s Office, 2nd Floor
Union Mission Statement: The K-State Student Union
To serve all, especially students, with facilities that provide services, programs, leadership experiences and educational opportunities which foster a sense of well-being and belonging in an inclusive community.
Since opening its doors in 1956, the Union has been the host to the campus and the community. The Union plays an integral role in the educational mission of the university and its diverse programs and services are supported by student fees and generated revenue. The Union is the exciting hub of campus life and provides a gathering place and a common ground for students, faculty, staff, alumni, university departments and the greater Manhattan area. All revenues generated at the Union assist in funding programs, opportunities and services for the campus community.
BOOK A SPACE
No matter what type of event you are planning – from a small executive retreat to a large annual convention to a storybook wedding reception – the Union has a perfect space for you With approved caterers, cutting-edge technology and a variety of event spaces, we can accommodate any and all types of professional and personal events. Rooms are offered at a discount to students, faculty, staff and registered student organizations.
FOOD AND FUN
Foodies and students alike will be able to enjoy a diverse mix of delicious cuisines ranging from burgers and barbecue to salads and wraps. With national chains like Subway, Chick-fil-A and Panda Express as well as local favorites such as Radina’s Coffeehouse and Call Hall ice cream, find what you crave at the Union’s many restaurants and cafes. The Wildcat Value Meal program highlights a $7 specialty meal at a variety of Union restaurants.
The Union proudly participates in the Dining Dollars program, a flexible dining option for students, faculty and staff. Dining Dollars can be purchased as a standalone plan or as an optional add-on to a meal plan, adding additional options to the on-campus dining experience.
Known for its original chicken sandwich and waffle fries, Chick-fil-A’s menu of fresh, handcrafted food includes breakfast and lunch/dinner options.
Fast Track is the quick and flavorful option for campus patrons. Offering a variety of classic American foods, including K-State’s own Weber Hall beef burgers, brick oven fired pizza along with BBQ smoked in-house daily and freshly made salads.
Located on the lower level of the Union, Hunt Brothers® Pizza brings America’s #1 made-to-order and by-the-slice pizza to campus and offers 10 toppings to choose from for no extra charge. That’s 1,024 topping combinations at one price!
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
Pretzelmaker has been rolling out fresh-baked and handcrafted pretzels-with a twist! Pretzel Bites and Mini Pretzel Dogs are part of the Pretzlemaker innovative lineup.
Satisfy your cravings with tasty Mexican food like our burritos, 3-cheese nachos, and more! At QDOBA, our food philosophy lies in crafting thoughtful flavor combinations that will satisfy your biggest cravings and leave you counting down the days until you’re back for more.
- Radina’s Coffeehouse and Roastery
Radina’s Coffeehouse & Roastery is dedicated to providing fresh, handcrafted coffee roasted to its peak flavor. With four locations on the K-State campus, Radina’s serves high-quality and individually unique coffees from around the world. Known for its in-house, specialty roasted drinks, Radina’s has many options to satisfy the choosiest coffee connosisseur.
Subway is your go-to spot for a menu of fresh, nutritious sandwiches in a casual atmosphere. Subway also offers a variety of options for all of your group gatherings, including party platters, party subs and bag lunches.
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 .
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 with additional 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, the Union has the fix.
Wabash Cannon Bowl, 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 Wabash Cannon Bowl is the place to be. The center is equipped with 16 bowling lanes, 5 billiard tables, two air hockey tables, a video arcade, and a reservable party room. Student bowling leagues are always very popular and billiard leagues are also available. The recreation center is also available for group gatherings.
Esports has found a home in the Union. Located in the Union Bowling Center, the arena is outfitted with 25 Cyberpower PCs and two Nintendo Switches with more to come. Esports is open seven days per week. The K-State Esports Club is a student organization dedicated to fostering a community of individuals passionate about playing video games at all levels. The club is welcoming those who play competitive game as well as student interested in other events and activities.
SHOPPING AND SERVICES
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.k-state.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, the complete line of Apple iPads, and a large selection of Apple accessories. The Cat Tech Service Center is certified to repair Apple and Dell products. Online shopping is offered 24/7 at kstatecampusstore.com. Stop by the 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 email@example.com.
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 more than 150 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 Instagram and Twitter.
The Union is also the home of many student offices: the Student Governing Association (SGA), the Center for Student Involvement (CSI), Fraternity and Sorority Life Office (FSL), Military Affiliated Resource Center (MARC), Union Program Council (UPC), Union Governing Board (UGB), Union Ambassadors, and the campus radio station, Wildcat 91.9.
Lafene Health Center
Windy Nicholson, Executive Director, Student Health and Well-being Services
1105 Sunset Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-3761
The Lafene Health Center is an outpatient health care facility designed to meet the healthcare needs of Kansas State University students and the campus community. The health center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Enrolled students who have paid their student services fee are eligible for care. Non-student spouses, university conference participants, and other campus visitors may receive care with prior approval of Lafene Health Center administration. Non-student patients will be required to pay non-student rates for services received.
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, gender care, allergies and immunizations, dermatology, as well as a clinic for general care. Also included are services in health and well-being education, nutrition, and physical therapy. The services of a pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray are also available at reduced rates for eligible students.
The Center is staffed by health care professionals and support personnel in various areas. When necessary, students may be referred to external specialists for care at their own expense.
Since Lafene is an outpatient multi-specialty clinic with limited operating hours, students who are ill or injured may call Lafene’s after-hours triage service. Clinically trained triage staff will help the student determine how to address their condition, including being referred to emergency services based on the severity of the condition. Referrals to emergency services may result in charges from the outside services. Lafene does not make home visits.
It is strongly recommended that all students at K-State carry health insurance, either through a parents’ plan at home or an employer’s health plan or through student health insurance plans available from the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR). It is required for International Students to carry health insurance specifically designed for International Students. The KBOR student insurance plan covers most services provided at Lafene Health Center and covers a wide variety of healthcare services outside of Kansas State University. The KBOR webpage can provide up to date details about the insurance plans offered to Kansas State University students.
Lafene Health Center’s MyLafene Patient Portal
While not required, it may be helpful for incoming K-State students to visit the Lafene Health Center webpage and check out the MyLafene patient portal. The portal allows students to make appointments, upload information to meet State of Kansas and University requirements, and communicate with Lafene providers. Lafene’s webpage contains a wealth of information that can assist students with their health and well-being needs during their time at K-State.
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.
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 screened and potentially tested for tuberculosis prior to enrolling at K-State. Screening and testing can be completed through Lafene Health Center or another healthcare provider outside of Kansas State University. Proof of testing and the results are required if not completed at Lafene Health Center.
Incoming Students Residing in University-owned Housing
Kansas Statute and the State of Kansas Board of Regents policy 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 by appointment at Lafene Health Center or the student’s private physician. Meningococcal Vaccine Documentation Forms are available through the Lafene Health Center website and by using the MyLafene patient portal.
McNair Scholars Program
101 Holton Hall
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 income-limited 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. The McNair Scholars Program is funded through a federal TRIO grant.
Chris Bowman, Director
Inside Lafene Health Center
1105 Sunset Ave
The Morrison Family Center for Student Well-being is part of the Lafene Health Center and the Division of Student Life. Through the use of evidence-based programs and best practices, we develop campus programs to inspire our communities in health promotion and well-being for people, place, and planet. Our goal is to embed well-being throughout our campus community so our students can be WellCats for life.
New Student Services
Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
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
Andy Thompson, Director
Military Affiliated Resource Center
2nd Floor Student Union
Non-Traditional Student Services
Office of Student Life
201 Holton Hall
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
- 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 Support
The Off-Campus Housing Support is located at the Office of Student Life, 201 Holton Hall, 785-532-6432. The coordinator of off-campus housing support students resolve issues or answers questions regarding landlord problems or rental contracts. Students can also find information about rental units, with information on cost, size, restrictions, etc., and other housing options.
Fraternity and Sorority Life at K-State
Dee Hawks, Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life
004 K-State Student Union
K-State is home to more than 3,500 fraternity and sorority members. The fraternity and sorority community consists of 34 chaptersmany of whom own and control their own residential facility. The average Panhellenic sorority size is 112, and the average IFC fraternity size is 68.
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 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 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 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
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.
Student Support & Accountability
Andy Thompson, Senior Associate Dean & Director
Allison Coleman, Assistant Dean and Director of Conduct
Laurel Moody, Assistant Dean
Janelle Rieger, Interim Assistant Dean
201 Holton Hall
The mission of the Student Support & Accountability Office is to enhance the K-State student experience and promote student success in the classroom and in life. The Office of Student Support & Accountability helps when problems arise, working with students and with other campus services to find the most appropriate and effective solutions. The Office of Student Support & Accountability also serves as one of the approved offices for students to receive excused absences through the approve policy. The Office of Student Support & Accountability is also a resource for parents who may have concerns or questions. The Office of Student Support & Accountability administers the judicial programs for non-academic misconduct and works closely with the student judicial system.
Jodi Kaus, Director
302 K-State Student Union, Third Floor
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.
Clint Hafliger, Director
Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex
1831 Olympic Drive
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, 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
- pickleball courts
Outdoor Recreation Area
- lighted 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
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
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
programming designed to promote health and wellness
- group fitness sessions offering a wide variety of formats such as cardio, yoga, and cycling
- personal trainers providing fitness assessments, and exercise program planning
- educational outreach presentations/workshops
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 providing activities 30-40 feet in the air
Positions for sports officials, building supervisors, weight room supervisors, climbing wall instructors, 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
202 Holton Hall
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.
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.
Center for Student Involvement
Sara Heiman, Interim Executive Director
Center for Student Involvement
K-State Student Union
The Center for Student Involvement helps students identify campus activities and avenues of campus and community involvement. The office houses the Student Governing Association, student organization leadership development, and OrgCentral. The office also assists individuals and groups who wish to organize and register their organization on the K-State campus and maintains the OrgCentral website for student organizations and K-State. The department also supports the SafeRide program operated by Lyft® and coordinates the campus-wide Week of Welcome efforts each fall and spring semester.
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 Center for Student Involvement. 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.
OrgCentral is K-State’s online student organization management and student engagement platform. Students can explore upcoming events, engage in student organizations, and connect with other students using the platform. All registered student organizations have a group page in the system to manage their organizational operations. All currently enrolled students and university employees have an account created automatically and can use their eID and password by clicking the “school login” button on the site.
SafeRide operated by Lyft provides all students on the Manhattan campus free or discounted late-night rides within the city limits during the eligible windows utilizing the Lyft app. SafeRide is a program funded by students for students through the Student Services Fee as a program that meets immediate student needs and safety concerns.
Week of Welcome
The first week(s) of the fall and spring semester are full of anticipation for new and returning students. Week of Welcome establishes a series of events aimed at orienting students to the university, connecting students with their peers, and showcasing the unique campus experience offered by various university departments.
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; diversity, equity, and inclusion; 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.