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K-State First. The university’s first-year experience program Built on the philosophy that “ A great college experience starts with a great first year ”. Key Components. First-Year Seminars (83, with ~1,650 seats ) Learning Communities (25, with ~500 seats )

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k state first
K-State First
  • The university’s first-year experience program
  • Built on the philosophy that “A great college experience starts with a great first year”
key components
Key Components
  • First-Year Seminars (83, with ~1,650 seats)
  • Learning Communities (25, with ~500 seats)
  • KSBN: K-State Book Network
  • GPS: Guide to Personal Success
  • Also: advocacy for first-year students, campus-wide connections, assessment, and more
fys course characteristics
FYSCourse Characteristics
  • 22 or fewer students, all first years
  • Common outcomes: communication, critical thinking, application of learning, and community building
  • Benefits: small class sizes, ample opportunities to interact with teachers and other students, excellent teachers, active learning co-curricular events
fys course listing
FYS Course Listing

For Fall 2014: 60 sections

  • A variety of offerings in the arts & humanities, the social sciences, and natural sciences. Something for everyone!
  • Some great courses to consider:
    • MLANG 280 War & the Holocaust in 20th C Lit
    • ENVD 210 Art, Architecture, & Culture of India
    • HMD 120 Survey of the Hospitality Industry
    • ENTOM 301 Insects and People
how to enroll in a fys
How to Enroll in a FYS
  • Seats will become available gradually throughout June Orientation and Enrollment.
  • Please enroll students in any available spot.
  • If you’d really like to enroll a student in a section that appears closed for that day, please contact Greg.
  • Contact us: email kstatefirst@k-state.edu or call Greg at 785-320-1221 or at 532-7803 (June O&E only).
cat communities
CAT Communities
  • Learning communities of 22 first-year students
  • Built around a common student interest
  • The cohort take together two regular courses plus a one-hour CAT (Connecting Across Topics) Class
  • Each learning community has an undergraduate Learning Assistant to assist the instructor
cat communities for 2014
CAT Communities for 2014

For Fall 2014: 25 CAT Communities

  • A variety of learning communities
  • Most are focused on gen ed course connections
  • But some emphasize …
    • Pre-professional interests and goals
    • An added residence life experience (with a year-long peer mentor!)
    • A once-in-a-lifetime study abroad opportunity (with scholarships available!)
how to enroll in a cat community
How to Enroll in a CAT Community
  • Students may already be enrolled before orientation, if they have signed up early.
  • When meeting with a student who is interested but not yet signed up, make sure the courses fit the student’s schedule and contact Greg.
  • Best bet during June Orientation & Enrollment: email kstatefirst@k-state.edu or call Greg at 785-320-1221.
  • You may also call 532-7803 or send the student to our K-State First center in the Union Stateroom.
  • K-State Book Network
  • University-wide common reading program
  • All first-year students will read the book
  • Whole campus community will be invited to read the book and join the network
  • Benefits of a common reading program
ksbn s 2014 book
KSBN’s 2014 Book

The Ghost Map

The Ghost Map is a riveting historical illustration of the intertwined histories of cholera, cities, and modern scientific inquiry. Yet the ideas and lessons in The Ghost Map are not simply about the nineteenth-century but also about our own contemporary problems from urban sprawl to bioterrorism and much more.

ksbn books events
KSBN: Books & Events
  • First-year students will get their copies at orientation
  • Copies will be also be available for purchase at the K-State Union Bookstore, for borrowing through Hale and the Sigma Tau Delta lending library
  • Watch for the events & discussions in the fall
  • Already scheduled: An evening with author Steven Johnson (Sept 11), a campus-wide game, a faculty lecture series, and much more
  • Please talk with students about the book and encourage them to join the discussions and events
reminders thank you
Reminders & thank you!
  • Check the website www.k-state.edu/first for up-to-date information and course listings
  • Please recommend the FYS courses and CAT Communities to your first-year advisees
  • Please enroll each student in only one FYS or CAT Community
  • If you have questions, problems, or unique circumstances, please call Greg (785-320-1221) anytime. We want to help.