Welcome to Kansas State University, or welcome back if you are a returning student. We’re happy to have each of you here as a member of the K-State family at the nation’s first operational land-grant university.
I can’t possibly tell you everything it takes to be successful at K-State. Each of you is different, and your paths will be different. What I can tell you is that if you put real effort into learning in your classes, further identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and continuing to better understand and work with other people, you will leave this university as prepared as you possibly can be for your next steps in life.
I encourage you to value this opportunity for higher education. Go to class, study hard and take advantage of your college experience in every way you can. Explore the many opportunities to get involved, participate and make a difference in meaningful ways. Also, have fun and enjoy these unforgettable years. Fun and a sense of humor are essential. Things can get stressful, and laughter often breaks the tension of hard work.
Equally as important is developing your integrity. While enjoying yourself and making the most of your time here, remember that as a student of Kansas State University you are a part of something much bigger than yourself. Please look out for one another, and don’t hesitate to help your fellow students.
Please also don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way. K-State offers many levels of support. Faculty and staff are here to not only to help you succeed academically, but with the many other aspects of your K-State experience as well. Never feel alone as your K-State family is here to help.
You also should feel proud. While many of you were away from campus this summer, your university was busy drawing the attention of several national publications, including the Princeton Review. Based on student input, K-State ranks first nationally in town-gown relations for its close relationship with the Manhattan community; in the top five for quality of life, athletics facilities and students who pack their stadiums; and the top 10 for happiest students, health services, students who love their colleges, best-run colleges and intramural sports participation. Our career services and residence halls also rate highly — among the top 20 in the nation. And the Wall Street Journal says critical thinking skills of K-State students rate among the nation’s best. You could not have chosen a better place to attend college!
Have a great fall semester, and please know we are truly proud to have you as members of the Wildcat family.
President Richard Myers