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Kansas State University


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Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The people are the best thing! Everyone is so nice and friendly, making friends is easy. I feel the size is just right, not t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The people are the best thing! Everyone is so nice and friendly, making friends is easy. I feel the size is just right, not too many but enough so there's new people to meet everyday! People respond very positively when I say I go to K-State, it is impressive. I spend a lot of time in the library studying, there's tons of great space for quiet studying, or in the dorms. Manhattan is the best college town a person could ask for. Almost everything is centered around the college life, including aggieville! K-State has the best fans so there's tons of school pride. The parking lots are kind of a pain, those could definitely be improved, be prepared to walk a few blocks to get to your car.

Describe the students at your school.

There are many different ethnicities on campus, with many opportunities for interaction. However, many students tend to stick with their own backgrounds. In the dining room, you'll see a table of Chinese, a table of African-Americans, a table of whites, and a table with a mix. Most K-State students are from central U.S., MANY are from Johnson County.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No! People from all over the U.S. and world attend K-State. There are tons of different majors to choose from.

What are the academics like at your school?

I've had a class with as many as 500 students once but most of my class sizes are between 12 and 30 people. Professors make an effort to know your name, but when you get above 100 students, it's kinda impossible. My favorite class I've taken at K-State was Cultural Anthropology, the professor was so interesting and we did a lot of fun things, I really learned a lot. My least favorite was definitely Biology, that class is super hard and K-State is known for that. Students should study as often as they feel neccessary to retain information for their classes. The important thing is to stay on top of assignments and don't let yourself fall behind. Class participation is not really a favorite, many students would rather just sit and listen. No one wants to be the first to speak up. I feel K-State is competitive which is good, we push each other to be the best we can. I'm in the college of education and K-State definitely strives to make sure everyone is ready for the classroom, so they do a great job of preparing teachers.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Just a bunch of farmers attend K-State. Everyone's major is agriculture.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are hundreds of groups to get involved in on campus. The most popular Christian organization is Navigators, it's a great way to meet people and grow in your faith. Hundreds of students attend. I'm also involved in National Residence Hall Honorary, Kappa Delta Pi (not a sorority, it's a honor society in the college of education), and Kansas National Education Association. Athletic events are HUGE at K-State, you definitely want to buy football and basketball tickets in order not to miss out! I met my closest friends through my roommate my freshman year, (I went potluck and it turned out great!) and then through my classes and other organizations, and the dorms. The greek scene is kinda overrated, you'll do just fine if you don't join! There's still plenty of people to meet and other things to get involved in. I like having my own space and not being cramped in a house full of people.

Christian
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the good things about K-State is that it is very much in a college town. Pretty much all of Manhattan breathes K-Stat...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the good things about K-State is that it is very much in a college town. Pretty much all of Manhattan breathes K-State. You can see the Powercat everywhere, and Willie the Wildcat is a local hero. On gamedays (football AND basketball), the town is swarming with purple, both from students and from fans no longer in college. The population of Manhattan decreases substantially over the summer. Manhattan is the Summer is a completely different town than Manhattan during the school year. Being a college town, there are alot of places near campus (oh, and the campus is absolutely gorgeous!) that cater to students and college life, such as multiple coffee shops. There are two local coffee shops that I visit quite frequently in Aggieville, the 6 or 7 block area that contains most of the bars, many very good restaurants and eateries, and a couple bookstores. Though Aggieville is a popular place, it's not the only place in Manhattan that is geared toward students. All around campus and on campus there are places to hang out, resources for work and play, places to get away from it all. All in all, Manhattan and K-State is a pretty sweet place to be.

Describe the students at your school.

K-State is a very diverse community, containing almost any religious group you could imagine, many many social groups, politically oriented groups, athletic clubs and teams, and if there is something that you want that doesn't exist, there are provisions that allow you to start something new. I personally was a part a Campus Christian Ministry called the Navigators. It is in this group that I met one of my best friends, and many other very very good friends. Getting involved in a Christian ministry or a Christian group of some sort is, in my opinion, the best thing anyone could do to help their college career. Christian groups are very good as providing a support network, a social network, and giving a life imersed in the day to day life of college a worth and purpose that transcends the things and purposes of this world. I would strongly recommend it.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

K-State is pretty much the best university ever (better by far than KU).

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

All stereotypes are generalizations. Every stereotype stems from some aspect of truth, and though not everyone falls completely under any one stereotype everyone shares some commonalities with one stereotype of another. So, are they accurate? No. But they are worth paying attention to.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academic life at K-State is as varied as it's students... literally. Every student has a different academic viewpoint. Some are very scholastic and study all the time, some go to class only because they'll fail if they don't. Some people don't go to class in spite of the threat of failure. Some people study when it's needed. Some people have a good balance between school and social life, and some unbalanced toward one side of the other. Really, the resources and opportunities exist to lead whatever academic life you want. It's college... do what you want, but live with the consequences and learn from your mistakes. That's what it's all about!

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social life is what you make it. Get involved.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Basically, the main stereotypes come from either the different majors, or the Greek system. Stereotypes exist for Every major. I was an art major. The stereotype for an art major was that of, well, a hippie type person. Trying not to "fit in" and so doing fitting into their stereo type. There is a stereotype for Engeneering majors, a stereotype for computer science majors, a stereotype for kinesiology and athletic training majors, a stereo type for English majors, a stereotype for philosophy majors, a stereotype for Architecture majors, etc. Though these are stereotypes (generalizations), all stereotypes stem from some element of truth. Paying attention to these stereotypes, while not giving an accurate picture, will key you into some aspect of what life in that major may be like or involve. Stereo types involving the Greek system really only fall into two major categories: The "sorority girl" and "frat boy". Both of these are considered negative stereotypes by many (Greek and non-greek alike). The stereotype of the "sorority girl" is that of a shallow, self-obsessed, very superficial personality focussed on looking "cute" first, pleasing others and maintaining their reputation second, and school third. There or more severe stereotypes linked with specific sororities that will remain unnamed that include the discription of "easy" or as the term "sorostitute" implies, sleeping with anyone who shows interest. The "frat boy" stereotype is that of a pretty-boy or a heavy partier. This reputation is well earned, as in most Fraternities you will find an ample supply of alcohol and empty alcohol containers fashioned into useful things such as the beer-can-couch, or the beer-can-Christmas tree, or the far less useful, beer-can-statue. As with soroties, there are a few Fraternities that have earned the reputation of being full of womanizers or predators. As is the case with sororities, there are several houses that break these molds and carry a very good reputation. That's pretty much it for the main stereotypes at K-State.

Justin
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Kansas State is awesome for a few reasons. First, I love the big but small town atmosphere. With so many people who come fr...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Kansas State is awesome for a few reasons. First, I love the big but small town atmosphere. With so many people who come from big cities surrounded by a bunch of people who are from smaller towns makes for an amazing mix of different viewpoints. Around campus most of my time is spend obviously in classes but if not in class the library the rec or the union. School pride is huge and there are very large crowds for both football and basketball. That is another one of my favorite things about K-state is tailgating and football season. The faculty and staff will ALL go out of their way to make sure to know your name in the majority of classes and they are always willing to help outside of class.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is nice, there arent a lot of racial problems. You can come to class in a suit or pajamas and still be treated the same way.

What are the academics like at your school?

Nearly every one of my professors knows my name and that is a very reassuring thing. I love all my political science classes because they are obviously what interest me. I think everyone should take Human Sexuality because it is very informative and an easy A that keeps you interested everyday.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

All farmers or agriculture people All Republicans and/or conservatively driven

Krista
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about K-State is the people, both students and faculty. Everyone goes above and beyond to help each other out ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about K-State is the people, both students and faculty. Everyone goes above and beyond to help each other out in any way possible. Pat Bosco, our Dean of Student Life, somehow knows everyone and not only recognizes faces but can remember almost all the students' names. The school itself is a great size. You see enough familiar faces for comfort, but if you want to stay away from certain people its pretty easy. While on campus I spend most of my time in Eisenhower (the mostly English building) as well as the Student Union. There is so much to do in the union including: bowling, an apple store, bank, lots of food places, and Cat's Den (a convenience store). If you have extra time between classes, its a great place to go. The students have the most amazing pride and support for our school, but manage to do it without any of the arrogance. The general reaction I get from people is a good one when I tell them I go to K-State and they always make a comment about Aggieville. Calling Manhattan a college town is a huge understatement. The town has about 50,000 people here and 25,000+ are students. There is always something to do and somewhere to hang out. If you were to hear a complaint about anything here it would probably be parking and the fact that the roads around the university love to flood. If there is any type of strong precipitation then its going to get pretty ugly. They just started to build a parking garage on campus and until that is up there is virtually no parking.

Describe the students at your school.

The student body is mostly accepting and laid back. No one tries to push their beliefs on anyone else. Minorities and exchange students are completely accepted by almost everyone. The beliefs that conflict are kept mostly to themselves. Most of the students wear jeans and a t-shirt or sweats to class. There is the occasional group of sorority girls or fraternity boys dressed up, but the attire is mostly relaxed and comfort based.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Probably the one thing I would want to tell anyone who is considering K-State is to not let anyone else's opinions change your mind. The school is an amazing place to learn and make the friends of a lifetime, but the best way to find that out is to see for yourself. Come visit as early as you can and make an effort to talk to people about any questions or concerns you have.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There are a fair amount of people from the country, but no more than you would find at any other school. Football is huge, but basketball is becoming a big thing as well.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professors here are amazing. Although most of the Intro. classes are pretty large if you make an effort to talk to and get to know the professor, they will do the same. Most of the upper level and major specific classes are at most 35 people. This way you can get to know everyone in the class and your teacher on a more personal level. When you walk around Manhattan you constantly hear people talking about classes and the new things they've learned that day. The best classes I've taken are probably the ones that challenge me the most. I recently took Social Problems and it was fantastic. There are so many theories and people to learn about that something new is constantly coming up. K-State is a great school when it comes to preparing you for future jobs, but some of the classes are designed purely to provoke thought and growth of knowledge. If there is any advice I could give to someone its just this... GO TO CLASS! I know everyone says the same thing and from personal experience, classes are much easier if you've been to them.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

When it comes to the dorms, most people are extremely open to others. Most doors are usually open and everyone is super friendly. Most of my closest friends are people I have met through random chance. If I'm awake at 2am on a Tuesday, its nothing abnormal for me. Usually I will be watching TV, hanging out with my roommates, or doing homework that I've put off or forgotten about. Athletic events are SUPER popular. Everyone loves to spend time with their friends at games and tailgating... along with sporting events comes Homecoming week. The greek community and the dorms have a huge week of competitions. There is Wildcat Request Live (WRL), Pant the Chant, Paint the ville, and the huge parade. The whole week is caped off with our Homecoming Football game. There is always a party to go to if you want to, but if you don't feel like drinking there is plenty to keep you busy as well. You can go to a movie, bowl, sing karaoke... almost anything you want to do.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we're all hicks and listen to only country music. Football is the only important sport and we don't care about basketball.

Leah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although K-State is a very large school and it is impossible to know everyone on campus, it feels like a small school. Many ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although K-State is a very large school and it is impossible to know everyone on campus, it feels like a small school. Many of the students here are from small-town Kansas, which breeds a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Commonly, when I tell people that I go to K-State, they automatically say, "Don't you mean 'Aggieville'?" Aggieville, Manhattan's bar district, is a common destination for many K-Staters during the weekend (or during the week!). It's definitely usually packed on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, and it definitely gets rowdy at times (for example, we have "Fake St. Patty's Day" a week early to make sure students can celebrate St. Patty's Day-style before they leave for spring break). But there are many other things to do in Manhattan if you're not into the bar scene. The Student Union offers $1 movies, bowling, and games rather often, there are always great athletic competitions to attend, prestigious lectures, city parks to relax in, a couple of lakes within a 10-minute drive, etc.

Describe the students at your school.

K-State, despite some typical and unfortunate stereotypes, is a fairly diverse school. There are many clubs and organizations designed specifically to make all students feel comfortable. The student body is very laid-back; you'll rarely see a student wear something other than jeans or even sweatpants to class, unless they have an important interview or meeting later that day. This goes back to the fact that a great deal of K-Staters are from the midwest, often small-town, middle-class backgrounds. As a result, many of the students do seem to have predominantly right wing political tendencies, but this certainly varies across campus.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No. K-State has a variety of faculty and students from all political and ethnic backgrounds and offers support in the form of extracurricular clubs and activities to ensure that everyone can find their own niche and feel comfortable. Also, the college of agriculture is, in fact, a large and esteemed presence on campus; however, K-State offers many other majors. A large number of K-Staters pursuing business degrees, for example.

What are the academics like at your school?

I have a lot of experience in both small discussion-type classes as well as large lecture halls. I find that unless you repeatedly introduce yourself (we're talking at least on a weekly basis) to the professors in the huge lectures, they're probably not going to know the difference between you and the other 400 students there. In the small classes of 20-25 students, though, I've always had great experiences with the professors. They get to know you on a first name basis, are willing to help you in their classes and in your extracurricular endeavors. These classes are the ones that students tend to put a lot more effort into.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some stereotypes that I hear often include that a majority of K-Staters have conservative political tendencies, that K-Staters are all pursuing agricultural degrees, and that K-State is not a very diverse school.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek life is very popular on campus, though I am not involved with it and do not feel any outside pressure because of it. Another popular outlet are clubs related to major. K-State definitely does a great job finding ways for students with similar majors to get together and discuss career and class-related issues. And again, Aggieville is a popular fixture. Many students flock downtown to the bars on the weekends, hanging out casually with old friends, or possibly on a mission to find news friends and dating prospects.

Allison
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about K-state is it's community feeling and it's endless ways to get involved in many different organizations ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about K-state is it's community feeling and it's endless ways to get involved in many different organizations and clubs. Our campus is neither to big or to small, it is somewhat large, but again, gives you that community feeling of a close net campus. I personally spend alot of my time in Hale library on campus, it offers many great resources and is a great place for quite studying. I believe that Manhattan is definatly a college town, everywhere you look there are powercats and purple. K-state also shows that same pride right on campus. We have a great turnout for sporting events and other events on campus and everyone takes pride in being a wildcat. One experiance I will always remember is the Texas game last year, where we beat them and rushed the field. It was a really great memory to have and be apart of. A frequent student complaint is parking on campus, but hopefully the parking garage will help with that issue.

Describe the students at your school.

I do not have much experiance with certain groups on campus, but i believe that the racial, religious, LGBT, socio-economic, etc groups, are all helping to unite our campus and promote diversity. I do not believe that any student should feel out of place on campus. There are plenty of groups and organizations to accomidate each and every student so that they feel involved and engaged with K-state life and campus. Most students wear t-shirts and sweat pants or t-shirts and jeans to class, given the time of day or the tempature that day. Many different types of student interact on campus here at K-state. Most K-state student are from Kansas either in a rural area or a city. I am not sure what financial background is most prevalent. I believe that many students are politically aware and active and do care about the politics of this country. Kansas has always been known to be more republican, However, I believe that K-state may also fit in that category, I also again believe that we have a very diverse population here at K-state that could believe differently. Some students do talk about what they wish to earn one day/ will earn one day, but that depends on the person.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not at all, we have a very big varity of majors avaliable here at K-state.

What are the academics like at your school?

Some professors know my name, but it is usually in my smaller more intimate classes. Large lecture classes of 150+ are extremely hard to know names. My favorite class this semester is microeconomics, but because of the course itself, but because of the professor. He is very crazy and makes class really enjoyable. How often students study is really up to the student themselves and how their course load is. Some study every night for 4-6 hours, others for 4-6 hours per week. Class participation again goes with the class size. It's harder to get 250 people to all participate in something together all at once. I believe that K-state students are intellectual inside and outside of the class room and in every day life. K-staters are competitive, but in a good way. They always strive to do their best and have as much sucess as possible. The most unique class I have taken is Leadership development. It was a class that did not act like other classes with just lectures and homework all the time, it allowed you to voice your opinon and participate at a higher level. My major is business management/administration. I am new to the major but so far I am really enjoying it and am looking forward to the classes that are ahead. I do spend time with professors out side of class by attending office hours when I need help or assistance on any given homework. paper, or other assignment. I believe that K-state education is geared both for learning and for the work force. They teach you so that you grow and learn, but they also help you towards your ultimate goal of what you want to do outside of K-state.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Intermurals is popular to participate in on campus. Greek life houses a large amount of K-state students with-in their organizations. There are also many, many clubs that students are involved in, if it be with the residence halls, their major in particular, or special interest clubs. I am involved with the organization Association of Residence Halls, or ARH, where I act as president. We help with events, policies and other such things concerning the residence halls and their students. Many student in the residence halls leave their doors open, its a way of welcoming others in to talk, ask questions or just stop by. Athletic events are very popular on campus, a large amount of students attend such things as basketball games, football games, volleyball games, and so on. Guest speakers are also popular, but sometimes it depends on who is speaking. Theater is another even that is depends on the show for how much of a turn out it recieves, but I have attended many sold out showings here at K-state. I met some of my closest friends first in the residence halls by living down the hall from them or living in the same room as them. Also I ahve met many friends through my sorority Alpha Xi Delta. If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday, I am probably studying or cramming for a test that I have soon. The amount people party at K-state is based on the individual person. Some like to go out many times in the week/weekend, others only once, and others not at all. I personaly believe that sororities and fraternities are a great way to meet many other people and be involved on campus and with other organizations. Last weekend, I mostly hung out with friends and finished any homeowkr I had to be done! If you do not drink there are still many things to do on a saturday night. One option that comes to mind is that the Student Union offers a movie on some Saturday nights for a small price that you can go see, you can also go out to eat, go to the rec, the list goes on and on. In my time off campus, I see friends, go out, go to the lake when its warm, shop, etc.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That we are all Ag students or engineers

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