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Big day for celebrations with K-State Open House

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 2:50 PM by Michael Goens

The Wildcat Express gathered a full head of steam during spring break. And it’s headed down the tracks toward a big April celebration and immense enjoyment in the land of Manhappiness. If you’re visiting, and especially if you have an admitted KSU student, you’re attuned to all things involving Kansas State University. That makes April 7 the place to be in Manhattan for annual university Open House. Events everywhere. Activities galore. A Wabash-blasting good time where the Wildcat Way is on full display.

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20,000 strong
First of all, this Open House celebration is huge. B-i-g T-i-m-e. Attendance at the daylong event reaches 20,000, which is about how many people come to the annual spring game at Snyder Stadium. Yeah, it’s big! If your student is approaching the college experience and has checked out schools, K-State reps are available to answer any questions about the university and student life. Reps can also get high school students assigned to upcoming special events like remaining Junior Days events.

"Open House is a great way for prospective students, community members and current students to learn about the opportunities that Kansas State has to offer,” said Lane Nichols, co-coordinator of this year’s event. “Representatives will be available to address specific questions pertaining to our various degree programs and majors. In addition, kids will enjoy many academic-driven exhibits and activities happening across campus!”

Open houses are nearly a century-long, purple party on campus in Manhattan. This is the 50th such campus-wide celebration at K-State. Those academic exhibits – among more than 250 majors plus 475 clubs -- are great for children and older students to investigate, with live entertainment in Bosco Student Plaza and the quad area behind Hale Library.

Truly, something for all!

  • Bluemont bouncing: Bounce house for youthful Cat fanatics
  • Rathbone rowdies: Children’s displays around engineering complex
  • Hear your Call-ing: Get your sweet treats and scoop of purple pride (Call Hall)
  • Ubiquitous Willie: Purr it up with K-State’s coolest cat of all, Willie
  • Climb up a wall: Find a K-State ID-holder and challenge rec center rock wall

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Wabash Away

The Pride of Wildcat Land is held in high esteem on campus and around Manhattan. With good reason. These students are a hard-working bunch, and they’ll be all around campus during Open House. Wabash away as the KSU Marching Band and Drumline perform at 2:30 p.m., Bosco Plaza. Kick up your boots for a great time when the band is preceded by the Swingin’ Spurs, K-State’s swing dancing club.


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Strap on the feed bag

Make a whole day of it on the Kansas State University campus. Follow your nose to delicious aromas that waft from Shellenberger Hall with home-baked goodies from K-State’s world-famous grain science program. Don’t miss breakfast at Seaton Hall, and B-B-Q that’s mmm-mmm-good in Bosco Plaza!

Save room for Call Hall ice cream, and dinner at Manhattan’s amazing dining spots and unique venues. Visit residence halls, dining centers and leave time to make your way around Manhattan with our many attractions. The BatCats are at Tointon Family Stadium for the second home conference baseball series. The Wildcats play host to Oklahoma State (6:30 Friday night, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday).

Twenty thousand strong, and a 50-year tradition. Sounds like K-State has built a good thing! Your adventure starts April 7 in Manhattan!

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