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Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus
2310 Centennial Rd.
101 Welcome Center
Salina, KS 67401


Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day

High school seniors are invited to experience life as a Polytechnic Wildcat as part of the Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day Overnight Experience Program! Immerse yourself in the K-State Polytechnic culture and learn what it’s like to be a part of the Kansas State University Polytechnic Wildcat family.

During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to attend classes, check out student activities in the student life center, meet and make friends with current students, eat in the dining hall and spend the night in a residence hall. Who knows, you might even meet your future roommate!

We aim to match prospective students with current Polytechnic Wildcat student ambassadors who share similar academic and extracurricular interests to enable you to learn more about opportunities and clubs offered on campus.  

This experience will allow you to view campus life and see firsthand everything Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has to offer. 


Space is limited, so register early!

September 10-11, 2020
Register by Aug. 28 at p.m.


Check-in between 4:30-5 p.m. Sept. 10
Visit ends at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11
October 8-9, 2020
Register by Sept. 25 at 12 p.m.
Registration opens Aug. 28Check-in between 4:30-5 p.m. Oct. 8
Visit ends at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9
November 5-6, 2020
Register by Oct. 23 at 12 p.m.

Registration opens Sept. 25

Check-in between 4:30-5 p.m. Nov. 5
Visit ends at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6
February 4-5, 2021
Register by Jan. 22 at 12 p.m.

Registration opens Oct. 23

Check-in between 4:30-5 p.m. Feb. 4
Visit ends at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5
April 8-9 2021
Register by March 26 at 12 p.m.

Registration opens Jan. 22

Check-in between 4:30-5 p.m. April 8
Visit ends at 2:30 p.m. April 9

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may register for an overnight stay?

Only rising high school seniors may register. Please note the Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day Overnight Experience Program is offered annually. Rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have an opportunity to attend in the coming years.

What should I expect?

Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day Overnight Stay Program runs Thursday to Friday from 4 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. the following day.

When making travel arrangements, please note that all students are required to check in at the College Center between 4-5 p.m. An Admissions representative and Polytechnic Wildcat student ambassador will be waiting to greet you.

What should I bring?

Appropriate seasonal clothing: although we have an average of over 223 days of sunshine, Kansas weather is sometimes unpredictable and windy! Make sure you check the weather for Salina before you depart and bring appropriate apparel for your stay.

Sleeping bag or extra-long twin sheets, blankets, pillow and any other linens needed for a comfortable stay.

Medication you may need.

Toiletries, a towel, and any other things you may need for using a restroom shared between two suites.

Electronic chargers.

What is prohibited?

Alcohol, drugs or other related paraphernalia

Flammables or weapons of any kind


Other items prohibited in the residence halls

Will food be provided?

Three meal vouchers will be provided. Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast and lunch. Additional snacks will be at your expense and can be purchased in the College Center Bookstore.

What about my parents?

Parents and families are encouraged to make the most of your visit and explore Salina after dropping your student off for the Polytechnic Wildcat Overnight Experience.

Parents are invited to join us for an informational session the following day Friday at 2 p.m. in the College Center. During the informational session you will hear from key departments ranging from residence life, dining, academic and student services, financial aid, and admissions. Your future Polytechnic Wildcat will meet you in the College Center in time to depart at 2:30 p.m.  

For more information please contact Kris Grinter, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 785-826-2690 or kgrinter@k-state.edu.