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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. 31 at 12 p.m.

Registration is now closed.

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 is full. Join us next time!

Check-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.


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

COVID-19 Health and Safety Information for On-Campus Visits

To focus on the health and safety of future Wildcats and the entire K-State family, in-person campus visits will resume after August 3. Any in-person campus visits attempted to be scheduled prior to August 3 will automatically be scheduled as virtual visits.

In order to preserve the health and safety of our University community and host communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, K-State Polytechnic has instituted policies and protocols for on-campus guests.

Before arriving on campus, please review and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days:
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Chills
    • Body aches for unknown reasons
    • Shortness of breath for unknown reasons
    • Loss of smell
    • Loss of taste
    • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Gastro-intestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, etc.)
    • Fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Have you or anyone in your household been tested for COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone in your household traveled to a COVID-19 hot spot in the U.S. or out of the country in the past 21 days?
  • Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?
  • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions above, you will need to reschedule your visit for at least 14 days in the future. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 785-826-2640 to reschedule.

If you answered “No” to all of the questions above, we look forward to hosting you on campus for your personalized visit! Please be advised that you will be required to wear a mask for your duration on campus; if you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Upon your arrival to the Welcome Center, your temperature will be taken. Please note that if your temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above, you will be required to reschedule your visit for at least 14 days in the future.

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.