It doesn't matter if you ask a longtime professor, recent graduate, passionate alumnus or a fresh-eyed freshman. Pick a member of the K-State community at random and ask him or her what it means to be a Wildcat, and you will most likely get a one-word answer: Family.
K-Staters consider themselves family, and that belief shines through contributions as diverse as our members. Researchers invent solutions to problems that could save a life halfway across the world, and students band together on a Saturday morning for community service. Thousands of Wildcat fans pack our stadiums shouting in unison, and our leadership guides us in ways befitting the obligations of a land-grant university.
In fact, these obligations could be considered our family values, and the many ways we achieve them are the Wildcat Way. We invite you to come along for the ride, because there's always room for one more in the K-State family.
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Kansas State University employees take pride in making a difference in nearly 21,000 lives at the nation's first operational land-grant university.
In fact, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities recently designated K-State as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. As the Princeton Review's No. 3 university in the nation for quality of life, K-State also takes pride in its employees. K-State was also ranked No. 3 in Forbes - America's Best Employers by State. Beyond offering an unmatched sense of community and inclusiveness, K-State provides employees with a variety of benefits, including health care, retirement options, discounted event tickets and much more.
Of course, our employees also are members of the Manhattan community, Livability.com's #16 place to live in the nation, featuring eclectic restaurants, a treasure trove of shopping and, of course, plenty of purple.
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Benefits at Kansas State University
Benefits come in all shapes and sizes, and at Kansas State University, we recognize that one size does not fit all. That's why we offer something for everyone. Whether you're looking for stellar health care, tuition assistance or valuable retirement plans, the K-State family has you covered. We value our employees and their countless contributions, so we do our part to ensure they and their families feel right at home.
In partnership with the State of Kansas, we offer health insurance benefits for you and your family's needs. You are able to select from a variety of medical insurance plans, including prescription, dental and vision.
Kansas State University offers two mandatory retirement plans to assist you in preparing you for your future. Employees may also contribute to a variety of voluntary retirement plans to supplement their retirement savings.
We recognize that your life is made up of many pieces. You value your time with friends and family, wellness, spirituality, relaxation and, of course, your work life. Kansas State University seeks to support your work life balance by providing a rich leave program. Full-time employees earn eight hours of vacation leave every pay period.
Kansas State University values continuing education for its employees. The University provides a tuition assistance program to all full-time, benefits-eligible employees to assist with their education goals. A spouse and dependent grant is also available for eligible employees.
Kansas State University’s mission is to provide an inclusive, supportive community that values diversity in people and ideas. Since 1863, as the nation’s first operational land-grant university, K-State has maintained a commitment to diversity and inclusion, while being steadfast in our pledge to access, opportunity and success for all Wildcats.