Information for Admitted Students
Below you will find a checklist of next steps that will help you complete your enrollment process. Welcome to the Owl Nation!
NEXT STEPS FOR ALL STUDENTS
Activate Your Net ID and Student Email
This will give you access to Owl Express, course registration and other campus resources. This is your online “one-stop shop” where several of your next steps can be completed.
To get started, visit: uits.kennesaw.edu/support/netid.php and select First-Time Users then follow the prompts.
Check for Holds on Owl Express
Unresolved holds will halt your ability to add/drop classes and register for future semesters.
Turn in your immunization form to the Office of the Registrar and satisfy your lawful presence verification at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Sign-Up for Orientation
Ignition: Orientation allows new students to connect with peers, complete class advising and course registration, tour campus and learn about campus organizations and resources.
Ignition: Orientation helps new undergraduate students in their transition to college and to Kennesaw State University. All Owls start here!
Visit: uc.kennesaw.edu/orientation to sign-up for an Ignition: Orientation session.
Explore Financial Aid Options
The office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance for students to help them meet the costs of obtaining an education from KSU.
Meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss your options and receive assistance with completing your FAFSA application atfafsa.gov.
Visit: financialaid.kennesaw.edu for helpful tips and videos you can reference when completing your FAFSA.You must apply for the HOPE Scholarship by either completing the FAFSA or the application on GAfutures.org
- Telephone Number: 770-423-6074
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kennesaw Campus offices are located in Kennesaw Hall.
- Marietta Campus offices are located in the Administration Building B.
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Walk-in assistance is available during office hours.
Counselors are assigned by the first letter of your last name. Please note, there are times when your assigned counselor may change to manage office needs. To schedule an appointment with your assigned financial aid counselor, visit financialaid.kennesaw.edu/contact-counselor.php. When emailing your counselor, please email using your KSU email address and include your KSU ID number.
Apply for Scholarships
At KSU, only one application is required to be considered for all available scholarships and the application opens each fall. To apply, the application can be accessed through Owl Express, located under the Financial Aid tab or visit scholarships.kennesaw.edu to apply!
Explore University Housing Options
Make the most of your college experience by living on campus! At Kennesaw State University, you will have an opportunity to build relationships with other students that can last a lifetime. Plus, on-campus residents are more likely to earn better grades, retain financial aid and graduate within four years.
Housing and Residence Life provides residential housing communities near everything our campuses have to offer, including numerous restaurants on campus, student recreation centers, student health clinics, classrooms and more! Love where you live. Live KSU.
Visit: ksuhousing.kennesaw.edu to view KSU’s housing options, application dates and deadlines plus more.
Please note that first-year students majoring in Marietta Campus-based programs must live on the Marietta Campus as part of the first-year, live-on requirement.
Explore Enhanced Opportunities
KSU offers a few programs specifically for first-year students that can set you on the right path as you begin your college career!
- The Honors College offers a community within a university to academically talented,
highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression, and intellectual
challenge. KSU offers small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary
honors seminars, where students focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum.
- The Honors College also provides opportunities for undergraduate research, domestic
and international travel experiences, and community service activities. The Honors
College houses the University Honors Program, including the President’s Emerging Global
Scholars program and the Great Books cohort, available to entering first-year students.
Visit honors.kennesaw.edu for more information about these opportunities.
- First-Year Global Fellows Program offers a unique and customized First-Year education
abroad experience to Italy that is available to a select group of students through
a competitive application dga.kennesaw.edu/ksuintuscany/index.php
- College of Science and Mathematics Advanced Majors Program (AMP) offers academically
talented students the opportunity for intellectual adventure beyond the average college
experience. First-year students are guaranteed a spot in math and science courses,
helping you stay on track for your graduation requirements. csm.kennesaw.edu/amp/index.php
- Thrive Scholars Program creates a community of engaged students who are able to transition easily into their college experience, while maintaining the HOPE scholarship and staying on track to graduate. uc.kennesaw.edu/thrive/index.php
- The Honors College offers a community within a university to academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression, and intellectual challenge. KSU offers small honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary honors seminars, where students focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum.
TALON ONE SERVICE CENTER
Located in the Student Center on both campuses, this is where you get your Talon Card, which serves as your official KSU ID and provides access to campus essentials that support success at KSU, which include: Access to KCash, Dining Dollars and Meal Plan account; gain door access; show for entry into campus facilities, sporting events and activities; and tap to use Copy/Print machines on campus. Visit: talon.kennesaw.edu
STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
Student Health Services offers comprehensive primary care managed by WellStar Medical Group at two clinics at the Kennesaw Campus and one at the Marietta Campus. Services include sick visits, physicals, women’s health, routine and travel immunizations and chronic disease management. Visit: studenthealth.kennesaw.edu
BIG OWL BUS (B.O.B)
The Big Owl Bus has routes around and between the two campuses, to and from local shopping destinations, and between the Kennesaw Campus and apartment complexes nearby. The buses are equipped with Wi-Fi, USB ports and bike racks.
Students can track the bus in real time at, bigowlbus.kennesaw.edu.
VIRTUAL PARKING PERMITS
Students who park a vehicle on campus must obtain a virtual parking permit online. The campus utilizes license plate recognition technology to efficiently validate parking credentials. Students may select a parking permit and should keep their license plate information updated at parkingportal.kennesaw.edu. KSU offers three parking options; standard permit areas cost $26 per semester, Economy Lots are $15 per semester and Shuttle Lot parking is available at no charge.
Visit parking.kennesaw.edu for the latest information for purchasing a parking permit.
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR FRESHMAN
See if you qualify for credit by exam
Recognizing the wealth of knowledge students bring to their college experience, KSU affords students many opportunities to earn and apply credit toward a degree. This includes:
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- Advanced Standing (also known as Departmental Credit by Exam)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Educational Pathways from High School experience
Visit http://transfer.kennesaw.edu/credit-exam/ to learn about the requirements for Credit by Exam.
Sign-Up for the math placement test
This is strongly recommended, especially for students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs, and will help guide you and your advisor as you register for classes. Sign-Up at http://placement.kennesaw.edu.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer credit evaluation
Students may receive credit for previous college coursework. Once fully accepted to KSU, an evaluation of prior college work will occur. You will receive email notification once your transfer evaluation has been completed and the evaluation can be viewed on your Owl Express account. To review transfer evaluation practices, articulation agreements, and to use the Course Transfer Search Engine, visit http://transfer.kennesaw.edu/ and click “What Transfers” on the left side of the screen.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International student information
If you are in the USA, please use the SEVIS transfer form so that your I20 will be sent to KSU.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR I20 IS SIGNED. IF YOU ARE OUT OF THE USA, YOUR I20 WILL BE ENCLOSED WITH YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER.
Please complete the DS160 at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
For information on obtaining a US student visa, visit: https://visaguide.world/us-visa/nonimmigrant/study-exchange-visas/f1/
If you are out of the USA, visit https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee and pay the fee. THIS MUST BE DONE BEFORE YOUR VISA INTERVIEW. BE SURE TO PRINT YOUR RECEIPT.
Call the embassy or consulate and book an appointment for your visa, BE SURE TO TAKE THE ENCLOSED I20 AND YOUR i901 RECEIPT WITH YOU, and a valid passport (at least 1 year before expiring).
DO NOT PLACE YOUR PASSPORT AND I20 IN YOUR LUGGAGE, YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW THESE DOCUMENTS AT THE FIRST USA PORT OF ENTRY.
Please know that you have been accepted to Kennesaw State and you may register for classes online from your country.
Upon arrival to Kennesaw State campus, please visit the International Admissions office at Town Point. You will need your passport, I20 and I94.
Mandatory insurance for international students
You can view the insurance policy plan at www.studentcenter.uhcsr.com/kennesaw
Students in the following categories must purchase the USG SHIP policy if they are not covered by a policy held by a parent, spouse, company, or organization on the approved waiver list, or if the policy does not meet the minimum standards:
- All undergraduate, graduate and ESL international students holding F or J (KSU sponsored) visas.
- International Scholars.
Students who fall into one of these categories and are already covered by an acceptable insurance policy (i.e. through parent plans, family plans or employer-sponsored plans) can easily opt out of the plan through a secure online process. Once the information has been verified, all charges will be removed from your student account. Students listed in the above categories who fail to submit creditable health insurance information will automatically be enrolled in and billed for the system-wide student health insurance plan.
Please go to www.studentcenter.uhcsr.com/kennesaw to either confirm your enrollment or to fill out a waiver form.
You will need your KSU ID# and your birthdate in order to confirm or waive the insurance. Please note: Until you register, you will not show up in the system.
If you have any questions about your I20, please contact the Division of Global Affairs, International Student and Scholar Services Office at SEVIS@kennesaw.edu.
Please contact the International Admissions Office at email@example.com for information on insurance waivers.
You must still confirm your enrollment if you are not granted a waiver at: www.studentcenter.uhcsr.com/kennesaw.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR VETERANS STUDENTS
Military and Veterans Services
VA Certifying Official
Glenda Espana and Donna Barrett are Kennesaw State's Certifying Officials. All Veterans or family members using VA benefits must go through KSU’s Certifying Officials to certify and process benefits. Please see Military/Veterans on the Registrar’s website for more information.
Additional questions can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions