Next Steps for Accepted Students
Congratulations and welcome to Kennesaw State University! You have been accepted to a top ranked University that will challenge your mind and set the foundation for your future! Below you will find a checklist of next steps that will help you complete the enrollment process. We encourage you to print this page and follow each step carefully. Welcome to the Owl Nation!
1. ACTIVATE YOUR KSU ID NUMBER, NET ID, STUDENT EMAIL ACCOUNT
Your KSU ID # is located in the top right corner of your acceptance letter. This number is extremely important. It is your “KSU Social Security Number” and will follow you through your entirety as a Kennesaw State student and alumni. You will use this number to track your status online, register for classes, sign up for orientation and housing, and much more.
Your Net ID is equally important: this is the beginning of your KSU student email address. You will use this Net ID to login into computers on campus. Setup your Kennesaw State student email account using the link below. Kennesaw State communicates through student email accounts, so please complete this step first.
Visit this link to retrieve your KSU # and NetID
Setup your NetID
Student Email Login
2. SATISFY HOLDS OR PENDING DOCUMENTS
Continue to check your online application status to verify any pending documents or final documents that we need to fully accept you. Also be sure to check for holds such a final high school transcript or lawful presence. Once you graduate from high school, you must make sure we have your final high school transcript. We need this to confirm graduation and completion of the College Preparatory Coursework with a satisfactory GPA. If you are transfering to Kennesaw State, then we need a final college transcript with all completed courses to be submitted to our offices. If you have a hold on your file, you will not be able to register for classes.
NOTE: You must have any holds removed before attending orientation, as this is the time when you register for classes.
Check your online application status
3. APPLY FOR HOUSING
We encourage students to take advantage of all the experiences that living on-campus can afford.
The Marietta Campus (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University) has a first-year live on-campus requirement for residents pursuing majors based on the Marietta campus. For specific information on majors based in Marietta, please visit the enrollment services page at http://www.kennesaw.edu/majorsprograms.php.
The first-year live on-campus requirement for the Kennesaw Campus is pending approval by of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for implementation starting Fall 2016
More Information about Kennesaw State University Housing
4. APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
Financial Aid is a broad term and encompasses student loans and scholarships. You will want to visit Kennesaw State Office of Student Financial Aid website to learn about the many different options to help pay for college. This information does not apply to international students. Obtain your governmental financial aid pin for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) here. Apply for FAFSA and put in Kennesaw State's code (001577). Always apply even if you do not think you are eligible. Kennesaw State's priority date for filing the FAFSA is April 1st for the Fall term.
Visit the FAFSA's website
5. OWL EXPRESS
Your Owl Express account will be your one-stop-shop for viewing grades, registering for classes, viewing Financial Aid awards, housing status, paying fees, making requests and much more. Become familiar with Owl Express and check it often.
Log in to Owl Express
All students are required to submit current immunization records for MMR, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Varicella and Hepatitis B. If you plan to live on campus you must also obtain the meningitis vaccine or sign an optional waiver with your housing application. Fax your completed immunization form to 470.578.9097 prior to class registration. A hold will be placed on your account to prevent registration for classes if immunizations are not completed.
Visit KSU Immunizations website to learn more
Orientation is mandatory for incoming freshman and strongly recommended for international students, veterans and transfer students. Sign up for orientation through your Owl Express account. The earliest orientation date will provide you with the most classes to choose from for your college schedule. You will register for classes at orientation. Make sure all holds are removed before attending orientation, or you will not be able to register for classes.
More Information about Orientation
8. PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
All Kennesaw State students are allowed to have a vehicle on campus. Plan your transportation and understand the different parking options and fees. A mandatory parking fee will be included in your cost of tuition, but make sure you sign up for the parking option that meets your personal needs.
More Information about Parking and Transportation
9. MEAL PLAN
Kennesaw State requires all full-time students to purchase a meal plan. Options vary depending on your student status. Your meal plan will be automatically determined after registration based on housing status.
More Information about Culinary Services
10. ADVANCED STANDING CREDIT
Kennesaw State University honors Advanced Placement (AP) credit for certain classes in which an equivalent is offered and for which the required AP test score is achieved. Additionally, Kennesaw State will consider subject area CLEP and IB test scores for advanced standing credits. For details on the scores required and course equivalencies, visit the Registar's website.
TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION AND CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
Students may receive credit by CLEP, AP, IB and Institutional examinations, as well as previous college coursework. Once fully accepted, an evaluation of prior college work will occur, and the applicant will receive email notification once completed. Evaluation of transfer credit can be viewed on your Owl Express Account. Students are encouraged to visit the Transfer Credit Evaluation link below to view a list of all courses that will transfer to Kennesaw State.
Transfer students are encouraged to contact their academic department according to their major to meet with an advisor to determine their class schedule. Should students need additional help, First Year and Undeclared Advising is available to assist with General Education requirements and contact information for the respective academic departments.
Visit this link for First-Year and Undelcared Advising
Academic Colleges for major-specific Advisors
VA CERTIFYING OFFICIAL
Glenda Espana is Kennesaw State's Certifying Official. ALL Veterans or family members using VA benefits must go through Glenda to certify and process benefits. Speak with Glenda right away to learn about the benefits you are eligible for as well as benefits you may not be aware of that are available to you.
Gespana@kennesaw.edu or 770-432-6200
VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER
In 2010, Kennesaw State was the first institution in the state of Georgia to offer a Veterans Resource Center (VRC). Today it is the largest VRC in Georgia. The center is managed and run by military veterans from all different branches. You will meet current military students like yourself who have been through the process and are eager to help you.
To learn more contact them: Veterans_resource@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-2970
Additional questions can be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions