Advising and Your Advisor
How do I find out who my Advisor is?
You are assigned an advisor (or in some cases, an advising center rather than an individual person) based on your intended major. Exploratory/undecided students are seen in the NEST, and students who have a major already identified are seen by the advisors in that department. In many cases, your advisor will be viewable in DegreeWorks.
The NEST maintains an updated list of advising contacts by academic department, and can be viewed at www.kennesaw.edu/nest/currentstudents.
What is a Professional Advisor?
Each school has one or more professional advisors to assist the faculty advisors. Professional Advisors assist students with a variety of tasks, such as developing a 2-year academic plan or providing guidance with major or USG Core requirements.
How can my Faculty Advisor or Professional Advisor help me?
Advising is an on-going partnership between a student and his or her advisors that empowers the student to plan for academic success. Advisors help students with the "here & now," as well as with future coursework and career planning. Among other things, advisors:
- Empower students to develop their 2-year educational plan
- Discuss appropriate courses & additional educational experiences, such as internships
- Evaluate progress toward established goals and degree requirements
- Discuss career options and opportunities
- Interpret & clarify university policies and procedures
- Enhance awareness of educational resources, such as the Career & Counseling Center
- Have the knowledge to appropriately refer students to other important departments on campus, such as the Registrar's Office or Financial Aid
- Help to develop decision-making skills
- Understand and help to resolve transfer issues
When should I see my Advisor?
You should meet with your advisor at least once per semester, but you should see your advisor(s) as frequently as you need to. All undergraduate students with 30 or fewer earned hours are required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for classes. Each of the Schools and departments at Kennesaw State has specific requirements for meeting with your Faculty and/or Professional Advisor. Many departments require that you update your degree plan and see your advisor every semester before registration. Feel free to stop by and ask your advisor for an explanation of the process.
What courses should I take the next term?
Use the DegreeWorks web-based tool to know what courses you have left to complete your degree program. For instructions on how to use DegreeWorks, see heading “How can I access my worksheet in DegreeWorks?”
Please be aware that some courses require a prerequisite(s). A prerequisite is a course you must successfully complete before registering for another. Please check the current Catalog for prerequisite information. You can also click on the specific class in DegreeWorks for this information. A pop-up window will display prerequisite info.
Remember that not all courses are offered every semester and some alternate being offered in the daytime and in the evening. Each department will have a tentative list posted on their website regarding their course offerings each semester.
If you are uncertain about your major, you will probably want to take courses from the CORE or consider taking an orientation course in an area you are considering to major in.
For further assistance with choosing classes, please seek your assigned Professional or Faculty Advisor for help.
How many classes should I take?
As you plan your schedule, keep in mind time needed for class preparation, tests, papers, and projects. It is recommended that for every hour you spend in class, you should devote at least two hours to studying. For example, if you spend 3 hours per week in a class, lab, or studio you can expect to spend 6 hours devoted to studying for that one class. So, time spent dedicated to this class will equal approximately 9 hours. The more hours you take, the amount of time devoted to studying will increase.
As you plan your schedule, take into consideration your non-school responsibilities, such as family, work, and other personal commitments.
How do I do cross registration?
Kennesaw State is a participating member of the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) cross registration program. The ARCHE cross registration system provides students at member institutions an opportunity for an enriched experience in a different campus environment and access to classes not offered at their home institution. Students permitted to cross registrar must have met the prerequisite before enrolling in a class. Registration is handled though the students home institution.
How do I figure out what classes will transfer from other institutions?
Please consult the current Undergraduate Catalog under Academic Policies and Procedures regarding the policy for acceptance of transfer credit.
How do I withdraw from a class?
The simplest way to withdraw is through Owl Express. When you log in, you proceed to add/drop classes. Carefully click on the course you wish to withdraw from and select "Withdraw via web" from the drop down menu. Once this is selected move the cursor down and click on submit changes. You will then see that the change has been processed and a W will be placed next to the course. Another way to withdraw is by accessing the withdrawal form located under the forms section on the Registrar’s page. A grade of "W" will be assigned for the course. Please remember you must withdraw from a course before the midpoint of the term ("Last Day to Withdraw"). This date changes every semester, and is listed on the academic calendar.
How do I know when it’s time to register each semester?
The best way to plan ahead is to access the phased registration dates on the Registrar’s page. If these are not up to date, you can also click on the academic calendar to view many important dates for the University including the beginning and ending of each phase of registration. The first available time for you to registrar can be found by logging into Owl Express.
Where can I go to see a preview of classes that are offered before registration opens?
On the Kennesaw State website there is a link to the “Schedule of Classes,” which is the Dynamic Bulletin. This shows the classes for the current term and also the classes for the upcoming term as they become available. Each department should also have a 3-year schedule of upcoming classes on its website so you can see what courses are planned in future semesters.
What happens if I miss the last day to withdraw? Do I automatically receive an F?
Students who withdraw after the midpoint of the term are not eligible for a grade of "W” except in cases of hardship or extenuating circumstances, as approved by the faculty. Students withdrawing after the withdrawal deadline date receive a grade of "WF" for the course(s), which counts the same as an "F" for GPA purposes. Please consult the Financial Aid Office for the impact of withdrawing from classes.
What is eCore?
eCore is a group of online classes that are offered to students from every University System of Georgia School.
How do I register for an eCore class?
In order to take an eCore class, you have to complete the eCore online orientation and a short quiz.
If you have not done this in the past, please go to the following website - ecore.usg.edu/ prospective/orientation and take the orientation and quiz. You will need your KSU student ID number. You will receive an email with registration instructions within 24 hours. Once KSU registration is opened, you will be able to register in the Owl Express in accordance with the instructions sent to you.
If you have taken the orientation/quiz in the past, you can register (during open registration) in Owl Express.
What is the Math Assessment Test (MAT)?
The Math Assessment Test (MAT) is used to evaluate a student’s competency level in the areas of College Algebra and Trigonometry. The results are used to place students in an appropriate starting point in KSU’s math sequence.
What is the US/GA Constitution Legislative Requirement?
As required by Georgia law, all students must demonstrate knowledge of the history and Constitution of the United States and of Georgia. To demonstrate this knowledge at KSU, students must pass HIST 2111, HIST 2112, or POLS 1101, or have previously completed these courses at a University System of Georgia (USG) institution.
Students who transfer in American History or Government courses from a non-University System of Georgia school will be required to take HIST 2911 to meet this requirement.
What are CPC requirements?
The College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) requirements are based on courses taken in high school. They apply to all entering freshmen who graduated from high school after spring of 1988. Some students have a deficiency in one or more of five areas. These areas are:
- Social Science
- Foreign Language
Students who have a deficiency in the areas of English and/or mathematics satisfy the deficiency by taking the CPC exam prior to enrolling in the University. If they pass this exam, the deficiency is satisfied. If they do not pass the exam, they are not admitted to SPSU.
Students with deficiencies in the other three areas are required to take one course at the college level to satisfy the deficiency. These courses will not count toward degree credit, but will be included in the computation of the grade point average. A grade of a C or better is needed to satisfy the CPC requirement. Please see the current Undergraduate Academic Catalog for more information.
How do I choose a major if I am undecided?
Undecided (also known as “exploratory” or “undeclared” ) students are assigned an advisor in the NEST. Your NEST advisor is a great initial resource and can help you identify academic programs at KSU that are consistent with your strengths and interests. Additionally, the Counseling and Psychological Services center and the Career Services Center can help with choosing an appropriate major by providing career and academic counseling.
How do I change my major?
You can change/declare your major in Owl Express under the “student records” tab in Owl Express.
What is the CORE?
CORE classes are those which are required by the state of Georgia to graduate from a university or college in the University System of Georgia (USG). All students are required to take a group of courses that provide a broad basis of education and context to support studies in their major discipline. These courses provide essential skills such as English Composition and Mathematics (Area A), knowledge of humanities and fine arts (Area C), science and additional mathematics skills (Area D), and a solid social sciences basis (Area E). Basic courses related by your major can be found in the CORE Area F. Area F therefore differs by major.
Each university also requires courses that emphasize the university mission. These courses are located in Area B. At KSU, two such courses are required, i.e., Public Speaking (COMM 2400) and Science, Technology, and Society (STS 2400).
All schools in the University System of Georgia are required to ensure its students develop an understanding of the history, political system, and culture of the United States ("U.S. Perspective"); are able to describe and compare how political, social, economic, religious, and historical factors affect various people, cultures, and societies, primarily outside of the U.S. ("Global Perspective"); and have the ability to evaluate and synthesize information to support ideas and solve problems ("Critical Thinking").
For more information about CORE requirements, visit the University Catalog. You can also obtain more information by consulting your Advisor and/or your program requirements.
What classes satisfy each CORE area?
Please see the CORE University Catalog section in the University Catalog to determine which classes satisfy each CORE area. Basic courses related to your major are also in the CORE (Area F), and will be different for each major. Please consult your Advisor and/or your program requirements for the specific Area F CORE requirements of your major.
CORE classes vary somewhat from School to School. If you are a transfer student and believe you have completed a given Area, (i.e., Area A, B, C, D, and/or E), at a previous institution in the University System of Georgia, it is important to bring that to the attention of your Professional Advisor.
Please see the University System of Georgia (USG) website for a list of USG schools.
Can I exempt CORE courses?
In general, the answer is no. All students must satisfy CORE requirements.
If you took AP or IB exams in high school, you may be eligible for credit for related CORE courses. AP and IB scores must be submitted to KSU by the College Board. An official copy of your high school transcript must be submitted to the KSU Admissions Office as well.
If you are transferring to KSU after having taken college level courses at another university, you must submit an official transcript to the Admissions Office. If you are taking classes at the time your transcript is submitted, an updated transcript will be required when you complete the semester.
Transcripts, AP, and IB scores are evaluated by the Admissions Office when you register for orientation at KSU. Once the evaluation is complete, you will be able to determine how classes have been credited by reviewing your DegreeWorks record in Owl Express.
What classes are required for my major?
Each major has a specific list of required classes for graduation. Current KSU students should check DegreeWorks for this list.
DegreeWorks is a web-based tool through Banner Web that provides real-time information on degree progression. DegreeWorks lists the courses you are required to take to complete your degree at KSU. This is available to you 24/7.
Login to Owl Express (enter your KSU ID & Pin) Select the Student menu. Select DegreeWorks – Degree Audit.
Your declared major worksheet will automatically load. There is also a “WHAT-IF” tab that gives you an unofficial view of how your credits will apply to a different major. (NOTE: If you officially change your major, you will be moved to the most recent Catalog regardless of when you started classes at KSU.)
DegreeWorks does not replace face to face advising. You should continue to meet with your advisor to discuss degree-related concerns. Prospective students should contact the major department of interest for degree information.
I’m interested in doing a minor. Is this possible?
A minor is generally a set of classes that consist of 15-18 hours of course work in a particular discipline. Please note that some minors may require more than 18 hours. According to the KSU Undergraduate Catalog at least 6 hours of upper division course work is required for a minor.
Please consult the current Undergraduate Catalog for minor information.
What is DegreeWorks?
DegreeWorks is an electronic degree audit program. It is your up-to-date source for tracking courses needed to fulfill your degree requirements.
How Can I Access My DegreeWorks Worksheet?
- Start by logging into Owl Express
- Select Student Services and Financial Aid from the Main Menu
- From the Student Services and Financial Aid Menu, select DegreeWorks-Degree Audit
- Click on the DegreeWorks button
- This will take you to the “Student View” of your DegreeWorks worksheet
Financial Aid and Scholarship
How do I find out about financial aid?
Information on financial aid, including loans, FAFSA, Hope, and work-study opportunities, can be found online at the KSU Financial Aid site.
How do I find out about scholarship opportunities?
Your department may be aware of additional scholarships related to your field of study, in addition, the KSU library maintains books with information with various scholarships and grants.
How do I petition to graduate?
Prior to petitioning to graduate, you should verify with your Professional or Faculty Advisor that your DegreeWorks audit is correct and up to date. Additional information and instructions on petitioning to graduate can be found below.
How do I order a transcript?
All transcripts will include the entire academic record; no partial or incomplete record will be issued as a transcript. Though transcripts are normally issued promptly, requests should be made several business days before the document is required, particularly at the beginning or end of a semester. A transcript will not be issued when a student's record shows financial indebtedness to the institution. Transcripts may be ordered online at getmytranscript.com.
Getting Assistance- Academic, Career and Personal Counseling
Is there someone I can talk to about different career options?
Are there services available to help me become a better student?
Is there someone I can talk to about personal issues?
Absolutely! The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is available to all students and is completely confidential.
Is tutoring available at KSU?
Yes! If you need help with your papers, the KSU Writing Center is a great place to start. For help with math, chemistry, and physics, visit the SMART Center. Other tutoring services are available through the academic colleges and though the Lifelong Learning Center. Your advisor can give you the most up-to-date information on tutoring resources by college and campus.
What if I have a question that isn't covered here?
If you have a question that isn't covered here, begin by talking to your School’s Professional Academic Advisor.