How to Register
- Login to your Owl Express
- Click on the Registration tab.
- Click on Class Registration (Add or Drop Classes) in the menu.
- Start registering for your classes.
- Have your DegreeWorks pulled up as you register.
Review your confirmed schedule by clicking Display Your Class Registration and Grades in the Registration menu.
Instructions for Checking Prerequisites and/or Restrictions
- From Class Registration (Add or Drop Classes),
Select Class Search
- Enter the Subject and Course Number, Select Class Search
- Click on the CRN for the course
- Click on Course Title (highlighted in red)
Course Restriction and Prerequisites are listed at the bottom of the page.
Registration Adjustments for Pre-requisited or Co-requisited Courses
Students can swap sections of a course by completing the add/drop process in one transaction.
- Enter the CRN of the new course into the Add Classes Worksheet
- Click on the Action field by the course to be dropped, Select Drop Web
- Click on the Submit Changes button
The swapping section functionality is beneficial to students who have registration requirements (Learning Support, co-requisites, prerequisite courses).
How many hours should I register for?
12 credit hours is the minimum required to be considered a full-time student.
Taking 15 credit hours each fall and spring semester keeps a student on track to graduate in 4 years.
We encourage you to try 15 hours, if:
- You live on campus or close to campus.
- Work less than 20 hours a week.
- Do not have a lot of other outside commitments such as family demands, community involvement, etc.
We encourage students to try 12 hours, if:
- Have a commute to campus greater than 30 minutes.
- Work more than 20 hours a week.
- Have a lot of outside demands.
- Will be taking challenging courses.
Understanding Days and Times Classes are Offered
- The earliest classes typically start at 8:00am and the latest classes typically start at 8:00pm
- KSU offers a handful of weekend classes, but most courses will be offered Monday-Friday.
- Choose what class times work best for you and your schedule.
- So for example, a class labled as meeting on "TR" would meet on both Tuesday and Thursday.
- "MWF" would be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- "F" would be just Friday.
Description of Class TypesTraditional
All class sessions meet face-to-faceHybrid
Classes are taught through a combination of face-to-face and online sessionsOnline
Classes are taught 100% onlineeCore
100% online courses offered through the Unisersity System of Georgia (USG). Classes count the same as KSU online courses, but sections may be taught by professors from other universities within the USG.
Where can you view your class schedule?
To access an easy-to-view summary of your current registration, visit Owl Express then follow these instructions:
- Click on the Registration tab.
- Click on Display Your Class Registration and Grades.
- Refresh this page often if you are making multiple changes to your schedule.
If a class you thought you signed up for is not listed here it means you are currently not registered or waitlisted for it. Go back to the Class Registration page and try again while paying close attention to any registration errors or waitlist prompts.
Did you register for classes that will count towards your major?
Check your DegreeWorks in your Owl Express account!
DegreeWorks will automatically update as you register for classes. Courses that are satisfying an area of your degree will appear in blue. Courses that are not counting towards the degree you have declared will populate under "Unused Courses" at the bottom on the page.
Recently submit a major change?
If you have requested a major change that has not yet processed, you can still check to see if the courses you registered for will count towards your new major by utilizing the "What-If" function.
Understanding Section Codes
What is a Course "Section"?
In the context of a college course, a section is a group of students who are enrolled in the same course at the same time, led by a specific instructor.
Typically, we offer multiple sections of the same course at different times of the day or week to accommodate students' schedules. For example, PSYC 1101 may have several sections, each with its own meeting time and instructor.
Sections are designed to provide a consistent learning experience for students, regardless of which instructor they have. Each instructor should cover the same material, sometimes even use the same assignments and assessments, and follow a similar syllabus, ensuring that all students in the course receive the same level of instruction and have the similar expectations.
Table of Section Codes and Their MeaningC-Learning CommunityYou must register for the entire Learning Community at the same time to avoid a registration error.
Some Learning Communities are open to all new students, but others you must apply and be accepted into.G-eCoreYou must have completed the eCore online orientation to register for these courses.H-HonorsYou must have applied and been admitted to the Honors College to register for these classes.M-Advanced Majors Program, College of Science and MathematicsYou must have applied and been admitted to the Advanced Majors Program to register for these classes.N-Reserved for New Students Attending OrientationThese courses are open to all new students who are attending an orientation. Once orientations have ended for a given term, any open seats remaining will be open to the rest of campus.S-Study AbroadMust be in a Study Abroad program.W-KSU OnlineThe courses are open to all students and are 100% online.
Class Registration Errors
The Campus Restriction error will occur for Online Learner students or on-campus students trying to register for an "Online Learner Only" course. To resolve this error, students must register only for courses taught fully online (or not reserved for Online Learners). Example: An online learner attempting to register for a main campus course. Students who have signed up for an online learner program are not eligible to register for main campus courses.
The CLASS RESTRICTION error refers to a course that is restricted by student classification. To resolve this error, students must select a different course or seek override permission from the academic department offering the course.
The CLOSED SECTION error occurs when students attempt to register for a class that is full.
To resolve this error, students should register for another section of the course or select a different course. If the course section offers a waitlist, consider waitlisting for the course. Closed course overrides are available only during the drop/add period. Students may inquire to the academic department and/or the college/school website responsible for the course that is closed. If approved, the department will enter the approval code in the Student Information System. The student must then register for the course.
CONNECTED COURSE DROP CONFIRMATION
The Connected Course Drop Confirmation notice will appear when students attempt to drop a course that has a connected or linked course, i.e., co-requisite or concurrent prerequisite course. Drop both courses by clicking the DROP button on this page.
CORQ_Course XXXX REQ
The CORQ (Co-requisite) error occurs when students do not register for a group of courses that are linked together. To resolve this error, students must register for all co-requisite courses (CRNs) at the same time. Example: This registration error will most likely occur when Freshmen are attempting to register for courses within a Learning Community. Students must register for all Learning Community courses (CRNs) at the same time. Important Notes: When registering for a science course that requires a lab, both the lecture and lab courses must be registered for successfully at the same time. You will receive a course PREQ & TEST SCORE or CORQ Course XXXX REQ ERROR until registration for both courses (lecture and lab) are successful.
CRN DOES NOT EXIST #####
The CRN DOES NOT EXIST error occurs as a result of not using the correct CRN for a specific semester. To resolve this error, either enter in the correct CRN grouping (as indicated below) or select a different term.
Fall Semester Begins with 8####
Spring Semester Begins with 1####
Summer Term Begins with 5####
The DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL error occurs when students attempt to register for courses that are reserved for specific groups of students. To resolve this error, students will need to contact the academic department teaching the course in order to obtain permission to enroll into this course. Once permitted, the student must login to Owl Express and register.
DUPL CRSE WITH SEC-XXXXX
The DUPL CRSE, Duplicate Course, error occurs when students attempt to register for the same subject and course number twice. Students needing to register for more than one special topics course may contact the academic department of the discipline for assistance with a repeat override.
The LEVEL RESTRICTION error occurs when undergraduate students attempt to register for graduate level courses. To resolve this error, students should only select undergraduate level courses.
The MAJOR RESTRICTION error occurs when students attempt to register for courses that are reserved for a specific degree/major or groups of majors. To resolve this error, students should register for another course or seek override permission from the academic department offering the course.
MAXIMUM HOURS EXCEEDED
Maximum Course Load - During the Fall and Spring semesters, a student may register for up to 18 hours. The Registrar may approve up to 21 hours for students with an institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher. Course loads above 21 hours must also have a recommendation from the student’s department chair. During the Summer term, a student may register for up to 13 hours. The Registrar may approve up to 15 hours for students with an institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students not in good academic standing will be limited to 13 hours during any term. Course loads above 13 hours must have a recommendation from an academic advisor or department chair that is made to the Registrar
The MUTUAL EXCLUSION with MATH XXXX error occurs when a student who has previously enrolled or received credit for MATH 1111 or 1112 attempts to register for MATH 1113 and vis versa. Questions may be addresses with the Mathematics department.
PREQ & TEST SCORE-ERROR
The PREQ & TEST SCORE-ERROR occurs when students attempt to register for courses in which they do not meet the course prerequisites. Course prerequisites are checked during the registration process. To resolve this error, students should register for a different course in which they meet course prerequisites. A list of course prerequisites can be found by returning to the Registration Worksheet and clicking on Class Search at the bottom of the page. Click on the CRN and then on the Course Title. The course prerequisites are listed at the bottom of the page. Labs and Lectures: When registering for a science course that requires a lab, both the lecture and lab courses must be registered for successfully at the same time. You will receive a course PREQ & TEST SCORE or CORQ Course XXXX REQ ERROR until registration for both courses (lecture and lab) are successful. Concurrent Prerequistes: a set of courses that must be taken simultaneously.
REPEAT COUNT EXCEEDS 1
The REPEAT COUNT EXCEEDS 1 error occurs when a student has exceeded the number of attempts allowed to repeat a course. Effective spring 2012, a student may repeat a course once. Receiving this error means that the student has exceeded the attempts more than one additional time. To resolve this error, the student may consult the academic department of that discipline to be considered for an override.
Reserved for students in a particular cohort. Examples are Honors College (H sections), Advanced Major Program (M sections), New Students at Orientation (N sections). N courses sections will open to the general population after the last orientation session.
TIME CONFLICT WITH XXXXX
The TIME CONFLICT error occurs when students attempt to register for courses that conflict or overlap by date and time. To resolve this error, students should register for courses on a different date and time.
How to Resolve Common Registration Issues
What if I have AP, IB, or other credit coming to KSU?
Check our AP, IB, DE, and Transfer Credit page for details!
How do I waitlist a class? Should I even waitlist?
If you are registering for General Education classes, we do not recommened waitlisting for a class. Waitlists are dropped close to the start of the semester and there is no gurantee you'll get a seat in your ideal section.
If you are trying to waitlist for a major-required course that is only available as a waitlist, here are the steps to waitlising:
How to Waitlist for a Closed Section Offering Waitlisting
- Login to Owl Express
- Select the Registration tab
- Select the Term
- Select Registration (Add/Drop Classes)
- Perform a Class Search for a course section
- Course sections with a WL Cap of more than zero are using waitlisting
- Take note of the CRN
- Select Add to Worksheet
- Enter the CRN
- Select Submit Changes
- From the drop down Action box, choose Wait List' to add to the waitlist
- Click Submit Changes
Keep these things in mind when waitlisting a course:
- Students will receive an email notification when a seat becomes available.
- Students have 18 hours from the date and time of seat notification to register for the course or the student will be deleted from the waitlist. Notifications of seat availability are emailed to student KSU email accounts.
- ALL waitlists will expire at the end of Registration. Students will be removed from the waitlist.
- Students may register for open seats during the remaining days of Drop/Add.
- Students MUST meet all prerequisites, co-requisites, and registration requirements to be eligible to waitlist.
- Time conflicts and repeat limits are not checked when waitlisting for a course, but will be enforced when registering for a course.
A class I wanted shows it has an open seat, but I'm being asked to waitlist. What is happening?
In this situation, there is at least one student ahead of you on the waitlist who has been offered that open seat. They have 18 hours from the time they receive an email from KSU saying the seat is theirs to register, otherwise they lose their spot and the seat is then offered to the next person on the list.
If you are on a waitlist for a class, it is vital that you check your student email regularly for an automatic notification from KSU. If you miss your registration window, you must re-add yourself to the back of the list.
How do I register for a course that requires both a lab and a lecture?
After you find the lecture and lab you want to register for, you will want to register for both course numbers at the same time. For example, do not attempt to register for CHEM 1211L (lab) by itself with the intention of registering for CHEM 1211 (lecture) after. You will get a Prerequisite & Test Score error.
If you are registering by:
- The Class Registration (Add or Drop Classes) page: put both the lecture CRN and lab CRN into one text box each, then click 'submit changes'.
- Class Search/Registration Worksheet: you will need to have 2 checkboxes marked before clicking the 'register' button. This page does not recognize wait lists. Check that there is no waitlist for the section you want before marking the checkbox.
- If you want to change either the lab or lecture section you have registered for:
- Find an open section with the language you wish to take that does not conflict with any of the classes you currently have registered.
- Copy the CRN (5 digit number)
- Go to the Class Registration (Add or Drop Classes) page in Owl Express
- Under the “Action” column, select the drop down box for the lab you are registered for that you DON’T want. Click on “Drop Web”. DO NOT CLICK THE SUBMIT BUTTON YET
- Paste the CRN for the lab that you DO want into one of the text boxes toward the bottom of the page.
- Click “Submit Changes”
Spread your classes out over the week.
Taking all your classes on just a couple of days makes for a long day. You also increase the likelihood of having several tests or major assignments due on the same day.
Schedule classes at times you know you can be up and alert.
General education classes like ENGL 1101, MATH 1111, and ECON 1000 are offered morning, afternoon, and evening. Build your schedule based around when you know you'll be awake and can focus!
You can make it anywhere on the Kennesaw or Marietta campus in about 15 minutes!
- Don't worry if you have a back-to-back class on your schedule
- Students can take classes on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campus. Be sure to check the location when registering.
But don't schedule all of your classes back-to-back!
It’s okay to have a class or two back-to-back, but do give yourself breaks to grab food or study in between classes. You'll thank yourself as tests come up or assignments are due!
If you are taking classes at both campuses, give yourself at least an hour to get to the other campus.
- Slowdowns on 75 are common, so don't go by the standard travel time.
- The B.O.B. shuttles runs between campuses all day, so you can relax and let someone else worry about the driving!
Do not complete all your general education courses before starting major courses.
Completing your Gen Ed first is a common piece of advice friends or family like to give, but doing this more than likely means you may get to a point where you do not have enough classes to create a schedule!