Frequently Asked Questions
Newly Accepted Honors Students
I have been accepted to KSU Journey Honors College. Now what?
Congratulations on your acceptance! If you are an incoming first-year student, a student transferring from another institution, or a dual enrollment student, you are required to attend an Orientation session. Students accepted to KSU Journey Honors College are eligible to attend an Honors Orientation session. During this session, you will learn more about the Honors curriculum. Please visit the Orientation and Transition Programs website for more information.
If you are a current KSU student who has been accepted, we encourage you to make an individual Honors advising appointment with us. You can do so by emailing email@example.com or by calling 470-578-2364. You will also be invited to Honors group advising. For the fall semester, group advising will begin in September. For the spring semester, group advising will begin in February.
When do incoming first-year students and dual enrollment students receive priority registration?
Incoming first-year students and dual enrollment students will receive priority registration during Honors Orientation. These students will continue to receive priority registration with the successful completion of an Introduction to Honors course (HON 1100), which should be taken during their first semester in the program. For example, if a student is admitted for the fall 2021 semester, Introduction to Honors should be taken during the fall 2021 semester. All newly accepted students must successfully complete HON 1100 during their first year in the program. All students must complete an Honors Learning Experience (HLE) each semester to remain in good standing with KSU Journey Honors College and receive the benefit of priority registration.
When do current KSU students who were newly admitted to Honors receive priority registration privileges?
Current Kennesaw State University students who apply to KSU Journey Honors College may be eligible for priority registration depending upon the date they were accepted to the Honors College. Priority registration is not guaranteed for all newly admitted Honors students.
Students accepted for the spring semester are eligible for priority registration if they do the following:
- Apply and receive acceptance to KSU Journey Honors College by October 1
- Meet with an Honors academic advisor within two weeks of their acceptance
Students accepted for the fall semester are eligible for priority registration if they do the following:
- Apply and receive acceptance to KSU Journey Honors College by February 1
- Meet with an Honors academic advisor within two weeks of their acceptance
Are there any required courses that I must take as an Honors student?
KSU Journey Honors College offers students a flexible curriculum that does not add time or cost to degree. This approach allows students to choose the Honors Learning Experiences (HLE) that they're interested in, and also the ones that build an exceptional portfolio of academic experiences. There is only one course that all newly admitted Honors students must take: Introduction to Honors (HON 1100).
During Introduction to Honors, students are introduced to the flexible curriculum and opportunities available within KSU Journey Honors College. Students will also learn more about the eight Foundations of Honors Learning.
Students must take an Introduction to Honors course to retain priority registration privileges.
Where appropriate, we encourage Honors students to consider taking Honors sections of general education or special topics courses, as these courses offer a much richer educational experience than non-Honors sections.
How do I apply for Honors Scholarships?
When is Honors Orientation and how do I register?
Please visit the Orientation and Transition Programs website for more information.
What if I can't attend an Honors Orientation session?
You are welcome to attend any orientation session. You are not required to attend a designated Honors Orientation session. Students who attend Honors Orientation receive priority registration.
When will I receive notification of acceptance for Honors housing?
The majority of the Honors students who received housing in either the Kennesaw or Marietta Honors Living Learning Community have been notified. During the week of April 15, 2020 we will accept a limited number of students on the wait list. After accepting the maximum number of students from the wait list, the remaining students will remain on the list and be contacted only if a vacancy occurs before the semester starts.
Does Honors housing cost more than non-Honors housing?
No, housing cost is based on the configuration and amenities of each dorm.
Are Honors students required to select other Honors students as roommates?Yes, Honors students are required to live with other Honors students in the Honors Living-Learning Community.
Am I required to sign my Housing contract for the full term?Yes, all Housing contracts must be signed for either a 10 or 12-month agreement, based on the selected Living-Learning Community.
Current Honors Students
As a current student, how will I know which Honors Learning Experiences work with my schedule and major requirements?All Honors students are required to meet with an Honors Advisor each semester (fall and spring). Students may do this through an individual appointment or through Honors group advising. We will assist students with choosing the Honors Learning Experience(s) that they're interested in, as well as ones that work with their major.
When does group advising begin for Honors students?
Group advising begins approximately one month before priority registration.
How do I remain in good standing with KSU Journey Honors College?
To remain in good standing, we ask students to maintain a 3.25 GPA. We also ask students to remain active within Honors by completing one Honors Learning Experience each semester. You can learn more about remaining in good standing with the university by clicking here and in KSU Journey Honors College by clicking here.
*Students in special Honors cohort programs (PEGS or Great Books) may have different requirements for remaining in good standing.
Prospective Honors Students
What is KSU Journey Honors College?KSU Journey Honors College offers a community within the larger university to academically talented, highly motivated students who enjoy lively discussion, creative expression, and intellectual challenge. We offer small Honors sections of core courses and interdisciplinary Honors seminars, where students focus on deep understanding within an innovative curriculum. We also provide opportunities for undergraduate research, domestic and international travel experiences, and community service activities.
Do Honors students receive special benefits?
Absolutely! Exceptional advantages reserved for Honors students include:
✓ Priority registration (with successful completion of Introduction to Honors)
✓ Competitive Scholarships (both academic and study abroad scholarships)
✓ Honors study abroad opportunities
✓ Choice of a variety of Honors learning experience options each semester
✓ Unique learning experiences, including special classes and learning opportunities outside of the classroom
✓ Honors housing options on both campuses
✓ Specialized Honors advising
✓ Access to Honors Lounges on both KSU campuses
✓ Opportunities to earn Honors graduation designations
✓ 8 Foundations of Honors Learning (Leadership, Appreciation of Diverse Perspectives, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Information Fluency, Interdisciplinary Learning, Professionalism)
How can I learn more about KSU Journey Honors College?
Are Honors students required to live in Honors housing?No, living in Honors housing is not required. You are welcome to live in any dorm or Living-Learning Community on the Kennesaw or Marietta Campuses or elsewhere in the community at large. Please click here to visit the Housing and Residence Life website, where you can learn more about available university housing options.
Do Honors courses cost more and what's the difference?There is no additional cost to take Honors courses. What primarily distinguishes Honors courses from regular KSU courses is the small class size. Honors courses are typically capped at 25 students. Due to the small class size, these courses are discussion-based and seminar style.
Am I required to take Honors Courses as an Honors student?
The only required Honors course is Introduction to Honors (HON 1100). Introduction to Honors should be taken during the student's first semester in KSU Journey Honors College, but must be completed during the first academic year admitted to the program to remain in good standing with Honors. After taking this course, students choose the Honors Learning Experiences that interest them most. Honors Learning Experiences range in credit hour and do not add time or cost to degree. You can learn more about the flexible Honors curriculum by clicking here. To stay on track to earn an Honors Designation at graduation, we tell students to complete one Honors Learning Experience each semester.
What is an Honors Designation?
An Honors Designation is what is earned at Commencement if the student completes their Honors coursework. Honors Designations can be found here.
An Honors Advisor will help you decide which designation is best for you. If you have been accepted to KSU Journey Honors College with more than 60 earned credit hours, you are placed automatically in the Honors in the Major track based on your anticipated time to degree. Students pursuing the Honors in the Major track who wish to switch to the Honors Scholar or Honors Research Scholar track may do so with the approval of an Honors Advisor.
How do I know if I qualify for Honors?You can view eligibility requirements for different populations by clicking here.
How do I apply and is there a cost?There is no cost to apply to KSU Journey Honors College. You can find the application by clicking here.