First-year Honors Students

Beginning your first full semester of college is an exciting transition. The Honors College has designed orientation activities especially for you as Honors students, in partnership with the Ignition Orientation staff. This page outlines the orientation and first-semester Honors experiences for first-year students in the University Honors Program.

  • New Student Orientation for first-year students will take place on the following dates:

    May 28th or May 29th on the Kennesaw Campus

    June 2nd or June 4th on the Marietta Campus


    It will be run exactly like any other Ignition day through our Orientation and Transition Programs department but will include the benefits of Honors advising, in addition to academic advising, and registering for fall classes before any other incoming first-year students. You will be able to sign up for the session in your Owl Express account. Please click here for additional instructions.

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  • Honors students entering KSU need an honors orientation experience during their first semester at KSU.

    Depending on the number of elective credits your major includes, we recommend

    1. an Honors section of KSU 1101 (designated with an "H" before the section number), a three-hour class; or
    2. HON 1100, a one-hour class; or
    3. HON 1000, a zero-credit hour class that is taught online.

    The first two are preferred because they are small, discussion-based seminars. All three options introduce you to KSU's Honors Program and prepare you to be very successful in Honors, at KSU, and beyond through the development of the 8 Foundations of Honors Learning.

    Students in Honors First-Year Experiences are assigned Honors Peer Mentors. Honors Peer Mentors are current Honors students who have taken the KSU 1101/H course or previously served as a Peer Mentor. They will serve as resources and guides during your first semester in KSU's Honors Program. 

  • First-year University Honors Program students are invited to live among other first-year Honors students to immerse themselves in the Honors community. First-year communities on the first floor of Hornet Village 100 and the Austin Residence Complex 200 building include a dedicated study lounge, special programs and events, and peers who are engaged in similar Honors activities. 

    Visit the Honors Housing page for more information.