First-year Honors Students

Beginning your first full semester of college is an exciting transition. KSU Journey 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.


    Orientation dates for students entering in Fall 2021 will be announced in the spring.

     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

    Each of these options introduce you to KSU Journey Honors College 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 Introduction to Honors course or previously served as a Peer Mentor. They will serve as resources and guides during your first semester in KSU Journey Honors College.

  • First-year Honors 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.