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.

  • Honors Ignition: New Student Orientation for first-year students is May 31, 2019. It will take place on the Kennesaw Campus and host students from majors on both campuses. 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 within seven business days of your Honors Program acceptance.

    If you are unable to attend the May 31 session date you may attend another Ignition: New Student Orientation session.

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  • All students entering KSU with fewer than 15 credit hours must enroll in KSU 1101, the first-year seminar during their first semester. First-year Honors Program students are required to enroll in an Honors section of KSU 1101/H. These small, discussion-based seminars 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 and in the Honors Program.

    Honors students who are exempt from the first-year seminar requirement because they have earned more than 15 credit hours are required to sign up for a non-credit bearing introduction to the Honors Program. Students with more than 15 credit hours may choose to sign up for KSU 1101/H instead of completing the non-credit bearing experience.

    Students in both Honors First-Year Experiences are assigned an Honors Peer Mentor. 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.