Division of Student Success and Enrollment Services
The Division of Student Success and Enrollment Services offers a variety of programs, services and activities that assist and enhance student success from the point of recruitment and admission through advisement and registration to program completion, graduation and beyond. The areas included in this division are the Office of Admissions, Career Services Center, Counseling and Advising Program Services (CAPS), Office of the Registrar, Residence Life, Student Financial Aid, Student Life Center, Student Development Center, Center for Student Leadership and Judiciary Programs. (For financial aid information, see preceding section—Financial Information & Assistance.)
Counseling and Advising Program Services Center (CAPS)
The Counseling and Advising Program Services (CAPS) Center is a comprehensive service center where students obtain help with educational, career, and personal concerns from a trained staff of counselors, specialists, and advisors. Such assistance is intended to support Kennesaw State University’s academic programs by offering relevant resources that facilitate the students’ orientation to the university, contribute to personal development, enhance academic success, and facilitate career skills. All students are invited to come to the center located on the second floor of Kennesaw Hall from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, or call 770-423-6600. Programs and services offered by the CAPS Center include:
A program designed to help the new student adjust to college. Included in the program are opportunities to meet university personnel, understand academic program offerings, and become aware of various organizations and services available to maximize student success.
Counseling and Testing
In an atmosphere of confidentiality, professional counselors offer assistance to students with a variety of concerns which may include career, personal and academic counseling. Special seminars in study skills, time management, stress management, assertiveness, test-taking and other topics are conducted each semester during the academic year. All institutional testing is coordinated by the staff.
The Counseling and Advising Program Services (CAPS) Center provides students who have not declared an academic program of study, including provisionals, audits, and Learning Support Program students with academic advising. A team of faculty and staff advisors meets with students in the CAPS Center to help students plan academic course work, choose a program of study, identify career goals, and assist new students with concerns that may arise. CAPS is part of the Kennesaw State University advising program whereby each department within the six colleges provides advising services to students who have chosen their programs of study. Once the undeclared CAPS students select a specific program of study, they are referred to the respective college where faculty in the academic departments advise the students until graduation.
Professional staff assist KSU student athletes by helping them succeed personally and academically. Student athletes receive assistance with advising, study skills, tutoring, orientation and registration. Life skills are offered as well as opportunities to volunteer as mentors for the community.
Counseling and Advisement Services Resource Library
This room, located within the CAPS Center, is open to all students without appointment. It houses informational material about careers, other colleges and universities and graduate schools, CLEP, and free handouts about a wide range of educational, career, and counseling information. Computer terminals are available for using CASSI (Career Assisted Study Skills Instruction), Pinpoint career exploration program, and the Georgia Career Information Systems program.
Student Athlete Support Services
Professional staff assist KSU student athletes by helping them succeed personally and academically. Student athletes receive assistance with advising, study skills, tutoring, orientation and registration. Life skills are offered as well as opportunities to volunteer as mentors for the community.
Career Services Center
The Career Services Center provides a variety of opportunities and experiences which empower the students and alumni of KSU to successfully pursue their career goals. The Center is located on the second floor of Kennesaw Hall, Room 2617. The phone number is 770-423-6555.
Services provided include:
- Resume writing assistance
- Experiential learning opportunities (Cooperative Education and Internships)
- Videotaped practice interviewing
- Career search strategies
- Internet career search assistance: http://careerctr.kennesaw.edu/
- KSUJOBS (listing of hundreds of degree and non-degree openings available through the University’s computer network)
- Current listings of government, educational, social service and communications opportunities
- Information on hundreds of companies
- OwlLink (Internet system which enables you to create a resume and upload it to the Career Service database for referral to employees) from the web
- On-Campus recruiting (hundreds of companies interview our graduating students and alumni for available positions each year)
- Career Fairs: Five career fairs are held each year. A general career expo and an accounting career fair is held in the fall. In the spring, a experiential education and career fair is held, as well as a teacher career fair and a non-profit government career fair.
Cooperative Education and Internships
The Cooperative Education and Internship programs offer students work experience relative to their majors. Most employers want students with practical experience and often prefer to hire those who have worked with them and others through internships or co-ops.
Cooperative education combines work experience with time spent in the university classroom. The positions are always paid employment. Students who co-op must do so for a minimum of two (2) semesters with the exception of seniors who are no more than 12 semester hours from graduating. These students may be eligible for a one (1) semester co-op experience. Students receive academic credit for each semester worked and may accumulate a maximum of 12 semester hours of co-op credit. The amount of credit assigned to any co-op experience is determined by the KSU Career Services Center.
Co-op experience may be full-time or part-time. The full-time option usually equates to 35-40 hours of work per week. Additional courses may be taken in the evening if desired. The part-time option involves working an average of 20-25 hours per week, with additional courses taken during the same semester or summer term if full-time enrollment status is desired. At least a 2.5 adjusted GPA is required for all co-op students.
Internships are usually one semester in length, may be either full- or part-time, and may be paid or unpaid. A student will receive academic credit for each internship. This must be approved by the student’s academic department. Students may participate in more than one internship experience, but the maximum number of hours of credit that can be earned in internship status is twelve (12) semester hours.
Co-op classes are taken on a pass/fail basis only; thus the grade of “S” or “U” will be assigned. The internship grade structure depends on the academic department involved. Students should check with the Career Services Center for more information about these programs. Co-op and internship course credit may be used as general elective credits in most majors.
The University Judiciary Program was developed in 1985 to adjudicate infractions of the University’s Student Code of Conduct and other University policies. Through a system of campus courts and trained advisers, reported infractions are considered and appropriate sanctions are assessed. The University Judiciary Program strives to assure a fair and impartial consideration of charges of misconduct against any student.
The University Judicial Panel is composed of at least fifteen selected students and twenty-two appointed faculty/staff members who are trained to participate knowledgeably in the judiciary process. The training enables panel members to hear complaints, arrive at fair and impartial conclusions and deliver clear and direct recommendations.
The Judiciary structure includes the University Court, which handles charges against students for alleged violations of the KSU Student Code of Conduct, and the traffic court, which hears appeals of student parking citations. Each court is composed of both faculty/staff and student members of the Judiciary. In addition, if requested, a Judiciary member may have the opportunity to act as an advisor on behalf of the student or faculty member, assisting in the preparation and presentation of a case before the university court.
Students are invited to apply to become a member of the Judiciary Panel. Requirements include:
- a minimum 2.8 overall G.P.A.;
- a strong interest in protecting the reputation of the University by assuring that the rules of the Code of Conduct are upheld;
- successful personal interview(s);
- two personal references who will testify to your character and integrity;
- a commitment to uphold the Judiciary Code of Ethics, attend meetings and training sessions, and volunteer to serve on campus courts when available.
For more information, please contact the Director for University Judiciary Programs at (770) 499-3403 or visit the KSU Judiciary Program Web Page at www.kennesaw.edu/judiciary/
Student Development Center
The Student Development Center coordinates support services, programs and activities to enrich the college experiences of specifically identified student populations, including minority students, international students, adult learners, and students with disabilities. In addition, the department provides an avenue for individuals to engage in volunteer service in the community through Volunteer Kennesaw State University (VKSU). Through its three satellite centers, Cultural Awareness and Resource Center, Lifelong Learning Center, and Global Village, students are provided a place to gather, a broad array of information, access to computers and other equipment, and knowledgeable, friendly support staff to ensure that students have a positive and supportive “home” on campus. The Student Development Center, located in the Carmichael Student Center, Suite 267, is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and can be reached by phone at 770-423-6443.
The Odyssey Program, a peer mentoring program, is also coordinated by the Student Development Center. The Odyssey Program helps first year and transfer students make a smooth transition to college life at Kennesaw State by pairing them with a more experienced KSU student.
Adult Learner Programs
Adult Learner Programs at KSU offer a variety of innovative programs and services to meet the needs of the “nontraditional” student, those students who are 25 years of age or older or who have “nontraditional” life-styles such as family and employment. Offerings include a peer mentor service, workshops and individual consultations for students reentering school, parenting workshops, and programs for the college students’ children. Staff in Adult Learner Programs act as liaisons and advocates in helping non-traditional students succeed in college. Childcare information is provided as well as an opportunity for students to participate in a childcare subsidy program. A major program sponsored by Adult Learner Programs is the WINGS Ceremony for graduating seniors to recognize those individuals that have helped them through college. KSU students, faculty, and staff interested in adult learner concerns are provided resource materials, consultation services, and networking opportunities. The office, housed in the Lifelong Learning Center, Carmichael Student Center Room 261, is a resource center for adult learners.
Lifelong Learning Center
The Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) serves as a resource center for adult learners (students over the traditional college age or living “nontraditional” college life-styles such as family and employment). The center makes the university experience more pleasant and beneficial by providing programs and services specifically designed for students returning to college or starting college later in life. Located in Room 261 of the Carmichael Student Center, the center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday. 770-423-6701.
Resources in the LLC include information and referral services, literature racks with academic, campus activities/community services information, and audio/video equipment for student use. The LLC offers a resource library with books, audio and videotapes, and DVD’s available for check out by students. The LLC also houses a study/socializing area with a free telephone, kitchenette complete with microwave, refrigerator, toaster oven and free coffee and tea. Academic support services include eight computers networked to Information Technology Services, laptop ports, and wireless internet access as well as a FAX machine, equipment and resources for completing papers and projects. In addition, tutors are offered to assist with writing, English and math. Childcare information is available in both written form and on the Web site. Other services include workshops and programs on a variety of topics including parenting skills, succeeding in college, and programming for children.
Minority Student Retention Services
A number of factors have a direct or indirect impact upon retention of students of color at a major institutions of higher education. Kennesaw State University is no exception. These factors include the quality of support services, professors’ expectations and attitudes, the atmosphere of the campus climate with regard to socialization and programming, and the sense of belonging experienced by the students.
The Office of Minority Student Retention Services (OMSRS) provides minority students with essential resources, services, and opportunities to aid in their retention, progression and completion of their academic careers at Kennesaw State University. This office facilitates academic success for minority students by offering the following resources:
Minority Advising Program (MAP), which tracks, monitors, and facilitates academic success and retention strategies for minority students enrolled in each of Georgia’s 34 public colleges and universities; The Cultural Awareness and Resource Center (CARC), located on the second floor of the Carmichael Student Center in Room 263, which offers an array of tutorial services, technical, and media resources that cater to the needs of African, African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American students; KSU Professionals Empowering Our Potential Leaders for Excellence (P.E.O.P.L.E), a program that matches students with faculty and staff members for mentoring and/or informal academic advising; Making the Grade, a series of workshops on a range of subject matters including career and relationship development to help students excel in various aspects of life at, and beyond, KSU; Sources of Scholarship (S.O.S.) Program, a services that informs students about scholarships and grants; KSU Minority Report, an annual newsletter circulated each semester for the purpose of keeping members of the Kennesaw State University (KSU) of our efforts and initiatives to serve our minority students; and the KSU Black History Celebration Committee, a group of KSU students, faculty, and staff who collaborate to provide events to inform KSU and surrounding communities of the achievements and history of Black people during the Spring Semester.
The OMSRS also actively encourages students to become involved in the various student organizations on campus. The African American Student Alliance (AASA) is the student organization that is directly affiliated with this office and provides leadership and funding for the annual KSU Black History Celebration. Other minority student organizations include the Mexican American Student Alliance, the KSU Chapter of the NAACP, Distinguished Black Gentlemen, Ladies of Distinction, KSU Gospel Choir, and KSU Black Alumni society. This office also collaborates with members and leaders of the National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) for historically Black Greek letter organizations.
NEW! The KSU African American Male Initiative is the newest initiative by the Office of Minority Student Retention Services, being developed in partnership with faculty, staff and students to specifically address the retention needs of African American males at KSU through assessment, intergenerational mentoring initiatives, and celebration of academic and leadership achievements. A new student organization, Distinguished Gentlemen, is currently in the process of becoming an official student organization, whose purpose is to elevate the minds and academic standards of African American men on campus and those who are specifically invested in their interests. Part of this initiative also includes the utilization of current resources to aid in the retention of African American males on campus. For more information about the OMSRS and the CARC, contact either the Assistant Director for Minority Student Retention Services at 770-423-6443, or the Manager of the CARC at 770-423-6512. All are encouraged to come by the CARC during our business hours. We are located in the Student Development Center, Carmichael Student Center Room 267, or the CARC in Room 262, or you can visit us online at http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/msrs.
International Student Retention Services
The Office of International Student Retention Services (OISRS) serves as an advocate and resource for international students. The OISRS provides counseling and advising pertaining to cross cultural adjustment, academic concerns and referrals regarding financial matters. Once students become enrolled at KSU it is the goal of the OISRS to retain them until they receive their degrees. The OISRS is also responsible for implementing the mandatory International Student Orientation. All newly admitted F1 graduate, undergraduate and transfer students must attend this orientation. The office seeks to provide international students with pertinent information that will enhance their matriculation and success at Kennesaw State University. International students should note that they must maintain full time academic status during the fall and spring semesters but may be part time in the summer or choose not to attend.
The Coordinator of International Student Retention Services develops and implements educational, social and cultural activities, programs and workshops for international students. Services such educational, social and cultural activities, programs and workshops for international students. Services such as the International Student Association, Liaison Program and Friends of Internationals Community Program are available to assist students in their adjustment to a different culture. International students may come to Kennesaw State University by themselves but they are not alone. Once a student is enrolled he/she automatically qualifies for mentoring under the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program. This program matches each new international student with a currently enrolled experienced international student. The Office of International Student Retention Services takes the responsibility of retaining international students very seriously. In addition to the above, the OISRS offers international students exposure to the Global Village, a gathering place for internationallycentered activities, resources, discussions, exhibits, and to an International Student Handbook that is on-line. The OISRS helps coordinate KSU’s requirement of mandatory International Health Insurance for medical protection for each international student.
The Assistant Director of the OISRS is also the advisor for the International Student Association (ISA). The ISA brings together students of all nations for intercultural, social and athletic exchanges. The International Festival is one of the largest projects sponsored by the ISA. The International Student Association also sponsors trips to American historic and cultural sites.
For more information about the Office of International Student Retention Services (OISRS), contact the Coordinator at 770-499-3313 or come by the OISRS located in Room 258 in the Student Center. http://www.Kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/isrs/handbook.html
Student Community Service/Volunteer Kennesaw State University
Student Community Service is an important outreach for Kennesaw State University. It affords students an opportunity to serve the community in keeping with the mission of the University. Utilizing partnerships with a number of organizations and non-profit agencies, the University seeks to address various community needs.
Information regarding community service projects can be obtained through Volunteer Kennesaw State University (VKSU), a campus center that coordinates a variety of service placements and projects. Information may also be obtained at the VKSU web site, http://www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/vksu. VKSU matches student volunteer skills and talents with community needs. Since 1984, in cooperation with more than 300 community agencies, VKSU has served as a clearinghouse for volunteer placements, which include: Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Blood Drives, MUST Ministries, and providing tutoring/mentoring services to at risk children from Cobb County and Marietta Schools. In addition to traditional volunteer placements, VKSU also regularly coordinates group service projects called Involve to Solve.
VKSU also serves an educational role by providing a practical opportunity for students to explore career options and experience volunteer services in their major fields of interests. Public service can provide valuable job experience as a prelude to career opportunities. Students are invited to stop by the VKSU office where student employees will help them review service opportunities. The office is located on the second floor of the Carmichael Student Center, Room 264, and is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during fall and spring semesters. Summer semester hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day.
Disabled Student Support Services
Kennesaw State University provides program accessibility and reasonable accommodations for persons defined as disabled under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A number of services are available to help disabled students with their academic work. In order to make arrangements for special services, students must visit the Office of Disabled Student Support Services and arrange an individual assistance plan. Certification of disability is required. Special services are based on medical and/or psychological certification of disability, eligibility for services by outside agencies and ability to complete tasks required in courses. Any individual with a disability who wishes to participate in an activity or program offered by the institution and needs accommodations should contact the office sponsoring the program at least five days prior to the date of the program so that arrangements can be made.
Accommodative services may include, but are not limited to, handicap-accessible parking spaces, special test rooms, classroom accessibility, modifications of printed materials, sign language interpreters, assistance with getting class notes, tape recording, library and laboratory assistance, adaptive computer equipment, and referral to community resources.
Eligible students deliver certification letters to faculty at the beginning of each semester identifying the approved accommodations approved. The Assistant Director for Disabled Student Support Services works with faculty members to assure that students with special needs receive appropriate accommodations.
Students taking courses on-line or at other sites than the main campus should contact the Disabled Student Support Services office by phone (770-423-6443) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements to submit documentation, register with the department, arrange accommodations, etc. Accommodations and services at remote locations may require additional time to arrange, so please start early.
Workshops on relevant topics designed to meet the unique needs of disabled students are offered frequently during each semester. Individual assistance with study skills, assignment completion, and test preparation is available.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to become active members of the Disabled Student Support Services Advisory Committee and to have a part in promoting awareness of the important contributions made by students with disabilities to the life of the university and the community. The committee also works to increase the accessibility of the university and to represent the interests of students with disabilities to the university administration. Individuals with hearing impairment may contact the university’s Assistant Director for Disabled Student Support Services by TTY at 770-423-6480.
Student Life Center
The Student Life Center provides an open, comfortable, engaging place that promotes student success and personal growth. Staff members of the Student Life Center value: the power of education in everything we do; the strength of inclusion - everyone has a place, a part, a purpose; the spirit of youth - it is not the age, it’s the attitude; the commitment to service - meeting needs, setting standards, and going beyond expectations; the potential of students - valuing who they are and where they are going; and the belief in our team - a unique partnership that sets us apart to bring us together. The Student Life Center exists to create well-rounded extracurricular life for students at Kennesaw State University. The center provides support for most of the programs and services funded with the student activity fee and strives to promote student involvement by informing students of the opportunities available to them. By being involved in student activities, our goal is for students to learn how to plan and execute activities and how to work cooperatively and collaboratively with other groups and constitutencies on campus.
General services provided by the Student Life Center include oversight of the Student Center, including staffing of the information booth, operation and staffing of the Game Room, management of most student activity budgets, reservations of campus space for student organizations, and support for over 160 student organizations. The Student Life Center also has a Notary Public service. Programs include intramural and recreation services, clubs and organizations, sororities and fraternities, the Kennesaw Activities Board (KAB), Student Government (SG), and the student media. More details on these programs are provided below.
Lost and Found services are available in the Student Life Center. Items found on campus should be taken to and recovered from the Student Life Center. Lost items are logged in and the owner is notified, if the item is recovered. All found items are listed in the classified section of The Sentinel as a service to the KSU community. Found items not retrieved after one month will be discarded. The Student Life Center is located in room 274 of the James V. Carmichael Student Center. Telephone number is (770) 423-6280.
Four student media organizations provide opportunities for students to write, edit, photograph, and create designs, web pages and radio broadcasts for experience, academic credit or for pay. The Sentinel, KSU’s weekly newspaper, covers campus news, sports and student opinion. Talon, KSU’s feature magazine, captures student life through photos and stories. Share, the student literary and art magazine, provides a publishing outlet for the creative talents of KSU students. OWL Radio allows students to gain experience on and off the air with KSU’s internet streaming radio station. Experienced students are welcome as well as those who are willing to learn on the job.
Student Organizations and Activities
KSU offers over 160 registered student organizations. There is a wide variety of honor societies, fraternities and sororities, special interest groups, religious and political groups from which to choose. Contact the Student Life Center for an updated list of student organizations. Student organization mailboxes and offices are located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center in the Activity Area. The Activity Area also contains a copy machine and a fax machine for use by student organizations.
To be eligible to participate in any campus club or organization, a student must be enrolled in classes and have paid fees. The criteria for eligibility or participation will vary depending upon the nature of the organization. Honor societies, for example, have particular grade and/or class requirements for membership. Fraternities and sororities have particular selective membership requirements. Other clubs and organizations are open to all students who meet the individual group requirements.
In order to hold an office in a club or organization, a student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and must maintain this average while holding office; must be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours while holding office; and must not be on disciplinary probation. Each club or organization has the right to set higher standards for participation and/or leadership if it so desires.
Kennesaw Activities Board (KAB)
The Kennesaw Activities Board (KAB) offers a wide range of activities for the entire university community including: coffeehouses with popular entertainment (comedians and musicians); The Chautauqua lecture series; family film days (in collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Center); KSU Day; and Homecoming. KAB also coordinates CineKAB, a movie rental service on campus. Students who are interested in becoming active members of KAB can call 770/423-6279 or drop by the KAB office located in the Student Center, room 375.
Student Government (SG)
Student Government (SG) serves to represent the student interests to the KSU administration. SG is the student’s voice, and SG meetings are open to all students. All enrolled students are considered members of SG and are encouraged to attend meetings, participate on committees, vote in elections and referendums, and seek out an SG officer to voice concerns. The SG office is located in the Student Center, room 374.
SG officers include the president, executive vice-president, secretary/treasurer, along with six secretaries (appointed by the president) and senators (two from each college of the university, three at-large, one non-traditional, one traditional, one undergraduate, one graduate, one international, one disabled, an American minority, a student athlete and two freshmen). Elections for these positions (with the exception of the freshmen senators) are conducted each spring; however, opportunities are usually available for involvement each semester. Students who wish to run for an office should contact either the SG office at 770-423-6276 or the Student Life Center at 770-423-6280.
Intramural and Recreation Services
Participating in intramural & recreation programs can be one of the most fun and memorable experiences here at Kennesaw State. From flag football to table tennis, the activity schedule offers something for everybody. These programs provide an opportunity to socialize, develop positive fitness practices, cultivate a connection to the university, and just have fun. Program schedules and facility hours are available at the beginning of each semester. Additionally, a yearly academic calendar listing events gives you an opportunity to plan the activities you wish to participate in.
The recreation facilities on campus comprise the Student Recreation & Wellness Center, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, and intramural field. The Student Recreation & Wellness Center has two floors dedicated to fitness equipment, a gymnasium, equipment checkout station, circuit training room, group fitness studio, locker rooms, the Wellness Center and the Intramural & Recreation Services (IRS) office. The facilities schedule is available at the IRS Office and the IRS web page (www.kennesaw.edu/student_life/intramurals.shtml). Students may also call the facilities hotline at 770-420-4393 to hear a 24-hour recording of the open times.
In addition to the many activities, Intramural & Recreation Services also employs a number of students for various jobs. Student staff positions range from an office assistant to a sport official. There are many benefits to working, for example, registering early for classes, keeping your parking space between classes and earning extra money while on campus.
IRS programs offer competitive sports, informal recreation, fitness activities, equipment checkout, and special events. All you need to begin participating is a valid KSU ID and a completed waiver/release form. During your time at KSU, we ask that you allow Intramural & Recreation Services to be part of your college experience. For more information, stop by the Intramural & Recreation Services office located in the Student Recreation & Wellness Center or call our office at 770-499-3207.
Center for Student Leadership (CSL)
The Center for Student Leadership (CSL) was created to cultivate and sustain a culture for students that supports on-going ethical dialogue and personal leadership discovery. Programs and services sponsored by the CSL connect ethical leadership skill development with practical application and civic engagement. While only a year old, the CSL has made significant strides in establishing ethical leadership training as a cornerstone to a Kennesaw State University (KSU) student’s education.
Ethical leadership development, as provided by the CSL, is important for future leaders of society. The CSL in conjunction with other KSU centers and departments will produce graduates who are engaged citizens meeting the needs of the changing world.
The CSL is a unit of the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Success and Enrollment Services (SSES).
CSL Student Leadership Programs
Leaders IN Kennesaw (LINK): A signature leadership experience sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership (CSL). A multi-tiered student leadership development experience, LINK provides KSU students with comprehensive ethical leadership education and practical service application.
Endorsed by the RTM Institute for Leadership, Ethics, & Character (ILEC), LINK is an educational, experiential program designed to:
- develop ethical leadership skills and knowledge,
- promote student success, and
- enhance the holistic development of students.
Hallmarks of LINK are service leadership projects, an electronic portfolio, and competency-based assessment (by self and others) of skill and knowledge application.
Students in LINK progress through three phases of leadership development. LINK- Emerge, LINK- Ascend and LINK- Leads. Upon completion of the three-tiered program, students will be awarded an Ethical Leadership Certificate.
Center for Student Leadership (CSL) Fellows: The CSL Fellows are selected each spring and serve as trustees for the CSL. While focused on the principles of knowledge-based decision making, these students contribute to the development of programs and services sponsored by the CSL.
Presidential Fellows: The Presidential Fellows Program for KSU juniors, seniors and graduate students, focuses students on the larger global community. The program raises awareness of the need to be civically engaged throughout life. Applications are accepted fall semester.
Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance: Made up of six colleges and universities in northwest Georgia, the northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance connects six students from each institution in leadership training. An initiative of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character (ILEC), the program promotes civic engagement and connection with the northwest crescent of Georgia.
New Hope for Georgia Leadership Program: The New Hope for Georgia program at KSU, developed by Dr. Betty Siegel, seeks to provide leadership education to all HOPE scholarship recipients. KSU sees the HOPE program not only as a scholarship, but as an investment in the long-term growth and development of our state. To ensure that our HOPE students become ethical leaders capable of functioning effectively in an increasingly complex world, our students will be provided comprehensive ethical leadership training.
The Nancy S. King/Rebecca S. Casey Women’s Leadership Initiative: Named for the women leaders who trailblazed the development of the Center for Student Leadership, the King/Casey Women’s Leadership Initiative focuses on gender differences in leadership styles and connects first-year women with women leaders at KSU as well as the larger community. The program is held each March.
The Arts Leadership Initiative (ALI): The ALI targets KSU students seeking degrees in the College of the Arts. Students participate in an array of events intended to enhance and further develop leadership skills within the context of their discipline. Applications are accepted fall semester.
Residence Life & Housing
The Department of Residence Life provides support for residential students and serves as a resource for information about where to live while attending Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw State University began offering on-campus housing in the fall of 2002. The on-campus communities include: KSU Place , University Place, University Village and University Village Suites.. First year traditional aged residential students live in designated buildings at the University Village Suites or KSU Place. The University Village Suites opened in 2008 and house 913 residents. The University Village opened in 2004 and houses 881 students in 2, 3, and 4 bedroom apartments, and houses mostly sophomores and special populations, like Honors housing. University Place opened in 2002 and houses 700 upperclass students in 2 and 4 bedroom apartments. KSU Place houses 550 students, including both returning and new students. All units have private bedrooms with cable and Internet access and are fully furnished. All apartments at University Village and University Place have full kitchens, private bathrooms, and a washer and dryer.
For more information about both on and off campus housing, visit www.kennesaw.edu/residencelife or www.ksuhousing.com. The Department of Residence Life can be reached at 770-420-4388 or email@example.com, or KSUF Housing Management LLC (the private management company that handles leasing and facilities) can be reached at 770-426-0668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Services Fees
Upon registering, each student pays a student services fee of $221. Of this amount, $117 goes to the intercollegiate athletics program, $37 to student activities, $32 to the Activity Center Facility and $35 to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Student activity funds support a variety of programs, activities and organizations to provide all students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, form social networks, maintain a healthy mind and body, and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Activities supported by student fees include student publications, intramural activities, indoor recreation, campus activities board programs, student government programs, performing arts, clubs, organizations, student leadership training programs, the Center for Health Promotion & Wellness and the Lifelong Learning Center. Because student fees help to pay for these activities, students receive publications at no additional cost and can participate in workshops, seminars, entertainment and other activities usually at no additional cost.
Student activity fees go into the student activities budget, which is handled by the Business Office under the ultimate authority of the vice president for business and finance. Expenditures are supervised by the vice president for student success and enrollment services. Authority for yearly allocations has been delegated by the president of the university to the vice president for student success and enrollment services, who acts on the advice of the Student Activities and Budget Advisory Committee (SABAC). The committee meets during spring semester to plan the next fiscal year’s budget. During the year, it considers deviations from the budget that occur as a result of changes in the university’s financial situation or as a result of changes in situations affecting organizations or programs funded by student fees. The student activities budget begins with SABAC. It solicits budget requests from funded organizations and holds hearings to consider whether each organization should be given the amount requested. Hearings are open to the public. Students are welcome to attend and voice their opinions about how the allocation of the funds.
Other Student Services
Used and new textbooks, supplies, reference materials, and study aids as well as academically-priced software are available in the KSU campus bookstore. The exact cost of required books and peripheral items will vary depending on courses; a full load semester cost is approximately $500. All books and supplies can be bought online. The KSU campus bookstore buys back textbooks throughout the year; the best prices will be received during finals week at the end of each term.
Textbook refunds are generally 100% within the first three weeks of the term. Refunds are 50% with the receipt and the related course withdrawal slip through the drop/add date. Thereafter, returns are made at buyback prices. New textbook packages must be intact for treatment as a new book versus a used book.
The Bookstore also offers all spirit wear and mementos, graduation items & gifts, reference and trade books, as well as snacks. Bookstore hours during the semesters are:
|Monday – Thursday
||7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
||7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
||9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Limited hours are maintained when classes are not in session. Please check the Web site at http://bookstore.kennesaw.edu/ for more information or to order online. Call the Customer Service line at 770-423-6261 if you have any questions.
The University provides retail food services under an agreement with Sodexho Campus Services. Dining venues are located in the Carmichael Student Center food court, the Burruss Building, and the Social Sciences Building. In the student center, you will find national brands such as Chick – fil – A, Krystal, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Freshens, & Starbuck’s coffee. Other dining options include a hot line (offering seasonal meals), a deli serving salad plates & sandwiches made to order, Asian cuisine, and pizza by the slice , as well as “grab ‘n go” items such as yogurt parfaits, hummus and pita, crudités of vegetables, fruit (whole & cut up), pastries, cereals, and a large assortment of pre-made salads and sandwiches.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, the student center food court is open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 am – 2:00 p.m..; closed Saturday and Sunday. The Midnite Owl (Freshens, Starbuck’s, and grab ‘n go items) remains open until 8:30 p.m. on Monday - Thursday.
Einstein Bros. Bagels offers full service in the Burruss Building where bagels are baked fresh daily. Operating hours are from Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 to 1:00; closed Sunday. You can also find these bagels in the Carmichael Student Center food court.
Jazzman’s which features coffee drinks, teas, smoothies, and grab ‘n go soups, salads, & sandwiches, is located in the Social Sciences Building. Pastries are baked fresh daily on the premises. Hours are Monday – Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 am - 3:00 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.
Students may deposit funds on their KSU ID cards to use for food purchases. This can be accomplished at the K-Cash Terminals located around campus (Student Center near the Bursar’s office, Sturgis Library, 4th floor Burruss, 3rd floor Social Sciences, 1st floor Science, 2nd floor English, and 2nd floor Bagwell). You may also manage your account online (add funds, see transactions, suspend use) at https://kcashmanager.kennesaw.edu.
Campus dining locations are subject to operating hours when classes are in session. Summer hours are somewhat reduced and there is no Saturday service due to lower demand. Please see our website at http://www.kennesaw.edu/dining, check out the signs at each venue or call 770-499-3171 for more information, menus, and hours of operation as well as catering options.
Center for Health Promotion & Wellness
The Center for Health Promotion and Wellness encourages students and employees to assume more responsibility for their health and wellbeing through awareness and education. Our primary goal is to enhance and provide a balance in the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, environmental, and spiritual development of the whole person. We also strive to provide an environment that is supportive of positive health practices. Programming focuses on helping students and employees reduce lifestyle risk factors. The Center also serves as a learning center for future exercise and health science students.
The Center for Health Promotion and Wellness, located in room 131 of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, promotes wellness through a variety of avenues including:
- Special events: Lunch-n-learns, health fairs, guest speakers, health screenings, CPR classes, eating disorders awareness week, national collegiate alcohol awareness week, and the great American smokeout.
- The WAVE Peer Health Education Program is the first of its kind at Kennesaw State University. This program is designed to improve the health and well-being of KSU students through peer education. Our certified Peer Health Educators provide a variety of fun and interactive educational programs and activities for KSU students and the university community.
- Nutrition Services: Students can meet with a registered and licensed dietitian for an assessment of their current eating habits, challenges, lifestyle, medical conditions, and overall nutritional needs. Students will receive expert advice for losing weight, gaining weight, help with eating disorders, getting health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure under control, and much more!
- Health Assessments: Check out your current level of health by having your blood pressure, heart rate, hearing, vision, body mass index, weight, and height checked.
- Fitness Assessments: How is your fitness level? We offer MicroFit computerized fitness evaluations for cardiovascular endurance, body composition, muscular strength, and flexibility. The computerized testing allows for pre and post test comparisons.
- Educational Materials: The Wellness Resource Center contains videos and DVDs, books, magazines, journals, newsletters, and brochures on a variety of health and wellness topics. The Center also has computer programs where you can analyze your diet, assess your stress level, look up prescription drug information, and get healthy cooking tips and recipes. Our hours are M-Th 9-6, Fri. 9-5 and Saturdays 9-Noon. For more information call 7/423-6394 or visit our website at www.kennesaw.edu/col_hhs/wellness .
Kennesaw State University Health Clinic
The KSU Health Clinic serves students of Kennesaw State University by encouraging health promotion and disease prevention. Certified nurse practitioners and a physician provide services including physical examinations, adult immunizations, women’s health, laboratory testing, psychiatric care, health education and illness care. Medical information is confidential and will not be released without the patient’s written consent except as required by law or in event of an immediate life threatening medical condition.
Health Clinic charges for Immunizations, medications or lab work are applied to the student’s Owl Express account. The Health Clinic does not submit charges to third party payers.
The Health Clinic is located at House #52 (box #5200) on Campus Loop Road (across from University Place). Services are by appointment (770) 423-6644. The Health Center is closed on scheduled school holidays and hours limited during semester breaks.
Kennesaw State University does not assume responsibility for the overall health and physical well-being of its students. The university does assume, however, a reasonable degree of responsibility for the safety and welfare of its student body by encouraging students to participate in a nominally priced accident and sickness insurance plan and maintaining adequately equipped first-aid stations at strategic locations on campus.
If an individual becomes seriously ill or involved in an accident requiring medical attention, the KSU police should be contacted by dialing ext. 6666. There are police officers, who are trained in C.P.R. and State-certified First Responders, on duty during all normal office and class hours. Comprehensive medical facilities are reasonably accessible to the campus. If it becomes necessary to seek medical attention beyond minor first-aid treatment, the following steps will be taken:
- If the student is conscious and alert and wants an ambulance to be called, the attending officer will comply with the request.
- If the student is unconscious, he/she will be treated and transported to the hospital by ambulance. The attending officer will call the ambulance at the individual’s expense to transport him/her to the nearest emergency room.
- In the case of injury to students participating in sanctioned intercollegiate athletic activities, the university will assume responsibility for the expense of the ambulance.
- Every reasonable effort will be made to contact parents, spouse or next of kin to inform them of the situation.
No student with a contagious disease may attend classes. Every student is held individually responsible for adhering to this regulation. Any student who needs special consideration because of any physical disability—either permanent or temporary—should have the attending physician write an explanatory letter to the vice president for student success and enrollment services giving full details of the disability and any desired limitations or special considerations requested.
KSU Card Services Center
The Card Services Center at KSU issues the official university ID, Parking Decals, and Keys. In addition, they manage the KSU Debit Card Program and the KSU Mall. All services require an in-person visit to our office in Suite 219 of the Carmichael Student Center. The Card Center hours of operation normally match those of the Financial Aid, the Registrar and the Bursar, but please contact us if you need service outside this time frame. The Card Center will notify campus via the KSU-furnished email when semester services begin.
First time services to students and employees are often free (e.g. IDs and Parking Decals). Replacement services are usually subject to fees. Please be prepared to present a valid government-issued document that includes a photo (e.g. driver’s license or passport) for identity verification. New regulations of the Patriot Act require KSU to make a copy of the document used to validate identity. For your protection, this copy will be stored off-site.
All enrolled students at Kennesaw State University are required to carry an official KSU Identification Card. The Card Services Center produces this card on campus in Room 219 of the Carmichael Student Center. The KSU ID card is honored across campus: for photo identification; in security applications; for access to events, activities and resources; and for selected retail services. Card applicants must agree to an un-obstructed facial photo. All students must be prepared to present their KSU ID Card to University officials upon request.
KSU Debit Card
KSU has partnered with an internet bank to distribute funds through the KSU Debit Card Program. The KSU Debit Card program gives students the option to receive funds electronically either through direct deposit to a checking/debit account with our distribution bank or by ACH to a third-party bank. Students may still opt for a paper check but are encouraged to instead choose electronic distribution to receive their funds quicker. Students are not required to open an account with our partner bank but must use the card provided to setup their media choice online.
All vehicles on campus must display a valid KSU Parking Decal. Vehicles without a valid decal will be ticketed and/or booted. New students and employees must pickup their parking decal in-person. New decals are issued annually only to campus residential students. All other parking decals are valid for the duration of your official status with KSU. One day passes are available as appropriate. Parking decals must be picked up in person at the Card Services Center. It is the responsibility of all KSU employees and students to review and abide by the Kennesaw State University Parking Policies and Procedures available online at http://www.kennesaw.edu/parking.
The KSU Mall is a web-based shopping cart application that is appropriate for sales of goods and services offered by internal departments to the general public. Current offerings may be viewed by selecting the KSU Mall Quick Link from the KSU public website at www.kennesaw.edu. Contact the Card Services Center for more information.
Notice for New Students: The services listed here are reserved for registered students and Orientation attendees.
Notice for New Hires: The services listed here require that your information be appropriately entered into the KSU enterprise database(s). Please follow the instructions found online at http://its.kennesaw.edu/hr/newhires to verify service eligibility.
Please visit, call (770.499.3436) or email the Card Services Center (Idservices@kennesaw.edu) for details on any of these programs. Information is also available on our Web site at http://www.kennesaw.edu/idservices/
Print & Copy Services
Printing & Making Copies at Kennesaw State University is very easy. Here’s how it works.
When you receive your KSU ID card at the Card Services office, you will note that it has a “mag stripe” on the back just like a debit card. The data encoded on your card enables the KSU system to know which account to access for billing. You must put money into your account before you can use your card to make copies or to print jobs from any of the computer labs. You add cash to your account at any of the K-Cash machines located around campus. Just follow the instructions on the K-Cash device. They are located in the following locations:
- ITS Computer Lab Area – 4th floor Burruss Building
- Kennesaw Hall – 2nd floor Education Wing
- Library – Copy Room
- Science Building – 1st floor vending area
- Carmichael Student Center – 2nd floor hallway
- Humanities – 1st floor hallway
- Social Sciences - 3rd floor hallway
You can also add money to your account via the K-Cash Manager Web site by using your KSU NetID and PWD to log in to: https://kcashmanager.kennesaw.edu/. This site will also let you review recent transactions and temporarily disable your card should you misplace it. Parents can add value via this interface as well. All they need to know is your NetID. If you choose to give them your password they will have access to all the other features of the site as well.
To make a copy, just swipe your ID card through the device attached to the copier. Follow the instructions on the swipe device and the system will determine whether you have sufficient funds for the job that is submitted. Be sure to press clear “CLR” when your job is complete so that someone else doesn’t end up using your account.
To print, you can send jobs from the various labs around campus or from the Cyber Café located in the Student Center Food Court. Most labs have printers inside or just outside the lab. Detailed instructions on how to use the print function are posted in the Labs you use for your classes.
If you don’t have your ID card with you, simply purchase a Guest Card at any of the K-Cash machines. Guest Cards work just like your ID card for printing or copying.
Call 678-797-2200 or extension 2200 from a campus phone to ask questions about these services or when you encounter any problems.
Additional information may be found on the KSU web site at http://www.kennesaw.edu/copyprint/.
Initiated in the fall of 1982, KSU’s intercollegiate sports program is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) and Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The A-Sun’s membership includes: Belmont, Campbell, East Tennessee, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, KSU, Lipscomb, Mercer, North Florida, Stetson and USC Upstate. The Fighting Owls currently sponsor seven sports for men (baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track and tennis) and nine for women (basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball). Varsity cheer and dance are also part of both the men’s and women’s basketball programs and compete for their respective national championships each year.
Students receive free admission, with a valid ID, to all of KSU’s home contests and are encouraged to become involved as either a team participant through a tryout, an athletic staff member, or a regular spectator.
Club Sports at Kennesaw State University are designed to provide opportunities for students of the university community to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities. Club Sports are organized and conducted by students under the direction of the Campus Intramural and Recreation Services Department. A Club Sport must be active and approved through the Club Sports office. Each club is formed by individuals with a common interest in a sport or activity that exists to promote and develop interest in that particular activity. Clubs may be instructional, recreational, competitive, or some combination thereof. Characterized by being student-initiated and student-managed, the basic structure of clubs allow members numerous opportunities for leadership and decision-making. The actual success and strength of each club is dependent on effective leadership of the officers and the degree of involvement of its club members.
Kennesaw State University currently has the following clubs: Cricket, Cycling, Ice Hockey, Roller Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Rugby, Men’s Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Wakeboarding, and Wrestling. New Clubs are regularly added based on current student interest and desire to facilitate the process. All participants in the Club Sport teams must be KSU students and maintain a MINIMUM 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing. Club Sports offer students the opportunity to meet new people, stay fit, be involved at KSU and build life long friendships.
KSU Club Sports compete against other local and regional team that might include UGA, GT, Emory, Duke, Clemson, Alabama, Mercer, Auburn, Georgia Southern, UT and many more road trips. Get involved! College is what you make of it!
The club’s participants must meet any financial obligations, including insurance and playing expenses.
Please visit www.ksuclubsports.com to get additional information or contacts for individual teams.
Kennesaw State University Alumni Association (KSUAA)
Chartered in 1977, the Kennesaw State University Alumni Association, Inc. is a nonprofit, educational corporation. The association places particular emphasis on and concentrates the majority of its energies and resources toward providing programs and services for alumni, fostering institutional pride, developing and enhancing KSU’s public image and meeting needs by raising and administering funds for educational purposes at Kennesaw State University. The affairs of the association are guided by a 22-member board of directors including a seven-member executive committee. Each at-large director serves for a term of three years.
The Alumni Association collaborates with the University in a number of ways. Kennesaw State University employs a full-time staff, including a director, to support the association and direct Alumni Affairs’ programs and activities. Additionally, all alumni supporters of the University are automatic members of the association and receive all benefits inherent with membership. Friends of the University, parents of current or former students and faculty and staff may designate dollars in support of the association to also receive membership benefits. Last but not least, the University has provided the Association with an Alumni House located on Campus Loop Road which houses the alumni staff and serves as a meeting facility for alumni activities.
To learn more, visit the Association’s Web site at www.kennesaw.edu/alumni, or contact the alumni office at 770-423-6333.
Student Activities & Budget Advisory Committee
The Student Activities & Budget Advisory Committee (SABAC) serves as an advisory group to university administration concerning student activity funds. It also approves applications for new campus organizations as well as updates to constitutions for existing organizations.
Membership of the Student Activities and Budget Advisory Committee includes representatives of the administration, staff, faculty and students.
Student members are appointed annually. Students are invited to apply for appointment to this committee. For more information contact the Student Life Center at 770-423-6280.