Day of Orientation Resources
- Login to your Owl Express
- Click on the Registration tab.
- Click on Class Registration (Add or Drop Classes) in the menu.
- Pull up your DegreeWorks as you register.
- Register for your classes!
How many classes should you take?
12 credit hours is the minimum required to be considered a full-time student.
Taking 15 credit hours, typically 5 courses, a semester keeps a student more on track to graduate in 4 years.
Things to Consider when Registering
We encourage you to try 15 hours, if:
- You live on campus or close to campus
- Work less than 20 hours a week
- Do not have a lot of other outside commitments such as family demands, community
We encourage students to try 12 hours, if:
- Have a commute to campus greater than 30 minutes
- Work more than 20 hours a week
- Have a lot of outside demands
- Will be taking challenging courses
Attending part-time (taking less than 12hrs) may be a better fit for some students. Check with Financial Aid to discuss implications of attending part-time.
Tips for Scheduling Classes
- Spread your classes out over the week.
- Taking all your classes on just 2 days makes for a long day. You also increase the likelihood of having several tests or major assignments due on the same day.
- Schedule classes at times you know you can be up and alert.
- There is no reason to take a class at 8am if you like to sleep in until 11am.
- You can make it anywhere on campus in about 15 minutes.
- It’s okay to have a class or two back-to-back. Do give yourself breaks to grab food or study in between classes.
- Students can take classes on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campus. Be sure to check the location when registering.
- If you are taking classes at both campuses, give yourself at least an hour to get
to the other campus.
- The B.O.B. shuttles runs between campuses.
- Do not complete all your general education courses before starting major courses.
- You may get to a point where you do not have enough classes to create a schedule.
- Degree requirements can change from year-to-year and vary between schools.
- A class a friend took last year may not be offered or count for the same thing.
- Spread your classes out over the week.
What classes should you take?
Each Focus Area will provide an overview of the majors the Focus Area can prepare you for, as well as guides for your first and second semester, and potential exploratory classes you can take outside of your general education requirements.
- Arts Focus Area
- Business and Management Focus Area
- Education Focus Area
- Engineering and Mathematics Focus Area
- Health Professional Focus Area
- Humanities Focus Area
- Science, Computing, and Technology Focus Area
- Social Science Focus Area
- Download a General Education Checksheet (PDF)
- Already know the major you are going to declare?
*If you are bringing Dual Enrollment, CLEP, AP, or IB credit to KSU please contact your advisor for assistance.
How to Register
Understanding Course Section Codes
Consider a class like ENGL 1101. When you are going through the Class Schedule Search you are probably seeing dozens of unique class offerings for ENGL 1101. As you are choosing the best day and time that works for you, make sure you are paying attention to the second set of numbers that follow "ENGL 1101". This is the Section Code, and can become very important as you are registering.
The numbers and letters in bold refer to the Section Code:
- ENGL 1101/01
- ENGL 1101/C01
- ENGL 1101/N01
- ENGL 1101/W01
Some sections are open to all students, but others may be reserved for students in special populations. Those attempting to register for a special section that they were not accepted into will receive a registration error.
Section Code and Type of Course:
- AB- Summer Study Abroad Programs, University System of Georgia
- C- Learning Community
- You must register for the entire Learning Community at the same time to avoid a registration error.
- Some Learning Communities are open to all new students, but others you must apply and be accepted into. You can find a complete list of available Learning Communities for Fall 2021 by CLICKING HERE.
- G- eCore
- You must have completed the eCore online orientation to register for these courses. You can find the orientation by CLICKING HERE.
- H- Honors
- You must have applied and been admitted to the Honors College to register for these classes.
- M- Advanced Majors Program, College of Science and Mathematics
- You must have applied and been admitted to the Advanced Majors Program to register for these classes.
- N- Reserved for Students Attending Orientation
- These courses are open to all new students who are attending an orientation. Once orientations have ended for a given term, any open seats remaining will be open to the rest of campus.
- S- Study Abroad
- W- KSU Online
- The courses are open to all students and are 100% online.
Class Registration Errors
Below are all the possible registration errors you can receive and brief description of each error.
The Campus Restriction error will occur for Online Learner students or on-campus students trying to register for an "Online Learner Only" course. To resolve this error, students must register only for courses taught fully online (or not reserved for Online Learners). Example: An online learner attempting to register for a main campus course. Students who have signed up for an online learner program are not eligible to register for main campus courses.
The CLASS RESTRICTION error refers to a course that is restricted by student classification.
To resolve this error, students must select a different course or seek override permission from the academic department offering the course. Example: KSU 1101 and KSU 2290 is restricted to freshman students.
The CLOSED SECTION error occurs when students attempt to register for a class that is full.
To resolve this error, students should register for another section of the course or select a different course. If the course section offers a waitlist, consider waitlisting for the course.
Closed course overrides are available only during the drop/add period. Students may inquire to the academic department and/or the college/school website responsible for the course that is closed. If approved, the department will enter the approval code in the Student Information System. The student must then register for the course.
CONNECTED COURSE DROP CONFIRMATION
The Connected Course Drop Confirmation notice will appear when students attempt to drop a course that has a connected or linked course, i.e., co-requisite or concurrent prerequisite course. Drop both courses by clicking the DROP button on this page.
CORQ_Course XXXX REQ
The CORQ (Co-requisite) error occurs when students do not register for a group of courses that are linked together. To resolve this error, students must register for all co-requisite courses (CRNs) at the same time. Example: This registration error will most likely occur when Freshmen are attempting to register for courses within a Learning Community. Students must register for all Learning Community courses (CRNs) at the same time. Important Notes: When registering for a science course that requires a lab, both the lecture and lab
courses must be registered for successfully at the same time. You will receive a course PREQ & TEST SCORE or CORQ Course XXXX REQ ERROR until registration for both courses (lecture and lab) are successful.
CRN DOES NOT EXIST #####
The CRN DOES NOT EXIST error occurs as a result of not using the correct CRN for a specific semester. To resolve this error, either enter in the correct CRN grouping (as indicated below) or select a different term.
- Fall Semester Begins with 8####
- Spring Semester Begins with 1####
- Summer Term Begins with 5####
The DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL error occurs when students attempt to register for courses that are reserved for specific groups of students. To resolve this error, students will need to contact the academic department teaching the course in order to obtain permission to enroll into this course. Once permitted, the student must login to Owl Express and register.
DUPL CRSE WITH SEC-XXXXX
The DUPL CRSE, Duplicate Course, error occurs when students attempt to register for the same subject and course number twice. Students needing to register for more than one special topics course may contact the academic department of the discipline for assistance with a repeat override.
The LEVEL RESTRICTION error occurs when undergraduate students attempt to register for graduate level courses. To resolve this error, students should only select undergraduate level courses.
The MAJOR RESTRICTION error occurs when students attempt to register for courses that are reserved for a specific degree/major or groups of majors. To resolve this error, students should register for another course or seek override permission from the academic department offering the course.
MAXIMUM HOURS EXCEEDED
Maximum Course Load - During the Fall and Spring semesters, a student may register for up to 18 hours. The Registrar may approve up to 21 hours for students with an institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher. Course loads above 21 hours must also have a recommendation from the student’s department chair. During the Summer term, a student may register for up to 13 hours. The Registrar may approve up to 15 hours for students with an institutional GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students not in good academic standing will be limited to 13 hours during any
term. Course loads above 13 hours must have a recommendation from an academic advisor or department chair that is made to the Registrar.
The MUTUAL EXCLUSION with MATH XXXX error occurs when a student who has previously enrolled or received credit for MATH 1111 or 1112 attempts to register for MATH 1113 and vis versa. Questions may be addresses with the Mathematics department.
PREQ & TEST SCORE-ERROR
The PREQ & TEST SCORE-ERROR occurs when students attempt to register for courses in which they do not meet the course prerequisites. Course prerequisites are checked during the registration process. To resolve this error, students should register for a different course in which they meet course prerequisites. A list of course prerequisites can be found by returning to the Registration Worksheet and clicking on Class Search at the bottom of the page. Click on the CRN and then on the Course Title. The course prerequisites are listed at the bottom of the page. Labs and Lectures: When registering for a science course that requires a lab, both the lecture and lab courses must be registered for successfully at the same time. You will receive a course PREQ & TEST SCORE or CORQ Course XXXX REQ ERROR until registration for both courses (lecture and lab) are successful. Concurrent Prerequistes: a set of courses that must be taken simultaneously.
REPEAT COUNT EXCEEDS 1
The REPEAT COUNT EXCEEDS 1 error occurs when a student has exceeded the number of attempts allowed to repeat a course. Effective spring 2012, a student may repeat a course once. Receiving this error means that the student has exceeded the attempts more than one additional time. To resolve this error, the student may consult the academic department of that discipline to be considered for an override.
Reserved for students in a particular cohort. Examples are Honors College (H sections), Advanced Major Program (M sections), New Students at Orientation (N sections). N courses sections will open to the general population after the last orientation session.
TIME CONFLICT WITH XXXXX
The TIME CONFLICT error occurs when students attempt to register for courses that conflict or overlap by date and time. To resolve this error, students should register for courses on a different date and time.
How to View Your Current Class Schedule
To access an easy-to-view summary of your current registration, visit Owl Express then follow these instructions:
- Click on the Registration tab.
- Click on "Display Your Class Registration and Grades".
- Refresh this page often if you are making multiple changes to your schedule.
If a class you thought you signed up for is not listed here it means you are currently not registered or waitlisted for it. Go back to the Class Registration page and try again while paying close attention to any registration errors or waitlist prompts.
Are you choosing classes that will count towards your major?
Check your DegreeWorks in your Owl Express account!
DegreeWorks will automatically update as you register for classes. Courses that are satisfying an area of your degree will appear in blue. Courses that are not counting towards the degree you have declared will populate under "Unused Courses" at the bottom on the page.
Recently submitted a major change?
If you have entered in a major change that has not yet updated on your transcript, you can still check to see if the courses you registered for will count towards your new major by clicking on "What-If" in the left-hand menu.
For more instructions on how to use DegreeWorks, visit our Understanding DegreeWorks page.
Math Placement Information
Which MATH can you start at?
When you applied to KSU, you were placed into your starting MATH course based on
a combination of your high school GPA and the math portion of your SAT or ACT,
whichever you took or whichever was higher.
- MATH 1111 COLLEGE ALGEBRA: Anyone can start here.
- MATH 1113 PRECALCULUS: You can start here if you have a SAT MATH score of 570 or above (ACT MATH 23 or above) AND a high school GPA of 2.8 or above.
- MATH 1190 CALCULUS I: You can start here if you have a SAT MATH score of 620 or above (ACT MATH 26 or above) AND a high school GPA of 3.2 or above
Ensure that you register for the most appropriate math class for your major.
This is not the only way that you can get into a specific Math course. You might have a college credit from dual enrollment or AP scores. Please consult your major’s advisor on enrolling in the next appropriate math course for your major if you already have a math credit.
Please visit Placement.kennesaw.edu for information on ALEKS if you did not place directly into your desired math and feel you can go higher. This is an intensive combination at-home module/proctored exam.
Do you need additional assistance?
We are here to help!
- You can email your advisor for more in-depth questions.
- You are always welcome to schedule a advising appointment or visit us during walk-in hours.
Common Registration Problems
I am possibly getting AP credit. What classes should I take?
AP Scores have typically been released around mid to late July.
We advise students who are awaiting AP scores to register based on possibly not receiving credit for any exams, and then making necessary adjustments to their schedule later in the Summer.
Students can also choose to register for other courses that are not dependent on their scores. For example, if a student believes they may be getting credit for ENGL 1101, they may register for a different general education class like POLS 1101 until their scores come in. At that point, if they did get credit for ENGL 1101 they could drop POLS 1101 and register for ENGL 1102 in its place.
Regardless, be sure you have requested your scores be sent to KSU from College Board. KSU will not award any credit otherwise.
How do I waitlist a class?
How to Waitlist for a Closed Section Offering Waitlisting
- Login to Owl Express
- Select the Registration tab
- Select the Term
- Select Registration (Add/Drop Classes)
- Perform a Class Search for a course section
- Course sections with a WL Cap of more than zero are using waitlisting
- Take note of the CRN
- Select Add to Worksheet
- Enter the CRN
- Select Submit Changes
- From the drop down Action box, choose Wait List' to add to the waitlist
- Click Submit Changes
- Students will receive an email notification when a seat becomes available.
- Students have 18 hours from the date and time of seat notification to register for the course or the student will be deleted from the waitlist.
- Notifications of seat availability are emailed to student KSU email accounts.
ALL waitlists will expire at the end of Registration. Students will be removed from the waitlist
- Students may register for open seats during the remaining days of Drop/Add.
- Students MUST meet all prerequisites, co-requisites, and registration requirements to be eligible to waitlist.
- Time conflicts and repeat limits are not checked when waitlisting for a course, but will be enforced when registering for a course.
I am on the waitlist for a class, but it shows it is open. Why can't I register for it?
In this situation, there is at least one student ahead of you on the waitlist who has been offered that open seat. They have 18 hours from the time they receive an email from KSU saying the seat is theirs to register, otherwise they lose their spot and the seat is then offered to the next person on the list.
If you are on a waitlist for a class, it is vital that you check your student email regularly for an automatic notification from KSU. If you miss your registration window, you must re-add yourself to the back of the list.
I am trying to register for an open online class, but I am getting a "Campus Restriction" error. What does that mean?
The Campus Restriction error will occur for on-campus students trying to register for an "Online Learner Only" course. To resolve this error, students must register only for courses that are not reserved for Online Learners. Online Learners are a special population of students who have declared majors that will be completed 100% online. They cannot take on-campus classes.
You will most often see this when attempting to register for W01, W02, and sometimes W03 sections of Coles College of Business courses like ECON 1000, ACCT 2101, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, etc.