• Orientation can go only so far in making freshmen feel connected. Many schools, such as those presented in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-2017 Best Colleges Rankings edition, now build into the curriculum first-year seminars or other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. 

    Kennesaw State University is one of only 28 institutions in the nation included in the First-Year Experiences rankings. This marks the 13th year that KSU has been recognized among those institutions that are “stellar examples of first year experiences” (U.S. News and World Reports).

  • U.S. News & World Report has again recognized KSU for having one of the best “First-Year and Transition Studies Experience Programs” in its “America’s Top Colleges 2013” issue. This is the tenth year that the magazine has identified stellar FYE programs, and KSU, which has been featured in that list every year, is the only institution in the State of Georgia to ever have received this distinction.

    KSU's recognition as one of 23 preeminent colleges and universities in the area of First-Year and Transition Studies Experience is quite an accomplishment, putting it in the company of Stanford, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Notre Dame, and several other schools much larger than KSU. The program is housed in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies Programs within University College.

  • The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) announced on January 28, 2010, that Kennesaw State University’s First-Year and Transition Studies Program was the recipient of the BOR’s 2010 Program Excellence Award, the USG’s highest annual honor for excellence among departments and programs. The program was recognized for enhancing the academic success of first-year students and improving retention.

    “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Ralph Rascati, former dean of the University College, which houses the First-Year and Transition Studies Experience Program. “Our program helps students make the difficult transition from high school to college while introducing them to global education and providing avenues for civic engagement. An extremely committed faculty and staff in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies Programs deliver a multifaceted program designed to serve the needs of all students by meeting them where they are and starting them on the trajectory to where they want to be.”