Resources for Students

Below you will find links to resources that are commonly helpful for first-generation college students.

Academic Advising


Owl Advising

Owl Advising (formerly University College Advising Services) is for students at Kennesaw State who have not yet chosen a major, as well as those who are considering a change of major. Owl Advising is also a secondary advising resource for those students who have a declared major but need assistance with general education requirements or university policies. However, whenever possible, it is advisable for students to see their major's advisor. Find out who your advisor is by clicking here.

KSU General Advising Resources

This site provides links to undergraduate advising information by college and instructions on how to schedule advising appointments.

Academic Success

Coles College of Business Undergraduate Tutoring

On your way to a BBA, if you run into a class that seems impossible or a set of concepts that don’t quite gel, you can find help outside of class through the Coles College Tutoring Center. One-on-one or group tutoring sessions are available in person and online during the academic year.

College of the Arts Academic Resource Center

The ARCS provides several services for students in the College of the Arts. These include, but are not limited to: assisting students in making a successful transition to college life, providing information about admission to our major programs, and making referrals to support services on campus.

ESL Center

At the ESL Center, KSU IEP, undergraduate, and graduate international students can receive tutoring in writing, reading, pronunciation, and public speaking, as well as advising for their general education (core) requirements and mentoring.

KSU Library System

The KSU Library System includes the Sturgis Library on the Kennesaw campus and the Johnson Library on the Marietta campus. Both libraries offer borrowing services, textbook reserves, study rooms, and research help.

SMART Center

In the SMART Center you will find people and resources to help with most freshman and sophomore mathematics and chemistry classes at KSU. No appointments are necessary to use the SMART Center’s services.

Supplemental Instruction

KSU students wanting to succeed in difficult courses can get help from Supplemental Instruction (SI) through weekly study sessions. All sessions are free to students. Help is available in the following subject areas: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Genetics, Mathematics, Physics, and Political Science.

Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students in all majors improve their writing. Experienced, friendly writing assistants help with topic development, revision, research, documentation, grammar, and more.

Campus Life

Department of Student Life

KSU encourages participation in co-curricular activities as an integral part of students’ total education. The Department of Student Life supports all 300 Registered Student Organizations and several other campus programs.

Multicultural Student Affairs

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) serves as home to a vibrant array of functional areas that support and advocate for traditionally underrepresented student populations at KSU. MSA provides support to all KSU students, with an emphasis on GLBTIQ students, international students, and students of color. 

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) is the first contact for students with disabilities to arrange accommodations and locate campus and community resources. 

 Career Planning

Department of Career Planning and Development

The Department of Career Planning and Development offers career counseling and testing, cover letter help, resume assistance, mock-interviews, and several other resources. Several career fairs are conducted each year in the areas of Business, Non–Profit and Government, and Education. Thousands of postings for employment, many of which are targeted to KSU students and alumni, can be accessed through the CPD website using Handshake.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Education Abroad

Kennesaw State University offers more than two-dozen faculty-led study abroad programs in 30+ countries, as well as many foreign exchange and international internship opportunities. Regardless of what field of study or country you are passionate about, there is an education abroad program for you!

Office of Undergraduate Research

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research at Kennesaw State University is to promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship in all disciplines across campus. Through undergraduate research, students become professionally socialized and begin to acquire the skills and attitudes associated with their disciplines.

Financial Resources

CARE Center

The Campus Awareness, Resource, and Empowerment (CARE) Services offers support to students who have experienced homelessness, food insecurity and/or the foster care system. The CARE Services provides both on and off campus resources, operates the campus food pantries, provides personal care items and assists in accessing temporary and/or permanent housing. 

I'm First Scholarship Search

A list of free websites where you can search for scholarships available to first-gen students. There are millions of dollars awarded each year. Find the scholarships that suit you best and apply. 

KSU Office of Scholarships

Kennesaw State University is proud to offer scholarships to incoming freshmen, currently enrolled students and transfer students. Apply online with one application for foundation, merit-based, and need-based scholarships.

KSU Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance for students to help them meet the costs of obtaining a Kennesaw State University education.  

"Nine Signs of College Scholarship Scams"

Avoid scholarship scams! This article from U.S. News and World Report offers some helpful advice for protecting your time and personal information. 

Paying for College

This student resource guide includes information on scholarships, internships, and fellowships that can help students finance their educational goals. The directory is updated once a year. Please check with each scholarship contact for the most current information.

 Undocumented Students

Freedom University

Based in Atlanta, GA, Freedom University provides tuition-free education, college application and scholarship assistance, and social movement leadership training to undocumented students.

Immigration Advocates

A directory of legal services.

Informed Immigrant

The latest resources, current best-known information, and guidance for DACA recipients and the immigrant community in 2017.

Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students

Sponsored by the College Board, this guide provides information on an array of resources for undocumented students (e.g.: admissions, financial aid, and student organizations) arranged by state and university.

Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth

Informed by research and promising practices, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has compiled this Resource Guide to assist and enhance State and local efforts to support undocumented youth at the secondary and postsecondary school levels.