• Summer Semester are offered during the month of April prior to the school term starting in June
    • Fall Semester orientation dates are offered during the months of June and July prior to the starting school term starting in August
    • Spring Semester are offered during the month of November prior to the school term staring in January. All of our 2019 Spring sessions have concluded.

    To view the Ignition: New Student Orientation session dates available to you, please log into your student portal of Owl Express with your NetID and Password to view.

    You can also follow our Orientation Sign-Up guide to give you step-by-step directions on how to find available Ignition session dates. 

    Contact Orientation and Transition Programs if you have questions: call 470-578-6219 or email KSUOrientation@kennesaw.edu.

  • Yes, we highly encourage students to bring a parent or adult family member/friend who will be supporting the student. Research indicates that support from families results in greater student success. We do not encourage children/younger siblings (12 and under) to attend Parent and Family Orientation because it is designed for adults and can be a very long day for little ones. Please make appropriate child care plans when organizing your visit to KSU. NOTE: Each parent/guest is required to pay a fee to attend Parent and Family Orientation.

  • If the session is full, please make an appointment with an academic advisor to go over class requirements and the class registration process. First Year students-Ignition is mandatory, so please contact the NEST office at 470-578-2860 to schedule an appointment. Transfer students may contact the Academic Advisor within the college of their major. This listing may be found in the Orientation handbook or the A-Z index located on the top navigation bar.

  • The Ignition fee for students, parents and or guest is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.

  • Bring your confirmation to the Ignition session. Remember, this is an important day as your student makes new friends and connects with student leaders and KSU faculty. Your student will be in good hands throughout the day and will be advised by our professional advising staff and faculty representing his/her major. Participate fully in your orientation session, ask questions and take this opportunity to meet parents of other incoming students.

  • If you require assistive devices or other accommodations to participate in orientation please contact M. Nastassia Sanabria, Asst. Director for Disabled Student Support Services at 470-578-2666, 470-578-9164 (fax), nsanabria@kennesaw.edu for information about registering for accommodations throughout the academic year.


  • Student and Parent/Family Ignitions are typically separate. Student Ignition is designed for students to have an opportunity for direct interaction with other incoming students, KSU faculty, and staff. Parent Ignition is geared specifically to address parent concerns, which are often quite different from student concerns. The format of Parent Ignition is designed to give parents direct contact with representatives from key offices and support programs on campus.

  • The Parent Ignition fee covers the cost of publications, supplies (in addition to food and beverages) and a one year membership to our Parent & Family Association.

  • After checking in, you will have the opportunity to network with other parents of incoming KSU students. The program consists of speakers from key offices, along with several opportunities to interact with KSU support services. We typically offer an optional tour at the end of the program. A sample orientation schedule is provided in the Student & Parent orientation booklet. Once registered for Parent & Family Ignition, a detailed email will be sent to you three days prior to your arrival session.

  • If the session is full, you do have the option to attend the Parent and Family session as a stand-by if space and resources are available. Simply provide your name to the stand- by/check-in table representative the day of the session. No stand-by list will be created prior to the date of the session. It is a first come, first serve process. We will try our best to accommodate everyone; however we may not always be able to guarantee space availability. If space is confirmed, you will be required to pay the orientation fee for each participant at that time and then you will be permitted into the Parent & Family session.

  • Please encourage your student to eat breakfast before attending Ignition. Please encourage your student to complete any testing requirements that they may have been notified such as the Math Placement Exam or the Compass Placement Exam.

  • Due to liability issues we cannot accept responsibility for administering medications to your student. Please make arrangements for your student to take medications before or after orientation if possible. If not possible, please prepare your student to follow through with any medication needs during the program.

  • Students attending Ignition will be assigned to small groups led by our experienced IL's (Ignition Leaders). If your student becomes ill or has a problem during Ignition, he/she should notify a student leader who will contact an Ignition staff person for instructions. Your student should also call or text message you if the problem is serious. Please make sure each of you have a cell phone that is fully charged.

  • Parent Ignition will include a brief overview of the advising process and an opportunity to ask questions, however parents will not be involved in the student advising session. This allows our professional advisors the opportunity to work directly with students to provide the most efficient process possible.

  • Professional advisors and Ignition staff will be available to assist your student in the registration process. Lab space is limited; therefore we reserve the registration labs for students and professional staff members only. In each registration lab there will be a minimum of 3-5 trained professional advisors in addition to a minimum of two Ignition Leaders to assist students as they register.

  • At Ignition you and your student will be provided information regarding fees, deadlines and payment options. KSU has several payment options: online with credit card or web-check, in person at the Bursar’s Office (cash, check or money order only at Bursar’s Office), or by mail. Fees are not typically due the day of orientation. However you may want to check to see when fees are due to allow adequate preparation of fiscal organization. Parents please make sure your student completes the FAFSA online to ensure priority consideration for financial aid.

  • Parents are asked to meet students on the first floor of the student center bldg. 5 in the lounge area. This information will be provided to students and parents at Ignition.


If you have additional questions please contact the Orientation and Transitions Programs at 470-578-6219 or email KSUOrientation@kennesaw.edu.