Orientation to Kennesaw State does not end at Ignition; it is an on-going process! Transition Programs is here to assist you throughout your time at KSU. Our goals are to offer programs for new and returning students to engage in all facets of the Kennesaw State University experience; and to enhance academic, social, and civic connections through the introduction of resources and opportunities. We hope to connect and foster all students in transition, as well as help you successfully continue your journey as a KSU student.
New Owl Welcome (N.O.W.)
First-Year and Transfer students who attend Express Ignition orientations are encouraged to attend a N.O.W. Event. Held every semester, the New Owl Welcome is free and includes panels and sessions on student involvement, campus tours, and a SOAR Fair which showcases KSU's student organizations, activities, and campus resources. Extend your orientation experience and come find out how to get engaged on campus!
The start of any semester can be overwhelming for students whether new or returning. In an effort to assist our students and provide a welcoming university presence on campus, the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) hosts H.O.O.T. (Helping Others Orient Themselves) Booths as a part of Week of Welcome (WOW) festivities for the fall semester. Whether you need assistance or are interested in volunteering for a booth time slot, this is a great way to have your questions answered and get involved.
Tau Sigma National Honor Society
Tau Sigma is an academic honor society specifically designed to promote academic excellence and campus involvement among transfer students. Eligible students must have at least one full years’ academic credits satisfied at their prior institution(s), registered in a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree for an amount of work equal to an average full load, and must have a 3.5 GPA in their first semester at KSU. We are looking for interested students to assist with this organization at KSU!
FLITE (Finding Leadership in the Transfer Experience) Camp is a 2-day/1-night extended orientation program designed specifically for incoming transfer students. During FLITE Camp, students will have the opportunity to meet other peers transferring to Kennesaw State, interact with key campus faculty and staff, and have tons of fun while learning about the university! With the unique needs of transfer students in mind, the trip is designed to help participants become more confident, connected, curious, and comfortable in order to build a community at KSU. To enhance a seamless transition, participants will have access to specially themed monthly events, including white water rafting on the Ocoee River, during the fall semester.
In its fifth year, Owl Expedition is a 4-day/3-night extended orientation camp experience that provides first-time, first-year KSU students an opportunity to learn further about their university and its resources; meet and interact with their new classmates and fellow peers, as well as faculty and staff; and promote student involvement with hopes of retention beyond the first year of school. Student attendees are assigned to an Owl Group with a Flight Crew Leader for the duration of the trip, which includes rafting on the Ocoee River.
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What is a Flight Crew Leader?
Flight Crew Leaders are instrumental in the planning and successful implementation of Owl Expedition. Chosen students have the special opportunity to be involved in an exciting approach to sharing and promoting school spirit and what it means to be an Owl at Kennesaw State University. Flight Crew Leaders also serve as small group facilitators and peer mentors to a group of approximately 10-12 incoming first-year students before, during, and after the camp.