Coles Online Orientation Guide 2020



Welcome to the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University!

This online orientation guide will address your basic needs on your path to a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree, answer your questions as a new student, and provide you with access to dedicated student services and resources. Our Advising Center (UPAC) is your navigation hub to set the flight plan for your journey through college and the Tutoring Center is there when you get stuck in a course or subject. We also operate the Flight Academy engagement platform to build your experience, develop skills, and help you take flight.



In This Guide

Undergraduate Programs Advising Center [UPAC] □ Academic Advising □ Internship & Co-op Support □ Career Coaching Flight Academy □ Education Abroad

COVID-19 has taught us to be nimble and adapt to ensure that you get the support you need. We understand that this may not be the way you envisioned beginning your college career. However, we also know that together we can uncover the opportunities that will emerge from this crisis. We will all grow stronger, smarter, and more ready for the future on the other side of this experience. You are not alone. Here at Coles, our mission is your success!

Coles College Undergraduate Programs Majors, Minors, and Certificates

OwlExpress Courses for First-Year Students Courses for Transfer Students Prerequisites Path2Coles

□ Tutoring Center Our tutors are available to help you online. Appointments can be scheduled through EAB. Click here to learn more. □ Flight Academy For assistance, office hours are from 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Microsoft Teams. Visit to learn more. This guide will get you started on achieving your goals. You can check back whenever you aren’t sure where to find a resource or who to contact. As we learn more about how KSU and Coles College will adapt learning, we will update these materials to make sure you are prepared.

It may look different, but we are still here for you! Though in-person services are not available due to social distancing guidelines, all of our services are available remotely: □ Academic Advising Our advisors are offering virtual advising appointments; schedule an appointment through EAB. □ UPAC Virtual Reception Desk through Microsoft Teams If you have basic questions or need to be directed to the right person for help? Visit our virtual reception desk. Click here for hours of operation and the Teams link. □ Internship & Co-op Advising Virtual appointments with a Career and Internship advisor can be scheduled through Handshake.

Policies □ Re-enrollment Policy, No More than 3 □ Withdrawal “W” Grades □ Grade Requirements □ BUSA Courses □ Advanced Standing/CLEP Exams Admission to the Coles College of Business Pathway to a BBA Degree Student Resources



UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS ADVISING CENTER [UPAC] Academic Advising, A Student-Centered Approach

INTERNSHIPS & CO-OP SUPPORT Department of Career Planning and Development

FLIGHT ACADEMY The Flight Academy engagement platform will help you keep a log of the outside of classroom activities that support your academic journey. You will complete activities and attend events to earn points and badges that can later be shared with potential employers. Participation, reflection, and engagement will help develop your abilities and teach you to listen to and learn from a wide variety of perspectives. Show up with intention and an open mind and you will be surprised by what you find. Launched to deliver the BUSA courses in Fall 2019, in the Fall Semester of 2020 the platform will begin an expansion to include student organizations, leadership, group competitions and more.

Academic Advising at the Coles College of Business is pro-active and solution-oriented. To help you navigate throughout your KSU Career, it is critical to meet with your Advisor periodically to stay on track. Each conversation is an opportunity to connect and ensure that nothing stands in the way of your dreams!

Internships & co-ops are valuable tools in translating classroom theory to real-life skill. IIn partnership with the Department of Career Planning and Development, we are proud to offer Coles College students dedicated internship and co-op advisors.

Advisors Can Help You □ Transition to KSU

Our Academic Advisors use a team approach. You will have a dedicated Academic Advisor(s) assigned by major who will be your guide as you navigate your chosen degree program. Here’s What That Means □ We can provide you with more complete information. Our advisors specialize in the degree programs and stay connected to the related academic department. □ Any advisor can help you work through a major change and/or add a minor or certificate. □ We can address concerns and questions faster and more efficiently. □ You have the option to visit the same academic advisor each time just schedule your appointment with that advisor directly.

□ Navigate academic requirements □ Select courses and create a schedule □ Connect with valuable campus resources □ Explore progress toward a BBA degree

CAREER COACHING Hughes Leadership & Career Program

Our career development program is designed to help you develop the relevant skills employers need now. The three required BUSA courses, powered by the Flight Academy, will help you engage with meaningful co-curricular activity to help you on your journey from college to career. We stand ready to help you take flight.

Advising Milestones: When to Meet with an Advisor □ First Year Holds, 30 hours □ Before submitting your Coles College application

□ Degree Mapping, 60-90 hours □ Graduation Checklist, 90+ hours □ When you have questions or concerns

This program is made possible by generous donation from Tom and Barbara Hughes.

Email: Virtual Reception Desk: go to Office Location: Suite 431 on the 4th Floor of the Burruss Building, currently closed for in-person inquiries/appointments Contact us!

How to Make an Appointment Appointments are scheduled through the EAB system:• Go to for instructions on scheduling your appointment. □ Click here to go directly to the EAB System □ Go to and select “Coles College of Business Undergraduate Programs Advising Center”

EDUCATION ABROAD While travel may be on hold for now, think about Education Abroad as you make a plan for the coming years. These experiences enrich your resumé and make you more marketable to employers. Academic Advisors can support you in these decisions.

We Advise □ Current and prospective business students □ Students pursuing a business certificate □ Students pursuing a business minor □ Students interested in adding a business minor

Our team is committed to helping you achieve your goals and find success. We are here for you!



Undergraduate Majors, Minors, & Certificates We currently offer 11 Undergraduate Majors, a variety of Minor options, and Certificates:


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Prerequisites A prerequisite is a course that you are required to take before enrolling in a subsequent or higher level course. See the prerequisites for specific courses through DegreeWorks in OwlExpress or the Undergraduate Catalog at Path2Coles The Coles College registration process has been streamlined to allow students to continue through their major. As you progress with your major, you will be able to automatically enroll in some of your 3100 classes if you meet the prerequisites, even before you are admitted to Coles.

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS General Education Courses □ ENGL 1101 □ MATH 1111 or MATH 1113 □ POLS 1101 □ ECON 1000 □ SCI 1101 TRANSFER STUDENTS □ ECON 2105 □ ECON 2106 □ ECON 2300 □ ACCT 2101 □ ACCT 2102 □ BLAW 2200 □ IS 2200 □ BUSA 2150 □ Any remaining general education courses

OwlExpress is your online portal to everything KSU, including: □ Time Ticket: View your personal registration time □ Register for Courses □ View Transcripts and Holds □ DegreeWorks: a system for viewing your degree progress and facilitating academic advising; it is a supplement, not a replacement, for face-to- face advising. □ Apply to Coles College and View Application Status □ Appointment Scheduling through EAB □ Financial Aid Resources

Majors □ Accounting □ Economics □ Entrepreneurship □ Finance □ Hospitality Management □ Information Security & Assurance


Coles College Certificates □ Business Fundamentals (non-business majors) □ Information Security Assurance (also available online) □ Information Systems □ Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program (MEBUS)

□ Accounting □ Business Law □ Economics □ Engagement Marketing □ Entrepreneurship □ Finance □ Information Security & Assurance □ Information Systems □ Management □ Marketing □ Music & Entertainment Business (MEBUS) □ Operations &Purchasing

□ Information Systems □ International Business □ Management □ Marketing □ Professional Sales

□ Professional Sales □ Sports Marketing □ Coles Scholars*

For more information visit

To learn more about Coles Minors and Certificates

Online at

*Cohort based program, Scholars are selected through an application and interview process.



Policy information




GRADE REQUIREMENTS “C” or higher □ ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102

Remember, there are resources available for you. The Coles College Tutoring Center, is a great place to start if you find you are having difficulty in a class.

Students may not take certain courses more than three times. This ensures there are enough seats for degree-seeking students. It also allows our Advisors to help determine subject areas of struggle and find pro-active solutions. WHAT COUNTS TOWARD YOUR THREE ATTEMPTS? □ An attempt is defined as enrollment in a course resulting in a posted grade, including W and WF. Courses transferred from other institutions are also considered as an attempt. □ Dropping a course during the Drop/Add period is NOT counted as an attempt. □ This policy will apply to all students, both business and non-business. □ PROCESS □ Students can automatically enroll in a course for the second attempt. □ For the third attempt, students must get approval from the Undergraduate Programs Advising Center. They are required to make an appointment and meet with an Academic Advisor. Scheduled appointments on EAB.

What do I need to do to earn a BBA Degree? In order to earn a BBA degree, you will first need to: 1. Complete the Sophomore GPA Requirement 2. Complete the three courses for the Hughes Leadership & Career Program (BUSA) 3. Gain formal acceptance to Coles College 4. Complete all required courses and appropriate electives 5. Satisfy all residency requirements 6. Satisfy all grade requirements 7. Earn at least a 2.0 GPA 8. Earn at least 120 semester credit hours of credit, including at least 45 hours of upper division credit 9. Petition to graduate with the Registrar’s Office by their deadline

Business majors must apply for and be accepted to the Coles College Undergraduate Professional Program in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. For admittance to the program, you must: 1. COMPLETE THE SOPHOMORE GPA REQUIREMENT Students must complete the following courses (7) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher, including

□ ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I □ ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II □ ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics □ ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics □ ECON 2300 Business Statistics □ IS 2200 Information Systems & Communication □ BLAW 2200 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business □ All Business Courses counted toward your BBA degree □ International Business majors must make a C or higher in Foreign Language courses and non-business courses that can fit in Major Field Elective area

BUSA COURSES You must earn a “Satisfactory” or “S” in BUSA 2150, BUSA 3150, and BUSA 4150. All activities for BUSA courses are tracked in the Flight Academy platform. ADVANCED STANDING/CLEP EXAMS Grades of “K” from an Advanced Standing or CLEP exam will be converted to a “B” or “C” grade for purposes of the Sophomore GPA Requirement calculation, depending on your actual score on the exam. WITHDRAWAL “W” GRADES KSU’s policy limits the total number of “W” grades (Withdrawals) you may have on your record to eight (8). A grade of “W” does not count as a course attempt. Please note: withdrawals beyond eight (8) will reflect as a “WF” on your transcript.

a grade of C or better in each course: □ ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I □ ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II □ ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics □ ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics

□ ECON 2300 Business Statistics □ IS 2200 Information Systems & Communication □ BLAW 2200 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

2. BUSA 2150 REQUIREMENT □ Complete BUSA 2150 with a grade of “S” □ BUSA 2150 is the first course in the Hughes Leadership & Career Program.

3. ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: □ Declare a business major at KSU

□ Complete 45 semester hours

Details about these requirements for each major can be found in your KSU Undergraduate Catalog online at

Click here for more information regarding our re-enrollment policy.

Once you have satisfied each of those three steps, you can submit your Coles College application online through OwlExpress under the Student Services Tab. There is not a deadline to submit your Coles College application, but you can only submit it once the grades are final in the Sophomore GPA courses and BUSA 2150.

Click here to learn more about the Coles College Tutoring Center.




STUDENT RESOURCES IN COLES COLLEGE Undergraduate Programs Advising Center (BB 431): Academic Advising, Career Coaching through the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, Internship & Co-op Advising, and Education Abroad; currently closed for in-person inquiries/appointments. See page 1 for more information. □ Coles College Tutoring Center (BB 292): currently closed for in-person tutoring. Email or visit to connect with the Tutoring Center. □ UITS Computer Lab (BB 475), currently closed. The ground floor labs in the library are open.


4. OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS □ Out-of-State Waiver and Scholarship

FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND REGISTRATION □ Financial Aid □ Registrar’s Office □ Immunization Requirement

University Orientation Website

Information for Admitted Students

5. INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS □ International student information □ Mandatory insurance for international students 6. INFORMATION FOR VETERAN STUDENTS □ Military and Veterans Services □ VA Certifying Official

On this page, you will find the following information:


□ SMART Center □ Student Center □ Writing Center □ Desire2Learn (D2L) □ Library □ Department of Career Planning and Development

1. ALL STUDENTS □ Set up your NETID and student email □ Check for holds on your account □ Submit your immunization records □ Verify lawful presence 2. FRESHMAN □ See if you qualify for credit by exam □ Sign up for the math placement test □ Pay your Enrollment Deposit

CAMPUS LIFE AND SERVICES □ Housing & Residence Life □ Parking and ID Card

STUDENT WELLNESS AND SUPPORT □ Student Disability Services □ Counseling and Psychological Services □ Wellness Center

□ Campus Map □ Public Safety □ Student Life □ Campus Dining and Meal Plans □ Bookstore

3. TRANSFER STUDENTS □ Transfer credit evaluation


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