Step by Step New CCSE Student Orientation

Who is this page for?

This page has been created for students pursuing degrees within the College of Computing and Software Engineering.

We offer the following majors:

  • Computer Game Design & Development
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Information Technology (includes some Information Security components)
  • Software Engineering
  • There are many domains within the field of computing!

    CCSE Majors mainly focus on the technical side of the software concerning computers, and to some extent, the hardware.

    Computer Science - Software focused, primarily theory-based, lots of programming, housed in CCSE.

    Software Engineering - Software focused, mixture of theory and practicality, lots of programming, housed in CCSE.

    Computer Game Design & Development - Software focused, theory & practice centering around game development, lots of programming, housed in CCSE.

    Information Technology - User/software focused, primarily practicality-based, moderate amount of programming, housed in CCSE.

    Data Science & Analytics - Data/math focused, theory and practice based, moderate amounts of programming, housed in CCSE.


    Computer Engineering- Hardware focused, primarily theory-based, small amount of programming, housed in SPCEET. If you're interested in this major, check out the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

    Information Systems - User/organization focused, no programming, housed in Coles. It is the more business side of computing, and is a Bachelor of Business Administration. If you're interested in this major, check out the Coles College of Business.

    Information Security & Assurance - User/organization security concepts & practices focused, no programming, housed in Coles. It is also focused on business, and is also a Bachelor of Business Administration. You'll also find this major in the Coles College of Business.

    Digital Animation - Art/software focused, design/theory based, no programming, housed in College of the Arts. If you're interested in this major, check out the College of the Arts.

    Interactive Design - Design focused, user interaction/user interface/information visualization, a very small bit of programming, housed in Radow CHSS. If you're interested in this major, check out the Radow College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

    Cybersecurity - Software/user focused, primarily practicality based centering around security, very small amount of programming, housed in Coles. It is a blend of the technical side of IT, the business aspect of Information Security and Assurance, and a bit of Criminal Justice. It's a 100% online degree. You can find more information about this degree in the Cyber Institute.

New Student Orientation Website - Find important orientation information for any new KSU student.

Step 1: Look for an email from a CCSE Advisor in your KSU email account

If you signed up for an orientation as a major within CCSE, you should be sent an email within the week prior to your orientation day that contains:

  • essential information about your degree requirements
  • recommended classes for your intended major
  • how to find your financial aid counselor
  • and the name of your academic advisor

If you didn't get an email, or you have trouble finding it, contact us at 

If you're not sure which CSE course to begin with (CSE 1300 or CSE 1321/L), you can take our First Year Experience (FYE) placement test to help you decide which one may be right for you.

Step 2: Review the Advising Conspectus

Our conspectus establishes what academic advising is, what you can expect from us, what we expect from you, essential resources to help you succeed, and an undergraduate academic milestone timeline.

Step 3: Read Through the Registration Tips & Help Booklet

Students admitted for Fall 2023

Your registration time ticket will begin on your orientation day and remain open until just before add/drop week (the first week of classes).

This workbook includes information for both freshmen and transfer students, therefore not everything may apply to you. It contains step-by-step guides for how to set up your web browser for registration, math placement information, and potential errors you may encounter (and how to resolve them).

    1. Log on to Owl Express
    2. Click on "Registration"
    3. Click on "Registration Status and Time Ticket"

    Where to find registration status/time ticket information on Owl Express

For transfer orientations, we will also be sending an email with recommended courses to register for to your student email for more specific information pertaining to you.

We recommend that you have this workbook open to go through it during the process of registration.

Step 4: Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor (if you haven't yet)

We're available to meet with students in-person, by phone, or through a Microsoft Teams virtual call. If you choose to schedule in-person advising, please make sure you bring and wear a mask and observe the 6-foot social distancing guidelines.

Step 5: Attend Orientation

If you haven't signed up for an orientation yet, you should do so as soon as you can! Attending an orientation is the only way you'll be able to register for your first classes as a KSU student prior to just before classes start (and by that point, class options are usually extremely limited). 

Step 6: Register When Your Time Ticket Opens

Don't forget to refer to the registration workbook we linked in Step 3!

If you encounter any issues during the registration process or have any questions, you can email us at!

Check out our FAQ and How-to video for registering for CSE 1321 & CSE 1321L!

Other Orientation Resources