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 Science
  • Computer Game Design & Development
  • Information Technology (includes some Information Security components)
  • Software Engineering
  • There are many different 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 Engineering majors focus on the hardware side of computing. Software is touched on a little bit. If you're interested in this major, check out the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

    Information Systems 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 and Assurance 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.

    Cybersecurity is a blend of the technical side of IT, the business aspect of Information Security and Assurance, and a little 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 important information about your degree requirements, recommended classes for your intended major, how to find your financial aid counselor, and who your academic advisors are. 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, important resources to help you succeed, and an undergraduate academic milestone timeline.

Step 3: Read Through the Registration Workbook

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, what to register for, and potential registration issues and how to resolve them. You can find the workbook by clicking the link above, or by clicking here 

You will not be able to register for classes until your registration time ticket opens at 1:00pm on your orientation day.

    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)

Due to COVID-19, we are only holding virtual (video conferencing) and phone advising appointments. But that doesn't mean we don't want to meet you! For orientation, we strongly recommend you do a virtual appointment using Microsoft Teams so that we can share our screen with you (and your screen with us) if needed. Also, it's a good way to meet us in a socially distanced way!

All advisors are trained on all CCSE degrees, so it doesn't matter with whom you have your appointment. However, if you would like a direction to go in, we have advisors assigned by the first letter of your last name:

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). You will be assigned a time ticket that starts at 1pm on your orientation day and will remain open until just before classes start for your first semester.

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 or visit our virtual drop in room (open 1-3pm on your orientation day).

If you need to meet with an advisor one-on-one while you're registering, please let the advisor(s) in the virtual drop in room know and we will connect you to someone.

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

Other Orientation Resources