New Transfer Students
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New Transfer Students are not required by KSU to participate in a New Student Orientation. However, we strongly recommend that you attend Orientation. In addition to hearing useful information about the requirements for the business program, if you attend Orientation you will be able to register for your classes on that day. If you do not attend Orientation, you will have to wait until near the beginning of your first term to register.
Your KSU Orientation will include a session presented by Professional Business Advisors from the Coles College. Our session will explain the basics about the BBA [Bachelor of Business Administration] program requirements. You will receive our Undergraduate Handbook and other reference materials to help you plan your coursework and succeed in your business program.
Once you have been admitted to KSU, the Registrar’s Office will evaluate your transcript(s) from your previous school(s) and award you with transfer credit. When the evaluation process has been completed, you will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office listing the credit, and eventually your credit will show in your online unofficial transcript. Coles College advisors cannot evaluate your transcript.
If you are given credit for a specific KSU course, that course number will be listed in your record (e.g., ENGL 1101). If you are given credit, but the course you took at your other school does not match any of KSU’s courses, then your record will show something like ENGL 3T00. The prefix indicates that it is an English course. The 3 (3xxx) indicates that it is a 3000-level course. The T (xTxx) indicates it is unmatched transfer credit. The last two digits always start at 00 and then go up one number at a time if you get more than one course of the same type (e.g., ENGL 3T00, ENGL 3T01, and ENGL 3T02).
If you believe that one of your “T” courses should count as a specific course you need for your BBA, then you may put in a request for a substitution. You do this by meeting with a Professional Business Advisor in the Business Undergraduate Advising Center (BB 431). The advisor will submit your substitution request for processing. Depending on where you took the course, you may be required to provide an official course description from your previous school’s Catalog or a course syllabus to be reviewed as part of your request.
The substitution request will have to be approved by the appropriate Department Chair or Dean. If the substitution is approved by the Department Chair/Dean, it will be submitted to the KSU Registrar’s Office for approval. The substitution must be approved at all levels in order to take effect. If it is approved, it will show up in your online record. If your request is denied, you will be notified either by the Business Undergraduate Advising Center or by a message in your online record.
When your transfer credit is listed in your online KSU record, a Professional Business Advisor can review it and help you decide what courses to take - either at Orientation or at an advising session. If your transfer credit has not been evaluated, the course selection process is much more difficult. Coles College advisors cannot look at your transcript and evaluate your credit - only the Registrar’s Office can do that. The Registrar’s Office works very hard to get the transcripts evaluated quickly for all students attending Orientation. If the evaluation process is not complete, you may be able to get an idea of what usually transfers from your previous school by checking the Transfer section of the Registrar’s website. There is general information there about what transfers and also a database of specific course equivalencies from some schools.
If your transfer credit has not been evaluated by the Registrar’s Office by the time you are registering, you need to select safe courses to take. Safe courses are ones for which you are sure you will not receive transfer credit. For example, if you have taken a Biology course, you might get transfer credit for SCI 1101, so you should not sign up for it. But if you haven’t taken any science courses in college, then SCI 1101 would be “safe” to take.
Check the online KSU Undergraduate Catalog for the complete requirements that must be met to earn a BBA at KSU. Checksheets summarizing the courses required and some of the academic policies are available on our web pages for each Major. You can view the Major and Minor listing here.
Almost all of the courses in the BBA program have prerequisites - you cannot take a course until you complete its prerequisites. It is important to plan your schedule so that you complete courses in the proper order and are not held up later because you are missing a prerequisite. You can check the prerequisites for a course in the online KSU Undergraduate Catalog or in the registration system. For additional Registration Help, click here.
Obviously transfer students come in at different stages of their programs and with different courses completed. Therefore, it is impossible for us to say here exactly what you should take in your first term at KSU. However, we have developed the list below to alert you to the highest priority courses you should take if you do not already have them completed.
The list below shows the courses in order of priority to complete - with the highest priority courses at the top.
It is important to complete the Sophomore GPA Requirement courses as quickly as possible. Completion of the Sophomore GPA Requirement is one requirement for admission to the Coles College Undergraduate Professional Program. Admission to the Professional Program is necessary in order to take upper-division business courses and earn a BBA degree.
The Sophomore GPA Requirement courses are:
You are required to earn a GPA of at least 3.00 in these eight courses, and you must have at least a “C” in each course. Courses may be repeated if necessary. If any of your Sophomore GPA Requirement courses are transferred in from another university and are not three-hour courses, that will affect the GPA calculation - be especially careful when you are checking whether you meet the 3.00 GPA.
If you have completed all the Sophomore GPA Requirement courses with at least a 3.00 GPA and a “C” or better in all the courses, you need to apply to the Coles College Undergraduate Professional Program. Visit the Business Undergraduate Advising Center to discuss this.
Admission to the Coles College Undergraduate Professional Program is required in order to register for 3000-level or 4000-level business courses.
Early in your first term at KSU (after your transfer credit has all been evaluated by the Registrar but no earlier than the 3rd week of classes), you should make an appointment with a Professional Business Advisor to discuss your plans for your remaining work at KSU.