Kennesaw State University

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1000 Chastain Road

Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Phone: (770) 423-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 10
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#69 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Kennesaw State University is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,684, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 384 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kennesaw State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,807 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,390 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest university in Georgia with more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students representing 132 countries. KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 328-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 80 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math. The university's graduate degree programs include nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. KSU's expanding doctoral programs currently offer doctorates in education, business and nursing, as well as KSU's first Ph.D program in International Conflict Management. The University's national reputation continues to gain steam -- recognized for its first-year experience program for ten consecutive years and as one of the top universities in the region by U.S. News & World Report in its America's Best Colleges issue. Kennesaw State has also been ranked among only 19 universities in the country that scored an A by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in its "What Will They Learn?" guide. In addition, Kennesaw State's nursing program is the largest nursing program in Georgia. The University's nursing students have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community. The College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. And the Executive MBA program, housed in the Michael J. Coles College of Business is recognized among the best in the world by CEO Magazine. The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff Since 2009, Kennesaw State has awarded Global Engagement Certifications to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students' achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills. As a destination campus, the University offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies. Since becoming a member of the NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Kennesaw State Owls have won a total of 12 conference championships with the men's golf team making a national championship appearance in 2011. During the transition from 2005-2009, Kennesaw State teams won six Atlantic Sun Conference crowns in five sports, including men's indoor and outdoor track, women's soccer, softball and cross-country. Kennesaw State University provides exceptional undergraduate, graduate, continuing, co-curricular, and community educational opportunities. KSU educates students who become capable, visionary, and ethical leaders in their chosen professions and careers, and who are engaged citizens with global understanding and a love of learning. The university's research, scholarship, and creative activities expand knowledge, contribute significantly to economic development, and help improve the quality of life in the local community, Georgia, the nation, and the world. KSU students, faculty, and staff engage with local, state, regional, national, and international communities to improve those communities and the university. Kennesaw State University promotes open and honest intellectual inquiry, and inspires professional, personal, and social excellence throughout the KSU community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $24,388,385


When applying to Kennesaw State University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 10. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 10. The application fee at Kennesaw State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 56.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.5%
Application deadline May 10
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kennesaw State University is 21:1, and the school has 22.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kennesaw State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Education 17%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Social Sciences 7%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Kennesaw State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,684, with a gender distribution of 41.9 percent male students and 58.1 percent female students. At this school, 14 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 86 percent of students live off campus. Kennesaw State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 24,604
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Kennesaw State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Kennesaw State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Kennesaw State University, 98 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Kennesaw State University.

Students who have cars on campus 98%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Kennesaw State University, 67.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,121.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,807 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,390 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,199 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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