Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

School Details

Kennesaw State University is a four-year public school located in Kennesaw, Georgia about 20 miles north of Atlanta on the top of Kennesaw Mountain. KSU is the third largest college in the University System of Georgia. KSU began in 1963 as Cobb County Junior College and went through many changes until it became Kennesaw State University in 1996. The school primarily serves northwest Georgia and Atlanta.

The campus is located on 328 acres of land in a suburban area that is close by I-75 in Cobb County. About 13% of students live on campus. Some classes are also held at the following satellite campuses: Cobb Galleria Centre, Dalton State College, Appalachian Technical College and Dallas.

Kennesaw State University 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. KSU has the largest nursing program in the state of Georgia and the school’s students have one of the highest passing rates of the licensing exam. Continuing education classes are also available at this school.

Kennesaw State University has 24,175 students (22,333 undergraduate) and 1,311 faculty members, giving the university a 21 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 735 teach full-time and 576 teach part-time. Of all students, about 75% study full-time and about 25% study part-time. The student body contains 58% female students and 42% male students. About 66% of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Hispanic, and Asian. Most students (71%) are ages 24 and under with 29% of students being ages 25 and above. About 93% of students are from Georgia, 3% of students are from out-of-state, and 4% of students represent 132 foreign countries. Of the students who are from Georgia, about 75% are from the towns of Cobb, Cherokee, and Fulton. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 77% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 63%. The overall graduation rate is 41% and the overall transfer-out rate is 20%.

KSU has over 170 student clubs and organizations in addition to club sports, religious life, social and special-interest organizations, student government, student publications, honor societies, and over 20 sororities and fraternities. The KSU Owls compete in NCAA Division 1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference and have won 12 conference championships.

Special learning opportunities available to students include: ROTC (Army and Air Force), teacher certification, distance learning, study abroad, and weekend/evening classes. Students have access to services such as academic and career counseling, employment services, and placement services for completers.

Tuition costs $5,340 per year for in-state students and $14,916 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,500 per year. On-campus housing costs $11,275 per year with an average of $4,775 needed for additional living expenses. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $11,275 per year with $4,775 in additional living expenses. This school offers no alternative tuition plans. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Almost 90% of all KSU students receive financial aid.

Every year, around 8,600 students apply to Kennesaw State University and 64% of those applicants will be admitted into the university. Statistically, 65% of men and 63% of women who apply will be accepted. To be considered for enrollment, a student must submit a high school transcript and GPA, submit proof of completion of a college preparatory program, submit admission test scores, pay the $40 application fee, and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Both application deadlines and submission of ACT/SAT scores are due May 11 each year.

Kennesaw State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is overseen by the Georgia Board of Regents.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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