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Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
p. 770-423-6000
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Kennesaw State University

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Introduction

As its name implies, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is located in the city of Kennesaw, which is part of the Atlanta metro area. The institution is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third largest university in the state.

Founded as a junior college in 1963, the college became a 4-year school in 1978 and received university status in 1996. Today, the university awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

KSU focuses on teaching and learning, offers a general education program, and is committed to public service, scholarly and creative work, and applied research. The 384-acre campus is home roughly 25,000 students. Select classes are also held at Dalton State College and Appalachian Technical College as well as the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Academics

KSU is comprised of the Colleges of the Arts, Education, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and Health and Human Services as well as the Graduate College. More than 50 undergraduate degree programs and a number of applied undergraduate and graduate certificate programs are offered.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including art, education, the liberal arts, music, sports management, information systems, marketing, and exercise and health sciences. Minors are offered in many of these fields, including anthropology, criminology, gerontology, professional sales, and in different cultural areas, such as Asian studies, Latin American studies, and Native American studies. There are also undergraduate certificate programs in fields such as alternative dispute resolution, forensic chemistry, legal interpreting, and public history.

Master’s degrees are awarded in accounting, business, education, conflict management, professional writing, public administration, nursing, information systems, and applied computer science. Graduate certificates are awarded in creative writing and in professional writing for international audiences.

Library Resources

In addition to resources such as electronic databases, laptops for loans in the library, and a large collection of print volumes, the KSU library system also has special collection in children’s literature and team literature. It also houses rare books and government documents.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Global Engagement

The university has made a deep commitment to expanding the global experience of KSU students through its “Get Global” initiative, which was first conceived in 2007. The program offers multiple opportunities for international learning experiences, which can lead to Global Engagement Certification.

Future Scholars

The Future Scholars Program supports minority students studying to become educators. It is a collaborative effort between the Bagwell College of Education and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Admissions

Admissions to the university are considered competitive. Acceptance requirements include an SAT score of 950 or an ACT score of 20 along with a minimum high school GPA of 2.5. The “Freshman Admission Predictor Form,” an online tool that uses information about the applicant’s high school career to determine whether that applicant will meet admission requirements, is available on the school’s website. Applicants should also be prepared to list various high school courses they have completed and their predicted GPA in order for the Predictor to function properly.

Prospective undergraduate students must meet the following entry requirements: four courses in English, four in mathematics, three in natural sciences, two in foreign languages in the same language, and three in social sciences. Students must graduate from high school. The GED is only honored for students who have been out of high school for more than five years. Graduate students must meet individual program requirements for admission.

The Office of Admissions also offers a Hispanic Admissions Assistance program to support Hispanic students—first generation or otherwise—in the application and admissions process.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Scholarships are available for both need- and merit-based students, and the Financial Aid office can help assist students in identifying other private sources of scholarships funds.

In order to determine eligibility for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. As some awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, it is advisable to file the FAFSA as early as possible.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

As with most large universities, the KSU student body is a diverse mix of traditional, nontraditional, residential, and commuter students. Campus is home to over 100 clubs, organizations, and athletic activities. Intramural athletics include basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, track, and soccer.

Residential Life

There are over 3000 students living in one of four unique on-campus communities: University Place, KSU Place, University Village, and University Village Suites. The dorms are “apartment-style” and include private baths and bedrooms. Students living in residences without kitchens must participate in a meal plan at KSU Dining Services; students with kitchens may choose to participate in meal plans or not.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

KSU’s athletic program began in 1981, and the university achieved membership in the Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate State University Athletics in 1982-1983. It was provisionally accepted as a member of the NCAA in 1992 and has since become a full member.

The Kennesaw State Owls compete in NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun conference. School colors are black and gold, and Scrappy the Owl is KSU’s proud mascot.

Men’s sports include:

  • baseball
  • golf
  • basketball
  • cross-country
  • track

Women’s sports include:

  • basketball
  • softball
  • tennis
  • cross-country
  • track
  • soccer

There is also a competitive cheer team.

Departments and Facilities

The Athletic Department’s sports medicine staff provides therapy and medical support to all student athletes. Sports facilities include separate fields for baseball, soccer, and softball. There is also an outdoor track, and an indoor athletic facility.

Traditions

Several alumni clubs help maintain connections between graduates from specific disciplines. These clubs include areas like the College of Education, Black Alumni, College of Business, Communication Alumni, and Nursing Alumni.

Local Community

Kennesaw is just 20 miles from Atlanta, home to major sports teams and various art and culture organizations. Attractions in the Atlanta metro area include the Braves, Hawks, and Falcons professional sports teams, as well as the Georgia Dome, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Zoo Atlanta, and MLK Center and Birthplace. For history buffs, the city offers the Atlanta History Center, Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

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Ranks 19th in Georgia and 881st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Georgia and 144th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 35 0.14
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.01
Arrest 40 0.17

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 15 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 6 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 121 0.40
Larceny 425 1.41
Vehicle theft 25 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population38,874 (38,874 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,738 (2.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,609
Families10,150 (3.12 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1311

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 975th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,984 $3,984 $14,064
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,834 $1,834 $1,834
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $166 $166 $586
FT Graduate Tuition $6,386 $6,386 $23,062
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,834 $1,834 $1,834
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $267 $267 $961
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,659 $24,659 $34,739
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,659 $24,659 $34,739
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,192 $13,192 $23,272

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,340 $5,522 $5,340 $5,522 $14,916 $15,338
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,275 $11,467
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,775 $4,856
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,275 $11,467
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,775 $4,856
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,775 $4,856

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,471 (3,820 male / 5,651 female)
Admitted 5,355 (2,147 male / 3,208 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 3,194 (1,303 male / 1,891 female)
FT Enrollment 3,091 (1,248 male / 1,843 female)
PT Enrollment 103 (55 male / 48 female)
Total Enrollment24,629

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Atlantic Sun Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Atlantic Sun Conference

ACT Test Admission

804th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 45%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 24

SAT Test Admission

550th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 67%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1170

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,497
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,880
Board Fee$4,360

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 113 562 223 145 9 2,997 130 4,301
Accounting 23 38 19 22 148 5 259
Administration of Special Education
African Studies 1 1
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 3 4
Anthropology 1 24 2 31
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 7 8
Art Teacher Education 1 2 3
Art/Art Studies, General 1 6 56 1 65
Biochemistry 2 2 1 2 1 10 1 20
Biology Teacher Education 3 1 4 8
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 21 6 7 73 3 117
Biotechnology 2 1 1 11 15
Business Administration and Management, General 18 63 24 21 303 17 452
Business/Managerial Economics 1 1 15 1 18
Chemistry, General 1 2 3 16 24
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Computer Science 4 1 1 1 8 2 17
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4 2 4 1 31 3 46
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 4 1 3 35 43
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other
Creative Writing 1 8 1 22 4 37
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 17 9 4 97 1 135
Curriculum and Instruction
Dance, General 3 8 1 13
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 1 19 25
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 6 6
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 6 1 9
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 12 1 1 52 3 69
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 1 16 20
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 21 11 4 1 266 4 315
English Language and Literature, General 2 8 5 3 73 2 99
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 4 2 29 37
Ethics 1 2 1 1 5
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 6 3 3 17 3 33
Finance, General 9 10 6 11 110 6 153
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 2 2 6 1 15 1 28
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1 10 1 13
Geography 2 13 2 18
History, General 4 2 1 58 1 69
Human Services, General 2 30 6 1 69 3 115
Information Science/Studies 4 19 7 10 68 1 110
International Business/Trade/Commerce 7 4 10 1 27 2 53
International Relations and Affairs 1 9 7 2 42 8 71
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 11 3 1 64 2 84
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 20 4 3 1 92 3 130
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 8 9 1 1 90 1 116
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1 2 4 2 10
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 1 20 25
Mathematics, General 8 1 35 1 46
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 15 2 34 54
Music Management 3 2 11 16
Music Performance, General 1 1 2 1 12 1 18
Music Teacher Education 13 13
Music, General 2 1 3 6
Nursing Administration 2 1 3
Organizational Leadership 1 8 10
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 1 4 14 1 21
Philosophy 3 3
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 5 2 13 21
Political Science and Government, General 13 1 2 65 2 85
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
Psychology, General 2 30 14 5 147 6 209
Public Administration 5 19 4 1 22 3 58
Reading Teacher Education
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 18 7 8 119 8 174
Restaurant/Food Services Management
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 1 1 1 1 28 1 33
Secondary Education and Teaching 7 2 2 49 1 65
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 3 1 39 1 45
Social Work 1 7 3 19 2 32
Sociology 1 17 3 1 42 2 70
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 2 1 5 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 43 16 3 210 8 289
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 6 2 37 3 52
Statistics, General 1 7 1 24 2 36
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1976th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $62,959 ($66,411 male / $58,849 female)
Number of FT Faculty 706 (325 male / 381 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,390
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $20,428,588
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