Kennesaw State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

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About Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is located near Kennesaw Mountain in Cobb County, Georgia, just to the northwest of Atlanta. KSU is the third largest university in Georgia, and U.S. News & World Report ranked the school among the top universities in the south region in 2012, as well as #27 among 'Top Public Schools'. The American Council of Trustees and Alumni gave Kennesaw an A rating in 2012, making the school one of only a handful of universities in the U.S. who received this recognition.


Kennesaw University offers degree programs in 80 different fields of study through nine colleges; these programs may result in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. The university's online division offers multiple bachelor's and master's degree programs, undergraduate and graduate certificate programs and an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement program. Kennesaw also has an honors program that allows students to complete a capstone project.

Services offered to students by the university include career services, student development services, adult learner programs, a student life center and a lifelong learning center for non-traditional students. Other available student activities include a student newspaper, student government groups and a large Greek community. The university also offers study abroad programs.


Applicants to the school must submit an online application, along with an application fee, standardized test scores and transcripts. Some students are also required to take the COMPASS exam. Applicants must meet minimum SAT and ACT scores, as well as have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students who have taken CLEP, AP or IB exams may submit those scores for up to 30 semester hours of credit.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition was $161.74 per credit hour for Georgia residents and $570.94 per credit hour for out-of-state students. Students also must pay mandatory technology, institutional, student activity, athletic, recreational and health fees.

Kennesaw offers financial aid in the form of work study, grants, loans and scholarships. Each fall, spring and summer semester comes with specific financial aid deadlines.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate*
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 24,175 in fall 2011**
Student Housing Apartments and suite-style residences*
Schools and Programs 9 colleges; 80 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business, management and marketing (884)
Master's: Business, management and marketing (363)
Doctorate: Education (8)**
Graduation Rates (Students Beginning Study in 2005) 41% in 150% of normal completion time**
Admission Rate 64% in 2010**
Entering Class 2,984 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates (Full-Time) 77% from fall 2010 to fall 2011**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 20-24 in 2010**
Application Due Dates For 2013:
November 8 for spring
April 5 for summer
May 10 for fall*
Tuition For 2012-2013: $161.74 per credit hour for GA residents; $570.94 per credit hour for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Beginning Undergraduates Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (33%), state and local grants/scholarships (68%), institutional grants/scholarships (3%), federal loans (47%), other loans (1%)**
Percentage of Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 89% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Kennesaw State University, **NCES College Navigator, ***NCES IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1000 Chastain Road, #9111, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591
  • Phone: (770) 423-6300
  • Website: www.kennesaw.edu

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