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Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia

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

About Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is one of four research universities in the University System of Georgia. Its main campus is located in Kennesaw, which is about 25 miles northwest of Atlanta, and it has satellite campuses located in Dallas and Dalton, Georgia. In Fall 2015, a planned consolidation with Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) will add SPSU's campus in Marietta, Georgia, to KSU.

KSU is ranked among the top four up-and-coming regional universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2013. This school was also ranked #30 among top public regional universities in the South in 2014.


KSU has nine colleges and schools and offers over 70 undergraduate degree programs, including programs in business, art, nursing, teaching, computer science, history, biology, criminal justice and sport management. Unique programs include the Bachelor of Science in Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality, which is administered by the school's Institute for Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.

KSU's urban campus includes six science labs, 15 health science labs, a sports park with an 8,300 seat stadium and a culinary center. Students have access to an academic library and a performing arts library, which is a facility where students can view performances or listen to recordings.


Future undergraduates can apply to KSU by completing an online application through, paying a $40 fee. Students who have fee waivers must print and mail the application. Applicants must also submit standardized test scores and high school transcripts. To be accepted with full standing, students must have a minimum SAT combined score of 950 or ACT composite score of 20.

In Fall 2012, 94% of KSU's student body was from Georgia and 58% were female. Additionally, most undergraduates (75%) were full-time students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Since GSA is part of the state university system, students who are Georgia residents pay about $10,000 less a year than non-residents. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the cost per credit hour for in-state undergraduates is $169.93, and for non-residents it is $599.80. Fees for technology, activities, health, recreation and other items are added to tuition costs. All undergraduate students taking less than four credit hours pay $784.50 in fees per semester, and those taking five or more credit hours pay $917 per semester.

Students applying for financial aid should complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the priority deadline, which was April 1 for the Fall 2014 semester. Kennesaw also offers a payment plan to help spread out the cost of a semester over three or four payments.

School Type 4-year, public university*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 22,684 undergraduates and 1,920 graduate students in Fall 2012*
Student Housing 14% of undergraduates live on campus**
Schools and Programs Nine schools and nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate programs***
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2012:
Bachelor's: Speech communication and rhetoric (289),
Master's: Business administration and management (207),
Doctoral: Business administration (9)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 15% in four years, 43% in six years*
Admission Rate 57% in 2012*
Entering Class Size About 3,239 in 2012*
First-Year Retention Rates 76% for full-time and 62% for part-time students*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1179 in 2011***
Application Due Date May 8**
Decision Notification Date Rolling notifications begin in January**
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $5,818 for in-state and $15,898 for out-of-state undergraduates*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2012: Federal grants (36%), state and local grants (68%), institutional scholarships (4%) and federal loans (51%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% in 2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **College Board, ***Kennesaw State University.

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