Kennesaw State University


Kennesaw State University is a public, coeducational and comprehensive university based in Georgia. With over 21,000 undergraduates, over 1,700 post graduates and more than 700 academic staffs, it is the third largest institution in the University System of Georgia. According to data of the year 2010, the acceptance rate of this university is 63.9%.

Kennesaw State University was officially established on October 9, 1963 as Kennesaw Junior College and changed its name to the current one in 1996. As the third largest university in the state of Georgia, this university has a campus of 240 acres. It offers a number of campus services including Late night transport/escort service, health service and so forth.

Kennesaw State University offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate’s programs. The average freshman retention rate is 76%, and only 11% of the students in this university finally finished their four years’ study and managed to graduate with a degree. The 5-year and 6-year graduation rates are 31% and 37% respectively.

The mission of Kennesaw State University is:

Kennesaw State is a proud public university in the University System of Georgia, located in the densely populated and rapidly developing northwest region of Greater Metropolitan Atlanta. Chartered in 1963, KSU serves as a highly valued resource for this region’s educational, economic, social, and cultural advancement.


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


Kennesaw State University has a large number of undergraduate programs and majors, from African and African Diaspora Studies to Sport Management.

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Education
  3. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  4. Health Professions and Related Programs
  5. Social Sciences

The university is ranked No.61 among regional universities(South) by US News.

The student-faculty ratio of Kennesaw State University is 20:1 and 21.9% of all classes have less than 20 students.


Applicants for the university are required to provide either their SAT or ACT scores before May 11 and admission interview is neither required nor recommended. The application deadline is May 13 and the application fee is USD 40. Working and volunteering experiences usually give applicants extra advantages.


The in-state tuition and fees for year 2011-2012 are USD 6,282, and the out-of-state ones are USD 18,258. Students spend USD 1,500 on books and supplies on average.

Kennesaw State University offers scholarships(including both need-based ones and non-need-based ones), financial aids and part-time job opportunities to help students deal with their tuition and expenses. There are five types of need-based scholarships/grants, awarding 51% of the freshmen. USD 988 non-need-based scholarships/grants are offered according to data of the year 2010. Kennesaw State University provides four types of loans for students. The average financial aid package is USD 8,210. About 87% of the students applied for need-based financial aid and 13% of them had their needs fully met. Financial aids are also available for international students in this university.

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