For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country’s most dynamic cities. As Georgia’s third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

Two Great Institutions – One World-Class University

On January 6, 2015, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the consolidation of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University. This represents the USG’s fifth and largest consolidation in its continuing commitment to increase efficiencies and effectiveness to better serve students and the state.

The new Kennesaw State University combines the best from two of Georgia’s most respected institutions in higher education. A comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is a destination campus offering students a broad spectrum of quality academics, a growing and vibrant campus life, award-winning dining facilities, and a wide array of athletic offerings. With nationally ranked degrees in business, engineering and first-year programs, as well as premier teaching, nursing, architecture, science and math programs, the new Kennesaw State University is poised to become Georgia's next world-class institution.


Kennesaw State University 2015 - By The Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 32,500 (based on Fall 2014)
  • Total degree programs: more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees
  • On-campus housing capacity: approximately 5,200 and eight residence halls
  • Number of alumni: more than 100,000
  • Economic impact: $1.2 billion — Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia report 2012
  • Countries represented in the student body: 130
  • Students participating in continuing education classes: 17,210
  • Athletic teams: 18 NCAA Division I, including football (Fall 2015)

Kennesaw State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

World-Class Mission

In the summer of 2013, the Board of Regents voted to broaden Kennesaw State University’s academic and research missions and encouraged the institution’s leadership to pursue national and international preeminence. The directive was clear:

“Institutions classified as comprehensive universities offer a number of undergraduate and master’s-level programs with some doctoral-programs. Graduate programs at comprehensive universities are characterized as master’s-dominant. While teaching is a core focus at all USG institutions, the emphasis on basic and applied research is heavier at comprehensive universities than state universities or state colleges…It is expected that institutions within this sector will be committed to being world-class academic institutions.”

-- From the August 13, 2013 Board of Regents meeting