A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit, draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. The university’s alumni network is 100,000 strong. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. 

  • Academics

    Kennesaw State has been elevated to an R3 classification – a doctoral institution with moderate research activity – by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. The university has nearly 150 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.
    • Campus Life

      A sprawling physical plant spread across two campuses is situated on more than 581 acres.

      Chartered in 1963 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State has become a destination campus, where more than 5,200 students live in eight distinctive residential communities in Kennesaw and Marietta. Students who reside on campus and those who commute have access to a full-range of world-class facilities, resources and activities. 

      There are more than 200 student organizations, encompassing student governance and media, co-curricular clubs, athletics, Greek letter organizations, campus ambassadors, community service and advocacy.

      • Recognition

        Kennesaw State is consistently recognized in national rankings, including:

        U.S. News and World Report

        • Elevated to National University status
        • First-Year Experience (13th year)
        • Part-time MBA programs (86th among top programs nationally)
        • Best Online Graduate Programs (28thh among Computer Info Tech programs nationally)
        • Online MBA program (28th among programs nationally)

        Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2015)

        • Top Part-Time MBA (50th among programs nationally)

        Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (2016)

        • Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award (among top 82 programs nationally)
        • Diversity Champions (among top 8 nationally)

        American Council of Trustees and Alumni (2015-2016)

        • An “A” rating for high-quality core curriculum for three consecutive years

        Princeton Review (2015)

        • Most Environmentally Responsible “Green” Colleges
        • Growing Research

          The university has seen rapid rise in external funding for basic research, from $4.3 million in 2006 to $51 million over the past five years, leading to new knowledge and discoveries by faculty and hands-on opportunities for students.

          • Global Reach

            Kennesaw State’s Division of Global Affairs leads a comprehensive array of scholarly, educational and service-related programs on behalf of the entire university, while administering more than 60 international studies programs, offering more than 100 courses and organizing more than 130 distinct international education events.

            The University has partnerships with academic, governmental and business institutions around the world, including CIFAL, the first United Nations training center to be hosted by a university. 

            • Athletics

              Kennesaw State’s NCAA Division I athletics program includes 18 varsity sports teams, with multiple national, regional and conference championships in baseball, softball, soccer and men’s basketball.

              • NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference and Big South Conference (football only)
              • 8 men’s varsity sports
              • 10 women’s varsity sports

              KSU Mission Statement

              Kennesaw State University offers high-quality and productive undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and co-curricular programs. These include learning opportunities in architecture, the arts, business, computing, education, engineering and engineering technology, health and human services, honors experiences, humanities and social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, leadership development, the natural and physical sciences, study abroad, and other related disciplines. The University’s research, scholarship, creative activities, and public service initiatives expand and apply knowledge, contribute to economic development, and improve the quality of life in local communities, Georgia, the nation, and the world.

              The KSU community values open, honest, and thoughtful intellectual inquiry, innovative and creative problem solving, professionalism, expertise, collaboration, integrity and ethical behavior, engaged citizenship, global understanding, sustainability, mutual respect, and appreciation of human and cultural diversity. The University community strives continually to enhance student success, improve institutional quality, and respond to public demand for higher education.

              KSU Vision Statement

              Kennesaw State University will be a world-class comprehensive university recognized for its excellence in education, discovery, innovation, technology, and community engagement at all levels from local to global. The KSU experience will empower the members and graduates of the university community to have the vision, ability, and courage to transform the future. 

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