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About KSU

For 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Located just north of Atlanta, the University provides students with a combination of 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 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program.

Nationally recognized for its first-year and international programs, the University provides a unique blend of academic excellence, vibrant student life and world-class facilities. The Michael J. Coles College of Business ranks among the best in the country. In its “Best Graduate Schools 2015” issue, U.S News & World Report listed Coles’ part-time MBA among the top 40 programs in the country. Kennesaw State’s nursing program, the largest in Georgia, offers students a multifunctional state-of-the-art teaching and learning lab consisting of fully functional mock hospital wards with mannequins that simulate a clinical setting. The Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education, the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state, will open its expanded facility in Fall 2014, which will enable the College to increase its academic footprint and offer additional graduate degree and certificate programs.

Established in 1963 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Kennesaw State has nearly 25,000 students representing close to 130 countries with an alumni base of more than 60,000. Kennesaw State University is one of only four comprehensive universities in Georgia and is poised to become a world-class institution.

In November 2013, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced the consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University. The consolidated institution, named Kennesaw State University, is estimated to enroll more than 30,000 students, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Click here for more information about the consolidation.

  • Leland and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education
  • Michael J. Coles College of Business
  • WellStar College of Health and Human Services
  • College of the Arts
  • College of Continuing and Professional Education
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • Graduate College
  • University College
  • Honors College
National Rankings
  • “Up-and-Coming” Regional Universities in the South (4th) — U.S. News and World Report 2014
  • One of nation’s best first-year programs for 11 consecutive years — U.S. News and World Report 2014
  • Top 40 part-time MBA programs — Michael J. Coles College of Business — U.S. News and World Report 2015
  • One of the nation’s top schools for veterans — Military Times 2014
  • One of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada — The Princeton Review 2014
  • “Innovator of the Year” — National Restaurant Association 2013
  • Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization — NAFSA: The Association for International Educators 2011
  • Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education — Institute for International Education 2011
World-Class Facilities
  • Science Lab Building – six teaching labs and 17 classrooms
  • Prillaman Hall Health Sciences Building – 15 labs, including nursing and pediatric labs
  • KSU Sports and Recreation Park – 88-acre sports and recreation park including 8,300-seat stadium
  • The Commons – LEED-Gold certified student culinary center with nine unique dining venues
  • Dr. Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center – indoor/outdoor pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, weight and fitness area, rock climbing wall, indoor track, sand volleyball and racquetball courts. (December 2014)
  • Name: The Owls
  • Mascot: Scrappy/Live Owl Mascot: Sturgis, named for the Horace W. Sturgis, the school’s first president
  • Member of NCAA Division I since 2006
  • Competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference (Football will compete as an associate member of the Big South Conference)
  • 18 men’s and women’s sports including football, which will celebrate its inaugural season in 2015
  • Since program inception in 1982:
    • oAtlantic Sun Conference Championships
    • oNCAA Division II National Championships
    • oNAIA National Championship
By the Numbers
  • Total enrollment: 24,629 (based on Fall 2013)
  • Total on-campus housing capacity: 3,500
  • Number of alumni: 63,475
  • Economic Impact: $926 million — Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia report 2012
  • Countries representated in the student body: 128
  • Students Participating in Continuing Education classes: 17,210
  • Total undergraduate and graduate degree programs: 97