The Board of Regents has designated Kennesaw State as a comprehensive university, which emphasizes the University’s increase in research, graduate and doctoral programs and global engagement. As one of four schools within the University System with the classification, the comprehensive university must commit to becoming a world-class academic institution.
Several members of the Kennesaw State faculty earned Fulbright scholarships, which provide short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at postsecondary, academic institutions around the world.
Degree programs in the chemical sciences (chemistry and biochemistry) are the largest in Georgia with more than 500 majors, and programs in the biological sciences (biology and biotechnology) are among the largest with over 1,300 majors.
In recent years, the Bagwell College of Education has prepared more teachers than any other university in the state of Georgia.
The Michael J. Coles College of Business has launched the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, an initiative designed to help students discover and prepare for their careers of choice. The program will follow students through their undergraduate years, and will guide them through choosing a major, developing professional skills and launching their career.
The College of the Arts has entered into professional partnership agreements with top arts organizations in Atlanta and internationally, including the world-renowned Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Shakespeare and the Atlanta Ballet.
The Kennesaw State University Clendenin Scholars Program is a scholarship program designed to attract top students to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees.
In an effort to provide an option for academically advanced, college-bound students, Kennesaw State University has launched an Honors College, serving more than 700 undergraduates and 300 dual enrollment students.
The Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth offers students with developmental and intellectual disabilities the opportunity for a college experience. Academy students audit college-level courses in the only two-year certificate program in Georgia to offer post-secondary educational opportunities to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The International Achievement Awards recognize individuals whose outstanding work or service has made a global impact. The international awards are organized by Kennesaw State’s Institute for Global Initiatives.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research and its training center for government authorities and leaders, CIFAL Atlanta, have partnered with Kennesaw State University to jointly provide training programs for leaders around the world.
National rankings, awards, grants and honors
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Kennesaw State University’s first-year experience program among the best in the country for 11 straight years in its “Best Colleges” issue spotlighting excellence in higher education.
Kennesaw State received the Operator Innovation Award for Sustainability for its “Farm-to-Campus-to-Farm” program. The University went on to claim the top prize — Innovator of the Year — the first time an educational institution had been selected to receive the prestigious industry award.
The part-time MBA program at Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business was ranked 38th nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Graduate Schools 2015.” The program was also ranked in the top 25 nationwide by Bloomberg Businessweek.
Kennesaw State University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. This is the fourth consecutive year that the University has been named to the annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” Kennesaw State has several LEED-certified buildings and a farm-to-campus program.
Kennesaw State University has been recognized among the nation’s top schools for veterans, according to Military Times magazine in their “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings released today. The University was one of only 120 schools nationwide to be honored by the publication.
Over the past five years, the University has averaged more than $10 million in external funding. These grants lead to new discoveries by faculty and provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.
State-of-the art facilities
Kennesaw State opened the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, a 9,200-square-foot structure that unites the university's permanent collection and galleries program. It is the first museum to open in the University System of Georgia in 30 years and the first art museum in the Atlanta area in more than a decade.
The College of Science and Mathematics opened a $21 million, 73,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science lab addition to the Clendenin Building that features six teaching labs, 17 research labs, and a light-filled atrium where students can gather and share ideas.
WellStar College of Health and Human Services is housed in Prillaman Hall, the nearly 200,000-square-foot, $56 million Health Sciences Building with 15 science labs, multiple classrooms, a 230-seat auditorium and extensive teaching space for the WellStar School of Nursing, one of the state’s top producers of nurses.
The Bentley Rare Book Gallery, celebrating 25 years at Kennesaw State, has a collection of approximately 8,000 pieces, included two Sumerian tables dating from approximately 2000 BCE and a Fourth Folio of William Shakespeare's works (1685).
The Museum of History and Holocaust Education has served more than 120,000 people through onsite and traveling exhibits and outreach.