Kennesaw State, a comprehensive university located on suburban campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta northwest of metro Atlanta, is making an impact across the region, the nation and the world. As the third-largest university in Georgia and one of the 50-largest public institutions in the nation, Kennesaw State has more than 35,000 students representing 92 countries.
Kennesaw State has been elevated to an R2 classification – a doctoral institution
with high research activity – by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher
Learning. The university has nearly 150 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.
Programs up to and including doctoral degrees that prepare students for the advancement of professional pursuits are especially attractive and are offered in all colleges of the university. Award-winning academic programs produce the highest number of teachers and nurses in Georgia and the state’s second-largest business school and the state’s second-largest engineering college. Top majors include:
- Computer Science
A sprawling institution spread across two campuses, consisting of 130 buildings and facilities for academics, operations, culture, recreation and residential living, is situated on more than 587 acres.
Chartered in 1963 by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a commuter school, 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.
Kennesaw State was named among the top 10 percent of institutions nationally, by the Carnegie Foundation, for its ongoing collaborative efforts with
the larger community.
There are more than 250 student organizations, encompassing student governance and media, co-curricular clubs, athletics, Greek letter organizations, campus ambassadors, community service and advocacy.
Kennesaw State has an economic impact on the local and regional economy of more than $1.4 billion.
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.
KSU has more than 110,000 alumni worldwide.
Growing in Research
The university has seen rapid rise in funding for basic research — more than $35 million over the last five years, leading to new knowledge and discoveries by faculty and hands-on opportunities for students. In 2019, the University was elevated to an R2 classification as a doctoral institution with high research activity.
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