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, Kennesaw State has nearly 43,000 students.

Quality Academics

Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. The university offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs.

Top majors

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 third-largest business school and the state’s second-largest engineering college. Top majors include:

  • Nursing
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Management

Campus Life

A sprawling institution spread across two campuses, consisting of 154 buildings and facilities for academics, operations, culture, recreation and residential living, is situated on just over 543 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. 

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification badgeEngaged Citizenship

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 nearly 300 student-led organizations, encompassing student governance, student media, co-curricular clubs, campus ambassadors, fraternity and sorority chapters, club sports, and community service and advocacy.

Economic Impact

Kennesaw State has an economic impact on the local and regional economy of more than $1.6 billion.

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 attracts students from more than 126 countries and has partnerships with academic, governmental and business institutions around the world. 


KSU has more than 125,000 alumni worldwide.


Kennesaw State’s NCAA Division I athletics program includes 18 varsity sports teams, with multiple conference championships and NCAA regional appearances in Division I, following previous national 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