We are thrilled you are considering Kennesaw State University as your college home. We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions about completing your application for admission, you can find your counselor on the contact us page.

You should apply for Freshman Admission if you are:

  • A senior in high school or
  • Graduated high school within the last 5 years and have not enrolled in another college or university after graduating.

You should apply for Transfer Freshman admission if you:

  • Graduated from high school in the last five years,
  • Attended another college and have earned less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferable college credit.

Homeschool and Architecture applicants must meet additional requirements.

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First-Year Student Announcement:

First-year students applying to Kennesaw State University for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023 semesters may be admitted without an ACT or SAT score if they have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. * Students who have a GPA of less than 3.2 should submit official ACT or SAT scores along with their high school transcript to be considered for admission. All students must be on track to complete the Required High School Curriculum to be admitted. Learn more on the Freshman Requirements Page. 
*Kennesaw State calculates your high school GPA for admission based on 17 required high school courses.

Note: Test scores are still required for some scholarships (eg. Zell Miller) and programs (eg. Architecture).
Test scores may also be used for Math placement (see Step 3 on the Math placement page)

Freshman and Transfer Freshman Deadlines

Semester Application Deadlines Document Deadline Classes Begin
Summer 2023 April 28, 2023 May 5, 2023 May 15, 2023
Fall 2023 – Priority Deadline* October 31, 2022 November 14, 2022 August 14, 2023
Fall 2023 –  Final Deadline June 30, 2023 July 14, 2023 August 14, 2023
Spring 2024   December 1, 2023 December 15, 2023 January 8, 2024

*Apply by the Priority Deadline to have early access to Housing and Orientation sign-ups.

Average Freshman Student Profile

GPA: 3.36

SAT: Evidence-based-writing: 579 | Math: 563

ACT: English: 23 | Reading: 25 | Math: 22

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Admission Requirements

GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.5 with qualifying test scores
Minimum 3.2 test optional
(Recalculated by KSU, in 17 units of required High School coursework)

Note: Test scores are still required for some scholarships (eg. Zell Miller) and programs (eg. Architecture).
Test scores may also be used for Math placement (see Step 3 on the Math placement page)

Required High School Curriculum

4 units of English | 4 units of Math | 4 units of Science | 3 units of Social Science | 2 units of same Foreign Language, 2 units of American Sign Language, or 2 units of USG approved Computer Science

Please see the USG-Freshman Admission Requirements Staying on Course: The Required High School Curriculum.

If you are a homeschool student, please complete the Homeschool Portfolio.

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Testing Requirements

Kennesaw State accepts either the SAT or the ACT for freshmen and transfer freshmen applicants. Scores from the ACT and the SAT will not be combined. Applicants must meet minimum* English/Critical Reading and Math section requirements.

ACT: 18 - English or Reading | 18 Math

Full ACT test score reports are required for any test score submissions. KSU does not accept ACT Superscores.  

SAT: 500 - Evidence Based Reading and Writing | 490 Math Section Score

Architecture Degree Program Applicants: 

Please note that there are higher admissions requirements for the Architecture Degree program and seats are limited. Applicants are encouraged to complete their application and submit all required documents by January 31 for admission the following fall semester.

High School GPA:  3.0


Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Score: 500
Math Section Score: 570


English or Reading sub-score of 18
Math sub-score of 23

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Freshman/ Transfer Freshman Application Process

  1. Online application and fee
    Submit your application and $40 application fee online by the deadline published for your desired semester of entry.
  2. Your high school transcript(s)
    Work with your high school to send us your official transcript(s) documenting all coursework taken during your high school career.

    If you are a homeschool student, please complete the Homeschool Portfolio.

    Official transcripts from high schools or colleges must be sent directly from the institution to:

    Kennesaw State University
    Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9111
    Suite 1000
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  3. Any college transcript(s)
    If you have earned any college credit (including dual credit) while in high school, it is your responsibility to request the college or university send official transcripts to KSU.
  4. Standardized test scores
    Kennesaw State accepts either the SAT or the ACT for freshmen and transfer freshmen applicants. Applicants must meet the minimum English/Critical Reading and Math section requirements.
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Application Fee Waiver

Submission of the application fee waiver is completed within the Common Application. Please carefully read the fee waiver qualifications within the application and be prepared to provide the name of your high school guidance counselor and your guidance counselor’s email address. NOTE: Selecting “fee waiver eligible” when you do not meet the requirements will delay processing your application. Ineligible fee waiver applicants will be required to pay the application fee before your application can be processed. 

Students should contact their high school counselor if they have questions regarding eligibility.

Home Educated Students

Applicants applying to Kennesaw State who attend a homeschool or high school not accredited by one of the accrediting associations below must document their RHSC units through the submission of a curriculum packet. 

The USG recognizes accreditation from the following accrediting bodies: 

Applicants attending a non-accredited homeschool are required to complete the following steps in order:  

  1. Complete the application
  2. Setup your NetID
    • 48 hours after applying, you will have your KSU# and NetID 
  3. Once you have set up your NetID, access and complete the homeschool portfolio and attach the following documents:
    • Declaration of Intent to Homeschool
    • Notarized Affidavit of Successful Completion
      • Note: Submit with this portfolio only after high school graduation.  If your high school graduation date is in the future, your confirmation email will include a link to complete the form at that time
  4. Submit official SAT or ACT Scores 
  5. Submit official college transcripts
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For questions regarding admissions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 470-578-4636.