Kennesaw State University students represent over 127  countries! International students must meet basic international admission requirements for their classification, and you may have additional requirements based on visa type, country of origin, and educational history.

You should apply for International Admission if you are:

  • Not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Currently in the U.S. on an F-1 (student) visa.
  • Currently living outside the U.S., and will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States.
  • Currently in the U.S. on any other class of visa.
  • In the process of applying for Permanent Residency status but have not yet received the Permanent Residency card.
  • Received a Permanent Residency card.
  • Have been educated outside of the U.S.

You should apply for International Freshman Admission if you:

  • a senior in high school, graduating in the spring, or
  • recently graduated high school and have not enrolled in another college or university after graduating

You should apply for International Transfer Freshman Admission if you:

  • attended another college and have earned fewer than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferrable college credit

You should apply as an International Transfer Admission student if you:

  • graduated from high school five years ago or more, or
  • have attended another college and earned 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferrable college credit

International Deadlines

Semester Application Opens Application Deadlines Document Deadline Classes Begin
Summer 2024 August 1, 2023 April 24, 2024 May 1, 2024 May 13, 2024
Fall 2024 August 1, 2023 June 30, 2024 July 14, 2024 August 12, 2024
Spring 2025 April 1, 2024 December 1, 2024 December 1, 2024 January 6, 2025

Average International Student Profile 

GPA: 3.16

SAT 1134 | ACT 22 | TOEFL 92 

Top Countries:

  1. Mexico
  2. Republic of South Korea
  3. Nigeria
  4. India
  5. China
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Freshman/ Transfer Freshman Admissions Requirements

GPA Requirement 

Graduation from high school with GPA of 2.5 with qualifying SAT/ACT test scores

(If educated outside of the United States, the required official evaluation
must indicate GPA)

* 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. 

*For students who were educated outside the United States, the GPA must be reflected on the official evaluation (see requirements below). Kennesaw State will review the official evaluation.

**Being exempt from SAT/ACT does not guarantee that students are also exempt from the English proficiency requirement if they are citizens of non-English speaking countries (see the Validation of English Proficiency section below).

Note: Test scores are still required for some scholarships (e.g. Zell Miller) and programs (e.g. Architecture).

Test scores may also be used for Math placement (see Step 3 on the Math placement page).

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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 mixed together. 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

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

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

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Freshman/ Transfer Freshman Application Process

  1. Submit your application and $40 fee online by the deadline posted for your desired semester of entry
  2. Submit official transcripts of ALL your high school or post-secondary records (if any)
  3. Official English evaluations of all foreign documents are needed. You must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluations services found at naces.org or aice-eval.org
      Sample evaluation companies include International Education Evaluation (IEE) and SpanTran
    1. High school transcript must have a document-by-document evaluation, including GPA
    2. College/university transcript must have a course-by-course evaluation, including GPA

Official transcripts from high schools or colleges/universities  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

If you’re requesting your official documents to send electronically, please request the institution(s) to send official copies to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions email: KSUadmit@kennesaw.edu.

  1. Submit results from your Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)
  2. Validation of English Proficiency (see chart below)
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Transfer Admissions Requirements

GPA

Cumulative 2.0 GPA on all college coursework attempted.
*Architecture Degree transfer applicants are required to have a minimum 2.5 college GPA as recalculated by KSU

CREDIT

At least 30 transferable semester credit hours or 50 transferable quarter hours.

Please note: If students attended a college/university outside the United States, they must provide a course-by-course evaluation, which must demonstrate university-level coursework equivalency in the United States for at least 30 semester hours of credit.

ACADEMIC STANDING

Good - must be able to re-enroll at previously attended university/college

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Transfer Admissions Application Process

  1. Submit your application and $40 fee online by the deadline posted for your desired semester of entry. See application instructions 
  2. Submit official transcripts of all your high school or post-secondary records
  3. Official English evaluations of all foreign documents are needed. You must have your foreign transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluations services found at naces.org or aice-eval.org  
      Sample evaluation companies include International Education Evaluation (IEE) and SpanTran
    1. College/university transcript must have a course-by-course evaluation, including GPA

Official transcripts from colleges/universities 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

If you’re requesting your official documents to send electronically, please request the institution(s) to be sent official copies to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions email: KSUadmit@kennesaw.edu.

  1. Validation of English Proficiency (see chart below)

Students who do not meet Transfer admission requirements may be required to submit high school records and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT). Please see Freshman/Transfer Freshman Requirements above.

Validation of English Proficiency

We want you to succeed and grow while at KSU. It is essential to contribute in the classroom and engage with the campus community. Thus, we ask non-native speakers to validate their English proficiency when applying to KSU. See the list of English-speaking countries that are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. 

Below are the various methods you can use to meet the English Proficiency requirement for admission.

Validation Criteria Minimum
TOEFL (Internet Based TOEFL IBT or Paper Based TOEFL PBT) 79 IBT or 550 PBT
IELTS 6.5
IELTS Academic Online Test  6.5
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
(Test taken March 2016 or later)
500
ACT English or ACT Reading 18
EIKEN Pre-1
MET (Michigan English Test) 77
Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) 177
Validation Criteria Minimum
Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) 180
Pearson PTE Academic 58
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE Or "O" Level Exams B or Better
UK GCSE English Exam B or Better
UK GCE A-Level Exam B or Better
EdExcel Intl A-Levels Or IGCSE English Exams B or Better
KSU Intensive English Program (IEP) Successfully completed High Advanced (final) level 
Completion of an approved USG campus -based ESL program of study International Education | USG English Proficiency Requirements
Per USG approval
US College Completion of English Composition One English Composition I with C or better

Conditional Acceptance

To gain full admission to a KSU degree program, students must demonstrate English proficiency as per the above chart. Students may fulfill this requirement by fully enrolling in KSU's Intensive English Program (IEP). During this time, international students are given an I-20 for Language Training. 

Students who plan to enroll at KSU in an undergraduate academic program after completing the IEP may apply for Conditional Admission while enrolled in the IEP. If students receive Conditional Admission, they will receive a Conditional Admission letter for their records and Visa application. 

Upon successfully completing the highest level of the IEP and receiving an IEP Certificate of Completion, Conditional Acceptance to KSU will be reviewed for Full Acceptance. Only then students will be considered to have met the English Language Proficiency requirement, so that they can enroll in the university and request an I-20 into an undergraduate degree program.

See the Intensive English Program for details on enrolling in English language training. 

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International Viewbook

Download a pdf of our KSU Admissions Viewbook to find out what KSU has to offer.

2022-23 Viewbook 2022-23 Viewbook (Spanish Translation)

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For questions regarding all other international admissions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 470-578-4636.