Listed Among “2019 Best Colleges”

KENNESAW, Ga. | Sep 10, 2018

KSU earns top 100 in engineering

For the first time, Kennesaw State University’s undergraduate engineering programs have been listed among the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue. The University was also named among the best for national universities, business schools and for its low student debt load at graduation.

“Our inclusion in the U.S. News annual list demonstrates Kennesaw State’s commitment to both providing quality degree programs and doing our part to make college more affordable for all students,” said Kennesaw State President Pamela Whitten. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and students and demonstrates the strides we have made and will continue to make as we focus our efforts on creating an environment which cultivates student success.”

Kennesaw State’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology was ranked No. 100 among engineering schools whose highest degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s. The second largest engineering college in Georgia, it serves more than 4,000 students and offers 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and engineering technology led by industry-expert faculty in the university’s state-of-the-art facilities.

“To be named among the best engineering programs in the nation is a major accomplishment and is a result of the quality of our engineering students and talented faculty members, who demonstrate a willingness to go the extra mile,” said Renee Butler, interim dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. “Receiving high marks is evidence that KSU’s student-centric approach is making an impact and will continue to lead us toward growth.”

One of the 50 largest public universities in the U.S., KSU was named among 301 national universities, which as defined by U.S. News, offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. U.S. News assessed more than 1,800 four-year American colleges and universities, using criteria such as retention and graduation rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

A new category in the “2019 Best Colleges” ranking lists Kennesaw State among 271 universities ranked for its low “Student Debt Load at Graduation.” On average, 65 percent of KSU students borrow money to pay for educational expenses with an average of $24,000 of indebtedness.

KSU’s Coles College of Business was also recognized by the publication, earning a No. 147 ranking out of 503 business schools on the list.

– Travis Highfield

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