Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University

Recognized for its programs in nursing, education and business, Kennesaw State University's main campus is located in Kennesaw, Georgia. The university is set on 240 acres of land. Kennesaw State University has an enrollment of more than 20,000 students. The central campus of the university was established in 1963. Classes are held at:

  • Appalachian Technical College
  • Cobb Galleria Centre
  • Dalton State College

The university's mascot is Scrappy, and the sports teams of KSU are known as the Fighting Owls. Larry Nelson, Senior PGA Golf Pro; Cindy Bowden, U.S. Olympian; Doug Stoner, Georgia State Senator; and Andy Azula, Advertising visionary are all renowned alumni of the university.

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Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw , GA 30144-5591
General Phone: (770) 423-6000

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Kennesaw State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,132business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, marketing, sales and marketing
Education and Teaching920educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Liberal Arts412African studies, Spanish language, foreign languages and literature, English, creative writing, peace and conflict resolution, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, cartography, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine212registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner
Media199communication studies
Science174biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering171computer and info science, information science, computer science, computer security
Therapy and Counseling161psychology
Family and Social Work138human services, public administration, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy125sports and fitness management, exercise science
Security and Law Enforcement67criminal justice and safety
Mathematics41mathematics, statistics
Art Studies39art studies
Drama and Performing Arts18drama
Music13music, music performance

Number of programs and degrees for Kennesaw State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,85446
Master's degree96816

Kennesaw State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Kennesaw State had a total enrollment of 20,607 students (18,044 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 88%
Graduate 12%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 11%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 20%
20-21 20%
22-24 22%
25-29 16%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%

Kennesaw State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 52 %

Kennesaw State Room and Board (2007)

Kennesaw State offers campus housing for 3,044 of its 18,044 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Kennesaw, Georgia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Georgia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Kennesaw State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490570
SAT Math490570
SAT Writing470560
ACT Verbal2024
ACT Math1924
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT32%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Kennesaw State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,144
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,726
Room and board $ 9,496
Room charge $ 4,737
Books and supplies $ 1,250
Other expenses $ 2,558

Financial Aid:
Kennesaw State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 157700)

Kennesaw State Faculty

Kennesaw State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track134135
Non-tenured and not on tenure track6297

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$93,8689$98,783
Associate professorcalendar year3$89,8742*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$78,78612$77,869
Instructorcalendar year2*1*
Lecturercalendar year2*6$60,759
All faculty totalcalendar year15$85,22530$80,607

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year64$85,24040$71,968
Associate professoracademic year70$68,18666$63,275
Assistant professoracademic year122$56,899133$53,854
Instructoracademic year17$42,92728$42,653
Lectureracademic year32$46,29342$46,175
All faculty totalacademic year305$63,545309$56,152

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Kennesaw State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference
Baseball Atlantic Sun Conference
Track Atlantic Sun Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports202

Kennesaw State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African Studies
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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