Kennesaw State University

Introduction

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, 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.

Mission Statement

At Kennesaw State, we serve as a powerful example of the impact a student-centered, research-driven university education can deliver. We help students succeed through exploration, collaboration, and rigor, uniting a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and talents. At KSU, students become the individuals who people want as colleagues and leaders.

Vision Statement

Kennesaw State will exemplify the power and promise of a student-centered, research-driven university. Authentically diverse, uniquely attainable and endlessly impactful, we will unleash the potential in every student we serve.

Values

We are We Believe in
Student-inspired Fueling aspiration and delivering pathways – enabling students to stretch and strive, embrace a dream, and create actionable plans.
Promise-fulfilling Being committed and ready – making promises we can keep to fuel opportunity for every student and spark economic growth for the region.
True to ourselves Staying genuine, guided by honesty, intention, and purpose – no matter how we change, grow, or evolve – never forgetting who we are.
Elevational Raising trajectory – chasing, creating, pursuing, building.
Open Embracing the true power of openness – valuing and leveraging diverse perspectives to find better solutions and gain an edge.
Impact-generating Delivering a difference – impacting individuals and communities for positive change.

KSU at a Glance

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 and one of the 50-largest public institutions in the nation, Kennesaw State has more than 35,000 students representing 92 countries.

Quality Academics

Kennesaw State has been elevated to an R2 classification – a doctoral institution with high research activity – by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning. The university has nearly 150 undergraduate, master, 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 second-largest business school and the state’s second-largest engineering college.

Campus Life

A sprawling institution spread across two campuses, consisting of 130 buildings and facilities for academics, operations, culture, recreation, and residential living, is situated on more than 587 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.

Engaged 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 more than 250 student organizations, encompassing student governance and media, co-curricular clubs, athletics, Greek letter organizations, campus ambassadors, community service and advocacy.

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 has partnerships with academic, governmental and business institutions around the world, including CIFAL, the first United Nations training center to be hosted by a university.

Alumni

KSU has more than 110,000 alumni worldwide.

Growing in Research

The university has seen a rapid rise in funding for basic research — more than $35 million over the last five years, leading to new knowledge and discoveries by faculty and hands-on opportunities for students. In 2019, the University was elevated to an R2 classification as a doctoral institution with high research activity.

Locations

Kennesaw

Address
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Marietta

Address
1100 South Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, Georgia, USA