Kennesaw State University.

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a public research university in the U.S. state of Georgia with two primary campuses, one in Kennesaw and the other in Marietta. The school was founded in 1963 by the Georgia Board of Regents using local bonds and a federal space-grant during a time of major Georgia economic expansion after World War II. KSU also holds classes at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Dalton State College, and in Paulding County (Dallas). The fall 2020 enrollment exceeded 41,000 students making KSU the second-largest university by enrollment in Georgia while also having the largest freshman class in the state as well.KSU is part of the University System of Georgia and is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". The university has multiple academic programs in business, education, engineering, nursing, physical sciences, information technology, criminal justice, and sports management. Both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses are located in suburban areas on a combined 581 acres (235 ha) of land.Since 2005, Kennesaw State's athletic teams (except football) have been an NCAA Division I member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The football team is a FCS member of the Big South Conference.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 32,309 students
  • 0.13 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Kennesaw State University

Visual and Performing Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Visual and Performing Arts, Biology, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, International Business, Journalism, and Mass Communication and Media Studies.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

8,487 students out of 13,998 applicants were accepted into Kennesaw State University. They had an average SAT score of 1163. 45% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 50% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University was $17,329, while for in-state students it was $6,347. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $31,120.

The average financial aid at Kennesaw State University is $5,635. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $11,694 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Kennesaw State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

64% of undergraduate students at Kennesaw State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Kennesaw State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Kennesaw State University was of $11,467 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500.

Diversity at Kennesaw State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017