Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Kennesaw, GA, Kennesaw State University is a public school that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at KSU.

Is Kennesaw State University the School for You?

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is located in Kennesaw, GA, about 30 minutes from the state capital of Atlanta. KSU offers 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from which to choose, and it possesses the largest nursing program in the state of Georgia. Weight the facts below to decide if KSU is the right school for you.


  • Ranked among Top 50 Public Schools (South)
  • Student debt following graduation is $5,934 lower than the national average
  • Very low number of TAs teaching courses (12%)
  • Accepts CLEP, dual and AP credits
  • Offers academic/career counseling and employment services


  • The total cost (including all school and living expenses) is $5,485 higher for in-state students and $2,250 higher for out-of-state students than national averages
  • Acceptance rate is 1.8 percentage points less than average
  • The graduation rate is 28 percentage points lower than the national average
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1, which is higher than average

Rankings & School Analysis

In its 2014 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked KSU #30 in its Top Public Schools category and #69 for Regional Universities (South). The school is also ranked #4 by the publication on its Up-and-Coming Schools list and is further recognized for its business, nursing and public affairs programs. Along with 18 other universities, KSU was awarded an 'A' grade by The American Council of Trustees and Alumni's 'What Will They Learn?' guide.

KSU is a relatively large school with more than 24,000 students in 9 colleges, including a graduate college. The total cost of attendance at KSU is greater than the national average. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost to attend KSU in the 2012-2013 year, including tuition, fees, room and board, was $23,345. The yearly average for 4-year, public schools in that year was $17,860, per College Board.

However, student debt after graduation is lower than average. According to U.S. News & World Report, KSU students who graduated in 2012 owed an average of $20,666. This is less than the national average of $26,600.

KSU is only slightly harder than average to get into, with an acceptance rate of 62% in 2011, according to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The average acceptance rate for schools in the nation is 63.8%. The number of teaching assistants is much lower than average, which means that you'll typically spend more time working with professors.

Getting In & Financial Aid at KSU

You can contact the admissions department at KSU by phone, email or stop by the office in-person. To apply, you must fill out an online or paper application. You must include your college transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and the application fee.

KSU offers several types of financial aid to eligible students, including federal student loans, grants, work-study programs and scholarships. To qualify for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Application & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011) May 10***
Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline (2011) April 1***
Application Fee (2011) $40*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $23,345 (in-state),**
$33,161 (out-of-state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2012) $7,309**
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $20,666*
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 9.3%**

Life at KSU

Kennesaw State University is situated in a suburban area on 384 acres, less than an hour from downtown Atlanta. If you're interested in living on-campus, Kennesaw State University offers several housing opportunities for full-time students. KSU operates four different co-ed living communities from which to choose. If you choose to live on-campus, you may purchase a meal plan to use at several eateries.

KSU offers 180 different student organizations, including sororities, fraternities and other clubs. If you're interested in sports, you can choose from several options such as basketball, cross-county, track and field, golf, tennis and others. KSU's sports team, the Fighting Owls, participate in the NCAA division.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large suburb**
Student Population (2012) 22,684 undergraduate,**
1,920 graduate**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 42% to 58%**
% of Full Time Students (2012) 75%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 94%**
% of International Students (2011) 4%**
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 76%**
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 52%***

Article Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144
  • Phone: (770) 423-6000