Kennesaw State University: Narrative Description

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1000 Chastain Rd.
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Tel: (770)423-6000
Admissions: (770)423-6300
Fax: (770)423-6541
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University System of Georgia. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1963. Setting: 185-acre suburban campus with easy access to Atlanta. Endowment: $12 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3130 per student. Total enrollment: 17,955. Faculty: 858 (537 full-time, 321 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 5,420 applied, 61% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 70% from top half. Full-time: 10,647 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 5,426 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 132 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 10% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 35% 25 or older, 9% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; computer/information sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University Center in Georgia, 19 colleges and universities in the Atlanta area. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, proof of immunization, SAT or ACT. Required for some: SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/27. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $2322 full-time, $97 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9290 full-time, $388 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $436 full-time, $218 per term part-time. College room only: $5376. Room charges vary according to housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Golden Key National Honor Society, Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, African-American Student Alliance, International Student Association. Major annual events: KSU Day, Homecoming, Awards Ceremony. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 2,067 college housing spaces available; 1,537 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Horace W. Sturgis Library with 608,342 books, 1.6 million microform titles, 4,580 serials, 10,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.4 million. 1,087 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A suburban area of Marietta, the average winter temperature is 45 degrees, the average summer temperature is 80 degrees, with an average rainfall of 50 inches. Community facilities include churches, and civic organizations with hospitals and shopping areas in Marietta. In view is Kennesaw Mountain, site of Civil War battles and the "The Great Locomotive Chase."

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