New student housing helped spur record enrollment
Kennesaw State University’s new student housing helped attract a record number of students to campus this fall.
(Aug 26, 2002) — Kennesaw State University’s new student housing helped attract a record number of
students to campus this fall.
The university experienced unprecedented application and early registration activity for the fall semester‚ translating into more than 2‚000 additional applications over last year.
"These numbers represent a robust fall enrollment that may put us up over 15‚000 students‚ depending on class availability‚" Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions Joe Head said. "We are most impressed with the first−time freshmen application numbers that are up 1‚000 over last year."
Kennesaw State’s new living and learning community‚ University Place‚ features everything from private bedrooms and baths for each of the development’s 700 residents to a washer and dryer in all 196 two− and four−person apartments. The rooms are wired for cable‚ telephones and high−speed Internet service‚ and all appliances are included. With help from the KSU Foundation‚ the university also acquired and renovated KSU Place (formerly College Quarters‚ an apartment complex adjacent to campus). The projects were funded privately with tax−exempt bonds secured by the KSU Foundation and are managed by Place Management Group. Between them‚ the two developments will house more than 1‚000 students‚ along with 26 resident assistants and a representative of KSU’s Student Life Center.
"Many of these students we would have gotten anyway‚ and they just chose to live on campus to enjoy the new facilities and access to Atlanta without their parents too close‚ but several hundred others are coming due to the new campus−based housing‚" Head said.
Other factors helping KSU attract students include uncertainty in the nation’s economy‚ the university’s location in the growing northwest quadrant of the state and the affordability of tuition‚ Head said.
"Another advantage to attending KSU is that students can keep a local job without giving up an income‚" he said. "This is a nice perk to keep your job‚ rather than give it up and move away‚ which triples expenses."
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 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 and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.