KSU raises admission standards and sets freshman application deadline for May 30

Responding to space‚ faculty and other constraints arising out of record enrollment for fall…

Georgia (Mar 14, 2003) — KSU raises admission standards and sets freshman application deadline for May 30

Karen Kennedy


Responding to space‚ faculty and other constraints arising out of record enrollment for fall 2002 and exceedingly high application rates for fall 2003‚ Kennesaw State University announces new freshman admission requirements for applications for fall 2003 postmarked after March 21‚ 2003. (Applications submitted prior to this announcement will be reviewed under current standards.) Following are the new standards for fall 2003 incoming freshmen:

The combined SAT/ACT score minimum has been raised from 830 to 950 (sub−part minimums are 430 verbal and 400 math);

The required high school grade point average in the college preparation curriculum has been raised from 2.0 to 2.5; and

The application and document deadline for new first−time freshmen and transfer freshmen with less than 30 hours has been moved from July 18 to May 30‚ 2003. The deadline for all other students remains July 18‚ 2003.

Commenting on the change‚ Kennesaw State President Betty L. Siegel remarked‚ "The adoption of these new requirements will permit our university to continue to meet our highest academic priority — the provision of a high quality education to all of our students."

These changes in admission standards follow KSU's 12 percent growth in enrollment last year‚ which resulted in 15‚600 students in fall 2002. At the present rate of applications‚ which are up 54 percent over last year‚ KSU looks to top that enrollment number for fall 2003.

"While the new test score and GPA requirements may seem like a major change‚" said Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions Joe Head‚ "in reality‚ most of our students already meet or beat those standards. The combined average SAT score of KSU's 2002 freshmen was 1030 and the average GPA was 3.01."

A number of factors have contributed to the unprecedented growth in enrollment figures‚ including Kennesaw State's growing academic reputation; affordability; convenient location just off I−75 in fast−growing Cobb County; new student housing (opened fall 2002); a rise in the student retention rate; availability of the HOPE scholarship; the surge in the number of high school graduates; and economic uncertainties‚ which often prompt students to choose a university close to home −− thus saving on expenses such as transportation‚ housing‚ etc. −− over a more expensive out−of−state or private institution.

"We must be able to provide key services to our students‚" said Head. "These upgraded standards are just one way to ensure the continuation of quality instruction‚ the availability of classes and our favorable faculty/student ratio."

Representatives from Kennesaw State have already been in contact with high school guidance counselors across the state to advise them of the change in standards.

For more information contact the KSU office of admissions at 770−423−6300 or through the Web site http://www.kennesaw.edu/admissions/.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu