KSU enrollment grows by 4.1 percent in fall semester‚ surpassing 21‚000

Students attracted to Kennesaw State by growing reputation‚ innovative graduate programs and state…

Georgia (Nov 18, 2008) — KSU enrollment grows by 4.1 percent in fall semester‚ surpassing 21‚000

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KSU enrollment grows by 4.1 percent in fall semester‚ surpassing 21‚000
Students attracted to Kennesaw State by growing reputation‚ innovative graduate programs and state−of−the−art facilities

KENNESAW‚ Ga.‚ (Nov. 14‚ 2008) — Enrollment at Kennesaw State grew by 4.1 percent in fall 2008‚ to a record 21‚449‚ according to enrollment figures released this week by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Enrollment in the state’s third−largest university kept growing steadily in fall 2008‚ as KSU has become increasingly attractive to academically competitive in−state and out−of−state students.

"Kennesaw State University continues to attract an ever−growing student body that is academically competitive‚ globally aware and diverse‚" KSU President Daniel S. Papp said. "Our faculty and staff have created an excellent learning community that positions our graduates for leadership roles in their communities and around the world. More and more students are drawn to our campus‚ and it's no longer a secret that KSU is one of Georgia's newest higher education leaders."

Innovative master’s and doctoral programs‚ as well as recently constructed facilities ––including a new 913−bed residential complex‚ “green” classroom buildings and a high−tech performing arts center with superior acoustics –– are helping to fuel KSU’s growth. A state−of−the−art‚ $21 million dining hall in the heart of campus is also in the works‚ as well as a new Health Sciences Building that will break ground next month and open during the 2009−2010 academic year.

Just as the 2008−2009 academic year opened‚ KSU’s reputation got a major boost as it was selected by U.S.News & World Report as an “up−and−coming” university that’s “firmly focused on improving the job they’re doing.” In addition‚ for the sixth consecutive year‚ KSU’s first−year experience initiative was cited as a “Program to Look For” by the magazine.

This year‚ KSU will start offering a Doctorate of Business Administration –– the only one of its kind in the state and the university’s second doctoral degree program.

Now granting more than 20 master’s degrees‚ the university this summer conferred its first degrees beyond the master’s level: the Specialist in Education in Leadership for Learning (Ed. S.). The Ed.S. degree is a milestone in the quest of education students to earn KSU’s first doctoral degree‚ a Doctor of Education in Leadership for Learning (Ed.D.). This past spring‚ the university also graduated its first class of students completing a master’s of social work. Next fall‚ KSU will start offering an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in American Studies.

Even at the undergraduate level‚ KSU continues to enhance its academic offerings. This fall‚ Kennesaw State began offering a Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance‚ becoming one of only a handful of institutions in the University System of Georgia to offer the major. The new dance major helps fill the void for college dance programs in the state.

KSU continues to make strides as it grows into a vibrant‚ learning−living community.
A $45 million‚ 330‚000−square−foot residential facility geared toward first−year students opened this summer‚ raising the total stock of beds on campus to just over 3‚000. A two−story‚ 1‚000−seat dining hall is expected to open next fall.

A new Health Sciences Building is scheduled to open in spring 2010. Currently‚ KSU's WellStar College of Health and Human Services produces one out of every five Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates in Georgia. However‚ it turns away more than 80 percent of qualified applicants due to classroom shortages. Upon completion‚ the new building will accommodate 100 additional nursing students per year. An additional 250 students annually will be able to enroll in the college’s other programs.


Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.


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