KSU enrollment hits record 22,000 for fall semester

By Talia Mollett KENNESAW - Kennesaw State University freshman Erin Grady, 18, said she doesn't…

Georgia (Aug 31, 2009) — By Talia Mollett


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KENNESAW - Kennesaw State University freshman Erin Grady, 18, said she doesn't mind being "one in a million" at the growing university.
"I'm helping Kennesaw State University grow by coming here. Me being one in a million is awesome. There are a lot of people, which I like because I'm very social. I like meeting new people, so the population is a plus," said Grady, who is considering majoring in biology or economic education.
Kennesaw State University's student body has continually increased over the last five years. About 22,400 students are enrolled at Kennesaw State University for fall 2009, compared to 21,499 for fall 2008. In fall 2004, the university enrolled 17,961 students, according to the university.
KSU is the third largest university in the state by enrollment. By comparison, Southern Polytechinic State University has approximately 5,000 students, Chattahoochee Tech has a student body of approximately 15,000, Georgia State has an enrollment of approximately 30,000 and the University of Georgia has approximately 35,000 students.
KSU officials project enrollment to climb to 27,000 by 2014, said Joe Head, dean of university admissions at Kennesaw State University.
Head said officials consider the university's location and staff, among other reasons, as answers to its continued growth.
"Our interstate location is very appealing. We've also added housing that is state of the art in Georgia. We've expanded our recreational field to enrich our athletic programs," he said. "We have a qualified faculty and we're probably one of the most affordable universities in the state of Georgia."
For an in-state freshman that enrolls in 12 hours of classes, which is considered full-time, tuition and fees costs $2,231 per semester, plus the cost of the meal plan. Depending on whether the student is residential or a commuter, the meal plan varies in price from $355 to $928 per semester. All Kennesaw State University students are required to purchase a meal plan, Head said.
That's compared to about $3,765 per semester at the University of Georgia, according to the UGA's Web site.
Junior Ryan Pelfrey, 20, of Acworth, said KSU offers something for every student, which drew him to enroll at the university. He is majoring in international affairs.
"There's somewhere for every person to fit in. It definitely provides a college experience, despite the fact that it doesn't have a football team," he said.
Pelfrey said he also doesn't mind the large student population, except when it comes to traffic and making it to classes on time.
"It can be hard at times, and if you're more prone to learning in a small environment, the classes can be troublesome because some of them have a lot of students," he said. "Still, they do a good job of providing opportunities for students to meet people with all of the clubs and organizations they offer. KSU has always been friendly to me."


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