KSU enrollment hits record 22,000 for fall semester
By Talia Mollett
KENNESAW - Kennesaw State University freshman Erin Grady, 18, said she doesn't…
(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
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.