Kennesaw State University on-campus student housing continues to expand

State-of-the-art residences offer area’s only university-staffed facilities KENNESAW, Ga….

Georgia (Jun 11, 2012)State-of-the-art residences offer area’s only university-staffed facilities

KENNESAW, Ga.  (June 11, 2012) — As Kennesaw State University prepares to celebrate 10 years as a residential campus, a brand new on-campus housing facility is nearing completion to provide even more KSU students with the full college-life experience. 

University Place II — a newly constructed, state-of-the-art residence hall — will be ready to welcome an additional 451 students when classes resume at Georgia’s third-largest university in August 2012.  This latest addition to Kennesaw State housing will bring the total number of on-campus beds to nearly 3,500. KSU presently enrolls 24,100 students, and that number is expected to climb again in the fall.

The project sits on six acres and totals 207,500-square-feet.  Construction of the facility began last October, and is expected to culminate in August 2012 — allowing ample time to complete the stylish interior design and furnishings that students crave and which are a hallmark of KSU housing.

University Place II is a compliment of Kennesaw State’s University Place I housing project which opened in 2002, and both are reserved for upper-class students.  The new residence halls feature four-bedroom suites, with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room, washer and dryer, balcony and Wi-Fi connectivity.

A new outdoor amphitheater also is being constructed near the University Place II project to provide an attractive space for expanded student activities near this latest campus-housing complex.

“It’s important for students and parents to understand the difference between KSU’s on-campus housing options and the off-campus apartments that are being built around the campus,” said Kennesaw State Vice President for Student Success Jerome Ratchford. “Only KSU students can reside in the university’s on-campus residence halls, which are staffed by KSU personnel.  Student-only on-campus living provides one of the unique experiences of college life.  There is no substitute for highly motivated students interacting in a safe and supportive environment.”

According to the American Council on Education, studies show that students who reside on campus report a higher degree of satisfaction with their college experience and have higher retention and graduation rates. Students who live on campus also are more likely to succeed in college and complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years than their off-campus peers.

Another benefit of on-campus housing is the ability for students to live in “themed residence halls,” which groups students in living accommodations based on their common interests.

“Themed residence halls have significantly enhanced our ability to meet the growing and diverse needs of our students while maximizing the co-curricular experience that helps students achieve success both in and out of the classroom,” said Jeff Cooper, director of KSU residence life.

With this latest housing addition, Kennesaw State Residence Life now offers five on-campus residential communities:

  • University Place I: a 700-bed housing apartment complex for upper-class students offering two-bedroom/two-bathroom and four-bedroom/four-bathroom units with full kitchen and washer and dryer.
  • University Place II:  a new 451-bed apartment complex for upper-class students offering four bedroom units with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room, washer and dryer, balcony and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • KSU Place: a 550-bed apartment complex for freshmen and upper-class students offering four-bedroom/two-bathroom units with full kitchen and washer and dryer in some units.
  • University Village: a 881-bed apartment complex for freshmen, honors students, sophomore and upper-class students. This facility offers two-, three- and four-bedroom units with individual bathrooms, full kitchen and washer and dryer.
  • University Village Suites: a 915-bed freshmen-designated, suite-style housing complex offering one-, two- and four-bedroom units with shared bathrooms.

Despite only 10 years as a residential campus, Kennesaw State housing facilities and residence-life staff have received several awards. In 2009, College Planning & Management magazine recognized KSU’s University Village Suites as a “Project of Distinction” in its Education Design Showcase Awards issue. Also in 2009, Kennesaw State received three of six statewide awards from the Georgia Housing Officers Association in categories recognizing outstanding programs and personnel.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of 24,100 from 130 countries.


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