Kennesaw State ranks among top 100 institutions conferring the most degrees to minority students

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Twelve KSU programs also ranked in top 50 according to degrees conferred by discipline KENNESAW, Ga…

Georgia (Oct 23, 2014)Twelve KSU programs also ranked in top 50 according to degrees conferred by discipline

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 23, 2014) — Kennesaw State University continues to rank among the nation’s top degree producers of minority students, according to a special report recently published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This is the fourth consecutive year Kennesaw State was included in the publication’s rankings.

The national magazine’s annual “Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers” report recognized Kennesaw State as a top producer of college degrees conferred to African-American students. KSU also was recognized as a leading institution for African-American students graduating within seven different academic categories and ranked among the top institutions for Asian-Americans majoring in education.

“We are pleased to earn this national recognition for our commitment to campus diversity,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “Diversity and inclusion, in all their forms, are important tenets of our institution, which we strive to see embraced and valued by every member of our community.”

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s list of top 100 degree producers showcases U.S. colleges’ and universities’ success in awarding degrees to African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native-American students. In determining its rankings, Diverse uses the most recent enrollment data from the U.S. Department of Education as submitted by each institution.

In fall 2013, minority students accounted for about 33 percent of Kennesaw State’s more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students. African-American students represent 17 percent (4,269), Hispanic students account for 7 percent (1,793) and Asian-American students comprise 4 percent (991) of KSU’s total student population. Four percent classify themselves as multiracial.

KSU ranked among the highest producer of graduates in specific disciplines, including education for students who self-identified as two or more races, and mathematics and statistics for African-Americans.

Overall, the university was ranked in the categories of undergraduate degree production for African-American students; Asian-American students graduating with a degree in education; African-American students graduating with a degree in accounting and related services; African-American students graduating with a degree in finance; African-American students graduating with a degree in communication, journalism and related programs; minority students graduating with a degree in education; African-American students graduating with a degree in education; African-American students graduating with a degree in parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and African-American students graduating with a degree in computer and information sciences and support services.

The degree programs noted in the rankings are among the most popular at KSU. In the 2013-2014 academic year, KSU awarded more than 3,500 baccalaureate degrees. Of those, business, communication, education, psychology, criminal justice, integrative biology and applied exercise and health science majors accounted for approximately 60 percent of the graduates.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of nearly 26,000 from 130 countries.



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-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 92 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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