Milestone enrollment

Colton Teefy

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 12, 2014) - He’s a nontraditional student who wasn’t sure he would…

Georgia (Dec 11, 2014)

KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec. 12, 2014) - He’s a nontraditional student who wasn’t sure he would be accepted at Kennesaw State University when he applied for enrollment. But on June 3, Colton Teefy officially became the university’s 25,000th student to enroll for the fall semester.

“High school was just not it for me, so I didn’t go to college,” Teefy said. “Now that I’m out in the real world,I felt that it was really important that I go to college.”

The massage therapist from Woodstock was recognized as the university’s 25,000th student by President Daniel S. Papp in a short ceremony Thursday, Dec. 11, where Teefy was presented a gift bag and a check for $2,500 from the KSU Foundation

With a combined interest in computer science and business, Teefy said he’s confident he made the right decision not only to go back to school, but also to enroll at Kennesaw State.

“I don’t see myself doing what I’m doing right now forever,” he said. “It’s just fun getting out of my comfort zone and doing something I said I would never do. I also didn’t want to be 40 years old looking back and saying I should have gone to college.”

Teefy’s “reign” as a milestone enrollment number will be short-lived, however. Upon completion of the consolidation of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University next year, pending approval from the Board of Regents, the combined university’s student enrollment is expected to be more than 32,000, once the full operational consolidation takes place in the fall of 2015.

On Dec. 9, the consolidated university came one step closer to fruition following approval of the merger by the regional higher education accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), at its annual meeting in Nashville. This was the last step in the consolidation process before the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is slated to address the consolidation at its Jan. 6, 2015, meeting.

Once combined, the new Kennesaw State University will be one of the 50 largest public universities in the country, with an economic impact of more than $1.2 billion, according to Papp, who will serve as president of the newly consolidated institution. Kennesaw State is currently the third-largest university in the USG. 

--By Jennifer Hafer

Photo by: David Caselli


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