Kennesaw State among top 100 institutions conferring undergraduate degrees to minorities

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Fifteen KSU programs also among top 50 in degrees conferred to minorities by discipline KENNESAW,…

Georgia (Oct 13, 2015)Fifteen KSU programs also among top 50 in degrees conferred to minorities by discipline

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 13, 2015) Kennesaw State University continues to rank among the nation’s top producers of minority students earning undergraduate degrees, according to a special report published last week by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. This is the fifth 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 undergraduate degrees conferred to African-American students. KSU also was recognized as a leading institution for African-American students graduating in sixcategories and ranked among the top institutions for all minorities majoring in education.

“Kennesaw State’s consistent inclusion in this national ranking reflects the University’s long-term commitment to campus diversity,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “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, Native-American and multiracial 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 2014, minority students accounted for about 35 percent of Kennesaw State’s more than 25,700 undergraduate and graduate students. African-American students represent 19 percent (4,931), Hispanic students account for 7.6 percent (1,962) and Asian-American students comprise 4.2 percent (1,080) of KSU’s total student population. Nearly 4 percent (1,027) classify themselves as multiracial.

Kennesaw State ranked among the highest producers of graduates in specific disciplines and racial categories, including education degrees for all minorities, those who self-identified as two or more races, and African-Americans. The University also ranked highest for producing African-American graduates in computer and information sciences, finance and financial management, accounting and related services, and communication, journalism and related programs.

Among students identifying as two or more races, Kennesaw State ranked among the top producers of those earning degrees in education; English language, literature/letters; finance and financial management services; mathematics and statistics; and parks, recreation and fitness studies. The University also ranked among the top producers of Hispanic graduates in education and marketing.

The degree programs noted in Kennesaw State’s rankings are among the most popular at the University. During FY 2014, KSU awarded nearly 3,600 baccalaureate degrees. Of those, business, communication, education, biology, math, applied exercise and health science and computer and information sciences majors accounted for approximately 45 percent of the graduates.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 



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