Kennesaw State ranked in top five of nation’s best collegiate dining

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The Daily Meal awards No. 4 ranking to KSU Culinary and Hospitality Services KENNESAW, Ga.  (…

Georgia (Aug 27, 2015)The Daily Meal awards No. 4 ranking to KSU Culinary and Hospitality Services

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Aug. 27, 2015) — Kennesaw State University was ranked fourth among the “75 Best Colleges for Food in America” by The Daily Meal, a New York-based culinary publication. This is the fourth year Kennesaw State’s Culinary and Hospitality Services has earned a top-five spot in the rankings.

In creating its rankings, The Daily Meal took note of some of Kennesaw State’s new culinary innovations. The addition of tableside dining, including a dim sum cart and steak tartar, have added to the already notable dining events and specialty menu items for which Kennesaw State has become well-known.

Sustainability initiatives, including the farm-to-campus program and the certification of the dining facilities on the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses, support the school’s top five position. Likewise, hydroponic-growing stations located in the dining facilities allow KSU to cultivate nutritious herbs like basil locally.

This recognition is the latest accolade for Kennesaw State’s Culinary and Hospitality Services. Executive Director and Chef de Cuisine Gary Coltek was recently awarded the David H. Lord Award for Exemplary Community Service by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services.

Kennesaw State’s Culinary and Hospitality Services provides meals to more than 30,000 guests weekly between the two campuses.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 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