Kennesaw State’s engineering college recognized as a best value in annual ranking

Annual report by PayScale shows high return on investment for students  KENNESAW, Ga.  (…

Georgia (Mar 30, 2015)Annual report by PayScale shows high return on investment for students 

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 30, 2015) — Kennesaw State University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology ranked 8th among all engineering colleges in the nation as a best value by salary information company PayScale. The engineering program moved up from a 16th place rank in 2014.

“We are proud to be recognized among the nation’s top engineering schools,” said Thomas Currin, dean of the College. “Our rise in these rankings is evidence of the quality of our academic programs and the successful jobs outcome for our engineering alumni.”

Southern Polytechnic State University, which consolidated with Kennesaw State University in January 2015, ranked 14th as a best value public college in the 2015 PayScale College ROI Report, released earlier this month.

Collectively, the three colleges located at the Marietta campus – the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the College of Computing and Software Engineering and the College of Architecture and Construction Management – earned the report’s high marks. The 20-year annualized return on investment represents the percent of total costs that graduates earn in annual income for 20 years after graduation. 

The 2015 Return on Investment Report provides an annual perspective on the best value colleges for various majors and career paths as well as evaluates return on investment at higher education institutions overall.  

The PayScale report indicates which colleges and universities are providing the best monetary return for their alumni via low cost of attendance at an institution, high earning potential in a chosen field after graduation, or a combination of the two.

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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. 

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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