Top 5 Student Stories


KENNESAW, Ga. (Dec 19, 2018) — As 2018 comes to a close, here are a few of Kennesaw State’s top student stories from the past 12 months.

KSU MiracleDance Marathon

KSU Miracle, a student-run philanthropy that raises money each year for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, earned special recognition from the healthcare organization, which named its treatment areas for the student group. KSU Miracle raised more than $215,000 during its 12-month campaign through various charity events, the largest being the on-campus Dance Marathon in March.

Pumpkin launchPumpkin Launch

First-year mechanical engineering students battled for air supremacy in the University’s annual Pumpkin Launch, an afternoon showdown that touted their newly learned engineering skills. The annual competition has grown to become a staple event at the Marietta Campus.

Coca Cola ScholarsCoca-Cola Scholars

Thirty-five Kennesaw State students were selected as the first cohort of the Coca-Cola First Generation and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Scholars program, which began in the fall. Made possible by a $1.25 million donation from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the program provides scholarships and wraparound services to students who identify as first generation – those who are first in their immediate families to seek college degrees.

Night OwlNight Owl Productions

More than 300 students compose Night Owl Productions, the organization that makes game-day operations at Fifth Third Bank Stadium possible. The student group is responsible for the day-to-day operations of events on Kennesaw State’s two campuses, including sporting events and the annual Owl-O-Ween hot-air balloon festival.


An annual challenge, called the Hackathon, pushed students in the College of Computing and Software Engineering to tackle industry problems this fall. Working in teams, students leaned on their studies and grappled with topics ranging from data analytics to machine learning in order to solve a complex problem posed by one of the College’s industry partners.


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