KSU sees record enrollment for fall 2019

Six percent increase is second highest among USG institutions

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 12, 2019) — Kennesaw State University’s fall enrollment grew by 6.7 percent from the previous year, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) announced this week. To supplement the growth, the University will add more than 110 new faculty members and advisors this academic year.

At almost 38,000 students, Kennesaw State remains the third-largest university in the state and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. The University ranked second among all USG institutions in growth by both numbers (2,387) and percentage (6.7 percent). In August, KSU welcomed its largest ever incoming freshman class with nearly 6,500 new freshman students, a more than 30 percent increase compared to fall 2018.

“These numbers are strong indicators that students recognize the immense value and opportunity to be had at Kennesaw State,” said President Pamela Whitten. “As more Owls arrive, we are working to ensure our diverse and talented pool of faculty increases proportionately to that of our student body, and that we continue to fulfill our promise that every student leaves with a world-class educational experience.”

The University is seeking to fill more than 80 faculty positions throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. KSU is also hiring 30 additional academic advisors. To address the demand for on-campus housing, KSU leaders have proposed the construction of a new residence hall adjacent to the existing Austin Residence Complex on the Kennesaw Campus. The plan, presented Tuesday at the Board of Regents’ monthly meeting, calls for an approximately 514-bed residence hall with a targeted opening of fall semester 2022.

Earlier this year, a study by U.S. News listed KSU 10th nationally and No. 1 in Georgia for admissions yield rate, meaning the percentage of students who choose to enroll once accepted. It was the second consecutive year that the University was included in the ranking.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. 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, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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