Kennesaw State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,450
2022 Average Net Price
$18,079
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.84%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
67.8%
21,106 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
43,190
70.3% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
46.4%
2,415 Graduates

About

Kennesaw State University is a higher education institution located in Cobb County, GA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Kennesaw State University were General Psychology (448 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (272 degrees), and Mechanical Engineering (259 degrees).

In 2022, 7,682 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Kennesaw State University. 53.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,102 degrees), 2.57 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1,596 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Kennesaw State University is $4,450, which is $−25,700 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Kennesaw State University is $4,450, which is $−25,700 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,079.

In 2022, 83% of undergraduate students attending Kennesaw State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,450
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University was $4,450. The cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University is $−25,700 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$18,079
2022 Value
0.91%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Kennesaw State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,079. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Kennesaw State University grew by 0.91%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,947
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Kennesaw State University was of $12,947 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

83%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
36%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

83% of undergraduate students at Kennesaw State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 4.6% with respect to 2021, when 87% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.84%
2019 Default Rate
154
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Kennesaw State University was 1.84%, which represents 154 out of the 8363 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Kennesaw State University received 21,106 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 1.44% annual growth. Out of those 21,106 applicants, 14,320 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67.8% acceptance rate.

There were 43,190 students enrolled at Kennesaw State University in 2022. 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Kennesaw State University has an overall enrollment yield of 49.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
14,320
Accepted Out of 21,106

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Kennesaw State University was 67.8% (14,320 admissions from 21,106 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 81.6%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 1.44%, while admissions declined by −15.6%..

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SAT Scores

65%
Submission Percentage (2022)
4,556
Scores Submitted (2022)

65% of enrolled first-time students at Kennesaw State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Kennesaw State University had a total enrollment of 43,190 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Kennesaw State University is 30,353 students and the part-time enrollment is 12,837. This means that 70.3% of students enrolled at Kennesaw State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Kennesaw State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.5% White, 25% Black or African American, 13.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.48% Asian, 4.74% Two or More Races, 0.144% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.13% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Kennesaw State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (24.2%), followed by White Female (21.1%) and Black or African American Female (14.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (21.7%), followed by White Male (13.3%) and Black or African American Female (12.2%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Kennesaw State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 43,190 students. The full-time enrollment at Kennesaw State University is 30,353 and the part-time enrollment is 12,837. This means that 70.3% of students enrolled at Kennesaw State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

75%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Kennesaw State University was 75%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Kennesaw State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    19,655 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    10,805 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    5,886 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Kennesaw State University is 45.5% White, 25% Black or African American, 13.6% Hispanic or Latino, 5.48% Asian, 4.74% Two or More Races, 0.144% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.13% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,042 students (2.41%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 526 more women than men received degrees from Kennesaw State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Kennesaw State University is white (4,102 degrees awarded). There were 2.57 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1596 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Kennesaw State University is General Psychology (448 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (272 degrees) and Mechanical Engineering (259 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Kennesaw State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (800 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (897 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (249 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,576,453 people), Software developers (990,860 people), Other managers (495,445 people), Secondary school teachers (475,850 people), and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (389,932 people).

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University in 2022 are Engineering (800 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (897 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (249 degrees), Engineering Technologies (260 degrees), and Education (923 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Podiatrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Surgeons, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Engineering (800 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (897 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (249 degrees), Engineering Technologies (260 degrees), and Education (923 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Elementary & secondary schools (2,795,187 people), Computer Systems Design (1,050,039 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (484,755 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (458,306 people), and Construction (388,909 people).

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Engineering (800 degrees awarded), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (897 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (249 degrees), Engineering Technologies (260 degrees), and Education (923 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Kennesaw State University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 448 degrees awarded
  2. 272 degrees awarded
  3. 259 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Kennesaw State University was General Psychology with 448 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,578
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,104
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,578 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University, which is 0.872 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,104).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 256 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.985 times less than the 260 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 366 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University in General Psychology, which is 4.46 times more than the 82 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

18%
100% Completion Time
47%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 18% of students graduating from Kennesaw State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 47% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 52% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Kennesaw State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (80% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.9% of graduates (46 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    4,102 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,596 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    813 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Kennesaw State University is white (4,102 degrees awarded). There were 2.57 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1596 degrees).

2.5% of degree recipients (192 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    2,148 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,954 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    945 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Kennesaw State University is white female (2,148 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1954 degrees).

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Operations

Kennesaw State University has an endowment valued at nearly $94M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−2.08%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Kennesaw State University had a total salary expenditure of 654M. Kennesaw State University employs 375 Assistant professors, 324 Lecturers and 281 Professors. Most academics at Kennesaw State University are Female Lecturer (194), Male Assistant professor (189), and Female Assistant professor (186).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Kennesaw State University are: Management, with 571 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 466 employees, and Service with 287 employees.

Endowment

$94M
2022 Endowment
7.81%
decline from 2021

Kennesaw State University has an endowment valued at about $94M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Kennesaw State University declined 7.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $279M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $6.16M - Federal
  2. $1.01M - State
  3. $176k - Local

As of 2022, Kennesaw State University received $6.16M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.01M from state grants and contracts, and $176k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$271M
2022 Salaries
11.4%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Kennesaw State University paid a median of $271M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($654M) and a 11.4% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$106M
Instructional Salaries
1,304
Number of Employees

In 2022, Kennesaw State University paid a total of $106M to 1,304 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
375 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
571 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Kennesaw State University were Assistant professor with 375 employees, Lecturer with 324 employees, and Professor with 281 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Kennesaw State University were Management with 571 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 466 employees, and Service with 287 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Kennesaw State University was Female Lecturer with 194 employees, Male Assistant professor with 189 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 186 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Kennesaw State University.

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