Admission Eligibility Appeal

KSU encourages students who fall below published freshman admission requirements to first attend one of the area colleges that may offer you admission in order to prepare as a transfer student.

 If you are considering appeal of an admission decision of ineligible, you must first speak to an admissions counselor for advice.

Applicants who have completed the application process but have been denied admission may discuss their best pathway to enroll at KSU with an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  The best route to enrollment for applicants falling below freshman admission standards is to attend elsewhere and become eligible as a transfer student.  However, after speaking with an Admissions Counselor, an applicant may choose to appeal the admission decision.  Admission decisions must be appealed in writing. Please note: the right of appeal does not automatically imply that an approval or waiver of standards will result. It is in the applicant's best interest to make alternative educational plans even if pursuing an appeal of admission standards at KSU.  In the event that an appeal is approved for admission, it is often accompanied with limitations, conditions and probation.  The decision of the Admission Appeals Committee is final, and if the appeal is approved, the approval is only valid for the specified term. 

The Admission Appeals Committee does not grant personal interviews for appeals. Students must have a complete admissions folder on file before an appeal will be reviewed.

A proper appeal should contain an Appeal Reply Form, along with a one page typed and signed cover letter stating existing evidence of ability to academically succeed that warrants waiver of the standards. Provide evidence based reasons you will be academically successful at KSU.

Address issues such as:

·         The rigor of your HS curriculum

·         Improving grades during your HS experience

·         Multiple attempts at testing, tutoring for tests, improving test scores

Describe why you wish to attend KSU, what academic recovery has taken place, and your volunteer experiences.

Also required are two (non-family) reference letters on letterhead primarily from a teacher, counselor, coach, clergy, or employer. Letters from relatives or spouses are not recommended and do not count towards the two required letters. Applicants should write their own appeal letter and submit medical or legal documents to support any points made in their case, if appropriate. All appeal decisions are sent via email.

The Admissions Appeals Committee's schedule for considering appeals varies by semester.  For Spring and Summer Semester, meetings are monthly on the last Friday of the month as shown below. All packets must be complete and submitted to the Office of Admissions by the prior Friday (the next to last Friday of the month).  If the last Friday of the month is a holiday, the schedule is shifted a week earlier.  Appeals will be considered by term according to the following schedule:

Spring Semester:  September through November

Summer Semester:  February through April

For Fall Semester, appeals may be submitted starting February 1, but will not be considered until May. Notices of appeals results will be emailed to applicants in mid-May. Make alternative plans at another institution in case your appeal is denied. If your appeal is approved, housing, orientation dates, course selection and financial aid will likely be limited, delayed or unavailable.

After you have met with an admissions counselor to discuss your options, if an appeal is recommended, your appeal packet must contain an appeal form obtained from the Admissions Office.  All of your appeal materials must be received by the Office of Admissions at least five business days prior to the day of the appeals meeting to be included in the scheduled review. We do not accept faxed or emailed appeals. Registered mail requiring signature validation does not deliver directly to the Office of Admissions. It is received by the KSU mail room personnel and then routed to Admissions the following business day.  

Send materials in a complete packet to:

Kennesaw State University
Admission Appeals Committee
3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9111
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

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