Freshmen and Transfer Freshmen

Freshmen - If you have never attended another college and have graduated from high school within the last five years.

Transfer Freshmen - If you graduated from high school in the last five years, have attended another college, but have earned less than 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of transferrable college credit.

Please see below for admission standards and required documents.

Allow ample time for receipt and processing of all documents. Processing time varies based on number of applicants and time of year.

Kennesaw State University welcomes students who have pursued accelerated high school courses and national standardization programs such as College Board Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). For information about AP, IB and CLEP college credit check transfer.kennesaw.edu

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    • 2.5 GPA in 17 units of required high school coursework as recalculated by Kennesaw State, AND

    • Old SAT (taken prior to March 2016)

      950 SAT (Critical Reading and Math scores combined) * AND
      SAT Critical Reading score of 450 AND
      SAT Math score of 450
         
      -or-

    • New SAT (taken March 2016 or after)

      SAT Total Score on 1600 Scale:  1030 AND
      SAT Reading Test Score: 25 AND
      SAT Math Section Score: 490

      -or-

    • ACT Composite score of 20 AND
      ACT English subscore of 18 AND
      ACT Math subscore of 18

    Staying On Course - High School Curriculum Requirements

    * In March 2016, the College Board will begin offering the redesigned SAT. Students seeking freshman admission for fall semester 2016 must take either the current SAT (final offering in January 2016) or the ACT. If you are applying as a freshman for fall semester 2016, you may NOT use the redesigned SAT for admission to Kennesaw State University.

    For 2017 applicants, Kennesaw State University will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. Minimum score requirements for the Redesigned SAT will be set soon.

    Redesigned SAT FAQs

    • 2.5 GPA in 17 units of required high school coursework as recalculated by Kennesaw State AND

    • Old SAT (taken prior to March 2016)

      1000 SAT (Critical Reading and Math scores combined) * AND
      SAT Critical Reading score of 450 AND
      SAT Math score of 450
         
      -or-

    • New SAT (taken March 2016 or after)

      SAT Total Score on 1600 Scale:  1080 AND
      SAT Reading Test Score: 25 AND
      SAT Math Section Score: 490

          -or-

    • ACT Composite score of 21 AND
      ACT English subscore of 18 AND
      ACT Math subscore of 18

    Staying On Course - High School Curriculum Requirements

    Also, review program specific information on admission to the architecture degree program.

    * In March 2016, the College Board will begin offering the redesigned SAT. Students seeking freshman admission for fall semester 2016 must take either the current SAT (final offering in January 2016) or the ACT. If you are applying as a freshman for fall semester 2016, you may NOT use the redesigned SAT for admission to Kennesaw State University.

    For 2017 applicants, Kennesaw State University will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. Minimum score requirements for the Redesigned SAT will be set soon.

    Redesigned SAT FAQs

  • Students that qualify for entry into the Kennesaw State Honors College will be automatically admitted as Admissions Scholars. These students will be notified via email and mail should they be considered for the Honors College once their application file has been fully processed.

    • 3.5 GPA in 17 units of required high school coursework as recalculated by Kennesaw State

    • Old SAT (taken prior to March 2016)
      1150 SAT (Critical Reading and Math scores combined) *

      -or-

      New SAT (taken March 2016 or later)
      1220 SAT Total Score (on a 1600 scale) *

      -or-

    • ACT Composite score of 25

    * In March 2016, the College Board began offering the redesigned SAT. Students seeking freshman admission for fall semester 2016 must take either the current SAT (final offering in January 2016) or the ACT. If you are applying as a freshman for fall semester 2016, you may NOT use the redesigned SAT for admission to Kennesaw State University.

    For 2017 applicants, Kennesaw State University will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. Minimum score requirements for the Redesigned SAT will be set soon.

    Redesigned SAT FAQs

    Admissions Scholars/Honors College

    • 17 units of BOR Required High School Coursework validated through accredited high school courses; SAT reading and math at the 50th percentile or above of KSU prior fall semester first year students (for English and/or math); acceptable nationally normed summation exam; transferable college courses; AP, IB, CLEP credit for a KSU course satisfying a deficiency; or SAT II Subject Exams with the following scores:

    • 520 English Writing (now a required part of SAT)
    • 530 Literature
    • 500 Math Level 1C –OR– 570 on Math Level 2C
    • 520 Biology
    • 540 Chemistry –OR– 590 Physics
    • 560 U.S. History
    • 540 World History

    -and-

    • Old SAT (taken prior to March 2016)

      1100 SAT (Critical Reading and Math scores combined) * AND
      SAT Critical Reading score of 450 AND
      SAT Math score of 450

      -or- 

    • New SAT (taken March 2016 or later)

      1170 SAT (SAT Total Score on 1600 scale) * AND
      SAT Reading test score of 25 AND
      SAT Math section score of 490

      -or-

    • ACT Composite score of 24 AND
      ACT English subscore of 18 AND
      ACT Math subscore of 18

    • Submission of Home Educated Applicant Portfolio

    *In March 2016, the College Board will begin offering the redesigned SAT. Students seeking freshman admission for fall semester 2016 must take either the current SAT (final offering in January 2016) or the ACT. If you are applying as a freshman for fall semester 2016, you may NOT use the redesigned SAT for admission to Kennesaw State University.

    For 2017 applicants, Kennesaw State University will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT. Minimum score requirements for the Redesigned SAT will be set soon.

    Redesigned SAT FAQs

  • Each year, the Kennesaw State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions invites out-of-state students that demonstrate academic achievement, community involvement, and leadership skills to apply for an “Out-of-StateTuition Waiver.” 

    For F-1 visa student out-of-state waivers, contact taas@kennesaw.edu for information.

    Recipients who receive a waiver qualify for in-state tuition, but are responsible for all applicable fees.  There are a limited number of waivers available, therefore qualified applicants will be awarded in the order their application is received.

    Recipients for the initial or renewed Out-of-State Tuition Waiver must sign the “Intent to Enroll Form” for the Fall 2017 semester before the waiver is applied to your student account.

    Recipients of the Out-of-State Tuition Waiver must maintain satisfactory academic performance which will be reviewed each semester.  The waiver is valid up to eight semesters and will be renewed each semester for students who have maintained a 2.5 grade point average and have earned 12 semester hours each academic term.

    Eligibility: 

    First Time Freshmen

    • Accepted into Kennesaw State University
    • Have an SAT Combined Critical Reading and Mathematics score of 1000 (before March 2016), 1080 Total Score (March 2016 or later), or ACT Composite of 20. Redesigned SAT FAQs
    • Have a High School GPA of 3.2 as determined by KSU
    • Must be on track to complete Required High School Curriculum
    • Home Educated applicants will be considered based on meeting the SAT/ACT standard only
    • Submit a letter of recommendation and essay explaining why you should receive a waiver
    • Preference will be given to students who have exceeded required test scores, GPA requirements, and demonstrate superior academic potential

    Transfer Students

    • Accepted into Kennesaw State University
    • Have earned at least 30 semester hours or 50 quarter hours that will transfer to KSU
    • Have a Transfer GPA of 3.0 in their college coursework. The cumulative transfer GPA for admission eligibility is calculated on all academic work attempted from all institutions attended. If a course is repeated, then both grades are calculated.
    • Submit a letter of recommendation and essay explaining why you should receive a waiver
    • Preference will be given to students who have exceeded GPA requirements and demonstrate superior academic potential
    • We will reopen the application link for admitted students this Fall. 

    The deadline for submission of the waiver application will be March 1, 2017.  Recipients of the waiver will be notified by March 17, 2017.

    Should you have any questions please contact us at 470-578-6500 or Jordan Stevenson, Associate Director of Student Recruitment, at recruitment@kennesaw.edu. We look forward to receiving your application.

 

  • ❑ Submit your application and $40 application fee online at by the appropriate posted deadline for your desired semester of entry.

    ❑ Submit an official copy of your high school transcript electronically or mailed directly from the school to KSU. Home educated students must submit a Home Educated Applicant Portfolio. Please do not submit personal achievement awards or pictures, as no documents will be returned.

    ❑ Submit official SAT or ACT scores electronically from the testing agency.  Kennesaw State accepts either the SAT or the ACT for freshman and transfer-freshman applicants. Applicants must meet minimum English/Critical Reading and Math section requirements and minimum total/composite requirements.

    If you have taken the ACT more than once, your highest English score, your highest math score and your highest composite will be used. KSU does NOT recalculate your ACT composite score.

    If you have taken the ‘old’ SAT more than once, your highest Critical Reading score and your highest math score will be used and combined for the highest total score.

    If you have taken the ‘new’ SAT more than once, your highest Total Score on a 1600 scale, your highest Reading Test Score and your highest Math Section Score will be used.

    Scores from the ACT, ‘old’ SAT and ‘new’ SAT will not be mixed together.

    Redesigned SAT FAQs

    • SAT I or II Tests:
      College Entrance Examination Board
      Box 6200
      Princeton , NJ 08541

    • www.collegeboard.org
      KSU's Institutional Code for the College Board is 5359.

    • ACT Tests:
      American College Testing Program
      3355 Lenox Road NE #320
      Atlanta , GA 33026-1332

    • www.act.org
      Kennesaw State's Institutional Code for the ACT is 0833.

    ❑ Submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities or schools attended (if applicable).

    Check your application status online.

    ❑ If you apply for in-state tuition, you must provide proof of lawful presence prior to enrollment.

    ❑ Prior to enrolling in courses you must provide proof of immunization as required by the University System of Georgia. Please see http://immunizations.kennesaw.edu/ for further information.

  • If you do not meet freshman standards for admission to KSU, you may reapply in the future through an alternative pathway to enrollment as a transfer student once you have completed all Required High School Courses and Learning Support requirements, achieved at least 30 transferable semester hours (or 50 transferable quarter hours) at appropriately accredited college(s), and obtained a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all coursework attempted.

    View the Transfer Services website to see articulation agreements and courses that transfer to KSU. 

    To reapply as a transfer student you must submit an application and fee for the new term you wish to enter and new transcripts by the deadline for that term. Your credentials will be reviewed according to the prevailing admission standards at that time.

    Should you have any questions please contact your admissions counselor.

Official transcripts from high schools or colleges must be sent directly from the institution to:

Kennesaw State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9111
Suite 1000
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Transcripts should be submitted directly to KSU from the sending institution, issued within one year of the term of application and contain current information.

All applicants who qualify as in-state for tuition classification must also provide Lawful Presence Verification.

Admission to Kennesaw State University is a selective process. Meeting the application deadline or minimum standards does not guarantee acceptance. It is the responsibility of the applicant to review the admission standards and deadlines in advance to understand the likelihood of eligibility.

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