Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
What does Accepted Pending mean?
Accepted Pending is when an undergraduate student is accepted pending receipt of a final transcript as proof of graduation (HS) or credit earned (transfer).
Can I receive college credit for test scores like AP, IB or CLEP?
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 college credit for AP, IB and CLEP check the Transfer Services website.
Can I take classes while I am in high school?
KSU offers the Dual Enrollment Program as an option for high ability high school students to enroll and earn college credit while still in high school. For more information, see the DEP Admissions website.
Does KSU have housing available?
KSU offers some of the most luxurious student housing in the country, with several options available. To find out more about living and learning at KSU, visit the Housing and Residence Life website.
Does KSU offer education abroad?
Education abroad programs provide students with extraordinary opportunities for experiential learning and personal growth, much of which takes place outside the classroom. Over 500 Kennesaw Students study abroad each year to over 30 counties. We encourage student to take advantage of study abroad opportunities and offer an Education Abroad Office that coordinates a range of programming services for faculty, alumni, students, and community throughout the world. There are basic study abroad academic standards. Kennesaw celebrates a country each year and showcases its culture on campus while planning a sponsored trip to the featured land for any who may wish to participate. Enrolled students may arrange customized special study abroad courses to a destination of their choice at the lower or upper division level and receive specified college credits for the experience. Students typically travel during the May mini-mester or summer term. For more information contact visit the Education Abroad Web Site.
Does KSU offer graduate programs?
Kennesaw State University offers many graduate programs at the master, specialist and doctoral levels. See the graduate college admissions website for detail on programs offered, admission to graduate programs, scholarships, the graduate catalog, and much more.
How can I be advised about what courses to take?
- First-year, learning support, and undeclared students are advised through the NEST, Office for New, Exploratory and Students in Transition
- Students who have selected a major are advised at the departmental level.
- (Transient, audits, non-degree and other similar classifications are typically not provided advisement services.)
- The Honors College also provides academic counseling for the high school Dual Enrollment Honors Program and advisement for students in the undergraduate honors program.
- Students are not eligible for full advisement services until after the applicant has been accepted. Typically, departments require appointments in advance, and if admission or transcript evaluations are not complete, advisement will be limited. New students choosing to attend orientation will receive advisement instructions and registration information at this time.
How does Kennesaw State help first-year students make a smooth transition to college?
KSU offers first year freshmen a selection of enrichment experiences. Among those offered through University College are New Student Orientation, Living Learning Communities, First Year seminars, and much more. KSU's First-Year Freshmen Learning Communities are nationally recognized.
How do I apply with an application fee waiver?
All undergraduate applicants for admission and readmission must submit an application and a $40 nonrefundable application processing fee. Fee waivers from the College Board, ACT, or NACAC are provided to qualified applicants with the assistance of your high school counselor. KSU does NOT issue application fee waivers. If you are a high school student who has received an acceptable fee waiver (College Board, ACT, or NACAC), you must send by it mail or drop it off in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Please include your full name that you will be using for your application, date of birth, and your email address on your fee waiver. Submission of your online application will require a unique code that KSU will provide to you once your acceptable fee waiver has been received by our office. At that time, you will receive an email with a code that will allow you to submit your GAFutures.org online application to KSU. Do not try to use the code you see printed on the actual fee waiver form, as it will not work. If you submit the application with payment, you cannot retroactively apply a fee waiver.
The KSU Office of Admissions is located at 3391 Town Point Drive, Suite 1000, MD 9111, Kennesaw, GA 30144.
Does Kennesaw State offer Out-of-State Tuition Waiver and Scholarships?
Out-of-State Tuition Waiver and Scholarship: Out-of-State Tuition Waiver and Scholarships for international students are available on a limited and case-by-case basis. Out-of-State Tuition Waiver and Scholarships for high ability students from U.S. states other than Georgia are also available on a limited basis.
How do I get my parking pass or view the campus bus routes?
The Card Services Center provides many services including your campus card, KCash and Dining Dollars, and parking credentials. All vehicles parked on campus must display a valid KSU parking decal. When parking area gates are in operation, only authorized users can enter through the gate.
The Department of Parking and Transportation operates the campus shuttle system, B.O.B. (Big Owl Bus). B.O.B. travels around the Kennesaw campus, between the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses, and to other nearby locations for the convenience of students.
How do I use the KSU Wi-Fi?
UITS is the campus group that ensures students, faculty, and staff have the technology and support they need to be successful at KSU. This includes offering a Service Desk for students that can be reached at 470.578.6999 or email@example.com. Student computer labs are available on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campus with established lab hours. Wi-Fi is available throughout both campuses for students using their Net ID and password and for KSU guests. The KSU University Stores offers OwlTEC, a source for technology, electronics and computers.
How do I arrange to visit KSU?
How safe is KSU?
In the event of a campus emergency, dial the Department of Public Safety/KSU Police immediately at 470-578-6666. For non-emergencies, dial 470-578-6206.
In compliance with federal law known as the "Clery Act", the KSU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available. It contains information on campus crime statistics, safety programs and KSU policy. You may view the information on the KSU Clery compliance website http://www.kennesaw.edu/police/cleryactcompliance.html
Brochures with this information are also available in Human Resources and the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety is located in Building # 20 near the West Parking Deck. Human Resources is located on the second floor of the Town Point building behind Springhill Suites.
Is financial aid available at KSU?
Merit-based and need-based financial aid opportunities are available. Eligible Georgia high school graduates may also qualify for the HOPE Scholarship Program. Check the Office of Student Financial Aid website for detailed information. Also, the KSU Scholarships page provides information on scholarship search process and availability. The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit based scholarship program available to students who have met the University System of Georgia and the GSFC residency requirements and are enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program.
To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to determine which aid programs you will be awarded. You can apply online at https://fafsa.gov/
The FICE code or Title IV code for Kennesaw State University is 001577. Return of Title IV Funds policy can be seen on the office of Student Financial Aid website.
Is there a Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver?
I have been accepted to KSU. Should I go to orientation?
Yes! Kennesaw State University orientation sessions are designed to assist all First Year Students and Transfer Students in their successful orientation to KSU. Our passion is to help each of you experience a stress-free transition to college while introducing you to our great institution. Attending orientation provides new freshman and transfer students with registration advisement and an earlier registration time. For further information consult the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs website.
What are the NCAA Division I athletic programs at KSU?
The Kennesaw State Department of Athletics sponsors 16 NCAA Division I programs as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Owls saw tremendous success in the 2015-16 season, including these accomplishments:
- The baseball team clinched its first ASUN regular season title in program history.
- The men’s golf team claiming the ASUN Conference team championship with freshman Clara Aveling winning the women’s individual golf title.
- The men’s track and field team won its fourth consecutive ASUN Outdoor team championship with Andre Dorsey claiming his third Most Outstanding Field Performer honor. Eight KSU track and field athletes competed in 12 events at the NCAA Championships Preliminary Rounds.
- KSU men’s tennis player Simon Pritchard was named the 2016 ASUN Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
- Four KSU head coaches earned ASUN Coach of the Year honors: Andy Eggerth (Track and Field), Bryany Odom (Men’s Golf), Mike Sansing (Baseball), and Keith Schunzel (Volleyball).
On top of recent successes, the Owls broke new ground in 2015 as the University kicked off its inaugural football season as a member of the Big South Conference.
What courses transfer from other colleges?
For information about entering KSU as a transfer student, please visit http://transfer.kennesaw.edu/. Here you will find information on courses that transfer to KSU, articulation agreements between KSU and other institutions, admission requirements, steps for applying as a transfer student, and important resources.
What dining options are available on campus?
KSU offers exceptional, award-winning dining options on both campuses. The KSU culinary experience is recognized for sustainability, farm-to-farm and farm-to-campus-to-farm programs. Find out more at the University Dining website.
What is Lawful Presence Verification?
Lawful Presence Verification is required of all students accepted for admission or readmission to Kennesaw State University who indicate that they qualify for in-state tuition classification. Please see http://enrollmentservices.kennesaw.edu/lawful-presence.php for more information.
What is offered at the Paulding Instructional Site?
The Georgia Highlands College/Kennesaw State University combined Paulding County Instructional Site is located at 25 Courthouse Square, Dallas, Georgia. The Early Childhood 2+2 program is a collaborative offering between GHC and KSU at the Paulding Instructional Site. A variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level are offered at the site.
What is the student life like at KSU?
Kennesaw State University offers a wide array of activities to meet your interest, ranging from over 300 student organizations on the campus such as National Greek organizations; religious groups and many others. Students are also encouraged to start their own organization. For more information, check the student life website.
What is the tuition at KSU?
Graduate and Undergraduate fee schedules reflect universal fees and tuition only and can be found on the Bursar's Office web page. However, selected departments may assess additional program or laboratory charges depending on the major. Consult specific departments for details on program charges.
What kind of career services are offered at KSU?
Job hunting can be daunting! The Department of Career Planning & Development offers help in guiding you with writing resumes, mock job-interviewing, attending on-campus recruiting and career fairs, and participating in internships and co-op. For more information, please visit the Department of Career Planning & Development or contact them at 470.578.6555.
What programs are available for academically talented students?
The Honors College engages academically talented students in a variety of flexible honors experiences designed to take learning beyond the traditional classroom, into applied learning contexts germane to each student's major. To be accepted into the program, applicants must fall into one of two categories:
- Entering Freshmen Must:
- Have graduated from high school within the last five years
- Meet the high school academic course requirements for admissionmust have met the high school academic course requirements for admission
- Have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.5 in high school academic courses and
- Earned a minimum combined score of 1150 on the SAT Critical Reading and Math combined
or a composite score on the ACT of 25 or greater
- Current KSU Student/Transfer Student:
- Must have maintained a 3.7 grade point average in at last 30, but no more than 60, hours of course work.
A special honors cohort, the Admissions Scholars, is honored each fall. KSU recognizes the top traditional freshmen entering each fall through a special orientation program. The qualifications and benefits for this special recognition program are listed on the Admissions Scholars website. Consideration is automatic for those traditional freshmen who complete the application process. Students must possess exceptional SAT/ACT scores, complete the college bound preparatory curriculum, earn a 3.5 or greater HS GPA, and graduated from an accredited high school.
- Entering Freshmen Must:
What is the Dual Enrollment Program?
The Dual Enrollment Program at Kennesaw State University is a unique opportunity for academically accelerated high school seniors to earn college credit on the university campus while satisfying their high school graduation requirements. As a Dual Enrollment student, you will enjoy several privileges as you make the transition to university life in a familiar, supportive environment. Dual Enrollment students receive special advising services and register before freshmen and transfer students. Feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions. For more information, please visit Dual Enrollment website.
What services are provided through Student Disability Services?
The mission of Student Disability Services (SDS) is to ensure equal access to all educational experiences by students with identified, legally defined disabilities, and to promote the University's knowledge of and compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. In addition, SDS strives to enhance students' total academic and personal development and to promote the recognition of the contributions made by individuals with disabilities to the rich diversity of the University.
The office of Student Disability Services provides support to students who wish to seek special assistance with disabilities. Please feel free to call 470.578.6443. Visit the Student Disability Services online for more information.
Where do I go at KSU to get my textbooks?
The KSU University Stores provide students with all their required textbooks and much more. Visit their website to see the Owl gear, Clinique, and Vera Bradley products available through the KSU University Stores. Apple and other technology products are available through OwlTEC.
Where is KSU located?
Kennesaw State University, a member institution of the University System of Georgia, is a comprehensive university with campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia. Click here to learn more About KSU or see the Campus Maps.
KSU is located in northwest Georgia about 20 miles north of Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Hawks as well as the corporate headquarters of numerous FORTUNE 500 companies such as Home Depot, UPS, the Coca-Cola Company, and Delta Airlines. The campus is close enough to the city to enjoy the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola and is even closer to hiking at Kennesaw Mountain or enjoying water sports at Lake Allatoona.
Kennesaw has a great climate with four traditional seasons. Summer months are warm to hot averaging in the low to upper 90's. Fall temperatures range in the low 60's and 50's. Winter weather averages between 35 to 45 degrees with some freezing, ice, light snow, and cold or windy days on infrequent occasions. Spring conditions begin to arrive in late March with temperatures in the low to mid 70’s returning in April.
What are the admissions deadlines and requirements?
What majors and programs are offered at KSU?
A current list of KSU majors and programs can be found here:
What online classes and programs are offered?
KSU offers fully online degree programs, certificate programs, hybrid online programs, and a large selection of courses in online and mixed-model versions. Online degree and certificate programs may not be available in all states. For further information, see the learn online website.
Where should I apply?
What should I do if I am not accepted when I apply as a freshman?
If you are an applicant who does not meet freshman admission standards, you are encouraged to try to improve in the area(s) you do not meet requirements prior to high school graduation by retaking the SAT or ACT and/or pulling up your grade point average. Your application will be reviewed again based on final grades and new test scores. As an Alternative Pathway to Enrollment, if you are not eligible to begin as a freshman you are encouraged to attend another college and reapply to KSU in the future 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.
Applicants are invited to discuss their alternatives with an admissions counselor. Your admissions counselor can advise you on an alternative pathway to enrollment as a transfer student, as well as the feasibility for your success as a candidate for an admission appeal.
Where can I find FAQs for other enrollment offices?For FAQs of other enrollment offices, check here.