Shouting Out Kennesaw State University
In This Issue: Touring Cobb County
One marker of a vibrant, lively community that will continue to grow and develop well into the future is a robust education system. That’s why Kennesaw State University, which is based right here in Cobb County, is worth shouting out. As a school that offers nearly 150 undergraduate and post-graduate programs and has seen significant growth in its student body over the past few years, you can be sure that KSU will enhance our community for decades to come.
One of the things that’s most remarkable about KSU is just how fast it’s grown since its founding. The Board of Regents of Georgia’s university system chartered KSU (first called Kennesaw Junior College) in 1963, but it didn’t officially open to students until 1966, and its initial enrollment was just 1,014 students. In just a little over five decades, KSU has become the third-largest public university in Georgia, behind only Georgia State University and the University of Georgia, which were chartered in 1913 and 1785, respectively.
KSU’s enrollment in fall 2020 was 40,900 students, which was an 8% increase from the year before. That would be remarkable in any year, but in the midst of a pandemic, it’s an incredible vote of confidence in our county’s university as it continues to prepare students to enter the workforce. This fall, KSU also had the largest freshman class of any university in the state.
Kennesaw State University’s engineering, education, and information technology programs ranked among some of the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report. It is currently ranked as a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), which means that it is a part of a select group of universities with high amounts of research activity. Only 6% of universities nationwide have either R1 or R2 status.
Though a lot of Owls football games were canceled this year due to the pandemic, meaning the public can’t support and celebrate the school in one of the best ways anyone can celebrate their local university, we can still be thankful that KSU continues to send confident, educated students out into the workforce. We’re lucky to have them as a part of the community.