Kennesaw State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,341

2% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$17,929

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

6.96%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

60.6%

13,998 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

35,846

71.9% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

41.8%

1,445 Graduates

About

Kennesaw State University is a higher education institution located in Cobb County, GA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Kennesaw State University were Speech Communication & Rhetoric (334 degrees awarded), General Psychology (295 degrees), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (284 degrees).

In 2017, 6,076 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Kennesaw State University. 53.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (3,628 degrees), 3.12 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1162 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Kennesaw State University is $4,341, which is $-22,159 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Kennesaw State University is $4,341, which is $-22,159 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,929.

In 2017, 64% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 52% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,341

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University was $4,341. The cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University is $-22,159 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$17,929

2017 Value

2.8%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Kennesaw State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,929. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Kennesaw State University grew by 2.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,467

Room and Board

$1,500

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Kennesaw State University was of $11,467 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

64%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

52%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

64% of undergraduate students at Kennesaw State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 3.03% with respect to 2016, when 66% 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.

6.96%

2016 Default Rate

572

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Kennesaw State University was 6.96%, which represents 572 out of the 8215 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Kennesaw State University received 13,998 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 7.43% annual decline. Out of those 13,998 applicants, 8,487 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 60.6% acceptance rate.

There were 35,846 students enrolled at Kennesaw State University in 2017, and 45% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Kennesaw State University has an overall enrollment yield of 61.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

60.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

8,487

Accepted Out of 13,998

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Kennesaw State University was 60.6% (8,487 admissions from 13,998 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 58.5%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -7.43%, while admissions declined by -4.07%.

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SAT Scores

45%

Submission Percentage

2,658

Scores Submitted

45% of enrolled first-time students at Kennesaw State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Kennesaw State University has a total enrollment of 35,846 students. The full-time enrollment at Kennesaw State University is 25,768 students and the part-time enrollment is 10,078. This means that 71.9% of students enrolled at Kennesaw State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Kennesaw State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.5% White, 21.3% Black or African American, 9.23% Hispanic or Latino, 4.82% Asian, 4.38% Two or More Races, 0.165% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.112% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Kennesaw State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (29.5%), followed by White Female (26.2%) and Black or African American Female (11.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (28.5%), followed by White Male (20.2%) and Black or African American Female (12.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

71.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Kennesaw State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 35,846 students. The full-time enrollment at Kennesaw State University is 25,768 and the part-time enrollment is 10,078. This means that 71.9% of students enrolled at Kennesaw State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

78%

2017 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 78%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Kennesaw State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    19,891

  2. Black or African American

    7,643

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    3,307

The enrolled student population at Kennesaw State University is 55.5% White, 21.3% Black or African American, 9.23% Hispanic or Latino, 4.82% Asian, 4.38% Two or More Races, 0.165% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.112% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 878 students (2.45%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 434 more women than men received degrees from Kennesaw State University. The majority of degree recipients at Kennesaw State University are white (3,628 degrees awarded). There were 3.12 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1162 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Kennesaw State University is Speech Communication & Rhetoric (334 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (295 degrees) and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (284 degrees).

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 Communications (449 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (243 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (306 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,965,004 people), Software developers (448,894 people), Secondary school teachers (324,045 people), Other managers (292,487 people), and Education administrators (284,671 people).

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Communications (449 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (243 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (306 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (584 degrees), and Education (784 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Communications (449 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (243 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (306 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (584 degrees), and Education (784 degrees).

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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 (2,920,698 people), Computer Systems Design (591,637 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (421,760 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (310,056 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (169,665 people).

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Communications (449 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (243 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (306 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (584 degrees), and Education (784 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 334 degrees awarded

  2. 295 degrees awarded

  3. 284 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Kennesaw State University was Speech Communication & Rhetoric with 334 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,821

  2. 3,255

In 2017, 2,821 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University, which is 0.867 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,255).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 252 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.61 times more than the 157 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 236 degrees were awarded to women at Kennesaw State University in General Psychology, which is 4 times more than the 59 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

15%

100% Completion Time

42%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 15% of students graduating from Kennesaw State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 42% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 48% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (52.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Kennesaw State University is Female and Asian (52.2% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 3.88% of graduates (56 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,628 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,162 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    433 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Kennesaw State University is white (3,628 degrees awarded). There were 3.12 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1162 degrees).

2.83% of degree recipients (172 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,907 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,721 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    679 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Kennesaw State University is white female (1,907 degrees awarded). There were 1.11 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,721 degrees).

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Operations

Kennesaw State University has an endowment valued at nearly $37.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $758k (2%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Kennesaw State University had a total salary expenditure of $490M. Kennesaw State University employs 293 Assistant professors, 291 Associate professors, and 240 Professors. Most academics at Kennesaw State University are Male Professors (150), Male Associate professors(150), and Female Assistant professors (149).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Kennesaw State University are: Management, with 595 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 564 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 274 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$37.8M

2017 Endowment

1.77%

growth from 2016

Kennesaw State University has an endowment valued at about $37.8M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Kennesaw State University grew 1.77% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $249M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.95M - Federal

  2. $879k - State

  3. $11.2k - Local

As of 2017, Kennesaw State University received $1.95M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $879k from state grants and contracts, and $11.2k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$212M

2017 Salaries

6.97%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Kennesaw State University paid a median of $212M in salaries, which represents 43.2% of their overall expenditure ($490M) and a 6.97% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.17% growth from 2015 and a 0% growth from N/A.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$78.9M

Instructional Salaries

1,095

Number of Employees

In 2017, Kennesaw State University paid a total of $78.9M to 1,095 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $25.2M (35.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

293 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

595 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Kennesaw State University were Assistant professor with 293 employees; Associate professor with 291 employees; and Associate professor with 240 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Kennesaw State University were Management with 595 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 564 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 274 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Kennesaw State University was Male Professor with 150 employees, Male Associate professor with 150 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 149 employees.

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

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