Kennesaw State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,450
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$18,586
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.9%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
83.1%
18,601 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
41,181
70.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
46.9%
2,108 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 General Psychology (390 degrees awarded), Other Multidisciplinary Studies (350 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (278 degrees).

In 2020, 7,274 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Kennesaw State University. 53.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,093 degrees), 2.82 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1450 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Kennesaw State University is $4,450, which is $−24,179 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Kennesaw State University is $4,450, which is $−24,179 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,586.

In 2020, 78% of undergraduate students attending Kennesaw State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 42% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,450
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University was $4,450. The cost of tuition at Kennesaw State University is $−24,179 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$18,586
2020 Value
8.22%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Kennesaw State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,586. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Kennesaw State University grew by 8.22%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,947
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Kennesaw State University was of $12,947 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 12.9% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
42%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Kennesaw State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 8.33% with respect to 2019, when 72% 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.
4.9%
2018 Default Rate
424
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Kennesaw State University was 4.9%, which represents 424 out of the 8654 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Kennesaw State University received 18,601 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 18.5% annual growth. Out of those 18,601 applicants, 15,460 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.1% acceptance rate.

There were 41,181 students enrolled at Kennesaw State University in 2020, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Kennesaw State University has an overall enrollment yield of 51.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
15,460
Accepted Out of 18,601

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Kennesaw State University was 83.1% (15,460 admissions from 18,601 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 75.2%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 18.5%, while admissions grew by 31%.

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SAT Scores

65%
Submission Percentage
5,234
Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at Kennesaw State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Kennesaw State University has a total enrollment of 41,181 students. The full-time enrollment at Kennesaw State University is 28,878 students and the part-time enrollment is 12,303. This means that 70.1% of students enrolled at Kennesaw State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Kennesaw State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.3% White, 23.6% Black or African American, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 5.17% Asian, 4.67% Two or More Races, 0.141% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.136% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Kennesaw State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (26.2%), followed by White Female (23.5%) and Black or African American Female (13.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.7%), followed by Black or African American Female (16.1%) and White Male (15.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Kennesaw State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41,181 students. The full-time enrollment at Kennesaw State University is 28,878 and the part-time enrollment is 12,303. This means that 70.1% of students enrolled at Kennesaw State University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

80%
2020 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 80%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), 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
    20,694
  2. Black or African American
    9,726
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    4,955

The enrolled student population at Kennesaw State University is 50.3% White, 23.6% Black or African American, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 5.17% Asian, 4.67% Two or More Races, 0.141% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.136% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% 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, 871 students (2.12%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 444 more women than men received degrees from Kennesaw State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Kennesaw State University is white (4,093 degrees awarded). There were 2.82 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1450 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Kennesaw State University is General Psychology (390 degrees awarded), followed by Other Multidisciplinary Studies (350 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (278 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 Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (852 degrees awarded), Engineering (699 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Software developers (806,165 people), Other managers (516,185 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (342,956 people), Civil engineers (254,618 people), and Computer & information systems managers (191,761 people).

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (852 degrees awarded), Engineering (699 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees), Communications (379 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (221 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (852 degrees awarded), Engineering (699 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees), Communications (379 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (221 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 Computer Systems Design (965,695 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (450,497 people), Elementary & secondary schools (406,576 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (390,697 people), and Construction (335,822 people).

The most specialized majors at Kennesaw State University are Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (852 degrees awarded), Engineering (699 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (383 degrees), Communications (379 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (221 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. 390 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 350 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 278 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Kennesaw State University was General Psychology with 390 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,415
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,859
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,415 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University, which is 0.885 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,859).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 261 degrees were awarded to men at Kennesaw State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.29 times more than the 203 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 327 degrees were awarded to women at Kennesaw State University in General Psychology, which is 5.19 times more than the 63 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

14%
100% Completion Time
43%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 14% of students graduating from Kennesaw State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 43% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 49% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (55.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Kennesaw State University is Female and Asian (55.6% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.9% of graduates (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,093 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    1,450 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    619 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Kennesaw State University is white (4,093 degrees awarded). There were 2.82 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (1450 degrees).

2.08% of degree recipients (151 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,101 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,992 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    888 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Kennesaw State University is white female (2,101 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,992 degrees).

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Operations

Kennesaw State University has an endowment valued at nearly $64.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.98M (3.09%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Kennesaw State University had a total salary expenditure of $585M. Kennesaw State University employs 367 Assistant professors, 292 Associate professors, and 278 Professors. Most academics at Kennesaw State University are Male Assistant professors (188), Female Assistant professors(179), and Male Professors (171).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Kennesaw State University are: Management, with 533 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 383 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 315 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$64.1M
2020 Endowment
35.1%
growth from 2019

Kennesaw State University has an endowment valued at about $64.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Kennesaw State University grew 35.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $238M 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. $1.92M - Federal
  2. $1.14M - State
  3. $44.4k - Local

As of 2020, Kennesaw State University received $1.92M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.14M from state grants and contracts, and $44.4k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$238M
2020 Salaries
3.58%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Kennesaw State University paid a median of $238M in salaries, which represents 40.6% of their overall expenditure ($585M) and a 3.58% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.0719% decline from 2018 and a 8.36% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$93.6M
Instructional Salaries
1,246
Number of Employees

In 2020, Kennesaw State University paid a total of $93.6M to 1,246 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
367 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
533 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Kennesaw State University were Assistant professor with 367 employees; Associate professor with 292 employees; and Associate professor with 278 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Kennesaw State University were Management with 533 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 383 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 315 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Assistant professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Kennesaw State University was Male Assistant professor with 188 employees, Female Assistant professor with 179 employees, and Male Professor with 171 employees.

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

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