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Kennesaw State University (2009)

Brief Description:

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries.

Mission Statement:

Kennesaw State University aspires to be a progressive and exemplary educational institution, respected for its excellence and leadership in teaching, service and research. The university is committed to continuous improvement in an increasingly diverse and constantly changing learning community.

President's Quote:

“Kennesaw State is on an upward trajectory, and we are not just getting bigger, we’re much better than many people yet know,” President Daniel S. Papp said. “KSU is driven by a can-do spirit, and we have ambitious goals and dreams. We have a bright and promising future.” -- Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp

Major Accomplishments:

  • This summer, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the construction of a two-story, 50,000-square-foot dining hall allowing the university to continue its evolution as a full-fledged residential university. The $21 million project is slated for completion in 2009.
  • Also this summer, the university’s Coles College of Business began offering an innovative Doctor of Business Administration degree – the first at a University System of Georgia institution.

  • Building on more than a decade of partnerships with the People’s Republic of China, this spring, KSU was selected as one of the newest sites in the United States designated as a Confucius Institute – a Beijing-based project funded by the Chinese government to promote China’s language and culture around the world. KSU became the second university in Georgia to establish a Confucius Institute and one of the latest in a growing international network of affiliated institutes, with 42 located in the U.S.

  • KSU entered into a partnership with the Egyptian University Sports Federation to advance athletic opportunities for persons with disabilities in Egypt and other countries. The agreement is the only one of its kind between an American academic institution and the Egyptian University Sports Federation, the government organization charged with organizing all sports activities in Egypt’s public and private universities. The agreement establishes an exchange of students, faculty and staff, as well as joint programs and conferences in the field of health and exercise science.

  • KSU was the only college in Georgia recognized for its efforts to help freshmen acclimate to the rigors of college life by U.S.News & World Report in its annual edition of “Best Colleges” 2009. For the sixth consecutive year, KSU’s First-Year Experience program was cited as a “Program to Look For” by the magazine. KSU was also the only public institution in Georgia cited on the magazine’s list of “Up-and-Coming” schools, having recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities. Kennesaw State was among 70 colleges that received the most nominations.


Notable Alumni:

  • Larry Nelson, ’70, professional golfer, golf course designer, entrepreneur
  • Susan Sewell, ’76, vice president, ABC Television Network

  • Haley Kilpatrick, ’07, founder, executive director Girl Talk, a student-to-student mentoring program that reaches 30,000 girls in 24 states and abroad.

    “I feel that having the one-on-one relationships with my professors was an experience unique to KSU, and I felt so blessed to have their support.” – Haley Kilpatrick


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662