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Kennesaw State University
KSU Seal
Type Public
Established October 9, 1963 (1963-10-09)
Endowment $37.2 Million
President Pamela S. Whitten
Provost Ronald H. Matson (interim)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 37,576 (Fall 2018)
Location , ,
Campus Suburban, 581 acres (2.35 km2)
Colors Black and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division IA-Sun
Nickname Owls
Affiliations USG
Mascot Scrappy the Owl
Kennesaw State University logo

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is a public university in the U.S. state of Georgia with two primary campuses, one in Kennesaw and the other in Marietta.

KSU also holds classes at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Dalton State College, and in Paulding County (Dallas). Present enrollment is over 35,000 students, making it the third-largest university within Georgia and one of the top 50 largest universities in the United States.

KSU is part of the University System of Georgia. The university has a multitude of academic programs in business, education, engineering, nursing, physical sciences, information technology, criminal justice, and sports management. Both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses are located in suburban areas on a combined 581 acres (235 ha) of land.

Kennesaw State Burruss Building
The A. L. Burruss Building which is on the campus

Since 2005, Kennesaw State's athletic teams (except football) have been a NCAA Division I member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The football team is a FCS member of the Big South Conference.

Kennesaw State is home to the state's largest Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC). The ETTC is one of 13 such centers around the state. Teachers and other school personnel from around the state come to the KSU ETTC for professional development.

KSU's Computer Science and Information Systems department hosts the Center for Election Systems, which certifies and monitors the direct recording electronic machines used in Georgia elections and trains local elections officials.


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  • Doug Stoner, Georgia State Senator
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  • Kandice Pelletier, Miss New York 2005, appeared on CBS's The Amazing Race 10
  • Cale Yarbrough, professional MMA fighter, former cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7
  • Willie Harris, Washington Nationals Major League Baseball player, World Series Champion with Chicago White Sox, 2005
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Kennesaw State University, Marietta Campus

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