Kennesaw State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Kennesaw State University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 58%. Located just north of Atlanta in Kennesaw, Georgia, Kennesaw State is part of the University System of Georgia. Founded in 1963 as a junior college, KSU has grown to be the third largest university in the state. Kennesaw State offers more than 150 degrees within 13 colleges. Popular majors include nursing, biology, psychology, and communications. On the athletic front, the Kennesaw State University Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

Considering applying to Kennesaw State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Kennesaw State University had an acceptance rate of 58%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 58 students were admitted, making Kennesaw State's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 13,427
Percent Admitted 58%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 61%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Kennesaw State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 60% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 640
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Kennesaw State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Kennesaw State scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1270 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Kennesaw State.

Requirements

Applicants to Kennesaw State must meet minimum English/Critical Reading and Math section requirements on the SAT. For the old SAT, the minimum required scores for admission are 450 for the Critical Reading section and 450 for the Math section. Applicants submitting scores from the new SAT must have a minimum ERW score of 500 and a minimum Math score of 490.

Kennesaw State does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Kennesaw State participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Kennesaw State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 26
Math 20 26
Composite 21 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Kennesaw State's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Kennesaw State received a composite ACT score between 21 and 26, while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Applicants to Kennesaw State must meet minimum English and Math section requirements and minimum composite score requirements on the ACT. The minimum required scores include an English subscore of 18 and a Math subscore of 18.

Note that if you have taken the ACT more than once, Kennesaw State will consider your highest English score, your highest Math score, and your highest composite score, but will not recalculate a new composite score. Kennesaw State does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Kennesaw State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.38, and over 42% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Kennesaw State have primarily B grades.

Note that Kennesaw State requires that applicants have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in 17 units of required coursework.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Kennesaw State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Kennesaw State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Kennesaw State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Kennesaw State University, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. Admissions are based primarily on a minimum GPA in Kennesaw's required high school curriculum and minimum SAT or ACT scores. The admissions office will be looking for applicants with competitive grades in a rigorous course schedule that includes four years of college preparatory English, math, and natural science; three years of college preparatory social science; and two years of the same foreign language, American Sign Language, or computer science. Note that some programs at Kennesaw State have higher admission standards.

In the graph above, the green and blue data points represent students who were accepted to Kennesaw State University. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, and an unweighted high school GPA of "B-" or better. Grades and test scores above this lower range will improve your chances, and you can see that most admitted students had "A" and "B" averages. 

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