Southern Polytechnic State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Marietta Square in Downtown Marietta, Georgia
Marietta Square in Downtown Marietta, Georgia. terra2055 / Flickr


As of January 2015, Southern Polytechnic State University is no longer an independent school, and has become a part of Kennesaw State University.

Southern Polytechnic State University Description:

Southern Polytechnic State University, often referred to as Southern Poly or SPSU, was founded in 1948 as a two-year campus of Georgia Tech. Today the school is an autonomous public university that awards mostly bachelor's and master's degrees in a wide range of technological fields. The curriculum is career-based and grounded in application-oriented teaching. All faculty must have relevant work or research experience. SPSU is located 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia. Students come from 35 states and 82 countries. In athletics, the SPSU Hornets compete in the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference.

Admissions Data (2014):

Enrollment (2014):

  • Total Enrollment: 6,786 (5,971 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 81% Male / 19% Female
  • 72% Full-time

Costs (2014 - 15):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,839 (in-state); $17,144 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,390
  • Other Expenses: $2,900
  • Total Cost: $18,829 (in-state); $30,134

Southern Polytechnic State University Financial Aid (2013 - 14):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 91%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 84%
    • Loans: 53%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,940
    • Loans: $6,733

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 75%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 26%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 10%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 37%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Southern Polytechnic State University Mission Statement:

read the complete mission statement at

"Southern Polytechnic State University is proud to be Georgia’s technology university. Our academic, professional, outreach and service programs embrace all aspects of technology, including the practical applied skills (techne) needed to solve today’s real-world problems and the theoretical knowledge (logos) necessary to meet tomorrow’s challenges. SPSU graduates are well prepared to lead the scientific and economic development of an increasingly complex state, nation, and world..."

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