Resources › For Students and Parents Southern Polytechnic State University Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print Marietta Square in Downtown Marietta, Georgia. terra2055 / Flickr For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated March 06, 2017 Update: 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): SPSU Acceptance Rate: 79%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 510 / 610SAT Math: 530 / 630SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanACT Composite: 22 / 27ACT English: 21 / 26ACT Math: 23 / 27What these ACT numbers mean Enrollment (2014): Total Enrollment: 6,786 (5,971 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 81% Male / 19% Female72% 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: $8,390Other Expenses: $2,900Total 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 AidGrants: 84%Loans: 53%Average Amount of AidGrants: $5,940Loans: $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 If You Like SPSU, You May Also Like These Schools: Auburn University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph Mercer University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph Armstrong State University: Profile Albany State University: Profile Berry College: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph Emory University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph University of West Georgia: Profile Valdosta State University: Profile Savannah State University: Profile Oglethorpe University: Profile Columbus State University: Profile Southern Polytechnic State University Mission Statement: read the complete mission statement at http://www.kennesaw.edu/about.php "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..."