Welcome to the Consolidation Website for the New Kennesaw State University
On Jan. 6, 2015, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted to approve the consolidation of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.
The BOR’s approval is the final step in a yearlong process to consolidate the two Cobb County-based institutions. The new Kennesaw State will operate as a fully consolidated institution when classes begin in fall 2015. The BOR’s approval is the final step in a yearlong process to consolidate the two Cobb County-based institutions. The new Kennesaw State will operate as a fully consolidated institution when classes begin in fall 2015.
“This is a historic moment for both institutions, for all the people who have worked so hard to bring consolidation about, and especially for all current and future students, faculty and staff of the new Kennesaw State,” said Daniel S. Papp, president of the consolidated University. “We are grateful that the Board has endorsed our plans for creating an exceptional university from two distinct institutions, and for combining our strengths and resources.”
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby expressed his thoughts on the consolidation of the two universities.
“Our challenge and opportunity is to control the cost of college while strengthening the quality and accessibility of the programs and degrees we offer,” said Huckaby. “The new Kennesaw State University will expand opportunities for students and do so more efficiently.”
The new consolidated University will maintain campuses in Kennesaw and Marietta, the current sites of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State, respectively.
A New University
The new Kennesaw State University will combine the best from two of Georgia’s most respected institutions of higher education. This comprehensive university will serve as a destination campus, offering students a broad spectrum of quality academics, a growing and vibrant campus life, award-winning dining facilities, and a wide array of athletic offerings. With nationally-ranked degrees in business, engineering and first-year programs, as well as premier teaching, nursing, architecture, science and math programs, the new Kennesaw State University is poised to become Georgia’s next world-class institution.
Kennesaw State University 2015: By the Numbers
- The new Kennesaw State University will be one of the 50 largest public universities in the country.
- In fall 2014, Kennesaw State University enrolled approximately 25,500 students, and Southern Polytechnic enrolled an estimated 6,500. Combined, the new university will total approximately 32,000 students and will have an alumni base of nearly 100,000.
- The new Kennesaw State will employ over 2,800 full-time faculty and staff, and will boast an economic impact of more than $1.2 billion.
- Students will be able to choose from eight residential facilities, which will house approximately 5,200 on-campus residents. There are nearly 3,500 beds at the Kennesaw Campus, with another 1,700 at the Marietta Campus.
- In fall 2015, Kennesaw State University will offer 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I sports teams, including football, which will kick off on September 3, 2015.