Kennesaw State University Reviews
Kennesaw State University is an absolutely wonderful value for the cost of tuition. The B.A. in Geography program at KSU provides instruction not only in the human dimension but the physical/technological dimension of Geography as well. The school currently offers one of the only online bachelor's degrees in Geography and does so at a cost per credit hour far below that of the other schools. Overall the school performs well in the realm of Anthropology and Geography (in my experience) though I cannot attest to the quality of its other departments. I would suggest KSU to anyone looking for an affordable, fair quality segue into the fields of Geography, Natural Resources, Anthropology, or Archaeology (as well as many other related fields such as GIS).
Still a current student at Kennesaw only because it's the closest school to my job. Kennesaw overall isn't a bad school, but if you're a business major, be prepared to fall behind due to there not being many classes available. For the 3rd semester in a row, classes are having to be added because they don't have enough courses for the amount of students admitted into Coles. I had to take my Business Statistics (which is a hard course itself) at 7am. Not a problem except they ran out of parking spaces and I was unable to get one at the beginning of the year and buses don't run until 7am, so I had no choice but to walk to class. Scary especially since I'm a female and it was always dark out. I'm currently trying to get another class I need before I fall behind more, but there are only 2 classes with 63 seats each on the day that I need with a professor that apparently has a very thick accent that's difficult to understand. They continue to hire inexperienced professors to teach the hardest courses, which again will cause you to fall behind. Not to mention their advisers aren't all that great either. Ever heard the saying C's get degrees? They don't. In order to get into Coles, you must have a B average which no adviser told me. They're really only there for you to get the advising hold off of your account. They don't do much advising. Getting into Coles is very attainable with understandable professors, but difficult without. Some may think I am just being lazy and I could teach myself the material if I can't understand the professors, but I don't pay $5000/semester to teach myself. Other than that, Kennesaw would be a great school if they would provide more for the amount of students that they accept per year. More parking, more seats in the classes I need to graduate, more (and better) professors, they just need more.
Originally I was excited about attending KSU when I got accepted. I was overwhelmed and drank that Black and Gold kool-aid. After a while I found some aspects of my education, some teachers, financial aid, admissions staff and other departments not as competent. Like a previous reviewer stated sometimes there were delays on their end when needing to know if submitted documentation had been accepted and waiting for status updates. When needing transcripts I had a issue arise where they had a school listed that I NEVER heard of or attended in a state that I NEVER even been to. Yet in still required a transcript or documentation proving I never attended. You can imagine the leg work I had to endure getting that information. Might I add my favorite (I use that term loosely) of peer advisors...I get the purpose of why they have established them but it's not helpful when one peer's strength may not be mine. Sure it works for some but it defeats the purpose seeing them if you're only going to give colorful paper and smile awkwardly in my face. With all that to say impacted my time at Kennesaw. Kennesaw likes being known for being hard to get into but obviously not helpful enough to get you through matriculation and everything else in between. While these experiences are personal and may not apply to everyone I would say proceed with caution. KSU is still trying to find their own footing in this ever changing University of Georgia System. Yet you're likely better off going to another school where there's overall balance and order. As for myself if I had to do my collegiate experience over let's just say I was better off going to an HBCU!!
Kennesaw State University is growing. It hosts 30,000 students with parking spaces for 10,000. The school is what you make of it. Most of the professors are seasoned intellectuals that care about their students. However, student cohesion and competition are the driving forces of success at KSU. If you intend to keep a distance between yourself and your university or your personal goals and your academic goals, you will likely struggle. KSU, though, has a way of engaging its students. If you want to get in on the ground floor of a school's traditions and culture, KSU will be a good fit.
My experience with this school is horrible. I applied back in May and July 1st was the deadline. Two weks after applying i called to verify if they received my transcript. I was told YES and to give them about 2 weeks to input my transcript. I called back at the end of May and was told the didn't receive my transcript. Waited till June 12th or 15th (after I verified my transcripts were sent from both of my previous schools) Once again I was told they did receive my transcript it just takes 4 weeks to input them in the system. June 30th before the deadline i called again they told me it will be in by July 1st the deadline and the system will show that it is in by July 3rd. It's August 2nd now and they still can't get my transcript in. Smh I've learned and hope others can learn from my experience.
Although Kennesaw state is a fairly new university it is growing and thriving at an incredible rate. Kennesaw is a school that empowers students with a "Student First" perspective. There are plenty of opportunities for students to gain career skills outside of the classroom by getting involved and unlike other institutions many of the student organizations pay for you to be a part of the executive board. Professors at Kennesaw state take the time to actually teach as opposed to giving a Powerpoint. They strive to empower students in the classroom and allow you to determine your success. Kennesaw has some of the best dorms for college students and a dining hall that is top of the line. I would highly recommend Kennesaw to anyone.
Kennesaw is a rip-off. The school don't care about you. The WIFI doesn't work, they nickel & dime you for every thing. You can barely get into a class, which then forces you to take online, which of course cost extra $. The extra money that they get from the nickel & dime, is definitely not invested in getting more teachers, or improving the services that's included in your tuition (hint: better WIFI). Paying over $26,000 a year , you should be able to tell where that money is going. As of now, I only know where it's "not " going.
This school is one of the most diverse schools I have attended. The faculty is truly magnificent. They honestly do care about each and every one of their students. They even offer personal research with the students so that the students can work one on one with with professors in a study that will help them further in their career and will truly be memorable.
Kennesaw State University is changing so quickly that anyone who hasn't considered it in the last few years may want to look again. It is on its way to becoming a world-class institution with more graduate programs and several doctoral degrees being offered. The main campus has outstanding facilities (new recreation center, new art museum, new stadiums, award-winning dining services.) The instruction is excellent and I felt the quality of education was top-notch. There are some growing pains, especially in parking, and the university is scrambling to keep up and address the issues. The campus is large, but has amenities that make it feel safe and "homey." A warm, friendly student body and supportive faculty make this a college experience that will be fondly remembered.
Kennesaw State University has given me the tools to make a living as a musician. One of my favorite things about the university was the professors in my major and all the opportunities KSU has to offer in terms of connection with the Atlanta music scene. Students will be given the tools to excel but they must be willing to do the work themselves.