2019 Freshman Class Sets Enrollment Record


As we began the fall semester at Kennesaw State last week, there were a lot more students to welcome to campus. That’s because, at nearly 6,500 students, the Class of 2023 is the largest freshman class in KSU history, representing a 30+ percent increase from the fall 2018 class. This is an extraordinary message about Kennesaw State University.

Why did KSU shatter all freshman enrollment records this year? First and foremost, it is a reflection of the quality and dedication of the faculty and staff who strive to create a university that places students first. It’s also about the students who are the heart of this university. KSU students have an infectious energy and spirit – as we saw during the opening of school events on both campuses – and that reputation makes Kennesaw State an attractive place for prospective students to live and learn. 

Much of the credit for drawing new students to our campus goes to the stellar work of the team in Enrollment Services, led by Vice President Brenda Stopher. The staff has sought to stay at the forefront of ways to successfully recruit and retain an outstanding class of students at this University. Last year, we launched additional open houses, which allowed 4,200 prospective students to visit our campuses. This represents a 356% increase over the prior year. They obviously liked what they saw. They also liked what they learned concerning the opportunities at KSU thanks to efforts of Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and Marketing Alice Wheelwright and her team, who have made it their mission to develop, enhance and advance KSU’s reputation as an outstanding place to earn an education. 

In the spirit of making sure students are front and center, we have almost 100 new full-time faculty members who started this month. But we’re far from done in adding additional full-time faculty to our team of world-class professors and lecturers. We will soon begin preparing searches to hire 100 new full-time faculty for next year in targeted areas needed to meet student demands. Their talents will add to an already dedicated group of faculty members, who will continue to provide students with what they need to succeed at KSU.

This year’s dramatic increase in freshman enrollment is a reflection of KSU’s appeal as a destination campus. The bottom line of this boost in freshman enrollment is simply that students are seeing what Kennesaw State has to offer and are making the wise choice to join the Owl family.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten