Enrolled students eager to learn at KSU


Kennesaw State received some good news last week, when U.S. News & World Report ranked us one of the top 10 national universities in terms of admissions yield rates. It is yet another confirmation that KSU is a destination at which students are eager to earn their college degrees.

The admissions yield rate measures the percentage of students admitted to the university who subsequently choose to enroll. For fall 2017, that means that of the approximately 8,500 students accepted to Kennesaw State, over 5,200 decided to enroll, for a yield rate of 61.7 percent.

The top 10 ranking for admissions yield at KSU puts the university in prestigious company with several top-notch research universities making the list, including Harvard, Yale and MIT. Kennesaw State is the lone public university in the top 10, as well as the only school in Georgia.

Let’s take a moment to put our numbers in perspective. The average yield rate among national universities was about 32 percent. So at most universities, for every 10 admitted students who filled out an application for admission, only three decide to enroll. But at KSU, the number who decide to enroll here is double that.

While there are many different factors that go into the decision to apply to Kennesaw State, the choice to enroll more definitively illustrates how attractive KSU is to potential students. The fact that more than six out of every 10 students pick Kennesaw State is exciting and a testament that we truly have much to offer to our nearly 36,000 students. For example, the engaged learning opportunities, which give students ways to research and learn in hands-on environments, play a major role in making our university attractive to students. Add a world-class faculty and top-notch fellow students and you have the recipe for students choosing KSU at record levels.

We can all take some valuable lessons from this encouraging statistic: Kennesaw State students are eager to learn here before they arrive, and it is incumbent upon all of us to keep that momentum going as they progress in the university. Remembering that students are the center of our universe remains KSU’s top priority.

Pamela Whitten


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