Kennesaw State University’s student enrollment continued on its upward trajectory for the fall 2019 semester.
The university’s enrollment grew by 6.7 percent to reach 37,807 students, which is higher than its fall 2018 enrollment of 35,420 students, according to numbers released Tuesday by the University System of Georgia.
Kennesaw State is the third-largest university in the state. Georgia State University ranks first with 53,619 students, and is followed by the University of Georgia with 38,920 students. Georgia Institute of Technology comes in fourth with 36,489 students.
KSU welcomed about 6,500 new freshmen students this fall, which is a 30-percent increase from last year, the university said.
KSU president Pamela Whitten said the growth shows students “recognize the immense value and opportunity to be had at Kennesaw State.”
“As more Owls arrive, we are working to ensure our diverse and talented pool of faculty increases proportionately to that of our student body, and that we continue to fulfill our promise that every student leaves with a world-class educational experience,” she said.
Kennesaw State said it will seek to hire more than 80 faculty members and more than 30 academic advisors through the 2019-20 year, the university said.
In an effort to address a rising demand for student housing, the university on Tuesday presented a proposal to the Board of Regents to build a new 514-bed residence hall next to the Austin Residence Complex on the Kennesaw campus. KSU said it would like to open the new building by fall 2022.
University spokeswoman Tammy Demel said more details about the proposed residence hall will become available once the Board of Regents votes on the plan.
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