Kennesaw State Rankings and Recognitions

Kennesaw State University is on a trajectory of excellence, as shown by rankings from external organizations that measure and monitor institutions of higher education.

The Information Age has given rise to more data transparency and availability, and in turn, this information is provided to help you make comparisons and well-researched decisions. 

Below are several of the recent rankings related to:

  • Computing
  • Information Technology
  • Online Program Quality
  • Return On Investment, ROI

The U.S. News and Report 2017 Rankings 

Kennesaw State is among National Universities ranked in “2017 Best Colleges” 

Rankings are based on quantitative measures of academic quality and research conducted by U.S. News.  National Universities offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs, and a faculty research emphasis. Other indicators and factors are also considered.

Individual programs ranked as 2017 “Best Online Programs” include:

Best Online Graduate Information Technology program (38th nationally)

Previous year’s rankings:
Top Regional Universities (32nd among top public universities in the South)
Best Colleges for Veterans (51st among top regional universities in the South)


  • Best Online Colleges Badge

    Kennesaw State Ranked 9th in Best Online Colleges List annually reviews thousands of accredited online institutions to discern the 50 best in the U.S. Assessments consider qualitative measures, National Center for Education Statistics and institutional data and affordability metrics. Recent rankings include:

    • Best Online Colleges (9th nationally)
    • Best Online College in Georgia (1st in state)
    • Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in Information Technology (2nd nationally) and Computer Science (12th nationally)
    • Best Online CS

      Online IT and Software Engineering Programs 7th in the U.S.; Computer Science in Top 50

      Kennesaw State was honored for the academic excellence of its online computing-related graduate programs and its substantial workforce contribution. Cost, quality, student-teacher ratios, graduation rates and professional accreditation were used by to develop these rankings:

      • Online Graduate program in Information Technology (7th nationally)
      • Online Graduate program in Software Engineering (7th nationally)
      • Best Online Colleges for Computer Science Degrees (in the top 50 nationally)
      • Best Online Colleges in Georgia badge

        Online Programs in the Top 10 in Georgia

        Kennesaw State offers 70+ degrees and certificates in online or hybrid atmospheres, and more than 400 full or partial online offerings. The University is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board Electronic Campus. Ranking metrics used by included tuition levels, student-teacher ratios, graduation rates and other factors.

        • Best Online IT badge

          Kennesaw State Online Graduate IT Program 18th in the U.S.

          Kennesaw State University added online programs in 2009. On average, its graduates earn a starting salary between $55,000 and $65,000. ranking factors include academic reputation, overall cost, graduate success in the post-college job market and data from reputable sources.

          • Best Value badge

            PayScale ranks Kennesaw State #11 in Georgia, with its Southern Polytechnic State programs ranked #3

            The net 20-year Return on Investment, ROI, which is $278,000 for Kennesaw State and $607,000 for its Southern Polytechnic programs, predicts how much a graduate can expect to earn over a 20-year period. Degree costs and salary ranges are also profiled. All are based on questionnaires completed by KSU alumni.

            • Best Value Overall badge

     ranks Kennesaw State #19 in the Nation

              Kennesaw State University is a public, non-profit university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. KSU is also a part of the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus.

              • best masters

                Kennesaw State Online Graduate IT Program 2nd in Affordability

       has ranked Kennesaw State’s online Master of Science in Information Technology as #2 in affordability. The review considered 117 accredited institutions that offer online master in information technology degrees, information systems degrees, or closely related programs.