KSU breaks ground on new ‘high-end’ dorms
by Geoff Folsom
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October 07, 2011 10:28 PM | 5747 views | 13 13 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — Kennesaw State University officials announced the start of construction on its new, $26 million dorms Friday. The 451-bed addition to KSU’s University Place will allow the school to house 15 percent of students, or 3,600, when it opens next August.

The school didn’t have any on-campus housing in 2002.

“These beds have marked a tremendous, tremendous change in what takes place at Kennesaw State University, beyond our education in the classroom,” KSU President Daniel S. Papp said. “It has truly been a season of new vibrancy over the last decade.”

KSU’s student housing has received a number of accolades, and last month was rated the school with the country’s best overall dorms by CampusSplash.com, a website that lets students ask and answer questions about universities and colleges.

Like all of KSU’s dorms, the new, 207,500-square-foot addition will allow each student to have a private bedroom and bathroom. Each of the new facility’s apartments will have four bedrooms, a shared kitchen and living room and Wi-Fi connectivity.

That’s a far cry from some other schools, where students have to share a room and share the restroom with everyone else on the floor.

“The old-fashioned dorm experience is not something students ever had to experience at KSU,” said Michael Sanseviro, university dean of student success.

The “high-end” dorms can serve as a recruiting tool for the school, Sanseviro said.

“For us, we had to give a reason to attract students to want to come to campus in the first place,” he said. “We had to start with a high-end product to attract students.”

Sanseviro said the new addition, which is reserved for upperclassmen, will help transform KSU from a commuter school into a residential campus.

“Once you get to 15 to 20 percent, that really transforms the culture and makes you a full, 24-hour university,” he said.

KSU touts a more positive academic environment for on-campus students. Sanseviro said that, for example, a student studying for his calculus exam can get help at 2 a.m. in the dorms, but, if he were living with mom and dad, would be out of luck.

“When you come to class, take your classes and leave, you really miss out on what the academic experience is,” he said.

Junior Gary Walker, president of the KSU Residence Hall Association, said he plans to move into the new addition next year. Along with in-room amenities, it will feature green space, a multipurpose room and an outdoor amphitheater, which will feature comedy shows, as well as performances from KSU’s music program.

“It’s going to be built and ready for plug and play,” Walker said.

Walker, who came to KSU from Rutledge, said his brother, a student at the University of West Georgia, is jealous of the accommodations at KSU.

“A lot of campuses are trying to catch up to what we have,” Walker said.
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leftGeorgia
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October 09, 2011
Well heaven forbid a college student share a room or bathroom with anyone else! The kids in college now are the ones that always are winners, had their own brand new cars & never have had to share anything with anyone.

These are our future leaders & that's scary.
Not irked
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October 08, 2011
The light rail is dead, irked. Did the news not reach your side of the holler?
anonymous
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October 08, 2011
So what's wrong with the "old fashioned dorm experience?" Are kids today that pampered and spoiled?
Too pricey
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October 08, 2011
Unfortunately, the apartments and dorms are way too pricey for most college students these days. KSU has mostly commuter students, and they charge anywhere from $ 500 per month to $1100 per month per student in each bedroom. You can get roommates in an apartment way cheaper than that rate.
irked
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October 08, 2011
Let's talk about those shiny new off-campus apartments.

They have nothing to do with KSU and everything to do with the rail line coming in.

Ask the guys at the Cumberland CID.

They've been planning this since 1996.
irked
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October 08, 2011
The comment is about the fact that no one - other than taxpayers seems to have to tighten their belt when the economy sours.

Is THIS the proper time to build - or even spec - a high end, high COST ANYTHING?
Privatizeallschools
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October 08, 2011
Schools are socialism at its worst. If you cant afford to pay full tuition you should not go. I am tired of paying to educate everyone else's kids. When will it stop!
Nik5
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October 08, 2011
What in the world are these comments about? Good for KSU. With the new off campus apartments being built on Frey and then over by the athletic park, that will make for a more college-feel. Won't be suprised to see some pedestrian bridges spring up in the next couple years plus a full bus serivce ala UGA and others too.

And how are taxpayers paying for this and stuff? And if a lot of the "protesters" didn't get degrees in gender studies/history/sociology/etc maybe they would be more marketable. Unless you get a history degree to teach, it isn't worth much. Get a degree that is marketable.
okpeople
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October 08, 2011
Does it come with a parking space?
irked
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October 08, 2011
I think I'm starting to understand the true meaning behind the County's slogan:

"Expect the best"

Most of us are still stuck with "make do".

gimme a break
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October 08, 2011
We're doing this to attract students?

irked
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October 08, 2011
KSU's been hangin' with the CIDs.

Little do they know that the CID's rail plan will bring a brand new KSU student fee - whether the student drives or not.

It's only fair. The kids not only get these cool new digs, but a brand new road (Busbee connector) courtesy of the TSPLOST designed specifically to be a straight shot to the Mall.

Geez....

With KSU's new high-end apartments, Cumberland's neon-festooned disco bridge and all the streetscaping and beautifying going on...

it seems that the only people hurting around here are the ones paying for all this stuff.

I thought we were broke!

Maybe this kind of stuff is WHY we're broke.
Bob Bummer
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October 08, 2011
The taxpayers are the ones who are paying for this through the student loan program. There are students in New York protesting that they are unable to find work after graduation so there is evidence that those student loans will never be repaid.
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