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.