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Kennesaw State First-Year Program Recognized Among Best
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KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University's first-year experience program was recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best in the country in its 2011 Best Colleges issue. This marks the eighth consecutive year that KSU's first-year experience program has been recognized in the prestigious annual college rankings.

U.S.News also ranked KSU 32rd among regional public universities in the South and 69th among all regional universities in the South.

"It is an honor for Kennesaw State to be recognized once again for the excellence of our first-year program," said KSU President Daniel Papp. "Kennesaw State is on its way to achieving national prominence, and the latest U.S.News rankings are a testament to that."

KSU was one of 23 colleges recognized by U.S.News for its first-year experience program, along with top-tier institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Stanford University and the University of Michigan. KSU was the only university in Georgia recognized for this program.

The first-year experience is one of eight "Academic Programs to Look for" noted by U.S.News to recognize outstanding academic programs that are believed to lead to student success. Schools were selected from nominations submitted by college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,300 schools.

"It is no surprise that KSU continues to be recognized for being a national leader in first-year experience programs," said Ralph Rascati, associate vice president for advising, retention and graduate initiatives and dean of University College. "Our program offers students strategies designed to enhance their academic success, life skills, campus and community engagement and a foundation for learning about global issues."

KSU's acclaimed first-year experience program combines special curricular and extracurricular offerings designed to make first-year students stay and succeed in college. First-year students may either take a first-year seminar or enroll in a learning community with a group of students taking several classes together, in addition to participating in activities outside the classroom, such as attending lectures on the common reader that all first-year students must read.

U.S.News ranked more schools numerically this year, now ranking the top 75 percent, up from the top 50 percent. For regional universities like KSU, U.S.News weighed in undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and freshman retention rates, and faculty resources, among other factors, to determine the rankings.

In a separate ranking, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni listed KSU among only 16 universities in the country that scored an "A" in the group's "What Will They Learn?" guide. The grades are based on whether a university requires courses in seven core subjects: composition, literature, foreign language, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and natural or physical science.

Colleges that require six or seven of these courses got an "A." KSU offered six of the required seven courses. Other universities that scored an "A" in the council's ranking include Baylor University, Texas A&M University in College Station, the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Military Academy. Only two percent of more than 700 institutions evaluated were awarded an "A." Some 35 percent scored a "B."

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