First-Year Live-On Requirement

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**Please note that the First-Year Live-On Requirement is applied to first-year students whose major is based in the Marietta Campus only. Undeclared majors and Kennesaw Campus based majors are excluded from the First-Year Live-On Requirement.**

Kennesaw State University is committed to supporting first-year students in their academic pursuits. The Marietta Campus continues to have a live-on requirement for first-year students pursuing majors primarily housed on the Marietta Campus. Kennesaw State University believes it is in the best interest of these students to live in close proximity to their peers and primary course instruction for the first year of college.

Living on campus in your first year improves your likelihood for success in college and beyond. Students who live on-campus will tell you, and research supports, that the benefits really add up. Living on-campus makes it easier to meet people, helps you transition from high school to college, and can help you achieve academic success and graduate on time.

The Marietta Campus has a first-year live on-campus requirement for residents pursuing majors based on the Marietta campus. For specific information on majors based in Marietta, please visit the enrollment services page.

  • Kennesaw State believes the on campus living experience fosters student success, maturation, and engagement. Below are many of the benefits that current and past residents (as well as the research) claim:

    • Community - Residents are quick to point out that they met more people, faster than they thought they could have done off campus. In some cases, these are not just friends. These are mentors like Resident Assistants, faculty, or staff members who helped in ways they never expected.
    • Social - Fact: The Department of Housing and Residence Life puts on hundreds of events - big and small - that are a healthy balance of fun, smart and yummy. Cooking classes, concerts, and leadership seminars are just some of the bunch. Also, since the campus is in your back yard, campus events like Week of Welcome, Homecoming and KSU Day don’t require burning an ounce of gas to attend."
    • One Worry-Free Bill - One easy monthly bill for TV, Internet, trash, power (and rent) that you don’t have to chase down your roommates to chip in on (which can be next to impossible sometimes).
    • The Four-Year (Not Seven-Year) Plan - Research has shown that students who live on campus are less likely to drop out and even graduate faster. It's easier to get help preparing for that test at 2:00 AM when you have hundreds of peers in the same boat right down the hall. That doesn’t include the staff who are available to assist 24/7.
    • That Gym Membership - Everyone wants to be fit and healthy. Some off-campus apartments have gyms, but guess what? The new student recreation center at KSU is your gym and will have TWO pools (one outside, one inside) and a rock-climbing wall. And it’s in walking distance from every part of on-campus housing. Oh, and did we mention that most residential communities have gyms too?
    • Convenience - The Commons and Stingers, some of the best college food in the country, is a short walk and one card swipe away. The campus bus system travels to Town Center Mall, Wal-Mart and more, and the Cobb County Transit bus stops in the heart of campus.
    • Support - College isn’t always easier, but Kennesaw State has ways to make it easier with on campus resources for academics, relationships, and other concerns.
    • Safety - If anything, Kennesaw State is serious about safety, and its track record shows it. Campus police are located in close proximity to all residential communities. Staff are trained to keep an eye out for security concerns before they happen and respond appropriately. And don’t forget your key card - you won’t get inside without it.
    • Cost - Living on campus is not always cheaper than living off campus, but there are some cost savings that are not as apparent. On-campus housing doesn’t have hidden fees for when you exceed a utility cap like some apartments. There are no connection costs for power, cable, Internet, or water. Also, when you commute less, you save not just on gas, but also hours of invaluable time traveling and searching for parking spaces.

    For more benefits of on-campus housing, check out the Six Awesome Perks of Living on Campus from our Bulletin Board! 

  • The live-on requirement only applies to Fall 2019 first-year, full time students

    Traditional, full-time, first-year students. They are typically under the age of 21, recently graduated from high school and beginning their first semester of college, and registered to take a full load of classes.

    Students first enrolling in the fall semester are required to live in on-campus housing during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring semester are required to live in on-campus housing during the spring and summer semester pending availability.

    If you are a traditional, full-time, first-year student, you will live on campus, but there are possible exemptions. All full-time first-year students will be assessed room and related meal plan charges automatically unless officially exempted in the process outlined under Exemption from the First-Year Live-On Requirement.

  • The live-on requirement only applies to Fall 2019 first-year, full time students.

    Individuals may fill out the Exemption Request Form along with valid supporting documentation. The following requirements must be met before the first day of classes. 

    For Marietta Campus Only

    Please contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at 470-578-5483 or for specific information.

    Individuals may fill out the Exemption Request Form along with valid supporting documentation if they meet any of the following requirements before the first day of classes:

    • Students residing in the principal residence of a parent or legal guardian. Students desiring this exemption must apply and provide parent or legal guardian endorsement.
    • Students who are at least 21 years old prior to the first day of classes of their first enrolled term. Students desiring this exemption must apply.
      • Supporting Documentation Needed: No proof of age is required for this exemption. Kennesaw State will verify age via a review of accepted student records.
    • Students who are married and/or have dependent children. Students desiring this exemption must apply and provide proof of marriage and/or dependent children.
      • Supporting Documentation Needed: Copies of marriage certificate and/or birth certificate(s) of children.
    • Note: Transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours from an accredited college/university are automatically exempt and do not need to submit a waiver request. AP credits and/or joint enrollment credits accumulated in high school are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Compelling Circumstances

    Requests for exemption to the first year live-on requirement based on compelling individual circumstances outside of the exemptions listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    The Process of Submitting an Exemption Request

    Students who wish to request an exemption, please fill out the Exemption Request Form.

    Deadlines for Exemption Requests

    Exemption requests must be received on or before the following dates:

    • Monday, July 1 for Fall Semester 2019 first enrollment
    • Saturday, November 23 for Spring Semester 2020 first enrollment

    For additional information regarding requests for exemption, please contact Housing and Residence Life at 470-578-5483 or

    • Requests for exemption to the first-year live-on requirement will be considered and may be granted in cases of compelling individual circumstances.
    • All correspondence regarding exemption requests should be addressed to: Kennesaw State University Housing and Residence Life Office, First-Year Live-On Requirement, 3805 Canton Place Kennesaw, GA 30144. Questions may be answered by contacting the Housing and Residence Life Office at 470-578-5483 or
    • The Director of Housing Operations, or her/his designee, will review written requests for exemption within a timely manner. Additional information may be required of some applicants. Applicants will be notified of decisions regarding requests for exemption in a timely manner.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Kennesaw State is committed to the academic achievement and personal growth our students. That commitment begins the moment a student steps onto our campus. Through programs such as our nationally ranked first-year experience, students gain the skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. Also, research has shown that living on campus, particularly in the first year, leads to a richer experience and higher graduation rates.

  • They are typically under the age of 21, recently graduated from high school, beginning their first semester of college, and registered to take a full load of classes.

  • All students must apply and be admitted to Kennesaw State University before they can register for on-campus housing. After you are accepted, you will receive an email in your student email account with instructions for next steps, including signing up for orientation and applying for housing. We recommend that you apply for housing as soon as you are accepted and have decided to attend Kennesaw State University to increase the likeliness that you will receive your preferred community.

    The 2019–20 Housing Application for newly accepted First Year students opened December 3, 2018. The application for newly accepted transfer students closed Monday, January 28, 2019. For more information about the housing application itself, please visit the First-Year Housing Application page.