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This Day in Georgia History

October 09, 1963

Kennesaw Junior College Approved

The Board of Regents approved the creation of a new junior college in Cobb County. This action followed local leaders promise to pick up the costs of land acquisition, road and utility improvements, and construction of the original eight buildings. On April 22, 1964, Cobb County voters went to the polls, where 88 percent of the voters approved a bond referendum providing $2.35 million for campus construction. A large federal grant supplemented the original building costs. The embryonic institution was given a variety of unofficial names until August 1965, when it officially became Kennesaw Junior College - named for the nearby mountain where a major Civil War battle had been fought a century earlier. With the campus still under construction, classes began in September 1966 in classrooms provided at Southern Tech in Marietta. The initial enrollment was 1,014 students. The KJC campus in north Cobb County was not ready for occupancy until January 9, 1967, the beginning of winter quarter. In 1977, the institution became known as Kennesaw College, and the following year it became a four-year school. In 1996, Kennesaw College was renamed Kennesaw State University.[Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]