Kent State University – Kent Campus

Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library, Kent, OH

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Kent State University is a public research university, and one of the largest university's in the state of Ohio, comprised of eight campuses. Kent State offers high-quality bachelor's degree programs, as well as innovative graduate studies and research at the master's and doctoral degree levels. The Kent Campus is the university's main location, which offers on-campus housing and state-of-the-art facilities. Kent State's seven other campuses, located throughout Northeastern Ohio, are small liberal arts colleges. These regional campuses offer associate and bachelor's degrees, many with a technical or vocational focus, along with a few select graduate programs.

Kent State University offers 255 academic programs at the bachelor's degree level, 39 programs at the master's degree level and 21 programs at the doctoral level.  KSU has an award-winning faculty, with many renowned scholars and researchers leading programs in its institutes, centers and research departments. The KSU Liquid Crystal Institute leads research in technologies that are used around the world in laptops, flat screen televisions and calculators. Among KSU's notable alumni are 11 Pulitzer Prize winners who completed their studies at Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Kent State University was founded as a teacher training school called "Kent State Normal School" in Kent, Ohio in 1910.  Sixty years later, in May of 1970, Kent State University made international headlines when a violent on-campus student demonstration held in protest of the Vietnam War drew gunfire from law enforcement that killed four Kent State students. In the years since that time, many events and memorials have been established on campus to honor those who died.


The academic calendar for KSU follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, and multiple shorter summer "sessions."

Colleges, Schools and Programs

  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • College of the Arts
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Information
  • Office of Continuing and Distance Education
  • College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Technology
  • School of Digital Sciences
  • Honors College 

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Financial Engineering
  • Information Architecture and Knowledge Management

Other Programs

  • Aerospace Studies/Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFROTC)
  • Military Science/Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Police Academy 

Regional College Programs

  • Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Graduate Studies
  • Undergraduate Studies

Student Life

Kent State is known for its student involvement, both historically and in recent years, and currently offers more than 200 student organizations for student participation. Student activities and organizations include everything from leadership programs, to community service, cultural awareness, sororities and fraternities, arts and theatre, sports and fitness, and more.

KSU student services include health and wellness services, housing, transportation, dining options, and a career services center, among others.


The school colors for KSU are blue and gold. The school motto at sporting events is "get your gold on." The KSU mascot is "Flash," a Golden Eagle, and the sports teams are referred to as the "Golden Flash."


The "Golden Flash" athletic teams of KSU compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main Kent Campus, Kent State University has seven satellite campuses in the Northeastern Ohio region, including campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas.

Community Life

The city of Kent, Ohio is one of the largest cities in the county. It has been nicknamed "Tree City, USA," for its abundance of trees, parks and gardens. Located 10 miles east of Akron along the Cuyahoga River, Kent has the ambiance of a small town, but the amenities of a big city. The "Festival of Trees" is one of many festivals held in the city throughout the year.

There are many longtime businesses in Kent, including the world headquarters for many Fortune 500 companies. The city is named for Marvin Kent, who established major railroad stops in the city, which fostered its growth and prosperity in the late 1800s.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Kent State University – Kent Campus accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Kent State University – Kent Campus has a total student population of about 30,000, where graduate students make up roughly 14% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $18,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $45 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $10,000-$12,000
    • Out-of-State: $18,000-$21,850
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • In-State: $460-$550 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $820-$980 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid93%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships85%$7,132
Receiving Student Loans68%$7,753

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Kent State University – Kent Campus may offer services to students like:

  • Online course work available
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

Kent State University – Kent Campus has an overall graduation rate which is around 52%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years28%
Graduating in 5 Years18%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Kent State University – Kent Campus is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Basketball (Mid-American Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mid-American Conference)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (Mid-American Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

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