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
- Biomedical Sciences
- Financial Engineering
- Information Architecture and Knowledge Management
- Aerospace Studies/Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFROTC)
- Military Science/Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
- Police Academy
Regional College Programs
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:
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Track and Field
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.
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
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||93%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||85%||$7,132|
|Receiving Student Loans||68%||$7,753|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
Kent State University – Kent Campus has an overall graduation rate which is around 52%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||28%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||18%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||5%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
- Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Dance Program
- Dietetics Program
- Music Program
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theatre Program
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)
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Kent State University – Kent Campus by clicking the request information to the right.
(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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Transportation and Materials Moving
Visual and Performing Arts
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