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Kent State University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,260, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 824 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Kent State University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,672 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,632 (2012-13).
Kent State University is located in northeast Ohio, about 40 miles south of Cleveland, with seven regional campuses situated across the state. Students at Kent State can choose from nearly 300 academic programs, including graduate degrees from the Graduate School of Management, the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services, and the highly ranked School of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Undergraduates at Kent State have a unique opportunity to earn a degree in peace and conflict studies, which is offered through the Center for Applied Conflict Management. This center was created shortly after the headline-making 1970 incident in which Ohio National Guardsmen killed four Kent State students who were protesting the Vietnam War.
Outside the classroom, Kent State students can get involved in more than 200 campus organizations, including Greek life, leadership programs for underclassmen, and community service clubs. There are also many events nearby at the Blossom Music Center, the Porthouse Theatre, and the Wick Poetry Center, or in the neighboring cities of Cleveland and Akron. Student athletes can get involved by playing intramural sports or by trying out for the many Kent State Golden Flashes varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. The members of new wave band Devo attended Kent, as did actor Michael Keaton, comedian Drew Carey, and writer David Sedaris, although they did not graduate. Kent State alumni include former talk show host Arsenio Hall and many NFL players, including two-time Super Bowl winner James Harrison.
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Kent State University is a world-class public research university, ranked in the top tier of best national universities by U.S. News and World Report and as one of the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education of London. Kent State is Northeast Ohio's number one public research university and one of Ohio's largest universities with a total enrollment of more than 40,000 students on its eight campuses coming from 50 states and 68 countries. Kent State also has locations in New York, China, Italy, Switzerland and India. The university offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees. A third of Kent State graduates pursue degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medical) disciplines. Kent State generates $1.9 billion added income annually to the Northeast Ohio economy through its development of an educated workforce. Kent State has more than 200,000 graduates with 67 percent living in Ohio. The university is aggressively building its research and education programs in health care and public health through significant new investments as well as forming strong partnerships with regional medical institutions such as Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). The university is home to Kent State University Centennial Research Park, a 41,000-square-foot facility that houses high-tech companies and is the home to the FLEXMatters Accelerator, a broad, public-private high-technology collaboration designed to produce the next generation of advance materials and promote economic development. Kent State is also home to Ohio's first and only accredited aviation flight program, and authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offer the only degree program in air traffic control. Kent State has received three Ohio Center of Excellence designations in the categories of Cultural and Societal Transformation, Biomedicine & HealthCare, and Enabling Technologies: Advanced Materials and Sensors. It is recognized as one of the Great Colleges to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Kent State has won the Reese Cup for the top Mid-American Conference (MAC) men's athletic program, the Jacoby Cup for the top MAC women's athletic program and the Cartwright Award for program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship all in the same year. The university is located on the banks of the scenic Cuyahoga River and combines a friendly, small-town ambience with proximity to metropolitan centers. For more information about Kent State, visit www.kent.edu.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Kent State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Kent State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 87.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||87.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Kent State University is 21:1, and the school has 45.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Kent State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.2 percent.
Kent State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,260, with a gender distribution of 41.4 percent male students and 58.6 percent female students. At this school, 29.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71.0 percent of students live off campus. Kent State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Kent State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Kent State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Kent State University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Kent State University.
|Students who have cars on campus||60%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Kent State University, 66.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,465.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$9,672 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$17,632 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$9,176 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data