Kent State University

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PO Box 5190

Kent, OH 44242-0001

Phone: (800) 988-KENT
2013-2014 Tuition
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#201 Overall Score: 28 out of 100. National Universities

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Kent State University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,436, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 201. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,816 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,776 (2013-14).

Kent State University is located in northeastern Ohio, about 40 miles south of Cleveland, with seven regional campuses situated across the state. Students at Kent State can choose from more than 300 academic programs, including graduate degrees from the College of Business Administration, the College 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 during a Vietnam War protest.

Outside the classroom, Kent State students can get involved in more than 200 campus organizations, including Greek life, leadership programs and community service clubs. There are also many events nearby at the Blossom Music Center, the Porthouse Theatre and the Wick Poetry Center, as well as 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Kent State University is a world-class public research university that has solidified its position as Northeast Ohio's number 1 public university -leading in enrollment, graduates and retention. Kent State ranks number one in graduates among all colleges and universities - public and private - in Northeast Ohio. It is Ohio's second largest university with a total enrollment of more than 42,000 students on its eight campuses coming from 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The university also has locations in New York, China, Italy, Switzerland and India. Kent State is currently undergoing the most exciting transformation in its history. The university's campus transformation, called "Foundations of Excellence: Building the Future," involves the construction of new buildings, facility upgrades and establishment of dynamic, new spaces. The university has embarked on a major, multifaceted initiative to make each of our eight campuses everything a world-class, 21st-century campus should be - for the sake of its students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community enriched by this institution. Changes on the Kent Campus are mirrored in the incredible $110 million renaissance of downtown Kent, strengthening the town-gown relationship and creating the enriching experience of Ohio's rising college town. The university offers more than 30 associate degree programs, more than 218 undergraduate areas of study and 140 graduate majors. A third of Kent State graduates pursue degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 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 Foundation, University Hospitals and NEOMED. Kent State is home to the Liquid Crystal Institute (R). Created in 1965, Kent State's Liquid Crystal Institute is the most comprehensive research and educational center in the field of liquid crystals. The applications of breakthrough findings at the institute have had an impact on the world, from liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions to computer monitors to new electronic devices, like the iPad. Kent State is also 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 advanced materials and promote economic development. Kent State has Ohio's first and only accredited aviation flight program and is 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. The university also has been 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. Kent State's baseball team played in the 2012 NCAA College World Series, and its football team played in the Bowl in 2013. Kent State 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

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $37,558,000


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 83 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Kent State University is 21:1, and the school has 47 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; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Health Professions and Related Programs 15%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Education 9%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Kent State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 22,436, with a gender distribution of 41.7 percent male students and 58.3 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus. Kent State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 28,172
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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Paying for School

At Kent State University, 67.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,604.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,816 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,776 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,536 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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