Kent State University

Kent State University


Located in Kent, Ohio, Kent State University features nearly 900 acres and 25 residence halls and enrolls more than 41,000 students across eight campuses. Kent State is ranked among the top research universities in the country, and has become a leader in economic, cultural, and workforce development locally and internationally. Kent State offers over 280 degree programs at the undergraduate level and engages students in diverse learning environments that expand their intellectual horizons and encourage them to become responsible citizens. The University provides a supportive community devoted to teaching excellence, first-tier scholarship and academic freedom.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience Academic STARS (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success)

Academic STARS is a retention program for African American, Latino and Native American freshmen who want to enhance their opportunities for academic success, to develop leadership and to enrich their college experience. The program kicks off with a five-week program during which participants will earn six credit hours to be applied toward graduation. Students also learn success strategies and skills through advising and workshops throughout the school year. Learn more about Academic STARS (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success)

Summer Bridge & Orientation Kupita/Transiciones

Kupita/Transiciones is a four-day holistic enrollment management, orientation and retention program for newly admitted African American, Latino and American Indian freshmen and transfer students. It includes academic success workshops a week before the start the start of the semester. Learn more about Kupita/Transiciones

Academic Courses & Service Learning Department of Pan-African Studies

The Department of Pan-African Studies encompasses the Center for Pan-African Culture and the Institute for African-American affairs. Its mission is to offer an Afrocentric academic curriculum grounded in the cultural traditions and experiences of people of African descent. Providing a major and minor that span the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, the Department fosters tolerance for cultural diversity on campus and throughout the surrounding community. This is implemented through its African Community Theatre and Outreach Programs. Learn more about Department of Pan-African Studies

Student Life & Support Student Multicultural Center

The Student Multicultural Center seeks to ensure the successful enrollment, retention and graduation of underrepresented students. The Center develops and implements holistic retention programs and encourages mutual respect through cultural, educational and social programming. Their primary goals are to ensure the academic success of students of underrepresented groups and to provide information to help individuals embrace diversity. Learn more about Student Multicultural Center

Mentoring The University Mentoring Program

The University Mentoring Program is a transition and retention support program designed to enhance the college and life-management skills of underrepresented students by building a community of support around the freshman student.

Student Diversity

  • 23,607
  • 40/60
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 3%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 75%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 7%

Student Success

  • 81%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 56%
    Six-year graduation
  • 35%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 84%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 28%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 962
    Full-time faculty
  • 119
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 21:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Architecture, Business, Communication/Journalism, Education, Flight, Health and Human Services, Nursing, Psychology, Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Association of International Students, Black Greek Council, Black United Studies, Harambee, Indian Student Association, Native American Student Association, Spanish and Latino Student Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $18,376
  • $10,012
    In-state Tuition
  • n/a
    Required Fees
  • $10,720
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $82,812,454
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $23,127
    Average aid package
  • $32,393
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 33%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 89%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 86%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 46%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 16,145
    # of applicants
  • 85%
  • 3.36
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 470—580
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 480—580
    SAT Math
  • 440—560
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 03/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $45
    Application Fee
  • $45
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • 05/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date