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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Kent State is an above-average public university located in Kent, Ohio in the Cleveland Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 18,640 undergraduate students. The Kent State acceptance rate is 85%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Business. Graduating 62% of students, Kent State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,000.
Executive Office, 2nd Floor Library
Kent, OH 44242
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference

Kent State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

KSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1040-1230
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$18,643/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,176/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
20:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.284 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.328 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.327 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    46%
  • On Campus
    46%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
18,640Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,917
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 221 responses
  • It really depends, we have a wide variety
    43%
  • Typical students work hard but have fun, too.
    33%
  • The school is so big I couldn't generalize.
    12%
  • The typical student is hard working and dedicated.
    5%
  • Artistic community with a variety of students
    3%
  • Lazy
    2%
  • Athletes
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
56%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.386 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.433 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 230 responses
  • Best time of my life
    23%
  • Good
    20%
  • Interesting
    20%
  • Fun
    13%
  • Expensive
    7%
  • Stressful
    5%
  • Family Atmoshpere
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.189 responses
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I love Kent State University. The moment I walked on campus it felt like home. It has a great "college town" feel and the town of Kent is the perfect size with a great home town feel. The student life at Kent State is superior due to their endless variety of clubs, and ways to get involved with the student body. The best part about Kent State is the price. It is affordable, and they offer many scholarships to all students, so you are assured less tuition. The athletics are great, and it is good to see diversity amongst students throughout the campus. The housing options are endless, providing you with many options to live with a group of roommates, with one single roommate, or by yourself. I always feel safe on campus due to the emergency features around the Kent State Campus. All in all, I love Kent State University and I would recommend it to anyone! It has a great college feel, and from the moment I walked in I met my forever friends and it's felt like home ever since!
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As a first year student during a pandemic, utilizing a university to its fullest is going to be difficult. However, I lived on campus this semester and found plenty of things I loved about my school. I love the dining facility D.I. Dining hall, the REC center (with its mask and sanitization regulations), the scenic campus to work on, and the consistent reaching out of staff via email to be kept in the loop. I have thoroughly enjoyed the six professors I had this semester, and have had no issues communicating with any of them, or with my advisors. In fact, my academic advisor and I created a road map to what my personal next four years will look like academically, which was super helpful!
I had a great experience at Kent State! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Language Arts (English Ed 7-12). All of my professors had doctorates if that's something that interests you - I had many embedded student teaching experiences that gave me a huge leg up when applying to jobs. I got a job in 5 days after graduating - that variety of experiences is what persuaded my current dept/admin to hire me in our first interview. I enjoyed the campus and the local city. I felt incredibly safe walking across campus even in the middle of the night. I had a few excellent admission counselors. The health center does a good job keeping prices low. I only have good things to say about Kent! The downside is definitely the price and lack of scholarships, which is why I gave it 4 stars. I genuinely look back fondly at Kent, but just not at my loan repayments.