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Kent State University

Excellence in Action: Since 1910

Kent State University has been helping students fulfill their life goals for 100 years. As one of Ohio’s top universities, Kent State has eight colleges offering more than 280 academic programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral levels.

The Carnegie Foundation has ranked Kent State University among the nation’s 77 top public research universities and among the 76 top colleges and top universities in community engagement.

Kent State University has also been named one of the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education. 

Attend Kent State University and you’ll understand why more than 40,000 students have chosen one of the top colleges in Ohio and in the world.


Living in the Community

Kent State University plays a significant role in the local economy and is a sound investment from multiple perspectives. Students benefit from improved lifestyles and increased earnings. Taxpayers benefit from a larger economy and lower social costs. Finally, the community as a whole benefits from increased job and investment opportunities, higher business revenues, greater availability of public funds, and an eased tax burden.

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

Kent State faculty, staff and students strive to achieve the highest levels of scholarship and public service. This continuing quest for excellence -- evident across our eight-campus network -- translates into meaningful action that is ensuring a bright future for our students. Producing knowledge that helps solve societal problems, from illness to illiteracy, Kent State is a vital force for economic, cultural and workforce development in Ohio and beyond.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2013?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 28,998

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 22,968
Women 13,460 59%
Men 9,508 41%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 46 <1%
Asian 282 1%
African American / Black 1,929 8%
Hispanic 641 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 19 <1%
White 17,178 75%
Two or More Races 583 3%
International 1,580 7%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 710 3%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do KSU undergraduates call home?
Ohio 83%
Other US States & Territories 11%
Other Countries 6%
How old are KSU undergraduates?
Average Age 21
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 13%

New Student Applications (Fall 2013)

Of the 16,083 new freshman applicants, 83% were admitted and 33% of the admitted students enrolled at Kent State University in Fall 2013.
Of the 4,010 transfer applicants, 54% were admitted and 57% of the admitted students enrolled at Kent State University in Fall 2013.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 20 - 25  
Math 19 - 25 480 - 580
English 20 - 25  
Critical Reading   470 - 580
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top of graduating class Data Not Available
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.31
Percent who submitted High School GPA 99%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $24,926

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend Kent State University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2011 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


KSU Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 21 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 78%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 92%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 928
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 52%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 6%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study Data Not Available

Campus-based Housing

82% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
28% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

Kent State University has one of the safest campuses in the nation, according to the FBI's annual Uniformed Crime Report. A nationwide study by the Consortium for Higher Education Campus Crime Research ranked Kent State in the lowest two percent of crime for universities of comparable size.

On the Kent Campus, Kent State Police Services is the only nationally accredited law enforcement agency at an Ohio public university and was one of the first university police departments in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. The designation recognizes the Kent State police department as a select organization that consistently demonstrates excellence and serves as a model for police, sheriff and other law enforcement agencies around the country.

Kent State Police Services is empowered by the State of Ohio to enforce state laws and is directed by the university's board of trustees to enforce certain rules and regulations of the university. Essentially, the police officers at the university have the same authority as their state and municipal counterparts.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Research Universities (high research activity)
Size and Setting
Large four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Comprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.


Student Activities and Involvement at KSU

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 91% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 52% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 20% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 81% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 26% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 48% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 56% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 15% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 92% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 94% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 64% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 60% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 97% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 50% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 81% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 97% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 66% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 61% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 87% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 48% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 82% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 85% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 79% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at Kent State University in 2012-13
Degrees awarded at Kent State University in 2012-13
Bachelor's 4,739
Master's 1,478
Doctoral 156
Total 6,373

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. 13%
Business Administration and Management, General. 7%
Psychology, General. 5%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric. 4%
Fashion Merchandising. 4%
Links to degree programs at Kent State University
Links to degree programs at Kent State University





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 82% four-year success and progress rate means that 82% of students starting in Fall 2007 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.
Counts for the Fall 2007 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 3,751 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 772 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2012 that returned for their second year: 78%

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Student Learning at Kent State University

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.