Kent State University at Kent: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Oct 20, 2021

About Kent State University

Kent State University (KSU) in Kent, OH has served the Northeast Ohio region since 1910, and it's affiliated with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. The university is comprised of eight campuses, making it one of the country's largest regional systems. In its 2012 edition of 'Best Colleges', U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 194th in the 'Best National Universities' category. KSU enrolls roughly 27,500 students across all its campuses.

Classified as 'an institution with high research activity' by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, KSU is home to the Liquid Crystal Institute, which develops high-tech electronic components for computers, televisions, and calculators. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the university's 200 student organizations to become more involved in the college community. Additionally, student-athletes can join one of KSU's sports teams, which compete at the NCAA Division I level.


KSU has ten colleges offering 37 associate's degrees, 118 bachelor's degrees, 107 master's degrees, 48 doctoral degrees, and six education specialist degree programs.

The College of Arts and Sciences at KSU currently provides the educational foundations for all university students and houses a long list of 16 departments, some of which include physics, geography, anthropology, sociology, English, and Pan-African studies. Some of the many undergraduate degrees offered include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biotechnology, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International Relations, and a B.A. in Psychology. Master's degrees offered include a Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry, an M.S. in Mathematics, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy, to name a few. Doctoral students can earn Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in physiology, sociology, and applied geology, among others.

Other areas of study available at KSU's schools and colleges include performing arts, communications, business administration, nursing, digital sciences, engineering, podiatric medicine, and education. The university has several libraries to support students' studies, including an Architecture Library, Fashion Library, Map Library, and Performing Arts Library.

KSU offers distance learning via the Web and video conferencing. Few certificate and degree programs can be completed entirely online, though the university is adding new online courses every semester.


Prospective KSU students are encouraged to apply through the online application on the university's website. Required materials include an official high school transcript or GED report and SAT or ACT scores sent from the testing agency. KSU has selective requirements for each of its departments/majors, so SAT scores and high school GPAs vary depending on the program. For example, if a prospective student wants to study in education, he or she needs a cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 in a 4.0 scale and a combined math and reading SAT score of at least 980, while an prospective architecture student needs a 3.0 GPA and a combined SAT score of at least 1140. A $40 fee is required when submitting the application. Applications may be submitted, and are reviewed, on a rolling basis.

In 2011, KSU enrolled more female than male students (60% v. 40%), and 75% of undergraduates attended on a full-time basis. 84% of undergraduates were from within the state of Ohio.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012 KSU tuition rate for an undergraduate Ohio resident, based upon 11-17 credit hours, was $9,672 per year, while typical room and board fees bring the estimated annual cost to $18,848. Non-resident undergraduates can expect to pay approximately $26,808 per year with similar housing and meal costs, but a higher base tuition rate of $17,632. Books are an additional $1,420 annually and students should also plan for transportation costs and miscellaneous personal expenses.

KSU students are assigned a personal financial aid representative to help them navigate the costs of their education. The university also offers the FlashLine online system to allow students to track financial aid documentation and awards, as well as make payments to their account. Aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate, one but less than two years certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large suburb**
Student Body 22,260 undergraduates, 5,595 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 25 on-campus residence halls with various amenities*
Schools and Programs 8 colleges, more than 280 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing, and related (810)
Master's: Education (432)
PhD: Education (28)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates From students who began in 2003:
24% in 4 years
49% in 6 years
51% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 89% of applicants in 2011-2012**
Entering Class Size Roughly 6,770 first-time freshmen in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 75% (Full-time students)
58% (Part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 75th percentile as of 2011 (no average available):
Math: 580
Critical reading: 570
Writing: 550**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions year-round*
Decision Notification Date Follows completed application (rolling admissions)*
Tuition (2012-13) Undergraduate tuition is $9,672 for OH residents, $17,632 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (40%), Pell grants (39%), other federal grants (32%), state and local grants/scholarships (27%), institutional grants/scholarships (57%), federal loans (71%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Kent State University in Kent, OH; **IES Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Kent State University, 161 Schwartz Center, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001
  • Phone: (330) 672-2444
  • Website:

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