Location: Kent, Ohio
Size: There are 26,896 undergraduate students on the Kent campus.
Percent Women: 59%
Tuition (one year): In state: $19,352 Out of state: $27,312
Most Popular Majors: The top 5 first time majors are Exploratory,Pre-Nursing, Biological Sciences, Business Management, and Psychology.
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 83%For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Kent State’s website at http://www.kent.edu/admissions/.
Why Choose Kent State?
“I chose Kent because of the Fashion and Journalism programs. I always wanted to major in both and Kent has enabled me to do that.”
“I chose Kent because I knew it was one of the top fashion schools in the country and because it was far away from home but not too far away. Kent State was also the first school that I visited that I could actually see myself living there.”
“I applied to Kent and ended up choosing it as my school because it was the perfect distance from home.”
“I was astonished by Kent States’ fashion program and the study abroad opportunities they offer. Paris, New York, Florence, even Hong Kong. I also enjoy that it’s close to my hometown.”
"Being a student at Kent State runs in my family. Almost everyone I'm related to has gone here."
“My favorite part about Kent is enjoying the beauty of the campus in the fall and likewise, experiencing the new life that comes during spring. I love being a student at Kent because a lot of improvements are being made, and I love that I get to experience them. A cool Kent State tradition is the annual May 4th Remembrance Day. While the Kent State shooting was and still is a huge deal, I love being at a school that is such a huge part of American history.”
“I think it is really cool that Kent State’s brand is everywhere on and off campus, even in Walmart. On campus there is a rock that student organizations paint and use a message board. I loved painting it with my pledge class in my sorority.”
“I love how diverse our campus is. No matter what you’re into, you can find a group to join or something to do on campus. I also love Kent’s historical background. It makes it kind of special to go to school here.”
“Definitely all the amazing opportunities I’ve had since joining Greek life, whether it’s academic support, friendships, or a good time with lots of good people.”
“My favorite part about Kent is the unique coffee shop, Jazzmans. They have the best smoothies and XXL cookies.”
“Kent should have designated smoking areas because the amount of people that sit on the vents in the sidewalk and smoke and leave their butts lying everywhere is pretty gross.”
“Campus is so windy, sometimes I feel like I am going to blow away.”
“There are two main things Kent could work on. They could lower the price of tuition obviously. Additionally, the food should be of better value and have a wider variety. I feel like it’s the same choices every day.”
“The only bad part about Kent is the weather - it’s too windy!”
“There’s too much commotion on the roads, there’s always traffic and it’s impossible to drive anywhere during the day.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“I would say it is pretty hard to get to know upperclassmen, but getting involved makes it so much easier. Being a freshman is exciting because of the freedom, I really enjoy getting to make my own decisions.”
“As a first year I feel like we kind of ran the campus. It seemed like the majority of campus was a first year. We are required to live on campus and I lived in Eastway, which is the dorm specifically for freshman and that had a big positive impact on my freshman year. I met upper classmen through Greek life and I highly recommend going Greek.”
“At first, freshman students stick together since we are the only ones on campus for a week, but once you get involved, you meet other people like upperclassmen. I joined Greek life, and my sisters range from freshman to super-seniors.”
“For orientation, you go on a campus tour, learn more about your major, listen to seminars, and create your class schedule for your first semester. There were also fun activities in Eastway, which is where you stay the night and will end up living during your freshman year.”
"At first it can be hard if you get homesick easily, but I feel that applies to any school, not just Kent State. But for me, after I made friends and got used to being on my own, it got easier and more enjoyable.”
“I really enjoyed living in Eastway, it was a good way to meet other incoming freshman.”
All About Academics
“In the business school classes are not very hard to get in to. The school provides a Graduation Planning System, or GPS for short that spells out every class I need to take. This makes it really simple to stay on track with my major. A lot of courses are offered online, so I can customize my schedule to my lifestyle.”
"Most popular I would say is fashion here because it’s a really good school for it. But biology and psychology are also really popular majors in general. I have all final exams except for my theater class which I have to make a story board for a play scene. Registering can be tough to get exactly what you want. Being a freshman it goes by credits, so you register later and get all the picked over classes. Personally, I study mostly in my room. I should go to the library more often because it forces me to stay focused.”
“Overall, Kent has a good registration system and for the most part it’s easy to use."
“The library is a great place to study and do homework. You can always find a secluded spot to quietly get your work done.”
"Nursing is big here at Kent, a lot of people are in the nursing school and it's very competitive."
Learn from the Best
“Professor Shank teaches English. I enjoyed having him because he is respectful and knows how to involve his students in the classroom. Professor Shank asks that when students go on a beach vacation, they write 'Shank' in the sand and send him a picture. He posts it as his profile picture on Facebook which is really cool because he has pictures from all over the world.”
"Craig Zamary for Entrepreneurship in the Business Building is great. He makes the class interactive and fun, and he talks about "throwing away the rulebook" and encourages students to start their own companies or businesses."
“One of the most popular professors is Dr. Leslie because she is not only a fabulous professor when it comes to explaining the material, but she is humorous and down to earth. She doesn’t think that because she has her PHD that she is so much better than you. She also wants us to succeed and she shares her love for fashion which motivates me to work hard and not give up.”
“Seven Ideas That Shook The Universe with Jonathan Secaur was my absolute favorite class I’ve taken here at Kent. He’s has an amazing personality and really cares about his students.”
Interests & Involvement
“Going to Blastoff at the beginning of the year is the best way to learn about all of the clubs and organizations that are offered at Kent.”
“I’m involved in Unicef and Alpha Phi Omega. I’ve really enjoyed all the people that I’ve gotten to know! I feel more connected to the university and Kent itself.”
“A lot of people join clubs and it is very easy, not only are they usually free to join, but the variety of clubs at Kent is crazy. From pottery to taking books to prisoners, there is a club for everyone! And as a freshman you are encourage to check them out at an event during welcome weekend. This year I enjoyed being a part of Provost’s leadership academy and checked out international justice mission and the fashion student organization.”
"I am involved in the Chess Club here, its good to know that threre's other geeks like me out there!"
"Starting your own club at Kent State is really easy I've heard. You just need to register it with the Center for Student Involvement, and make sure you have a teacher sponsoring your club."
“I don’t know many people who go to sporting events, maybe a football game here or there but I don’t think the sporting events are very popular.”
“It depends how much you put yourself out there as a non athlete. The athletes are all automatically bonded through their sport, but I do have many friends who are athletes even though I am not one myself.”
“Kent State is well known for it’s Football, Basketball, and Gymnastics teams. Personally, I keep up with Gymnastics. Once a year the gymnastics team hosts a meet called Flip For the Cure. All of the fans wear pink. The proceeds from t-shirt and ticket sales go to Breast Cancer Research.”
“I wouldn’t say that KSU has a lot of well-known sports teams, however, the sporting events are popular among the students. There is definitely a lot of variety in sporting events that people can get involved in, which is something that I love about Kent State!”
"I love that the Black Squirrel is basically our mascot. Sorry Golden Flash!"
"There’s a Women’s Center on campus that has a lot to offer for the female population.”
“I think Kent is really gender neutral. I don’t feel different for being a woman. Women wear whatever they want, and thats’ the nice thing about being on such an open-minded campus. If you want to wear sweats and a hoodie, no one cares. If you want to wear a crop top and booty shorts, you’re not going to be judged for it. It’s all really cool that we have the woman’s center at the health clinic. I know it definitely makes me feel more comfortable to have a place to go to get checked on for woman’s stuff. I got STI tested there, and it wasn’t awkward at all!”
“There are two styles I typically see at Kent. There’s a laidback style, like a hoodie and leggings, or there’s more dressed up, like colored jeans and a blouse.”
“There are a lot of great opportunities for women on campus. Not only is there a women’s studies minor, but there is also a women’s center and clubs to give women unique ways of being involved in the campus and community.”
“On campus we have a lot of organizations that women can get involved in. Personally, I love being in a sorority. There are seven on campus and they all enable women to be the best versions of themselves.”
Food & Drink
“There are some really great dining halls all across campus, and they are all within walking distance. There are four main places to get food from, and they all have delicious options!”
“Between the three dining halls on campus, Prentice is my favorite. It has the best homemade soups and a great salad bar. But for 24/7 munchies, Rosie’s is open all day, all night.”
“Food on campus is surprisingly good. Dining halls are located in dorms and the student center, which makes it very convenient during the winter. There are a lot of options for people with dietary restrictions. My favorite place to eat on campus is Quaker Steak.”
“As a commuter I mostly use the hub and I’m honestly unimpressed with it. I wish there were healthier options in the student center. I feel like a lot of the choices on campus are greasy fast food places.”
“The food at Kent is good and I enjoy it! Towards the end of the year I’ve gotten tired of it, but they always offer a wide variety."
"I love that the dining halls on campus offer "theme nights", recently they had a baseball theme night where you could get soft pretzels, corn dogs, and cotton candy. Another one is called "Flash House Bitro" where they serve gourmet dinners like sushi and steak."
“There’s house parties on College and University Street, however, there’s not a lot of pressure to go out and party every weekend. There’s still things to do if you're not a huge partier.”
“Most people go out. Most freshman and sophomores go to frat parties. Juniors and seniors usually know people with houses who throw house parties. Alternatives would be to see a movie at the Kiva or hang out with friends. It depends on how social the individual is, if they stick with one group or like to meet new people.”
-“I think the majority of people stick to one group of friends. Personally, even though I joined a sorority and put myself out there within the sorority and people on my floor, I still end up hanging out with my three closest friends in Alpha Xi Delta.”
"There is drinking throughout the week, there's Ladies Night at the bars, and Thursday nights are the biggest party nights for Kent State."
“It is fairly easy to get around at night because all of the bars are within a mile of each other. A typical weekend usually includes hitting the bars downtown with friends and running into almost everyone you know. When I don’t go out I typically hang out with friends and watch movies.”
“You’re required to live in the dorms your freshman and sophomore year, but usually sophomores are able to live in apartments off campus if they want to.”
“There are specific freshman dorms, and you can choose your own roommate. The Resident Advisors plan bonding activities but most people go for the free food.”
“There are multiple dorm options students are able to choose from. Living in the Centennial dorms is nice because they are the newer dorms on campus and each suite has its own private bathroom. In general, I feel the dorms are safe because you must have a key to enter the building as well as your room, and each key is different for each dorm. Also, all dorms on campus are monitored by campus security. Mostly freshman and some sophomores live in the dorms. Dorm life is not exactly ideal, therefore many students prefer to live off campus.”
“Living in the dorms was a brand new experience! I loved knowing that someone was always around, it made me feel safe. Also, having a dining hall attached to your dorm was both a blessing and a curse.”
“Dorm life is a challenge for myself, since I am a junior, so I basically live with freshman and sophomores. The only reason I stay on campus is because I can use my financial aid to pay for it instead of paying rent every month and I also feel more connected to the campus. They have many dorm activities that typically happen on Thursday nights.”
“Downtown Kent is really flourishing. New restaurants and attractions are opening up. Including this Italian place called Bricco I can’t wait to try!”
“I love how recently developed downtown Kent is. We now have numerous options for shopping, eating and going out. My favorite place for breakfast is Rise & Shine Cafe downtown. I recommend the french toast!”
“Campus life in Kent is fun because it’s a close community. It’s nice because everywhere I go I see someone I know.”
“Unfortunately no, there aren’t many off campus opportunities for students. There are a lot of restaurants that don’t let people under 21 in after a certain hour, and there is only one 18+ bar downtown.”
“I absolutely love Kent! I grew up right past Twin Lakes, and watching this place become better than it used to be is quite an experience. You can find any type of restaurant you can think of and plenty of stores to shop at in Acorn Alley. The wide range of bars and seasonal events gives you something to do every night or weekend. Even the little theater in town puts on shows. I know my friends and I enjoy doing stuff around Kent, but we even enjoy going elsewhere. Whether it’s the park, mall, HobLob, Applebee’s, or on a nature walk in Cuyahoga Falls, we always have a blast. Kent’s amazing and so are the surrounding areas.”
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