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Colleges / Kent State University

Kent State University

Kent, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate87%
Acceptance Rate87%

About Kent State

Kent State University Overview

Kent State University is a public, state school in a suburban setting in Kent, Ohio. Kent State was founded in 1910 and the school enrolls around 26,597 students a year, which includes 21,133 undergrads. Kent State ensures housing for up to 5,804 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Kent State for Fall 2023 is August 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Kent State by September 1.

Student Involvement at Kent State

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Kent State students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Kent State has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Kent State has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Kent State on the Student Life page.

2022 Kent State Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 18%
In-State Tuition $12,471
Out-of-State $21,578
Percent of Need Met 63.29%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $13,888

Is Kent State a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better sense of what Kent State offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Kent State University

It is moderately difficult to get into Kent State. Kent State admitted 87% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 19,881 students applied to Kent State and 17,359 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Kent State

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Kent State, around 80% come back the next year. 68% of Kent State undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Kent State Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Kent State by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Kent State directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Kent State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Kent State University's endowment was $187.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $8,475 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Kent State

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Kent State meets 63.29% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $13,888 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $31,141 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Kent State.

Based on this information, is Kent State the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Kent State a good school for you?

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Where is Kent State University Located?

Kent State is located in the suburban setting of Kent, Ohio, in the suburbs of Cleveland and Akron and Canton.

If you are interested in seeing Kent State for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 76 to Kent, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Akron-Canton.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Kent State and Kent are like without leaving home.

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College Info

P.O. Box 5190 Kent, OH 44242-0001

Campus Setting: Suburban

Kent State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Kent State is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Kent State is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Kent State ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Kent State is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Kent State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Kent State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1200


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

500 - 610

Kent State Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Kent State is like? There are approximately 26,597 students enrolled at Kent State, including 21,133 undergraduate students and 5,464 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from OH and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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