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Kent State University

Kent, OH 4-Year Public

About Kent State University

Kent State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Kent, OH, less than an hour from Cleveland, Akron, Canton.

Founded in 1910, Kent State University currently enrolls around 27,019 students a year, including 21,621 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Kent State University's endowment was valued at $129,069,236 in 2021. For each full-time student, Kent State University spends about $9,122.

Admissions Facts About Kent State University

Acceptance rate: 84%

Average GPA: 3.45

Mean ACT score: 23

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: May 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: September 1

Kent State University Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Kent State University. Kent State University accepts around 84 percent of applicants each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Kent State University is 3.45 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT scores is 23.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Kent State University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Kent State University, around 81 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 4,244 students who started at Kent State University as first-time freshman, 1,901 graduate within four years.

Around 64 percent of students who started at Kent State University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 17 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $44,984 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $31,665 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Kent State University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Kent State University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

PO Box 5190 Kent, OH 44242-0001

Campus Setting: Suburban

Kent State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 31

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Kent State University is Jul 31.

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

Kent State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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Kent State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1220


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

530 - 620

Kent State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Kent State University is like? There are approximately 27,716 students enrolled at Kent State University, including 22,262 undergraduate students and 5,454 graduate students. 89% 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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