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Kent State University At Kent

Kent, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate88%

Kent State Admissions

Kent State University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Kent State University is 88%. Out of 20,369 applications received in 2023, 17,929 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Kent State University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who apply to Kent State University for fall semester should hear back from Kent State University by September 1.

Kent State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Kent State University's admissions stats.

Kent State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16.12%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 20%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 59%
Waitlist No

Kent State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Kent State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1 September 1

Considering Applying Early to Kent State University?

Kent State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Kent State University Admissions

Is Kent State University Challenging To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Kent State. Kent State evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Kent State accepted 88% of all applicants, approximately 17,929 from 20,369 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Kent State, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to architecture, teacher education, fashion design and fashion merchandising, interior design, nursing, 6-year medical programs is program very difficult.

Transferring to Kent State University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Kent State University

Kent State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Kent State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Kent State University

What does Kent State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Kent State University for more information on admission factors.

Kent State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Kent State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Kent State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Kent State University?

Students admitted to Kent State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 52.16% submitted a class rank. At Kent State University 16.12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44.11% were in the top 25% and 78.73% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Kent State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 23.19%
3.75 and 3.99 19.52%
3.50 and 3.74 18.62%
3.25 and 3.49 15.15%
3.00 and 3.24 12.97%
2.50 and 2.9 9.82%
2.00 and 2.49 0.57%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Kent State University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Kent State University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 20% of Kent State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 59% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Kent State University?

To be competitive with other Kent State University applicants, you should strive to score between 990 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Kent State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Kent State University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Kent State University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at Kent State University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Kent State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Kent State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Kent State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Kent State University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Kent State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Kent State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Kent State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Kent State University.

Does Kent State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Kent State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Kent State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Kent State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Kent State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Kent State University?

❌ No, Kent State University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Kent State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Kent State University's acceptance rate is 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Kent State University?

❌ Kent State University does not offer early decision.

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Kent State Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Kent State? Kent State is a somewhat selective institution. The Kent State acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 88 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1210


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

490 - 620

Kent State GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Kent State, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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