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Colleges / Kent State University

Kent State University

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

Kent State Admissions

If you are applying to Kent State, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and the application fee is $50.

Students who submit their applications to Kent State for fall should hear back from Kent State by September 1.

Kent State Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Kent State 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15.27%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 66%
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 –– ––

Want to Apply Early to Kent State?

Kent State does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Kent State University Admissions

Is Kent State Difficult To Get Into?

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

In 2021, Kent State accepted 87% of all applicants, around 17,359 from the 19,881 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

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Kent State

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

What Does Kent State Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating 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 prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Kent State

Curious about the factors that are considered by Kent State 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
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

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

Kent State Application Requirements

To apply to Kent State, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Kent State'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
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Kent State?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 53.21% submitted a class rank. At Kent State 15.27% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 42.97% were in the top 25% and 79.81% 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 22.55%
3.75 and 3.99 18.86%
3.50 and 3.74 19.23%
3.25 and 3.49 15.97%
3.00 and 3.24 13%
2.50 and 2.9 9.36%
2.00 and 2.49 0.83%

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 directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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 considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2022, 18% of Kent State's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 66% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Kent State?

To be competitive with other Kent State applicants, you should strive to score between 1000 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Kent State 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Kent State students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Kent State students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Kent State?

To be most competitive at Kent State, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Kent State'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 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Kent State students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Kent State University

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

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

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Kent State Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Kent State?

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

Does Kent State accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Kent State accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Kent State?

❌ No, Kent State is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Kent State's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Kent State is 87%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Kent State?

❌ Kent State 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 87%. This means that the institution accepts 87 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

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 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 3.61. 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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