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Kent State Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Kent State University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is May 1 and the application fee is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

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

Kent State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Kent State University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 30%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 81%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to Kent State University?

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

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

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

How To Get Into Kent State University

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

In 2021, Kent State University accepted 84% of students, around 15,269 of the 18,085 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Kent State University, 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.

It is slightly difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Kent State University 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 given the most weight 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 choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Kent State University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Kent State University Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

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

Students admitted to Kent State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 53.83% submitted a class rank. At Kent State University 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 44.54% were in the top 25% and 78.98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Kent State University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 53.83%
3.75 and 3.99 19.8%
3.50 and 3.74 19.53%
3.25 and 3.49 16.12%
3.00 and 3.24 10.7%
2.50 and 2.9 10.41%
2.00 and 2.49 1.03%

Kent State University does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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

In 2021, 30% of Kent State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 81% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Kent State University?

To be competitive with other Kent State University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1030 and 1190 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Kent State University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1190 and 25% of scored lower than 1030, 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 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Kent State University students scored 610 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Kent State University?

To be most competitive at Kent State University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Kent State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Kent State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

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Transferring to Kent State University

For transfer students, it is slightly 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 - Spring 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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

Kent State University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) 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 send your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's 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 84%.

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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 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.



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Kent State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Kent State is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Kent State. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Kent State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1190


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


Reading SAT Range

510 - 610

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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 3.45. 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.

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