Kent State University: Tuition Fees, Acceptance Rate, Rankings, Courses

Kent State University (KSU) is a public research university in Kent, Ohio. The university also includes seven regional campuses in Northeast Ohio and additional facilities in the region and internationally. Regional campuses are located in AshtabulaBurtonEast LiverpoolJackson TownshipNew PhiladelphiaSalem, and Warren, Ohio, with additional facilities in ClevelandIndependence, and Twinsburg, OhioNew York City, and Florence, Italy.

The university was established in 1910 as a normal school. The first classes were held in 1912 at various locations and in temporary buildings in Kent and the first buildings of the original campus opened the following year. Since then, the university has grown to include many additional baccalaureate and graduate programs of study in the arts and sciences, research opportunities, as well as over 1,000 acres (405 ha) and 119 buildings on the Kent campus. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the university was known internationally for its student activism in opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, due mainly to the Kent State shootings in 1970.


As of 2021, Kent State was the third-largest university in Ohio with an enrollment of over 34,000 students in the eight-campus system and over 25,000 students at the main campus in Kent. Kent State offers over 300 degree programs, among them 250 baccalaureate, 40 associate, 50 master’s, and 23 doctoral programs of study, which include such notable programs as nursing, business, history, library science, aeronautics, journalism, architecture, fashion design and the Liquid Crystal Institute. It is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education among “R1: Doctoral Universities – very high research activity”.


Local tuition 11,934 USD, Domestic tuition 20,810 USD
2020 – 21
Kent State University is less selective with an acceptance rate of 86%. Students that get into Kent State University have an SAT score between 1040–1230 or an ACT score of 19–25.

Kent State University is ranked #212 out of 443 National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


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Areas of study2021 graduates
Registered nursing/registered nurse9.6%
Fashion merchandising5.4%
Business administration and management5.3%
Public health3.9%
Criminal justice/safety studies3.5%
Biology/biological sciences3.1%
Marketing/marketing management3.1%
Early childhood education and teaching2.6%
General studies2.4%
Human development and family studies1.9%
Fashion/apparel design1.7%
Aeronautics/aviation/aerospace science and technology1.6%
Commercial and advertising art1.6%
Computer science1.5%
English language and literature1.3%
Kinesiology and exercise science1.2%
Construction management1.1%
Political science and government1.1%
Hospitality administration/management1.1%
Digital communication and media/multimedia1.1%
Fine/studio arts1.1%
Computer systems analysis/analyst1%
Audiology/audiologist and speech-language pathology/pathologist0.9%
Junior high/intermediate/middle school education and teaching0.9%
Computer and information sciences0.8%
Zoology/animal biology0.8%
Drama and dramatics/theatre arts0.8%
Sport and fitness administration/management0.8%
Econometrics and quantitative economics0.8%
Interior design0.8%
Human resources management/personnel administration0.8%
Special education and teaching0.7%
Environmental studies0.6%
Public relations/image management0.6%
Industrial engineering0.6%
Health/medical preparatory programs0.6%
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial studies0.6%
Art teacher education0.5%
Natural resources/conservation0.4%
Legal assistant/paralegal0.4%
Physical education teaching and coaching0.4%
Social studies teacher education0.4%
Clinical nutrition/nutritionist0.4%
English/language arts teacher education0.3%
Mathematics teacher education0.3%
Sign language interpretation and translation0.3%
Athletic training/trainer0.3%
Teaching english as a second or foreign language/esl language instructor0.3%
Commercial photography0.3%
Music teacher education0.2%
Spanish language and literature0.2%
Peace studies and conflict resolution0.2%
Parks, recreation and leisure facilities management0.2%
Aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical/space engineering0.2%
Geology/earth science0.2%
Art history, criticism and conservation0.2%
Mechanical engineering/mechanical technology/technician0.2%
International relations and affairs0.2%
Applied mathematics0.2%
Aeronautical/aerospace engineering technology/technician0.1%
Language interpretation and translation0.1%
French language and literature0.1%
Health teacher education0.1%
Science teacher education/general science teacher education0.1%
Computer engineering technology/technician0.1%
German language and literature0.1%
Mechatronics, robotics, and automation engineering0.1%
Automation engineer technology/technician0.1%
American sign language (asl)0.1%
Botany/plant biology0.1%
International/global studies0.1%
Crafts/craft design, folk art and artisanry0.1%
Technical theatre/theatre design and technology0.1%
Musical theatre0.1%
Clinical laboratory science/medical technology/technologist0.1%
African-american/black studies< 0.1%
Russian language and literature< 0.1%
Humanities/humanistic studies< 0.1%
Biological and biomedical sciences< 0.1%
Web page, digital/multimedia and information resources design< 0.1%



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