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Kent State University at Kent

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History

Kent State University is located in Kent, Ohio. There are regional campuses located in Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull County, and Tuscarawas County. Kent State University was founded in 1910 as a teacher-training school and received university status in 1935. The University now awards associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is classed as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Institution-Extensive.

Kent State University defines itself as “an engine for economic, cultural, and workforce development in the region and beyond.”

A bill establishing Kent State was signed into law in 1910, and one year following the Alumni Association was formed. Over the next ninety years, the University was witness to some amazing and disturbing events in American history, including the 1970 shooting of four Kent State students by Ohio National Guardsmen. That single event has been ingrained into the University’s culture, and today permeates much of the campus’ institutional life. Other significant events included the appointment of the first black professor and of the first female president in the history of Ohio state universities.

Academics

The University is composed of a number of different schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the College of Business Administration, the College of Communication and Information, the College of Education, the College of Fine and Professional Arts, the College of Nursing, the Honors College, the School of Technology, and the College of Continuing Studies. There are interdisciplinary programs in biomedical sciences, financial engineering, and information architecture and knowledge management.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in over 200 different majors and minors. These include a wide range of liberal arts and professionally oriented fields, including such fields as English, accounting, American studies, athletic training, conservation, electronics, fashion design, gifted education, hospitality management, interior design, justice studies, medical technology, music education, paralegal studies, predentistry, radiologic and imaging sciences, trade and industrial education, and zoology. Certificate programs are available in approximately 30 fields, many offered through the regional campuses only.

Graduate degrees are offered in the Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Information, the Fine and Professional Arts, the Graduate School of Management, College of Nursing, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Technology, and the School of Biomedical Sciences. These include doctoral degrees in applied geology, biological sciences, biomedical sciences, business administration, chemical physics, chemistry, communication studies, computer science, education, English, geography, history, mathematics, music, nursing, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, and speech pathology and audiology. Master’s degrees are offered in a range of programs and include an MBA, a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), and a Master of Public Health (MPH).

Kent State offers more than 200 programs of study. A focus on liberal arts permeates much of the curriculum, with programs in composition, humanities, the social sciences, fine arts, and the physical sciences at its core. Ten different schools make up the University and are comprised of dozens of academic departments. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest by far, and houses such departments as Anthropology, Jewish Studies, Justice Studies, Pan-African Studies, and Sociology. Other colleges include Business Administration, Communication and Information, Education, Fine and Professional Arts, and Architecture.

Kent State cites various “Points of Pride” regarding its academic offerings, the primary Points being quality of academics, student success, technologies, values, and academic partnerships.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Kent State proudly proclaims itself home to 74 different centers and institutes for specialized study. These centers are often the results of private partnerships or other opportunities available to University faculty. The unique areas addressed by these centers include conflict management, bibliography, nuclear research, child development, computational mathematics, liquid crystals, nursing research, speech and hearing, literacy education, violence prevention, and workforce development.

Admissions

Applications to the undergraduate programs have an application fee of $30. Students should contact the University or visit its website to see if it is still accepting applications for the term in which they wish to enroll. In addition to the application form and fee, students must provide high school transcripts and test scores. Applications can be submitted on-line. Students who are admitted generally have completed the Ohio college preparatory curriculum, which includes four units in English, three units in mathematics, three units of science, three units of social studies, two units of foreign language, and one unit of the arts. Students will also generally have a high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher and an ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 980 or higher.

Students who are applying for programs in aeronautics, architecture, dance, education, fashion design and fashion merchandising, interior design, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, theatre, and visual communication design must meet special requirements in addition to the general university requirements for admission. Some programs will require an audition. Students who are applying to the six-year B.S./M.D. medical program operated in conjunction with the northeastern Ohio Universities College of medicine must submit special applications. This is a highly competitive program, and only 35 students are chosen out of approximately 600 applications annually.

Graduate students apply to either the Graduate School of Education, the Graduate School of Management, or to Research and Graduate Studies. Students should consult individual departments and programs for their specific requirements. Students must also be admitted to the University.

Kent State’s admissions processes—visit scheduling, application submission, etc.—are all accessible via the University’s website. Admissions policies for freshmen differ depending on each student’s experience in high school. Among those given priority consideration are students with 16 hours of college prep high school curriculum, a cumulative GPA of 2.5, and an ACT test score of 21 or greater. Following this priority admissions policy, students with a 2.2 GPA and a high school diploma or GED are considered next. Some students’ admissions applications may be deferred and the student referred to one of Kent State’s Regional Campuses.

Financial Aid

In-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students were $7504 in 2004-2005. Students applying from out of state and graduate students will have different costs.

Kent State encourages applicants to begin reviewing scholarship opportunities between September and December prior to the year of application. The University’s individual departments alone offer more than 500 scholarship opportunities, so it is important for applicants to be knowledgeable and prepared when submitting their financial aid applications. Students are also encouraged to file their FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Students can access the financial aid application process via the University’s website. Financial need is the priority concern for financial aid awards.

The University details each student’s eligibility for loans on their notification forms from Financial Aid. In addition to those eligibility statistics, students are allowed to borrow an additional $4,000 in unsubsidized loans (freshmen and sophomores) or $5,000 in unsubsidized loans (juniors and seniors).

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Students

In addition to the numerous classroom, dormitory, and administration buildings, Kent State University has a number of research centers and institutes, including the Liquid Crystal Institute, the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and the Institute for Bibliography and Editing.

The 12 story Kent State University Library offers electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. It is a member of OhioLink, which allows students to make online requests to borrow books from university, college, and other libraries throughout the state of Ohio.

Kent State is home to a number of living-learning communities, which houses students together based on shared academic and extracurricular interests. A community may consist of an entire dormitory or segments of a dormitory. Students study, play, and live together. Such communities at Kent State include the honors community, science learning community, and the physical education preparation community. Along the same line, Kent State offers themed learning communities such as the wellness community and the professional arts community.

The Recreational Services office at Kent State offers students a multitude of on- and off-campus activities to enjoy, including aquatics, wellness events, and club sports. The University is also home to a thriving Greek community, which can help any student settle in and enjoy the entire college experience.

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Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Kent State University is an NCAA Division I school, with baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, track & field, and wrestling for men and basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball for women. The team nickname is the Golden Flashes. The University competes in the Mid-American Conference.

The University cheerleading teams cheers for various sports and also competes on its own in cheerleading competitions. There is also a dance team.

Kent State University athletic teams have won conference championships in several sports, including baseball and basketball, and have had 143 individual championships. There have been 55 All-America student athletes.

Sports facilities include a field house, a stadium, a soccer field, a softball field, outdoor track, and an athletic and convocation center.

Athletics is the sixth and final “Point of Pride” cited by Kent State University, and with good reason. The intercollegiate athletics program competes in NCAA Division I. Kent State is home to the Golden Flashes, and has a long standing tradition of academic excellence. Teams include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football, golf, and soccer.

Kent State has secured 30 Mid-American Conference championships and 12 Mid-American Conference Tournament titles in a variety of sports. Currently, 34 Academic All-American student athletes call Kent State home.

Traditions

One of the most unique and quirky events in all of university tradition is the Black Squirrel Festival, where Kent State students and the community commemorate the 1961 introduction of the black squirrel into America from London, Ontario, an event facilitated by one of Kent State’s groundskeepers in the 60s.

Local Community

The town of Kent is a mid-sized town (population 30,000) located in northeastern Ohio, approximately 50 miles from Cleveland. It is adjacent to the city of Akron, and is approximately 100 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kent proudly proclaims itself as one of the country’s most reachable cities, located 500 miles from 55% of the country’s population. It is also home to a great deal of outdoor attractions, including Towner’s Woods, a 175 acre park established in 1973; and three different state parks. The Portage County Historical Society and Kent Historical Society offer a good deal of education to the historically curious. For the more cosmopolitan tastes, the Kent State Fashion Museum is home to dozens of costumes from the 18th to the 20th centuries. And for the kid in everyone, Six Flags Worlds of Adventure is a Six Flags/Sea World partnership that includes 750 acres of amusement adventures.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 150th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 1 0.00
Burglary 19 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.00
Arrest 177 0.64

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 33 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 17 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 146 0.50
Larceny 472 1.63
Vehicle theft 32 0.11

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3913

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1110th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,816 $9,816 $17,776
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $447 $447 $809
FT Graduate Tuition $10,444 $10,444 $17,960
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $475 $475 $817
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $24,926 $24,926 $32,886
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,926 $24,926 $32,886
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,406 $16,406 $24,366

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Podiatry Degree — Tuition $33,230 $33,240
Podiatry Degree — Required Fees $2,941 $2,941

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,346 $9,672 $9,346 $9,672 $17,306 $17,632
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,380 $1,420
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,830 $9,176
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,564 $4,670
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $9,176
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $5,688
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $5,688

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 15,970 (6,238 male / 9,732 female)
Admitted 13,259 (5,056 male / 8,203 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 4,111 (1,597 male / 2,514 female)
FT Enrollment 3,929 (1,500 male / 2,429 female)
PT Enrollment 182 (97 male / 85 female)
Total Enrollment28,998

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-American Conference

ACT Test Admission

612th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 83%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

666th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 26%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 940 / 1140

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity6,225
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,876
Board Fee$3,660

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 353 368 127 99 17 5,178 176 6,357
Accounting 25 9 2 3 94 3 136
Actuarial Science 37 1 1 4 43
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 1 1
Advertising 2 2 33 1 38
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 2 2 2 1 50 1 59
African-American/Black Studies 2 1 3
Animal Physiology 1 1
Anthropology 19 1 20
Applied Mathematics, General 2 1 3
Architecture 2 7 7 1 105 1 125
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1 23 1 26
Art Teacher Education 1 26 1 28
Athletic Training/Trainer 4 4
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 1 2 1 2 109 2 118
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 2 7 23 33
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 6 2 3 107 6 126
Biotechnology 3 1 8 12
Botany/Plant Biology 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 31 12 7 11 337 12 410
Business Teacher Education 1 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 1 1
Business/Managerial Economics 25 1 23 50
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemical Physics 1 1
Chemistry, General 2 3 1 4 27 37
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 9 10
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 5 5
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 1 1 23 25
Clinical Psychology 8 8
Commercial Photography 2 2 4
Commercial and Advertising Art 3 2 2 2 69 1 79
Community College Education 1 1 2
Community Psychology 2 2
Computer Science 37 1 2 2 28 1 71
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 3 3 2 43 3 54
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 3
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 1 1
Counseling Psychology 3 1 1 6 1 12
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 8 1 65 74
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry 1 17 18
Creative Writing 4 4
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 17 6 1 1 152 2 181
Curriculum and Instruction 4 3 22 29
Dance, General 4 2 6
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 2 38 2 45
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 1 1 114 2 120
Ecology 5 5
Education, General 1 11 52 65
Education, Other 2 2 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism 2 1 10 13
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Speech or Language Impairments 1 1
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 2 1 10 1 15
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 1 1 2 1 5
Educational Psychology 6 1 7
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 14 1 17
Engineering Technology, General 15 4 2 2 115 3 142
English Language and Literature, General 2 2 3 2 141 4 154
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 2 2 10 14
Exercise Physiology 1 18 20
Experimental Psychology 7 7
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
Fashion Merchandising 1 21 5 1 1 140 1 171
Fashion/Apparel Design 6 2 1 53 3 65
Finance, General 45 2 1 51 1 101
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 2 1 36 1 40
French Language and Literature 10 10
General Studies 1 16 3 1 72 6 99
Geography 3 1 25 2 31
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 34 1 38
German Language and Literature 1 9 10
Gerontology 1 1
Health Teacher Education 3 13 16
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 9 9
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 5 1 2 41 1 52
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 3 2 33 40
History, General 3 1 51 2 59
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 5 3 2 51 61
Human Development and Family Studies, General 2 16 1 88 1 109
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other 1 1 1 7 10
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 2 2
Industrial Engineering 1 1 6 8
Information Science/Studies 2 2 1 17 1 24
Interior Design 1 41 3 45
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 3 1 8 13
International Relations and Affairs 2 1 13 16
International and Comparative Education 1 2 3
Journalism 2 3 2 90 7 106
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 3 1 57 1 62
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 3 1 44 50
Language Interpretation and Translation 5 1 4 13 23
Latin Language and Literature 3 3
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 1 14 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 1 1 2 5
Library and Information Science 3 3 3 1 184 10 209
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6 2 1 3 89 4 106
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 24 25
Mathematics, General 1 1 1 11 2 16
Medical Informatics 1 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 2
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General 8 8 16
Music Teacher Education 2 1 2 64 6 75
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 1 1 18 20
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 16 17
Neuroscience
Nursing Administration 1 1
Nursing Education 2 2
Painting 22 22
Palliative Care Nursing 1 10 11
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 1 15 17
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 8 1 9
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Pharmacology 1 1
Philosophy 1 10 11
Photojournalism 1 20 2 23
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 5 1 40 48
Physics, General 7 1 10 1 19
Physiology, General 1 1
Political Science and Government, General 3 4 3 3 48 2 63
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 1 2 4
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 2 4
Psychology, General 16 4 8 1 222 4 256
Public Administration 12 12
Public Health, General 7 25 3 3 106 2 148
Public Relations/Image Management 4 1 1 21 27
Radio and Television 2 2 2 26 32
Reading Teacher Education 1 1 13 1 16
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 33 12 14 3 626 23 719
Russian Language and Literature 2 2
School Psychology 1 16 1 18
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 9 9
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 4 22 28
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 7 7
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 30 1 32
Social Work
Sociology 1 2 25 28
Spanish Language and Literature 1 5 22 28
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 1 1 95 1 100
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 7 23 6 1 1 165 4 207
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 7 1 39 1 49
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 1 2
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 14 4 2 39 59
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 2 9 11
Visual and Performing Arts, General 1 13 1 15
Zoology/Animal Biology 31 1 32

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 918th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,238 ($83,734 male / $65,495 female)
Number of FT Faculty 936 (447 male / 489 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,780
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $39,409,178

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