Academics

Location
Kent, OH
Undergrads
18,378
Tuition (in-state)
$17,632 ($9,672)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Junior

Academics: I major in Architecture and Kent State is a great school for it. My professors have made me grow as a student and individual, always looking out for me and my peers. The professors are also very knowledgeable and helpful; I have had help from most of them in my efforts to obtain an internship. I love the education I am receiving at KSU with the staff of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design; I am learning so much about the design field and have had so many opportunities to explore my interests.

4 College Junior

Academics: Kent State University is a large public school which has many things to do for the students who attend. There is always something going on for students to get involved with. The students and faculty are able to work in a safe and excellent work environment. The registration process was also very easy and the guidance is thorough. There are many study abroad options, clubs, organizations and sports which make Kent State such a good school. The GPS system that Kent has acquired for students is very helpful in getting students to graduate on time. The workload for most majors is intense but allows for free time still. The library, study lounges, and student center are great study places and gathering areas.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Kent has a nice wide variety of classes and class times.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I like that I have the option of taking many genres of classes. I also like that there are lots of study abroad options.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great professors who are passionate about teaching

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Best Online Course Options
  • 123rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 548th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 860th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 994th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Hometown
Sagamore Hills
Major
Architecture
Grad Year
2014
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At Kent State, students' academic careers are primarily dependent on their commitment to and passion for their studies. For motivated students, there are limitless possibilities. Many programs are recognized as some of the best in the state or country, and in recent years, the University's reputation among the academic world has been substantially developed. If anything, the University's academics are undervalued, which may have to do with its relatively young age in comparison to similar institutions. Some professors are great, and some are not. While most students will encounter a professor that they feel needs torn apart in a course evaluation, most professors are well-liked, and there are some real gems. Students at Kent who take an active interest in their education are much more apt to appreciate their professors—even those they disagree with. Every student is likely to encounter at least one incredibly passionate and inspiring professor—these can become mentors, as well as great resources while searching for internships and field experience later in your college career. Accessibility varies by professor, but most are dedicated and more than willing to offer guidance and assistance outside of class. Utilize office hours-—they're a great way to show your professor that you care about your education.

In summation, earnest individuals with a desire to learn will be challenged at Kent State. Those who actively seek the easiest courses and rarely bother to show up to them might be able to get by, but the value of their education will be rendered effectively insignificant. But for eager students, there is stimulating coursework, rousing professors, and an environment where academians can thrive. You just have to seek it out.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
878
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
737
Total FT Faculty
878
Average Faculty Salary
$73,543
Full-Time Retention Rate
77%
Part-Time Retention Rate
56%
Transfer-Out Rate
27%
Graduation Rate
52%
Programs/Majors Offered
143
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 45%
  • 20 to 49 students: 46%
  • 50 or more students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College and Graduate School of Education, Health, and Human Services
  • College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Communication and Information
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Technology
  • College of the Arts
  • Honors College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Library and Information Science: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
Online course options exist, and are utilized by an increasing number of students. However, most seem to agree that though virtual classes can be a convenient option, important coursework is best experienced in a traditional classroom setting.
Best Places to Study
All of the libraries are great places to focus on academic studies, especially the first few floors of the Main Library, which have been renovated and provide great areas for group and individual study.
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't dwell on high school. Keep in touch with your good friends, but take advantage of the new environment.
  • Don't go home every weekend.
  • Don't skip class. Once you do, it becomes increasingly easier to justify. Though most professors don't take attendance, you'll miss a lot if you're not there in person.
  • Get to know your professors, and utilize office hours.
  • In the residence halls, prop your door open-it's a great way to meet new people.
  • Join at least a few organizations of interest to you-preferably one involved in your major and another in a separate interest.
  • Semesters go faster than one would think-prioritize from the get-go and stay on top of your commitments.
  • Start studying in advance to avoid being up all night before an important exam.
  • The primary reason for attending the University is to receive an education-never put parties before academics. However, budget your time wisely to ensure that you have time to relax and socialize.
Did You Know?
For 2010-2011, Kent State University was ranked 79th among North American universities in the list of the world's best universities published by "Times Higher Education."

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 27 responses

  • 23% Drew Carey - comedian
  • 23% Joshua Cribbs - NFL player
  • 12% Bonnie Turner - creator of "That '70s Show"
  • 8% Connie Schultz - Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
  • 5% Chrissie Hynde - lead singer of the Pretenders
  • 5% Arsenio Hall - talk show host
  • 4% Regina Brett - "Plain Dealer" columnist
  • 3% David Sedaris - author, humorist (dropped out)
  • 3% Alan Canfora - anti-war activist
  • 3% Robert E. Cook - politician
  • 3% Don King - boxing promoter
  • 1% C.J. Prentiss - politician
  • 1% Michael Keaton - actor
  • 1% Jeff Richmond - actor, director, TV producer
  • 1% Steve Harvey - Comedian
  • 1% Suede - Fashion Designer
  • 0% Alaina Reed Hall - actress
  • 0% Jeff Richmond - producer
  • 0% Alice Ripley - actress
  • 0% John de Lancie - actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 131 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 136 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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