Athletics

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

Athletics: School spirit at Kent State isn't really the best.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't take part in sports. The only popular one on campus is football.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It's fun but not everyone pays attention to them

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our football team is awful, but if you like basketball this is a great place. Home games are typically packed and the crowds are dressed in gold and blue with face paint to scare off other schools. It's a big deal to go to a game and support the flashes. The Rec is also a fantastic place to exercise.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at kent seem to be average, but students show lots of support

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 292nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 816th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Hometown
Sagamore Hills
Major
Architecture
Grad Year
2014
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Though it's a Division I school, athletic teams at Kent State are, generally speaking, nothing to write home about. With the exception of a few consistently good programs and some exceptional seasons, not a whole lot of excitement surrounds the sports programs. That being said, football and basketball games are fairly well attended, but mostly for social reasons. Still, nearly everyone attending the games dons blue and gold attire to display some school spirit. However, most students' interactions with athletics occur within the realm of intramural sports. Many student organizations and residence halls assemble teams across a wide variety of sports. Since these competitions are only for fun and the commitment is minimal, students find that intramurals are a great way to develop friendships while blowing off some steam at the end of a stressful week. Additionally, adventurous students can take advantage of Kent's location on the Cuyahoga River, and spend a day on the water in a kayak, canoe, or tube, through a University-run program.

In terms of athletic facilities, they are all well-maintained and up-to-date. Most complaints have to do with the proximity of Dix Stadium, which is located approximately two miles from main campus. Since most are unwilling to make the trek by foot (although there is an unfrequented trail connecting the stadium to campus), the University provides transportation to and from the games. All of the other facilities are located in or very near to the heart of campus, making it easy to jog to the Rec for a morning workout, or stop into a volleyball game on a whim.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Colors
Navy blue and gold
School Nickname
Golden Flashes
Men Playing Varsity Sports
247 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
194 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 84
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 59
Other Sports: 133
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 44%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 69%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bowling (men's)
  • Combatives and self defense
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian team
  • Fencing
  • Green Dragon Kung Fu
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Golf scramble
  • Indoor soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allerton Sports Complex
  • Dix Stadium
  • Ferrara & Page Golf Teaching and Learning Facility
  • Kent State Field House
  • Kent State Outdoor Track
  • Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC)
  • Murphy-Mellis Field
  • Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Zoeller Field
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, football, and hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's cross country, field hockey, and gymnastics
School Spirit
There are several sporting events throughout the year that elicit quite a bit of excitement on campus, but for the most part, there is an average to below average amount of enthusiasm surrounding most athletic teams. That isn't to say that students lack school spirit-on the contrary, most students display a genuine pride for their school. Events on campus are usually well-attended, and every student owns at least a few items of KSU gear to show off their school pride.
Getting Tickets
Sporting events are free to Kent State students, and most are very easy to get tickets for, with the notable exception of the University of Akron rivalry games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The wooded trail that connects campus and Dix Stadium

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 161 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 46% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 161 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 45% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 160 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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