Diversity

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

Diversity: The school is primarily white, but it doesn't seem to give off an exclusive feel. I'm bisexual and I feel pretty comfortable at school.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I think that on campus the diversity is kind of all over the place. You have people of all different ethnic groups and religions. Everybody can get along with a different person from different groups of people.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: it is very divers at kent

4 College Junior

Diversity: I know and get along with a plethora of students from many different backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: This campus is very diverse in mostly all areas

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  • 134th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Rasner
Hometown
Sagamore Hills
Major
Architecture
Grad Year
2014
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A breakdown of students by race and ethnicity can be found on the University's website, but statistics will not tell you much about diversity among students. Being a state school, Kent State is relatively affordable compared to private colleges––especially for in-state students. In regards to diversity, this means that a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds are represented on campus. And though most students come from Ohio, there's a good amount of students from different regions of the country and world. Students of every ethnicity are well-represented, and religious groups all have existing outlets on campus.

In short, Kent State is diverse. Students of every creed, color, and background will doubtlessly find others like themselves. However, what is more notable than this is the amount to which racial and social distinctions become irrelevant. In their time on campus, open-minded students will be able to establish friendships and connections with a vast range of people, of both familiar and unfamiliar origins.

Facts & Statistics

African American
9%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
3%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
20%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 20%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
50%
Male Faculty
50%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
The LGBTQ community isn't overwhelming, but it definitely holds a presence on Kent State's campus. Fusion, Kent State's LGBTQ magazine, rated Kent State as one of the five most gay-friendly universities in Ohio. The meetings for PRIDE! Kent, the university's LGBTQ group, are well-attended, too.
Political Activity
Though Kent State's past has seen the campus more politically active than it is at present, there are certainly groups of students keen on voicing their political opinions. Branches of College Democrats and College Republicans are available for the party-aligned, and the Kent Political Union provides an outlet for those who simply want some measure of political involvement. The campus definitely leans liberal, but conservative students certainly have a voice.
Economic Status
The overwhelming majority of students are middle class. There are certainly exceptions, but most of the time socioeconomic distinctions aren't blatantly obvious.
Most Common Religions
Christian denominations are the most prevalent, but there are also strong Muslim and Jewish presences on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority student groups on campus. Most ethnic and religious groups are represented, and if not, student organizations are relatively easy to start.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 136 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 30% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 135 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 28% Not sure
  • 33% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 135 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 135 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 136 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 50% Very accepting.

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