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4 College Senior

Academics: The professor can be great tools but the workload can be overwhelming at times. Some professors are here to help and some are here to teach.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have only been a digital media production student for a semester, but I LOVE the program so far! The curriculum and workload is relevant and manageable, the facilities are fully equipped and useful to students, and there are many career centers that help students search for jobs/internships.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: All of my professors have been excellent so far, and I feel like the courses I am required to take for my degree and the subject matter covered within those courses is all very relevant to the learning process.

4 College Junior

Academics: The staff for most of my past classes have been good

4 College Freshman

Academics: Most professors have office hours and provide opportunity for you to improve on almost anything.

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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 40 responses

  • 27% Drew Carey - comedian
  • 25% Joshua Cribbs - NFL player
  • 11% Bonnie Turner - creator of "That '70s Show"
  • 8% Arsenio Hall - talk show host
  • 6% Connie Schultz - Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
  • 4% Chrissie Hynde - lead singer of the Pretenders
  • 3% Regina Brett - "Plain Dealer" columnist
  • 3% Don King - boxing promoter
  • 2% David Sedaris - author, humorist (dropped out)
  • 2% Alan Canfora - anti-war activist
  • 2% Robert E. Cook - politician
  • 1% C.J. Prentiss - politician
  • 1% Michael Keaton - actor
  • 1% Jeff Richmond - actor, director, TV producer
  • 1% Steve Harvey - Comedian
  • 1% Suede - Fashion Designer
  • 1% Julian Edelman - NFL player
  • 1% Ken Bencetic
  • 1% Steve Stone
  • 0% Alaina Reed Hall - actress

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

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 31 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 31 responses

  • 16% This was my dream school.
  • 71% This was one of my top choices.
  • 13% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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