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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Kent State University is a pretty visually pleasing place. Some buildings are newer while some are old factories or just old buildings, such as the art building and ceramics building. The library has a huge selection and is also a good place to study if you need some place quiet. Lots of green space and some big events are held in the open spaces of Kent.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Beautiful green spaces, especially May 4th Memorial...many study spots in honors dorms...library is also great for quiet but social place to study. Beautiful architecture.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is very beautiful. Also there are many events going on at the University so the campus is great, there is always something to do whether one wants to study or have fun.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The program options are diverse, and the student population is generally friendly. There are quite a few parties to choose from. The rec center is really nice. There are over 300 clubs/organizations you can join, which is super cool.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The food options on campus are nice. They have vegan and gluten free options, which is a huge plus. The library is the tallest building in the county. The campus has a really nice feel outside, aside from the snow, of which there is an abundance.


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Many would agree that the most attractive sector of campus is Front Campus, which is comprised of the oldest buildings, most dating back to the University's earliest days. This is undoubtedly the most collegiate area, with its columned facades and rolling green space. Students frequent "Blanket Hill," named for its appeal to students wanting to read, sketch, or nap on blankets amidst the trees.

Some newer buildings are not quite as charming, but they are, again, newer. This means that they are clean and relatively up-to-date, a fact that is perhaps most appreciated in recently constructed or renovated dorms. The student center, the recreation center, and the library are utilized by a great number of students, and offer a range of amenities. The University has recently become very committed to maintaining and updating facilities, and the last few years have seen a wave of renovations around campus. Whether or not particular students care more about aesthetics than the average, it's certain that they will find themselves at times very grateful for the practical amenities offered. Overall, the charm that is sometimes traded for clean and functional facilities is more than made up for in the beautiful green spaces, and in the town of Kent itself.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
1,347 acres
Student Centers
Kent Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Main Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Kent Student Center
  • Main Library
  • The Rathskeller, located in the lower level of the student center
  • Recreation center
  • Risman Plaza
  • Rosie’s Diner
Bar on Campus
The Rathskeller Sports Bar, located on the bottom floor of the student center
Bowling on Campus
Eastway Bowling is located inside the Eastway Complex and also holds a variety of arcade attractions.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Yes. There are several Jazzman's caf├ęs situated around campus, as well as a Starbucks in the Main Library.
Movie Theater on Campus
No, but films are shown every Friday and Saturday in the Kiva Auditorium, located on the first floor of the student center.
"Green" Initiatives
The University has a sustainability task force that aims to investigate new initiatives in relation to environmental responsibility.
School Slang
  • The Brain: A giant, orange brain sculpture that looms outside Merrill Hall in a garden of sculptural books
  • FLASHcard: Your Kent State student ID. Its magnetic strip holds your meal plan, FLASHcash, and it can be programmed to allow you access to restricted rooms and wings.
  • FLASHcash: FLASHcash can be used like a credit card to all on-campus and off-campus locations that accept it.
  • FlashLine: FlashLine is the online Web portal for Kent State University. Use FlashLine to schedule your classes, check email, and access many other important functions. You can basically use FlashLine to plan your entire college career.
  • The Hub: Area of the student center that houses restaurants
  • The Rat: This is the nickname of the Rathskeller, the trendy lower level of the student center that houses a coffee shop, Damon's, pool tables, lounge areas, and a bar.
  • The Rec: The Student Recreation and Wellness Center (see why they just call it the "Rec"?)
  • Black Squirrel Festival: The Black Squirrel Festival is held in the Risman Plaza in front of the Kent Student Center to honor the squirrel intruders from Canada. There are booths set up by most of the main organizations on campus, as well as live music, great food, door prizes, merchandise, and just a fun atmosphere throughout the entire day. There is often an after-party where a movie is shown.
  • College Fest/Drinkin' on Lincoln/Shermania: As the semester draws to a close, students celebrate the coming summer and warmer weather by occupying several local streets for day-long festivities, typically involving lots of alcohol and revelry.
  • Fashion School Showcase: Every year, the fashion merchandising and design majors put on a fashion show that showcases some of the best designs in the department. The show takes place in mid-April and is a very big deal on campus. Tickets sell out quickly, so get in line early.
  • Flash Fest: Every spring semester, Kent State hosts Flash Fest, an outdoor festival complete with a range of activities and a major headlining musical act.
  • Halloween: Halloween is one of the most prominent holidays celebrated at Kent State. Students usually begin planning their costumes a year in advance. On the big night, students wander down Main Street dressed up, ducking in and out of party to party. There is typically a lot of drinking involved, but it's by no means a requirement to participate in the festivities.
  • Karaoke: Though not everyone participates in karaoke in the Rathskeller, those who do get really into it. There are more than 10,000 songs to choose from, so just about any song you can think of is at your disposal. Weekly winners duke it out at the end of the semester to win a grand prize and the coveted title of "Karaoke Superstar."
Urban Legends
  • The black squirrels escaped from a secret research project on campus and started a colony at KSU (not true-although the actual story is just as interesting).
  • The buildings were erected in such a way that makes the Kent State campus a giant wind tunnel (not true-although it does get suspiciously windy near the student center).
Favorite Things To Do
There is never a lack of things to do on Kent State's campus. The University and student organizations host a variety of special programs and events for students throughout the week, including, but not limited to, comedians, guest lectures, film screenings, and more. Most of the day-to-day activities are very mellow; many like to work out at the rec or grab a snack in the Hub with friends while waiting for their next class. Some students frequent "Blanket Hill."
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Daily Kent Stater
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Student organizations at Kent State are as diverse as the student population itself. They encompass a wide range of interests and activities. For those students willing to seek them out, clubs and organizations provide great opportunities for networking. Whether the extracurricular activity you choose is related to your major or another area of interest, you'll more than likely find people with similar passions.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 101 responses

  • 21% Halloween
  • 18% Black Squirrel Festival
  • 17% Flash Fest
  • 10% Homecoming
  • 6% College Fest/Drinkin' on Lincoln/Shermania
  • 6% Fashion School Showcase
  • 6% Rock The Runway
  • 5% Karaoke
  • 4% Africa Night
  • 3% Sorority Recruitment
  • 2% Phi Delta Theta's Soberfest
  • 2% Blues Fest
  • 0% Movies
  • 0% The plays and musicals
  • 0% Fake patties day
  • 0% Athletic Events
  • 0% Fake Patty's Day
  • 0% Quad Fest

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 232 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 113 responses

  • 17% Hanging out with friends
  • 16% Walking around downtown
  • 16% I enjoy hanging out in the green areas outside
  • 15% Hanging out with friends and going to the rec
  • 12% Eating at a local place
  • 10% Chilling in The Hub
  • 6% Real Late Reels
  • 2% Exploring NE Ohio
  • 2% Nothing
  • 2% Doing things with my sorority
  • 1% Hanging out with my fraternity brothers
  • 0% Hanging out in the CUE
  • 0% Going to Franklin Square Deli on Thursdays

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 119 responses

  • 53% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 43% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 4% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 230 responses

  • 35% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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