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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kent State is very diverse and open to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: People are generally accepting of diverse populations, but there aren't many diverse populations.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Since there are so many people on campus there is a different variety of people here. It is great to see different people join together in the same fraternity, sorority, or group getting along and being friends.

4 College Student

Diversity: The school is very diverse with many types of religious groups, minorities, etc. but it's such an accepting place nobody cares or notices.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Kent strives on its diverse population and really is all exclusive. I do wish there were more religious groups offered.

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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
6%
Native American
0%
White
75%
Unknown
3%
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 152 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 240 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 33% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 241 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 133 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 35% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 100 responses

  • 61% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 59% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 39% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 152 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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