Kent State University, commonly referred to as KSU, is large public research institution of higher learning residing in Kent, Ohio. KSU offers more than 300 programs through its colleges: College of Aeronautics and Engineering, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, College of the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Communication and Information, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, College of Nursing, College of Podiatric Medicine, College of Public Health, Honors College, University College, Graduate Studies, and Office of Continuing and Distance Education. Within the colleges, various schools of education and specialized departments are housed that offer specific programs.

The mission of Kent State University is to change the lives of individuals and communities through learning, discovery, and creative expression. Its core values include a unique combination of teaching, research, and creative excellence; active examination that advances knowledge and understanding; life altering academic experiences for a diversity of students; a hands-on learning environment that generates a strong sense of belonging; involvement that encourages positive change; a collaborative community; range of ideas, culture, and beliefs; freedom of expression; and respect, kindness and purpose in all activities.

Kent State University was founded in 1910 as a training school for teachers. Its original name was Ohio State Normal College at Kent and it changed its name to Kent State Normal School in 1911 as a tribute to William S. Kent who donated 53 acres for the school’s campus. In 1915, the school changed its name to Kent State Normal College and began offering four-year degree programs. The college continued to expand and become Kent State College in 1929. The college finally became Kent State University in 1935. Throughout the next few decades the college continued to grow adding new colleges and programs. In 1970, the university opened its 12-story library. Today, Kent State University is one of the largest institutions in the state of Ohio, with nearly 41,000 students. The Carnegie Foundation ranks KSU one of the top 77 public research universities in the nation.

Kent State University Accreditation Details

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association regionally accredits Kent State University to grant associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs along with various certificate programs.

The online programs also possess specialized accreditation, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Library Association, Council on Education for Public Health, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Preparation.

Kent State University Application Requirements


  • Complete and submit the Kent State University Undergraduate Freshman Application or Undergraduate Transfer Application
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit official high school transcript
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities the student previously attended
  • Submit official scores from the SAT or ACT examinations
  • Complete any additional requirements for specific programs


  • Complete and submit the Kent State University Graduate Application
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and university previously attended
  • Submit official scores from the GMAT, MAT, GRE or related standardized graduate level examinations
  • Submit a goal statement
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit a professional resume
  • Complete any additional requirements for certain programs

Tuition and Financial Aid



  • Full-time Ohio resident (12-18 credit hours): $10,012
  • Full-time nonresident (12-18 credit hours): $18,544
  • Per credit hour below 12 or above 18: $456 for both residents and nonresidents


  • Full-time Ohio resident (11-18 credit hours): $11,310
  • Full-time nonresident (11-18 credit hours): $20,396
  • Per credit hour below 11 or above 18: $515 for both residents and nonresidents

Financial Aid

Kent State University participates in numerous financial aid options to assist students with paying for their college education. Scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs are available at KSU.


  • President’s Scholarship
  • Trustee Scholarship
  • University Award
  • Kent State University Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship
  • Athletic Scholarship
  • Dean’s Scholar Award
  • Access Scholarships
  • Freshman Honors Scholarship
  • Chandler Second Chance Scholarship
  • Kent Campus Connection Scholarship


  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
  • Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
  • Regional Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG)
  • Pennsylvania State Grant
  • Vermont Incentive Grant


  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Nursing Loan
  • Private Loans

Federal Work-Study Program

Kent State University participates in the Federal Work-Study program that involves students working to earn the money to pay for college related expenses. Students can work up to 20 hours a week and then receive a paycheck on a bi-weekly basis. They must be enrolled at least half-time at KSU and demonstrate a financial need.

Online Degrees Offered

Kent State University offers a variety of online bachelor and master’s degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Insurance Studies prepares students for an array of careers in the insurance field. Students learn about various types of insurance, such as personal, commercial, life and health insurance. The program features business-oriented courses, such as management, business law and ethics, human resources, economics, finance, and marketing. Students much complete a total of 120 credit hours to complete the program. The core courses include introduction to insurance and risk, professional selling techniques, professional writing, human resource management, crisis and management planning, and project management. Students have the ability to select an optional concentration in life and health insurance, chartered property casualty underwriter holders, or property and casualty insurance. The degree prepares students to take national licensure examinations.

The Master of Science in Nursing prepares experienced nurses for advanced roles in the field. Students gain the necessary expanded knowledge and skills in nursing to provide evidence-based advanced nursing care and leadership. Students can select from various concentrations, including nurse educator, adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist, nursing and healthcare management, nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and women’s health nurse practitioner. The required credit hours various by concentration from 20 to 47. The Master of Science in Nursing degree at Kent State University prepares graduates for national certification in advanced nursing, such as clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner.