About Kent State History

The History of an Ohio University

Since its founding as a teacher-training school in 1910, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development in the region and beyond as a premiere university in Ohio. This Ohio university has also earned acclaim for applying new knowledge to address the needs of the communities it serves and society as a whole through a vast array of continuing education courses and much more. To learn more about the university's history and what makes it one of the best colleges in Ohio, explore the links below.

A History of Kent State University

Read about the history of Kent State University, written by William H. Hilldebrand, professor emeritus of English, from the beginnings of the Kent State Normal School through nearly a century of university pride.

Commencement Nostalgia

Fast forward or rewind to the milestone of graduation by visiting this web page, where you'll find links to academic regalia, the alma mater and the mace. Also access the Kent Stage fight song, victory march and hymn.

Former University Presidents

Want to find out more about Kent State's past presidents? Here you can find a listing of former Kent State presidents along with links to biographical and other information about them.

May 4, 1970

Find links to some major sites devoted to understanding and commemorating the events of May 4, 1970, in which four Kent State students were killed and nine wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen.

  • May 4 Visitors Center

The Visitors Center was established Oct. 20, 2012, for the purpose of educating students and the public about the shooting of 13 Kent State students by members of the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970.

The Kent State University School

Use this site to find classmates of the former K-12 school, located for many years on the Kent Campus.

University Timeline

This timeline offers a concise summary of major milestones in the history of Kent State University, one of the most memorable Ohio colleges.