Undergraduate Freshman Application

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Please review the Admission Requirements list and gather the necessary materials before beginning the application. Applicants are able to update and check the status of their applications by logging in with the ID and personal identification number (PIN) established during the application process.

General Instructions

  • The application is divided into multiple sections to allow you the option of completing the application in one session or in multiple sessions. Click the "Finish Later" button to save portions of the application you have already completed.
  • To return to complete the application at a later time, just enter your Login and PIN.
  • To check your application status, click the "Check the Status of an Existing Application" button found on this page. Remember you will need your original Login and PIN to securely check your status.
     

Tips/Checklist

  • Submit your nonrefundable application fee by using a credit card or checking account.
  • Submit your official high school transcript or GED score report.
  • ACT/new SAT* score (Not required if you have been out of high school for 3 or more years or if you are over the age of 21.)
  • If you have postsecondary enrollment option credit (for those who completed college coursework while in high school) you need to send an official college or university transcript as soon as you have completed the coursework .
  • Be aware of any additional academic program requirements for your major.
     

*New SAT scores will be accepted for fall 2017 and are recommended.

Admission Requirements

Admission Policy for New Freshmen at the Kent Campus

Freshman admission at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based on the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. In addition, some areas of study have additional academic program requirements.

Admission Policy for New Freshmen at a Regional Campus

All seven of Kent State’s Regional Campuses are accessible to students who hold a high school diploma or GED. Admission decisions are based on cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. In addition, some areas of study have additional academic program requirements. Check with your Regional Campus Admissions Office to determine application requirements, as they may differ among campuses.

Home School/Alternative Education Policy

Kent State welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Students who are home-schooled may submit an equivalent diploma through a successful General Educational Development (GED) examination and an ACT/SAT* score, or submit the following information for admission consideration:

  1. Written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education
  2. ACT or SAT* score.
  3. A portfolio of the student's work reflecting all secondary coursework completed Students should complete a program of study that covers the material in the full college preparatory program recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education. Non-Ohio students should submit appropriate supporting documents as required by their home state. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further details.

* Some Kent State Regional Campuses do not require ACT/SAT scores for admission, this requirement may be waived by the appropriate campus.

 

Deferred Admission

The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who show areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus will forward a student's application materials to a Regional Campus at his/her request.  

 

College Preparatory Curriculum

The full college preparatory curriculum as recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education consists of the following:

  • 4 units of English (emphasis on composition)
  • 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I, II, Geometry, with minimum Algebra II complete)
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of foreign language
  • 1 unit of the arts or an additional unit of a foreign language

Additional Academic Program Requirements

After review for admission to the Kent Campus, additional academic program requirements are needed for the following academic areas to be admitted.

Aerospace Engineering

To be considered, freshmen need at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 24 (minimum ACT sub scores of 24 in both English and Math).
OR at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum new SAT total of 1160 with minimum sub scores of 580 in both Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math (1140 combined critical reading + math old SAT score).

Architecture

To be considered, freshmen need at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 25 (minimum ACT sub scores of 25 in both English and Math).
OR at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum new SAT total of 1210 with minimum sub scores of 600 in both Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math (1140 combined critical reading + math old SAT score ).

B.S./M.D.

Six-Year Medical Program
Application Deadline: Dec. 15
In conjunction with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM),Kent State offers a six-year medical program leading to both the bachelor of science and medical degrees. This program is highly selective and includes interviews of semifinalists before final selections are made. More than 600 applications are submitted;thirty-five students are chosen. Special B.S./M.D. applications can be obtained by calling the Admissions Office at NEOUCOM at 1-800-686-2511 (in Ohio) or 330-325-2511.

Dance Performance/Dance Studies

Students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the Dance Coordinator, 266 MAC Center Annex, Kent State University, P.O.Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2069).

Education

To qualify for a teacher education program, freshman applicants must have at least a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising

Application Deadline: Jan. 31
Freshman applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 21 or new SAT total of 1060 (980 combined critical reading + math old SAT score).

Interior Design

Students are admitted to interior design based on a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 22 or new SAT total of 1100 (1020 combined critical reading + math old SAT score).

Music

Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to the Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships, School of Music, E-101 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001(or call 330-672-2172).

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Musical Theatre

Students must audition before being admitted to the B.F.A degree program in Musical Theatre. Inquiries can be directed to the Theatre Coordinator, B-141 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 or call 330-672-2082.

Nursing

Admission to pre-nursing requires the completion of high school math, biology, and chemistry. In addition, admission to pre-nursing from high school is based on a sliding scale. Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • at least a 2.7 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 22 or new SAT total of 1100 (1020 combined critical reading + math old SAT score);
  • a 3.0 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 21 new SAT total of 1060 (980 combined critical reading + math old SAT score);
  • or a 3.3 cumulative high school grade point average AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 20 new SAT total of 1020 (940 combined critical reading + math old SAT score).

Speech Pathology & Audiology

To qualify for the Speech Pathology & Audiology major, freshman applicants must have at least a 3.00 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Honors College

Applicants for any major may participate in the Honors College program. Selective criteria such as high school grade point average and ACT or SAT scores will be reviewed after admission to the university. Students who meet the criteria for admission to the Honors College will be invited to submit an application including an essay. For more information, visit the Honors College website.

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