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Undergraduate Students

Information About Undergraduate Admission and Programs

An international undergraduate student is an individual who holds a non-immigrant visa to the United States and is applying for study at an institution of higher education. Before applying to Kent State, you must have earned an educational credential equivalent to an American high school diploma.

Undergraduate Programs

Kent State University offers more than 280 fields of study at the undergraduate level. Learn more about the majors offered at Kent State.

Undergraduate Admission Standards

Freshman — Apply as a freshman if you have not attended an institution after graduation from secondary school. The requirement for admission is a cumulative secondary school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Transfer — Apply as a transfer student if you have attended a college or university after secondary school graduation. The requirement for admission is a cumulative collegiate grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Post-Undergraduate — Apply as a post-undergraduate if you have already earned a baccalaureate degree and want to take additional undergraduate courses. The requirement for admission is the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree.

The Admissions Office will evaluate your academic credentials to determine if you meet these admission requirements.

Honors College

Students with outstanding intellectual and creative ability are encouraged to consider applying to the Honors College. Honors students participate in special classes and colloquium taught by distinguished faculty. Honors classes are small and stress active participation.

Undergraduate Application Process

At Kent State University we are happy to service your application. Once we receive your application and fee, the process begins with an evaluation of your foreign credentials and English proficiency. The professional staff of the Office of Admissions will make a decision based on this evaluation and the other information you submit on your application. Your paperwork is then sent to the International Student and Scholar Services office where immigration documents will be issued and express mailed to you.

Attention Applicants from China: There is a website available,, which allows you to create a student profile in order to differentiate yourself and provides our university with more information. We do not endorse or require applicants to use this system, but it can provide us with additional information to evaluate you along with your official application. Your student profile can be created and submitted at any time of the year for review.