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A high school diploma or GED is all that is necessary for Ohio students to register for most classes in viticulture at Kent State University at Ashtabula.

Age restrictions:

Many of our practical enology (winemaking) courses also require students to be 21 years of age (or older), before the first day of class, in order to comply with state and federal alcohol consumption laws.

Application Form:

Kent State Ashtabula has prepared a special joint KSU-VESTA program application for students wishing to register and take classes in the enology and viticulture program at Kent State University. Completion of this joint application form eliminates the need to register separately for admission to Kent State University and the VESTA program (although students may still pursue those independent routes of admission). This form is sent as part of the welcome package you will receive if you have requested information about  the viticulture and enology program from Kent State University.  If you are unsure of which classes to take then leave the course selection table blank and a Kent State academic advisor will contact you.   Please return the form by mail, fax, or email to the address/number listed on the form.

KSUA/VESTA Application/Registration Form (Fillable Adobe .pdf Form)

Viticulture and Enology Program Costs

Viticulture and Enology Classes offered by Kent State Ashtabula:

Kent State Ashtabula offers a special tuition rate of $215 per credit hour  for viticulture and enology classes (VIN) taught by Kent State faculty as part of the VESTA program alliance.  Some classes may have additional fees so please consult the official KSU course catalog for any additional course specific fees.

Online viticulture and enology classes (VIN) taught by Kent State faculty as part of the VESTA program alliance are also subject to a $12.00 per credit hour distance learning fee.

All other Kent State University at Ashtabula classes:

The regular lower division in-state Kent State University at Ashtabula Spring semester tuition rate of $258 per credit hour  applies to all other classes taken by students in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree programs in viticulture and enology. The lower division tuition rate of $620 per credit hour applies to non-Ohio residents, except for certain Pennsylvania and West Virginia residents (contact Kent State Ashtabula for details on neighboring state residency requirements).  If a student chooses to take non-VIN courses in an online format, there is a general $142 fee for classes offered online by Kent State University.

Total Viticulture/Enology Associate of Applied Science Degree Costs:

Total costs for obtaining a degree in viticulture and enology will depend on a student's post-secondary education background. However, at published Fall 2016 tuition rates, a new high school graduate entering the KSU/VESTA two year viticulture or enology AAS degree program can expect a total program cost of approximately $14,100 -$14,650.

Viticulture and Enology Classes offered by VESTA Partner Institutions:

Costs and fees for viticulture and enology classes taken from a VESTA partner institution are determined by the teaching institution; consult the VESTA partner site for current tuition information.  Please note that classes taken from partner institutions must be paid for in advance through the VESTA National Office, not Kent State University.

  • For more information please contact Danielle Weiser-Cline, Program Advisor, 440-964-4219,