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Thank you for applying to Kent State University!  Any undergraduate students who are applying for conditional admission are eligible to apply for the Summer 2016 (starting May 23rd), or Fall 2016. Any undergraduate students who meet our minimum English proficiency and are eligible for full admission can apply for Fall 2016. Graduate application deadlines vary. Please contact the graduate department to check for availabilities before submitting your application.

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International Admissions supports Kent State University’s goal to engage the world beyond our campus. We recruit academically talented and culturally diverse international students considering study at Ohio, USA. Take advantage of our services, which:

  • Advocate on behalf of international applicants
  • Facilitating international credit evaluate and transfer
  • Enhancing administrative systems
  • Contributing to the integrity of Kent State’s reputation abroad
  • Ensuring a positive application experience with an admissions counselor
  • Serve as a liaison to academic departments, international partners, government officials, scholarship bodies, the city of Kent, and other key stakeholders.

New Freshman

International Admission freshman application international students in Ohio

New freshmen international applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university.  Any student who has already enrolled in any post-secondary (higher education) institution is required to apply as a transfer student.

International Freshmen Application Guide

Graduate Students

International Admission Graduate Student Application

The admission requirements and deadlines differ from program to program.  Please review the guide below and check the Graduate Studies website for the latest updates.

International Graduate Application Guide

Undergrad Transfer Students

International Admission transfer student application

Applicants are considered transfer students if they have ever taken post-secondary/college level courses or been enrolled in a post-secondary (higher education) institution. Any student previously enrolled in a higher education institution cannot apply as a new freshman. 

International UG Transfer Application Guide

ESL Center

International Admission Future Student ESL Center

For students whose sole interest is learning English and do not intend to enter a degree program, Kent’s ESL Center offers several programs that provide intensive English language instruction to international students.

ESL Application Guide


Why Kent State

As a globally recognized, nationally ranked and locally vital university, Kent State is Northeast Ohio's No. 1 choice among public universities. Check to see why you belong here and start with a few facts about Kent State University. You'll find much more information here.

English Language Proficiency

All undergraduate applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (71 on the Internet based version), minimum MELAB score of 77 or IELTS score of 6.0, or PTE Academic score of 48, or Completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. Those who do not meet the minimum score for admission may be admitted conditionally if they meet academic requirements. All graduate applicants please check to see Graduate Program English Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions


Academic credentials are the accurate and complete record of a student's academic coursework attempted at an institution, presented in either electronic format or paper format. These may include, but are not limited to: transcripts, detailed mark sheets, diplomas, degree certificates, provisional degree certificates, statements of marks, certificates of graduation, etc.