More than 214,000 Kent State alumni can’t be wrong. Even Goldilocks would have chosen Kent State University. It’s not too big, not too small. It’s just right.
Why Kent State?
Big enough to offer more than 300 degree programs, from certificates to bachelor’s to advanced degrees. Small enough to give you personal attention, as well as opportunities to collaborate with and learn from internationally renowned scholars in your chosen field. Not only is Kent State counted among Ohio’s best colleges and universities, but it’s still accessible financially and academically to many different kinds of students. When you invest your willingness and hard work, Kent State offers academic support, real-world experience, a diverse and inclusive campus culture, and the philosophy that new ideas matter.
Majors and Degree Options
Kent State offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate majors and minors, connecting to a wide range of careers. Our academic advisors can put you on the degree track that will best help you reach your personal and career goals. Our Career Services Center also offers some helpful exercises that can help you choose a major and a career.
If you’re not ready to declare a major yet, we can help you find out more about campus life, culture and the resources available to you at Kent State. Then maybe you’ll have a better idea of what you’d like your major to be. After 45-credit hours, you will need to select a major so that you’ll be able to keep on track for graduation.
Kent State has been recognized for providing high-level support to students with disabilities through our support, assistive technology, scholarships and more. Our goal is to provide all students with equal opportunities, so that everyone can benefit, contribute and participate from all university programs, services and activities.
Find Your Department
If you have an idea of what your major will be, visit the academic department that’s connected to it. Learn about the faculty, facilities and the latest news information.
Find out about payment due dates, payment schedules and financial aid options.
Come and take a campus tour: you’ll be impressed! From the classic architecture of the Front Campus, to the modern rippled roof of the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Building, beautiful buildings are surrounded by parklike green. Even our trees have won an award, when we became Ohio’s first Tree Campus USA University. Plus, our proximity to major metropolitan areas — Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown — puts students within reach of world-class dining, museums, professional sports and Fortune 500 companies (think internships and jobs!). Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and Akron Canton Regional Airport make traveling to and from Kent State a breeze.
Home Away from Home
Residence Services uses a roommate matching system that takes your major and preferences into account when assigning roommates. Residence halls come equipped with high speed Internet, phone, cable, laundry rooms, 24-hour security and more. Dining options abound, as do the ways you can pay for your meals. The campus is safe; Kent State University’s Police Services was one of the first nationally accredited law enforcement agencies in Ohio and the second university police department in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Organizations and Clubs
With more than 300 student organizations and opportunities for community involvement, leadership training, Greek life, cultural outreach, easily accessible professional sporting and arts events, plus thousands of campus events and activities – you will be able to customize your own version of the Kent State experience.
Find Out What’s Up
Never a dull moment. Choose from multiple events and activities on campus. Our What’s Up calendar is a great source of information to find out what’s going on right now on campus.
Kent State’s state-of-the-art Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) is the place to go for swimming, exercise equipment, free weights, racquetball, basketball and more. In the spring, the SRWC also offers canoes and kayaks for Cuyahoga River excursions. Quick Tip: Avoid waiting in line for Group X classes and know if a class is full with Flash Pass.
Stand up and cheer!
You can’t beat the excitement of Kent State Intercollegiate Athletics. Whether your game is football, basketball or baseball, or if you enjoy volleyball, wrestling or gymnastics, the Golden Flashes will give you plenty of reasons to cheer.
The arts are exploding around Kent State in art galleries, concert halls and performance stages.
Start a Travel Fund
It’s not too early to start thinking about – and saving for – a study abroad experience through Kent State. It’s an essential part of some programs and can be an enriching experience for any student, while also making you more marketable to future employers.
Get Out (and About)
No car? No problem.
Kent State offers a Zipcar car-sharing service on campus. For an affordable rate, students 18 and older can reserve a car to use for convenient, reliable transportation.
Borrow a bike
Flashfleet is the easy and convenient service that lets you pick up a bicycle to use for the day from a number of locations on campus.
Take a road trip
Kent is located just a short drive from Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Canton. These major cities offer plenty to see and do with access to concert venues, entertainment districts, world-class museums, parks and zoos, and professional sporting events.
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Find a Job
Check out the Career Services page within the Student category on FlashLine as soon as possible for the best employment opportunities. You may just find an opening relative to your major, all while adding money to your pocket and experience to your résumé.
See How You Can Learn by Doing
Kent State programs blend classroom instruction with hands-on, learning experiences outside the classroom in which students help professionals in the community. These experiential learning programs benefit the community and also provide students with marketable advantages and experience for their careers.
Attend Your First-Year Experience (FYE) Course
Here’s where you can learn everything you need to know to get started at Kent State.
Meet With Your Academic Advisor
Freshman and sophomore students are required to meet with an advisor once per semester. An advisor can help you stay on track with your major, by reviewing and updating your GPS profile. An advisor will also help you plan for future coursework.
Stay On Track by Declaring a Major
If you have not yet declared a major by the time you’ve accumulated 45 credit hours, you’ll need to do so. Meet with your advisor for help developing a personal plan.
Know Your Resources
There are so many ways to get help with your studies on campus. From academic advising to accessibility services for students with disabilities. Kent State is dedicated to student success, providing tutoring services, in addition to support available at the Writing Commons.
Explore Career and Education-Abroad Experiences
You can find out more about your internship options for your major through the Career Services Center. The Office of Global Education can show you the international study opportunities available for your major or help you develop your own program.