Flash Forward

Fall 2016

Going Places
Emma Windham shares her experience as part of the fifteen Kent State Honor's College freshman to spend their first semester in Florence, Italy.

Cool Course
Horror Films and Environmental Geography, taught by Emariana Widner, PhD, associate professor of geography.

On Their Way
Kupita/Transiciones, a four-day orientation for African-American, Latino-American and Native-American students at Kent State, encourages participation and engagement. 

Going Gluten-Free
Prentice Cafe becomes the first entirely gluten-free dining hall in the country.

Coffee with a Conscience
Sweet Unity Farms brings sustainable gourmet coffee to Kent State.

Comfort Food
Dining Services "Taste of Home" program shares favorite recipes of Kent State students.

High-Flyer
William Auld is an associate professor of theatre at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, professionally trained in "performer rigging."

Campus Quote

Wes Moore

“Who you decide to fight for and how you make your degree matter, that’s going to be your legacy. . . . The truth is, you will be remembered and defined by how you fought for others.”

—Wes Moore, youth advocate and author of The Work: My Search for a Life That Matters, the Kent State University 2016 common reading book, and keynote speaker, Class of 2020 Convocation, August 26, 2016


By the Numbers

Kent Campus record-setting freshman class

“We are delighted that the remarkable Class of 2020 is not only the largest and most academically talented in the history of the university, but is also more diverse,” says President Beverly Warren.

  • 4,335 New freshmen
  • 3.39 Average GPA
  • 23.1 Average ACT
  • 737 Underrepresented
  • 96 International

2017 Top-Tier Ranking

Kent State is the only public university in Northeast Ohio ranked in the first tier of the Best National Universities list by U.S. News & World Report, who released their 2017 edition of Best Colleges on September 13, 2016. 


News Flashes

From research to real world: Kent State experts noted in the media

Kick off your heels to avoid pain.

“Telling women to stop wearing heels is akin to telling smokers to quit, says Duane J. Ehredt Jr., DPM, assistant professor at Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine. Instead, he advises moderation and suggests wearing heels every other day. He also stresses the importance of stretching your calf muscles frequently and avoiding heels over two inches.”

“Killer heels, more pain than they’re worth?” WKYC.com, February 4, 2016

Lose weight to gain brain function.

“Losing weight, even through surgery, might improve your memory and cognitive functioning. Researchers at Kent State University tested the memories of 150 overweight people before they underwent gastric bypass surgery. Twelve weeks after surgery, those who had the operation showed improvements in memory.”

“Weight is bad for the brain,” Daily Nation, May 21, 2016; "These Benefits of Weight Loss Will Motivate You To Hit Your Goals," Shape.com, October 10, 2016 

Meditate to lower blood pressure.

“Researchers from Kent State found that people who did 2 ½ hours of mindfulness meditation every week (or about 20 minutes a day) for two months lowered their systolic blood pressure by 4.8 mmHg and their diastolic blood pressure by 1.9 mmHg. You don’t have to sit cross-legged on the floor murmuring ‘ohm.’ Instead, pay attention to your body and immediate surroundings, and your mind will declutter on its own.”

“How too much adrenaline wreaks havoc on your body,” MensHealth.com, July 7, 2016

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