First-Year Student Application

Please review the admission requirements list. Applicants are able to update and check the status of their applications by logging in with the ID and personal identification number (PIN) established during the application process.

General Instructions

  • The application is divided into multiple sections to allow you the option of completing the application in one session or in multiple sessions. Click the "Finish Later" button to save portions of the application you have already completed.
  • To return to complete the application at a later time, just enter your Login and PIN.
  • To check your application status, click the "Check the Status of an Existing Application" button found on this page. Remember you will need your original Login and PIN to securely check your status.


  • Submit your non-refundable $50 application by using a credit card or checking account.
  • Submit your official high school transcript or GED score report.
  • SAT and ACT scores are not required. You can indicate on your application if you would like us to consider test scores when reviewing your application.
  • If you have College Credit Plus or postsecondary enrollment option credits (for those who completed college coursework while in high school) you need to send an official college or university transcript as soon as you have completed the coursework for non-Kent State transcripts.
  • Be aware of any additional academic program requirements for your major.

Admission Requirements

Admission Policy for First-Year Students at the Kent Campus

Admission to the Kent Campus is selective. We take a holistic approach to the application review process and consider a variety of factors in the admission decision. The Admissions Office carefully reviews each applicant based on multiple factors including cumulative grade point average (GPA), strength of high school preparatory curriculum, grade trends and special talents. In addition, some areas of study have additional academic program requirements.

Admission Policy for First-Year Students at a Regional Campus

All seven of Kent State’s Regional Campuses are accessible to students who hold a high school diploma or GED. In addition, some areas of study have additional academic program requirements. Check with your Regional Campus Admissions Office to determine application requirements, as they may differ among campuses.

Home School/Alternative Education Policy

Kent State welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Students who are home-schooled must submit a transcript and proof of graduation as well as written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education.

A student’s transcript should reflect all secondary coursework completed. Students should complete a program of study that covers the material in the full college preparatory program recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education. Non-Ohio students should submit appropriate supporting documents as required by their home state. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

Deferred Admission

The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who show areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus will forward a student's application materials to a Regional Campus at his/her request.

College Preparatory Curriculum

The full college preparatory curriculum as recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education consists of the following:

  • 4 units of English (emphasis on composition)
  • 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I, II, Geometry, with minimum Algebra II complete)
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of foreign language
  • 1 unit of the arts or an additional unit of a foreign language

Additional Academic Program Requirements

After review for admission to the Kent Campus, additional academic program requirements are needed for the following academic areas to be admitted.

Aerospace Engineering
Cybersecurity Engineering

To be considered for the Cybersecurity Engineering major, first-year applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and demonstrate competency in Math to be placed into Calculus I or beyond.

Students who do not meet admission requirements for Cybersecurity Engineering may be accepted into Computer Engineering Technology and request to change their program to the Cybersecurity Engineering major after their first year.

Dance Performance/Dance Studies
Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising

To qualify for the Fashion Merchandising major, first-year applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

If a student does not meet admission requirements to Fashion Merchandising, students will be reviewed holistically and if admissible to KSU, the student will be placed into the Pre-Fashion major.

Interior Design
Mechatronics Engineering
Musical Theatre
Speech Pathology & Audiology
Honors College