Undergraduate Freshman 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 nonrefundable application fee by using a credit card or checking account.
  • Submit your official high school transcript or GED score report.
  • ACT/SAT score (Not required if you have been out of high school for 3 or more years or if you are over the age of 21.)
  • 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 New Freshmen at the Kent Campus

Freshman admission at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based on the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. In addition, some areas of study have additional academic program requirements.

Admission Policy for New Freshmen 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 may submit an equivalent diploma through a successful General Educational Development (GED) examination and an ACT/SAT* score, or submit the following information for admission consideration:

  1. Written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education
  2. ACT or SAT* score.
  3. A portfolio of the student's work reflecting 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 Office of Admissions for further details.

* Some Kent State Regional Campuses do not require ACT/SAT scores for admission, this requirement may be waived by the appropriate campus.

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
Dance Performance/Dance Studies
Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising
Interior Design
Mechatronics Engineering
Musical Theatre
Speech Pathology & Audiology
Honors College