Frequently Asked Questions

It’s only natural to have questions when you’re thinking of attending university in the USA. Below you can find a compiled list of information based on a few of the most common questions we receive at the International Admissions office.

Would you prefer to speak to us one-on-one? No problem! Speak to an International Admissions Counselor to make an appointment with us or visit the Office of Global Education webpage for more information.



What type of academic credentials does Kent State require for admissions?

Academic credentials are the accurate and complete record of a student's academic coursework performance 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.

What if my academic credentials are not in English?

If your institution does not issue academic credentials in English, you must submit them in both the original language and a certified English translation. Translations must be literal rather than interpretive. Notarized documents and third party credential evaluations (WES, ECE) are not acceptable.

Do you accept WES (World Education Services) document evaluations?

We do not accept evaluations from World Education Services or any other third-party. We must have originals (or copies of originals) in both the issuing language and an English translation. We evaluate them ourselves according to Kent State’s policies.

In some instances International Admissions may request that applicants submit a WES ICAP Evaluation for verification purposes.

When do I need to submit financial documents?

Financial documentation does not need to be submitted until after acceptance. You are welcome to submit your documents if you have them ready, but doing so is not required during the initial application process.

When should I submit my academic credentials?

We cannot start processing an application until we receive all of the required admission materials, so please submit your academic credentials as soon as possible.

Where do I send or submit my academic credentials?

Whenever possible, please send official credentials to the International Admissions office, as this is the preferred option.

For admissions purposes, we can accept scanned copies of academic credentials from international institutions. We can also accept scanned copies of official U.S. credentials - please send them as PDFs to and be sure to include your Kent State ID number (a nine digit number that starts with 8...).

If you are admitted, you will be required to bring the original and official documents with you to be verified by the International Admissions office.

Do I need to submit a letter of reference with my application?

Undergraduate applicants do not need to submit this letter; it is required for graduate applications. Applicants may submit a recommendation form or a regular letter of reference. Providing both documents is preferable for most graduate departments.

A letter of reference is an official letter from a former or present professor, employer or adviser who can attest to your ability to pursue graduate study. He or she can also address your moral character. Please do not send letters of reference from family members or personal friends.

It is your responsibility to contact your references and provide them with information on how to submit a letter of reference. They can email it as a PDF attachment to if preferable.

What documents does Kent State need after I am admitted?

If you are accepted to Kent State University, you will need to bring in a hard copy of your final and official documents (International and U.S. transcript, mark sheet, diploma, etc.) to the Office of Global Education before you can register for your second semester (or second module for ESL students) of classes.

Failure to do so will result in a hold on your account preventing you from registering for classes.


How can I qualify for an Application Fee Waiver?

An application fee waiver is available for students who meet at least one of the indicators of financial need listed on the Common Application. It will require your college counselor to complete the approval page in order to validate the fee waiver.

In addition, if you are requesting a fee waiver based on financial hardship, please also submit a statement letter explaining how you are planning to pay for tuition, as our merit-based scholarship does not cover full tuition and living expenses at Kent State.

You can also qualify for an application fee waiver if you filled out an interest form during an International Admissions Counselor's overseas visit or during a campus visit program hosted by Kent State International Admissions Office.

How much does it cost to study at Kent State?

Please see our Fees & Tuition page for details.

What is financial aid?

Financial aid is funding to assist paying for your college education that comes from sources outside of your family. Gift aid and self-help aid are two categories of financial aid.

  • Gift aid comes in the form of grants and scholarships and does not have to be repaid.
  • Self-help comes in the form of loans and employment.

Financial aid at Kent State University is awarded to students based on financial need and/or merit. Your financial aid might include a combination of grants, loans, scholarships and part-time employment.

How can I learn about scholarship opportunities?

Please visit our International Student Scholarships Resources page for more info.

Can my government help me pay for an American education?

Governments all over the world offer grants and scholarships to enable their students to study in the USA. Learn about the support we provide to funded students and the governments and organizations that sponsor them.

Conditional Admission & Transfer Students


How do I qualify for Conditional Admission?

If your fluency in English doesn’t quite meet our entry requirements, then you could consider enrolling conditionally. Conditional Admission enables you to take English language classes at our ESL Center before entering your program.

  • Undergraduate students - If you do not meet the minimum language score for admission then you may be admitted conditionally if you meet academic requirements.
  • Graduate students - If you are applying to a graduate program then you must submit all required application materials, which includes proof of English proficiency. Otherwise, you must apply directly to the ESL program. The completion of ESL does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.

Please check the English Language Proficiency Requirements for more information.


I have credits from another institution. Will Kent State accept them?

International Admissions plays only a small role in the process of transferring international credits. We determine what the equivalent credit hours and grades are, but it is your responsibility to meet with an academic advisor to see how these courses fit into your major at Kent State. We cannot guarantee all your credits will transfer to exact equivalents in your Kent State program. If possible, please bring course syllabi and descriptions in English to make this process easier.

Defer, Change or Reapply for Admission

What if I want to defer or change my enrollment start time?

If you are admitted to Kent State University and choose to attend another institution, you cannot defer your current application. If you want to apply in the future, then you would need to reapply using your same login and account identification.

It is very important to list the current school you are attending on your application and to have your new transcripts sent to ensure the most accurate and current academic information is reflected on your application.

What is the difference between deferring my admission versus deferring my I-20?

Deferring your admission means to wait to start your studies in a later semester. You can defer your admission for up to one year here

Deferring your I-20 means that you intend to start studying remotely or online, but you do not plan to come to Kent State this semester. You can defer your I-20 by contacting

What happens after I submit my request to defer?

Your new admissions letter and I-20 will be processed as soon as possible. You will receive an email with tracking information once your I-20 and admission package is sent to the address that you provided. 

I applied but wasn’t offered a place at Kent State. Can I reapply?

If you have been denied admission, we cannot defer your application.

If you are still interested in the program, you may consider applying again for the next available term. We recommend you reach out to to find out if this is a suitable course of action for you.

How do I know if I need to reapply for admission?

You would need to submit a new application if you fall into one of these two categories:

  • You previously applied to Kent State University but decided to attend another institution; or
  • Your previous application was rejected and you wish to be considered for a different program.

In these instances, you will need to pay your application fee again with your new application.

Covid-19 – University Policies

Where can I get more information on Kent State’s Covid policies and response?

Please see our main university coronavirus hub for information about vaccines, testing, COVID communication and prevention information.

What should I expect if I’m traveling to Kent State to take classes?

International students/travelers arriving on campus are expected to follow the CDC Guidelines for travel.