International Academic Excellence

Kent State offers a wonderful balance of being a large institution with a robust variety of high-quality programs, while still being small enough to give each individual student outstanding personal support. Our small class sizes ensure that you will never get lost in the crowd. We are dedicated to helping you thrive as you pursue your academic and personal journey with us.

19:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio at Kent Campus
92% of Classes Have 50 Students or Fewer
56% of Classes Have Fewer Than 20 Students

Globally Minded, High-Achieving Faculty

At Kent State University, people hail from every corner of the globe to do work that paves the way for a brighter tomorrow. Here, you’ll find world-class faculty members serving as researchers and mentors, alumni leaders in business, healthcare, education and beyond, and students unafraid to break the mold and push boundaries.

Collaborative & Cutting-Edge Research

Among universities, Kent State is classified as an institution with high research activity. One of the most unique aspects of Kent State is that our faculty support and involve both graduate and undergraduate students in their research projects (as opposed to only enabling graduate students to undertake research activities, which is common at other universities worldwide).

A researcher points to a computer screen as students look on.Research funding

  • $30 million in extramural research funding over the past five years.
  • $366 million invested in our research by the federal government to date.


  • 166+ active U.S. patents for research.
  • Kent State University boasts more than 190 active U.S. patents for faculty research.
  • Kent State is ranked 5th among all U.S. and Canadian universities in the number of patents issued per million dollars in research expenditures, according to the Milken Institute.


  • Recent research includes the discovery of “Ardi” by Kent State University professor of anthropology Dr. C. Owen Lovejoy and his colleagues, which was named the Breakthrough of the Year by Science Magazine and its publisher, AAAS, the world’s largest science society.
  • 10 Kent State University researchers were also part of an international team of scientists who detected the most massive anti-nucleus discovered to date.

Liquid Crystal Technology Research

Kent State University is recognized by prestigious organizations, including:

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Institute for Financial Markets
  • Science Watch
  • American Physical Society
  • National Science Foundation


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Alumni Spotlight - Putting Research into Action

Meet Diaz McDaniel, a 2007 Kent State master's graduate in technology. Diaz is a process engineer at Kent Displays Inc., a Kent-based technology company that was the first spinoff company and licensee of the university's Liquid Crystal Institute®. Diaz is using the advanced manufacturing skills he learned at Kent State to contribute to new product development at one of Northeast Ohio's best known, high-tech entrepreneurial firms.

Hear From Students Like You

Each year, more than 1,500 international students from around the world choose to pursue their education at Kent State University. Each one has a unique story to tell about why they became a Golden Flash and the opportunities they’ve discovered here.