International Parents & Families

Welcome Parents and Families of Future Flashes!

At Kent State, we value the important role that parents and families play in the success of our students. This page is dedicated to you and contains a wealth of information on the admission process, financial aid, housing, New Student Orientation, dining and essential tips for parents of our incoming international students.

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Application Process

Applying to Kent State University is easy to do and we're here to help guide you and your child through the process. Here you'll find requirements, deadlines and helpful checklists customized by each type of program. Go to International Admissions >

Why Kent State

Discover all the reasons why international students choose Kent State and how we help each individual develop their strengths. See the benefits of studying with us >

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Parents and Families Checklist for Admitted Students 

Important Dates Parents Need To Know

Stay informed of critical dates such as when classes begin or final exams take place. You can also mark your calendar in advance so you don't miss crucial deadlines for applications, registration and schedule adjustments, graduation notice, and grades or transcript processing.

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Get Familiar with Kent State’s Campus

Parent can experience KSU from afar by watching our campus tour videos (in English, Chinese and Arabic) or by taking a virtual tour. We also have satellite offices in China, India, Rwanda and Vietnam, and our team regularly visits cities all around the world so we might even be able to meet you in person!

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A Wise Investment for the Future

Value and Affordability

Kent State offers a highly favorable match between the cost and quality of a college degree, and there are also a variety of scholarships and financial aid to support international students coming to Ohio. Moreover, our cost of living is 10% below the national average, making Northeast Ohio one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S.

On-Campus Employment

International students can gain valuable experience working in the U.S. and earning some extra spending money through on-campus employment. Kent State University has more than 8,000 on-campus jobs with flexible hours and students can apply even before they arrive in America.

Personalized Career Services

Kent State’s Career Exploration and Development Office has plenty of resources to help students pursue a rewarding future such as on-campus student employment, internships, career counselling, job search support, résumé writing services, weekly workshops and more. International students are also eligible to gain real-world experience via Curricular or Optional Practical Training (CPT and OPT). We have many tools which are specifically customized for parents and students to explore career development opportunities together.

Employability after Graduation

Throughout their time at Kent State, students gain real-world experience and become career-ready by developing critical thinking, professionalism and leadership skills. Upon graduation, they’ll join our network of over 273,500 alumni in more than 100 countries. Whether graduates choose to continue their education or accept an employment offer, a Kent State degree delivers global connections and countless career opportunities.

Health & Safety at Kent State

Safety and wellness are top priorities at Kent State. We offer 24/7 protection and various campus resources including Police Services, Security Aides, and Flash Alerts. Meanwhile, our University Health Services provides high quality healthcare and psychological counseling, and our state-of-the-art Recreation & Wellness Center helps students stay active and fit.

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