Kent State University at Ashtabula: The Right Fit

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Finding the right school means finding the right fit.  Big or Small? State-of-the-art laboratories or intimate classrooms?  While part of one of the largest university systems in Ohio, Kent State Ashtabula enjoys the feel of a small, private college. You can see Lake Erie from just about anywhere on campus, and the campus is only minutes away from beaches and a summer resort town.

At Kent State Ashtabula, we’re helping students reach their full potential by providing them with the resources, talented faculty and support services needed to make them successful students and graduates. Our students fulfill a 55-year tradition when they become nurses, business owners, computer technologists, respiratory therapists, accountants, entrepreneurs, and much more.

Kent State Ashtabula is an open enrollment campus, accepting prospective students from high school graduates and GED holders to present and former college graduates.  


A new freshman is someone who has not attended any college, university, technical or proprietary school after graduation from high school.  A student who has taken college coursework while in high school should apply as a freshman. Home-schooled students are welcome as well.  To apply for admission, new freshman must submit an application, official high school transcripts, and the $40 application fee.

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - August 15; Spring Semester - December 15

New Freshmen applicants must submit:​

  • ​​Online Application
  • Application Fee of $40
  • High School Transcript
  • ACT or SAT Scores



A transfer student is someone who was enrolled at another college, university, technical or proprietary school after high school.  To apply for admission, transfer students should submit official transcripts from all colleges or schools previously attended, plus high school transcripts and the $40 application fee.



If you would like to complete a few courses at Kent State, the guest application may be right for you.  A guest student is one who wants to take a limited number of courses at Kent State and who has no current interest in pursuing a degree. To be admitted as a guest student at the undergraduate level, you must have earned a high school diploma, a GED certificate, or the equivalent. The guest application does not require transcripts or an application fee.  As an undergraduate guest student, you may attempt no more than 18 semester hours, and you are not eligible for financial aid. Those who have previously been denied admission to a degree program at Kent State may not be admitted as a guest student. After completing courses as a guest student, if you choose to pursue a Kent State degree or want to continue beyond the 18-hour credit limit, you will need to apply for regular admission.



The College Credit Plus (CCP) Program (formerly known as Post-Secondary Enrollment Options) at Kent State University is designed to provide college-ready students, grades 7-12, with the opportunity to earn high school and college credit.