Rankings and Facts | Kent State University

Rankings & Facts

The College of Business Administration (COBA), AACSB accredited since 1964,
is located on Kent State University’s main campus in Kent, OH.

Distinguished for Excellence
by the Best


  • AACSB Accreditation Seal

  • Accredited by AACSB International

    • Among less than 1% of business schools worldwide to receive dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.


    • AACSB-accredited schools produce highly-skilled graduates that are desirable to employers.


    • AACSB accreditation is the gold standard for students seeking the finest education and companies seeking cutting-edge talent.



  • AACSB Accounting Accreditation Seal 2017

    We have the rare distinction of dual accreditation for both business and accounting; only 180 institutions worldwide hold an additional specialized AACSB Accreditation.


  • CEO Magazine EMBA and MBA Rankings Tier 1 Seals

    Our MBA and EMBA programs are ranked Tier One globally by CEO Magazine.


  • IMA accreditation seal.

    Ranked among the top 50 undergraduate business schools in the U.S. in 2016 by Bloomberg Business Week based on an employer survey of how well schools prepared students for jobs.


  • IMA accreditation seal.

    One of 23 accounting programs worldwide to receive IMA endorsement.


  • Sales Education Foundation, or SFE, Top Sales Universities seal.

    Recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


  • Best Colleges Seal 2018

    Ranked as a top business college in Ohio and the number one public university in Northeast Ohio by U.S. News and World Report.


  • The Princeton Review 2018

    Ranked as one of the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to The Princeton Review.


  • PRME signatory logo.

    Committed to sustainability as an Advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory.


College Academics

  • Ten undergraduate majors including: Accounting, Business Management, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Human Resource Management, Managerial Marketing and Marketing
  • Thirteen minors/certificate enable degree specialization for business knowledge and marketability
  • MBA programs both full-time and online, as well as Master’s degrees in Accounting, Economics and Business Analytics
  • Five MBA dual degrees offered in architecture, library and information science, nursing, translation and communication studies
  • The Executive MBA offers two tracks; one for corporate professionals at the main campus, another customized for healthcare executives held at Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine
  • One of only 90 U.S. business colleges bestowing a Ph.D.
  • More than 35,000 alumni worldwide

Total Students: 4,231

Undergraduate Students: 3,976

Graduate Enrollment: 255

Retention Rate: 82% (Kent Campus)

*Numbers based on Fall 2016.

Student Performance


Average annual starting salary by major*:

Accounting: $45,294

Business Management: $40,731

Computer Information Systems: $56,180

Economics: $50,442

Entrepreneurship: $35,000

Finance: $46,077

Marketing: $42,334

Managerial Marketing: $41,777

Average annual starting salary*:

MBA: $58,916




*Numbers Based on Class of 2016.

Empower, Engage, Employ

  • Career Services Office

    • Leading the way as the only college on campus with a dedicated satellite office of the university’s Career Services Center.
    • Empowering undergraduate and graduate students to find jobs and internships, discover a career path and achieve success.
    • Engaging corporate partners through an advisory council, internships, mentoring, workshops and recruitment both on and off campus.
  • A group of female students networking with employers at an event hosted by the College of Business Administration.

  • 375
    internship experiences in 2016-2017
  • 57%
    increase in internships over the last year
  • 483
    scholarships awarded to current and prospective students

Beyond Kent

  • Education Abroad

    • Education Abroad Opportunities expose undergraduate and graduate students to international business and culture at Kent State’s campus in Florence, Italy, in addition to many other cities.


    • They can be a semester-long or a summer experience, ranging from 10 days to five weeks.
  • The sun sets over a bridge in Florence, Italy.

  • 182
    students studied abroad during the 2016-17 academic year
  • $2,500
    scholarships are available to ALL business students
  • $417,500
    in education abroad scholarships awarded during the 2016-17 academic year

Research, Innovation and Immersion

  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI)

    The Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (CEBI) immerses students in entrepreneurship education and experiences, advances innovative entrepreneurial research and nurtures regional outreach.


  • Global Management Center (GMC)

    The Global Management Center (GMC) strives to advance international business education opportunities; global research through industry partnerships; and provide an international stage for students, faculty and the public to learn and engage in best global business practices.


  • Center for Information Systems (CIS)

    Center for Information Systems (CIS) promotes cooperation and networking between IT professionals and faculty, staff and students; advances curriculum relevance and provides internships, scholarships and excellent careers for our graduates.


Get in Contact With Us

    475 Terrace Drive
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent, OH 44242-0001