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Community Engaged Learning

Education at Kent State University goes beyond textbooks, lectures, and the walls of a classroom. Community Engaged Learning promotes a culture of active and engaged learners by integrating opportunities for students to apply theories and knowledge through real world experiences. Community Engaged Learning cultivates civic involvement and community building across Kent State, the surrounding community and the globe. Through one-time and on-going volunteer opportunities and course-based experiences, Community Engaged Learning fosters a deeper understanding of course content and civic commitment in students.
Helping to clean and help grow our community

Volunteer & Serve

Choose from a variety of opportunities to volunteer and learn about social justice issues.  Super Service Saturdays and the Campus Kitchen project offer students the chance to support local agencies.  The Alternative Spring Break and other immersion experiences incorporate social responsibility, service, and activism while immersing students in a new environment. Students who participate gain a global perspective while exploring issues such as poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and sustainability.

Graduating requires ELR credit

Experiential Learning Requirements (ELR)

The ELR requires all KSU students to have at least one form of experiential learning during their academic tenure at KSU.  Experiential learning involves hands-on engagement, the application of knowledge and theories, and an integral reflection component.  Students can complete their ELR in various ways, including course-based and non-course-based activities.

Learning Experiences

Off-Campus Federal Work Study

Students are offered the opportunity to gain real-world experience through off-campus Federal Work Study jobs. Students take advantage of their Federal Work Study award in their financial aid package, earn a paycheck, and develop professional skills.

Jumping at the top of the hill in the middle of the winter.

National Student Exchange (NSE)

National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study for one semester or one academic year at another NSE member college or university while paying their normal tuition to Kent State University. Choose from more than 180 colleges and universities to meet your personal interests and academic needs. NSE campuses extend beyond the borders of the United States to include U.S. territories and Canadian Provinces.