Letter to Prospective Applicants

Thank you for your interest in Kent State University and our Computer Science program!

Explore Our Programs

For most students, the appropriate undergraduate degree is the Bachelor of Science, possibly combined with one four optional concentrations in Data Engineering, Game Programming, Information Security, and Robotic and Embedded Systems. We also have a large array of elective courses, which, together with a possible minor, provides a great way to customize the degree to meet your interests and needs. If you'd like more information, we would be happy to talk to you!

Schedule a Visit or Visit Us Online

If you're not too far from Kent, may we suggest that you come to visit us sometime? If you are currently a high school student, you might want to come for a formal Preview KSU! day. Held throughout the fall and spring semester, these half-day events include a resource fair, presentations on financial aid, campus tours and a model residence hall room viewing, as well as a formal information session in our department.

Alternatively, you could arrange an informal visit, possibly combining a campus tour with a departmental visit. You could begin or end with a formal Campus Tour, which includes a 30-minute presentation followed by a 90-minute walking tour of campus. It’s definitely a great introduction to the campus. Then, to arrange a departmental visit, send an email to our advising team at ugradinfo@cs.kent.edu with your time constraints and we will try to arrange an informal conversation with one of our faculty advisors.

If you're too far from Kent to visit conveniently, we would be happy to talk with you online. You can visit our campus through a Virtual Tour, and join an online information session:

Helping You Succeed

Kent State University has a broad array of services to help you succeed. All of our students have access to two groups of undergraduate advisors: professional undergraduate advisors in the College of Arts and Sciences and undergraduate faculty advisors in the Department of Computer Science. We also offer free tutoring for many computer science classes, and Kent State University's Academic Success Center provides Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring for a wide range of non-CS courses.

Finding the Right Job after Graduation

Computer scientists are fortunate to be in an field with a high demand for jobs - see Why Computer Science?. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that employment in the field will grow much faster than the average for all occupations, and there are far more new jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for computing professionals than any other area. Moreover, the demand far exceeds the supply. As a result, computer science graduates are in high demand, both in Northeastern Ohio and elsewhere.

Kent State University provides substantial support to graduates in the job search. The Career Exploration and Development office provides career advice, assistance with resumes, and practice interviews. They sponsor Career Fairs and can assist with finding internships, part-time jobs, or full-time employment.