Kent State University and Environs

Kent State University


The Seminar is located on the attractive 824-acre campus of Kent State University in the city of Kent, near Akron and Cleveland in northeast Ohio.


Located just a few miles from interstate highways I-70 and I-76, Kent State can be reached by car, shuttle, and public transportation. The campus is easily accessible from the nearby Akron/Canton and Cleveland airports. For information on getting to campus, see the university’s Visitor Information webpage.

Kent State and Beyond


Participants in the Seminar can use their free time to enjoy the cultural and natural attractions of northeast Ohio. The well-treed campus features striking architecture and sculpture (both turn-of-the-century and modern), landscaped gardens, and much uncluttered open space. The University’s Fashion Museum houses one of the nation's best collections of historical fashion and costume design. The city of Kent is a vibrant university town whose center is a few minutes’ walk from campus. Downtown features a range of good restaurants and shops, an active music-and-arts scene, and a Saturday farmer’s market, plus parks, trails, and kayak rentals along the Cuyahoga River. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is also nearby for outdoors enthusiasts.


The region boasts the Akron Art Museum, Youngstown’s Butler Institute of American Art, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in North Canton. Less than an hour away, Cleveland is home to major cultural institutions, including the celebrated Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Great Lakes Science Center, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Public Library, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra has its summer home at the Blossom Music Festival in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just a half-hour from the Kent State campus. State parks and historic towns line the Lake Erie shoreline, and covered bridges abound in northeast Ohio’s large Amish country. Those who equate summer with baseball will appreciate the major league Cleveland Indians and the AA Akron Rubber Ducks.