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Facts and Figures

We are one of the largest university systems in the nation, but one of the closest families in the world. We embrace diversity and the culture it creates, promoting visionary ideas and bold thinking.
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Academic Excellence

In addition to its 10 colleges with 282+ undergraduate programs of study, some other reasons Kent State is a top-notch academic choice include:

  • 200+ Education-abroad Programs in More Than 60 Countries
  • 166 Active U.S. Patents for Research
  • 3rd in the U.S. for Fashion Merchandising; 4th in the U.S. for Fashion Design
  • No. 1 Flight Program in Ohio and Nationally Recognized
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Kent Campus

University Highlights

Kent State's many locations provide a foundation for award-winning learning, teaching and personal growth.  They reflect an environment committed to sustainability and wellness.

  • 8 Ohio Campuses with 6 Other U.S. Locations and 4 Worldwide Locations
  • Tree Campus USA for the Ninth Consecutive Year
  • Kent State Voted Best College Dining Experience
  • 11 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Buildings
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Faculty Profile

At Kent State, our faculty do more than teach. They share, provoke, collaborate and participate. They inspire learning, turning students into independent thinkers — and, more importantly, into doers.


Research Grants

Award-Winning Faculty

Our faculty put excellence in everything they do.

  • Six Faculty Members Have Been Awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards for 2017
  • Two Faculty Members Appear on the Kent State Roster of 15+ Pulitizer Prize Winners
  • Outstanding and Distinguished Teaching Awards
  • President's Faculty Excellence Award
  • Two Kent State Faculty Members Have Received Guggenheim Fellowships
Research Centers of Distinction are proposed in five core areas: Brain Health; Materials Science; Environmental Science and Design; Population Health; and Global Understanding.

Research Excellence

When you combine the sharp minds, unique interests and bold visions of our dynamic community of scholars, research breakthroughs can be made in the greatest forms. 

  • 166 Active U.S. Patents for Research
  • $30 Million in Extramural Research Funding Over Past Five Years
  • $366 Million Invested in Our Research by the Federal Government to Date
  • 5th in U.S. for Number of Startup Companies Formed and Patents Issued Per $1 Million in Expenditures


Student Profile

The Kent State student body profile bears testimony to the fact that many individuals will find that they belong here, be it numbers about admissions requirements, gender or race and ethnicity. Aside from the personal fit, academic quality backed by nationally recognized faculty seal the deal for those students who want to learn from the best.

Student Diversity

  • 28,000+

    Kent Campus Undergraduate/Graduate Students

  • 241,000

    Alumni Worldwide

  • 6,500+

    Students Living on Kent Campus

  • 63%

    Female Student Body

  • 16%

    Freshman with Exploratory Majors

  • 16%

    Kent Campus Undergraduate Minority Students

  • 93%

    Students Receiving Financial Assistance

  • 37%

    Male Student Body

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Students taking notes in class

Fitting In

With more than 33,000 undergraduate students and nearly 6,000 graduate students enrolled from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and many different ethnic backgrounds, odds have it that all kinds of relationships and connections will be established -- peer to peer, classmate to classmate, classmate to professor.

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Students hang out in their room in one of the Centennial Court residence halls.

Living on Campus

Make yourself at home at one of the 25 residence halls and an option of 11 residential learning communities. You’ll never go hungry with 20+ on-campus restaurants, dining halls and coffee carts.

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Athletics Profile

Since 2014, Kent State's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has received 22 conference awards, 26 team awards, 59 individual awards and 13 academic awards. They have received the coveted Cartwright Award honor three times in the last seven years.

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Kent State football players get kids excited during a trip to Willyard Elementary School in Ravenna.

Academic Awards

Award-winning student athletes at Kent State University boast impressive GPAs. They have received the Cartwright Award honor three times in the last seven years, the most of any program in the MAC and there are several Academic All-Americans.

(left to right) Kent State’s Samuel Allen, Mack McGuire, head football coach Paul Haynes, Devareaux Manley, Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen and Tyshon Goode gather around the 2012-13 Reese Trophy in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

Conference Awards

Kent State has received several conference awards, including 13 Coach of the Year awards since 2014.  The Reese Trophy, the Jacoby Trophy and the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup have been awarded the past three years as well.

Larissa Lurken, 2017 Player of the Year,  drives past a Buffalo defender during the season finale and a Kent State 80-71 win in the MAC Center.

Individual Athlete Awards

Kent State students not only excel in the classroom, they exceed on fields and courts.  View the list of most recent National Championship, All-American and Player of the Year recipients.

The Kent State softball team celebrates on the field following its 3-0 victory over Ohio to win the 2017 MAC Softball Tournament Championship.

Team Achievements

Since 2014 Kent State University teams have made 14 NCAA appearances and won 12 Mid-American Conference (MAC) tournament titles.

Staff Profile

Kent State is committed to a distinctive Kent State by attracting, motivating, developing and retaining talented individuals in a positive, diverse, healthy and safe work environment.


Exceptional Performance

Fifty-nine President's Award of Distinctions given between 2009 and 2015. The President's Award of Distinction recognizes Kent State staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing the strategic goals of the university. 

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