Photo of student at Fashion TechHack
Expanding University Initiatives

Expanding University Initiatives

Champions of the Body and Mind

During the past few decades, Kent State has gone from an academic, athletic and economic driver in Northeast Ohio to a thought-starter, fierce competitor and innovation leader at the national and international levels. Research and programmatic additions to the university – like the Brain Health Research Institute and the Design Innovation Initiative – have elevated our reputation and cemented our place on the world stage. We have an opportunity to keep evolving and to change the way people think, learn, compete and teach.

Expanding University Initiatives

Brain Health

The Brain Health Research Institute (BHRI) improves our understanding of brain function in health and disease. We  focus on research and education to understand the influences that impact brain health across the lifespan and use this knowledge as a window into the prevention and treatment of brain disease.

Design Innovation

The Design Innovation (DI) Initiative focuses on the development of solutions by reaching across academic fields and partnering with industry to enhance collaboration and communication skills, critical thinking and creativity. Design Innovation is an ecosystem of physical, human and intellectual resources to help students find their purpose.

4 Card Up CSS & Blank Node

Employee Talent

Kent State University's rising stature among the nation’s best public research universities depends on the success and achievements of our employees. Perpetual support allows faculty, administrators and staff to advance their work, assist in research, purchase equipment and push the boundaries of the unknown for generations to come.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Our student-athletes are shining beacons of true devotion to the sports they love. We have 476 student-athletes who compete in 19 varsity sports and achieve scholastically as well, posting department GPS of 3.0+ continuously. Our mission is to graduate student-athletes who are boldly prepared for life after sport, and win championships. 


Brain Health Research Institute Members


DI Nodes Across KSU Campuses

$6.1 M

Awarded in Athletics Scholarships Annually


Support Our Students

Whether your gift supports fellows scholarships, research, athletics, innovation or employee talent, your generosity will help make our students’ futures Forever Brighter.

You May Also Want to Explore

Building the Future

See how the new construction on campus will enable our students to shine all over the world.

Prioritizing Student Success

Raising funds to align with scholarship needs is our first priority at Kent State.