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The Kent State University Geauga Campus is centrally located on eighty-seven acres of land in the approximate geographic center of Geauga County. Founded in 1964 and located in Burton, Ohio, it is thirty miles east of Cleveland, 25 miles north of Warren and about 40 miles northeast of Kent. The Geauga Campus is the only institution of higher education in the third wealthiest county in Ohio.
Geauga County is predominately rural with a growing population and a changing economic base. The last few decades have seen significant in-migration of middle-aged professional families from Cuyahoga County. Most of the county’s population now resides in the more affluent western portion of the county; the eastern portion remains predominantly agricultural and somewhat less prosperous.
In 1990 the Geauga Campus began offering classes in the City of Twinsburg in conjunction with Chrysler Corporation employees. Classes were held in the “Old School” at the intersection of SR 91 and SR 82. The facility was originally an elementary school that had been leased to Kent State Geauga for purposes of providing higher education to the citizens of Twinsburg and surrounding cities. In 2012, the Regional Academic Center was built and formally opened as a second location of the Geauga Campus.
The Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center are financed through a single operating budget with staff and faculty frequently working at both locations. The two campuses are structured and operated with a focus on student success. Advising and tutoring are provided to assure all students have access to support services as needed. Since all students are non-residential at each site, facilities are designed to accommodate a commuter orientation.
As enrollment grows at the combined locations the opportunity to increase offerings is expanded proportionately. New two and four year degrees associated within the medical field will be a primary emphasis. Program growth and increased enrollment will create significant opportunities to achieve greater visibility through partnership building in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Summit counties for the future.