Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

International Admissions is here to guide our applicants during the application process, and to provide various support to our prospective students and partners. We understand that many communities have been impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, and prospective students may be facing uncertainty about the future.  


Although the campus buildings are closed and we are no longer providing face-to-face advising sessions, International Admissions is still functioning as usual. We now provide online advising and you can make an appointment here. We will also continue to review applications, admit students, and issue I-20s. The admissions process remains uninterrupted. At this difficult time, we will try our best to maintain admission integrity and flexibility for our students.

Fall 2020 Plans

For fall 2020, our preferred course of action is to resume face-to-face instruction on our Kent State campuses in August. The safety and well-being of our students and employees is of primary importance.  We will know more information later in May on this topic.


The Duolingo English Test (DET),  IELTS and Person Vue online tests, TOEFL home version and TOEFL ITP Plus will be temporarily accepted as approved examinations for English proficiency requirements for Summer and Fall 2020.  The Graduate DET score varies (graduate program English requirements), please reach out to us to inquire. 


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE testing has temporarily been waived from the application process for a number of our graduate programs – both master's and doctoral. Check GRE waivers for graduate programs.
For the program that requires GRE and GMAT, at-home testing for GRE and GMAT is now an available option, but we still ask that you contact us before moving forward with this testing option.


We would like to talk to you! International Admissions will host a weekly live chat with our prospective students through Facebook and Instagram Live every Tuesday 9am Eastern Time (Check your local time here). Come and chat with us!
Facebook: Kent State International Admissions
Instagram: @kentstateintladm

Check Schedule Here! 


Kent State University will continue to monitor and track developments to determine how we can best support all prospective and incoming students. For any information about how the university is handling the situation, please visit


General Questions

Is the International Admission Office still open?

Our office building has been closed since March 16th per university requirement. However, the International Admissions office is still operating from home and our admissions process remains uninterrupted.

How can I participate in any campus tours?

All campus visits are canceled. However, you can still see our beautiful campus through the virtual tour.
International Admissions will also host a campus tour online - check our FlashTalk Tuesday every Tuesday 9am EST! 

How do I get in contact with an admissions counselor?

The International Admissions Office will continue to support our applicants and admits. Walk-in advising is suspended until further notice. We have expanded our remote advising, and we encourage you to visit our advising website for more information. If you have additional questions, please email us at

Can I talk to an advisor, whether in International Admissions or International Student and Scholar Services?

Yes! Both International Admissions and ISSS will be hosting an Instagram Live event on April 23rd starting at 8:30 am Eastern Standard Time to cover more questions we missed. Please use the links below to navigate to our social media pages.

For Applicant

How can I submit my application documents?

Our postal mail will still be received weekly. However, please expect a delay at this time. We encourage you to send your application documents through an electronic vendor service or send your materials to

What if I have difficulties obtaining my academic transcripts due to school closure?

We are glad to work with you to look into alternative documents instead of the final and official academic credentials. We can take a scanned copy of your academic credentials for admissions purposes. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us through email or advising. Please note that academic records need to be sent directly from a school official that we can verify.

Should I submit a TOEFL/IELTS score for admissions?

If you have completed the test of TOEFL or IELTS, both testing agencies are still sending the electronic score to institutions and we are still monitoring the incoming test scores. However, if you have difficulties accessing those tests, the Duolingo English Test (DET) is temporarily accepted as an approved examination for English proficiency for Summer and Fall 2020. Applicants may submit DET results as their proof of English proficiency. A minimum score of 100 is required for direct admission to undergraduate programs. The Graduate DET score varies, please reach out to us to inquire. DET is an online testing and you can take it from home.

How do I submit my test scores?

Test agencies are still operating and we are monitoring all incoming scores. If you have any situation where you cannot send the test score, please reach out to us at Your request will be reviewed case by case.

Would you consider delaying the deadline for graduate programs?

Our graduate departments have been understanding and flexible. We have been reviewing students case by case.

When is the deadline for scholarships?


We have pushed the freshman scholarship to May 1st. You would be automatically considered if you complete the application before the deadline and meet eligibility requirements.
The deadline for Civic Engagement Scholarship and Global Diversity Scholarship is April 1st. Please apply before April 1st to be considered.
Global Scholarship is on a rolling basis. Students will be automatically considered for the scholarship upon admission to the university.


Graduate Assistantship deadline varies. You may also check with the graduate program regarding graduate assistantship deadlines.

Do I need to notarize my financial documents and affidavit of support in order to get my I20 for Fall 2020?

Given the current Covid19 situation and to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being, you are not required to submit notarized financial documents during this time. However, we still require proof of sufficient finances. Please refer to this page for estimated costs and acceptable documents.

Can I use IELTS indicator test to apply?

Yes. We are temporarily accepting the IELTS indicator for Fall 2020.

For Admitted Student

Can I get my I-20?

Our I-20 team will continue sending out I-20s with the DHL courier service. However, regional suspensions of delivery services may affect receiving documents. We are currently unable to send any I-20s to India from March 26th until we receive further updates. Check to see how to receive I-20 

Can I still get my US visa this year?

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa service at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates without a specific date to resume service. Please check your local embassy and consulate on any update.

Can I start my program this fall? What if I need to change my starting term?

If you are unable to arrive at the campus this fall due to visa service suspension, you can reach out to us to defer your application to the next available term. Your application and fee are valid for one year and we are happy to defer your application without any additional cost. If you wish to start classes for Fall 2020, we will look into the online options for you to start class from a distance. Your academic success is important to Kent State.

If the U.S. consulates and embassies do not reopen in time for me to apply for a student visa, what options do I have?

If students are unable to apply for a student visa in time to begin school this August due to the embassy closures, students have the option to defer their admission for up to one year. If this is something that interests you, please contact International Admissions at to discuss the steps.

Will Kent State classes in Fall 2020 be held in-person, remotely, or a combination the two options?

Kent State University has yet to determine their course of action for Fall 2020. Once this information is released, we will be contacting students directly.

If I begin in online courses, can I transition into in-person courses once everything returns to normal?

Although this is an option, students who do not already have a student visa would run the risk of starting a program that they could not finish. If the program selected has a fully online option, then there should not be any issues. Otherwise, we recommend that students wait until they have their F-1 or J-1 visa before beginning their academic program.