Frequently Asked Questions
Academic credentials are the accurate and complete record of a student's academic coursework attempted at an institution, presented in either electronic format or paper format. These may include, but are not limited to: transcripts, detailed mark sheets, diplomas, degree certificates, provisional degree certificates, statements of marks, certificates of graduation, etc.
We cannot start processing an application until we receive all of the required admission materials, so please submit your academic credentials as soon as possible. If your institution does not issue academic credentials in English, you must submit them in both the original language and a certified English translation. Translations must be literal rather than interpretive. Notarized documents and third party credential evaluations (WES, ECE) are not acceptable.
Whenever possible, please send official credentials to the International Admissions office as this is the preferred option. However, for admissions purposes, we can accept scanned copies of academic credentials from international institutions. As of August 1, 2019 we can also accept scanned copies of U.S. credentials--please send them as PDFs to intladm [at] kent.edu and be sure to include your Kent State ID number (a nine digit number that starts with 8...). If you are admitted, you will be required to bring the original and official documents with you to be verified by the International Admissions office.
SUBMIT FINAL AND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS AFTER Admission
If you are accepted to Kent State University, you will need to bring in a hard copy of your final and official documents (International and U.S. transcript, mark sheet, diploma, etc.) to the Office of Global Education before you can register for your second semester (or second module for ESL students) of classes. Failure to do so will result in a hold on your account preventing you from registering for classes.
Application Fee Waiver
- An application fee waiver is available for students who meet at least one of the indicators of financial need listed on the Common Application. It will require your college counselor to complete the approval page in order to validate the fee waiver. In addition, if you are requesting a fee waiver based on financial hardship, please also submit a statement letter explaining how you are planning to pay for tuition, as our merit-based scholarship does not cover full tuition and living expenses at Kent State.
- Applicants who have filled out an interest form during an International Admissions Counselor's overseas visit or during a campus visit program hosted by Kent State International Admissions Office will be qualified for an application fee waiver.
We do not accept evaluations from World Education Services or any other third-party. We must have originals (or copies of originals) in both the issuing language and an English translation. We evaluate them ourselves according to Kent State’s policies.
In some instances International Admissions may request that applicants submit a WES ICAP Evaluation for verification purposes.
LETTER OF REFERENCE
A letter of reference is an official letter from a former or present professor, employer or adviser who can attest to your ability to pursue graduate study. He or she can also address your moral character. Please do not send letters of reference from family members or personal friends.
Applicants may submit a recommendation form or a regular letter of reference. Providing both documents is preferable for most graduate departments.
It is the applicant's responsibility to contact their references and provide information on how to submit a letter of reference. They can email it as a PDF attachment to intladm [at] kent.edu if preferable.
Financial documentation does not need to be submitted until after acceptance. You are welcome to submit your documents if you have them ready, but doing so is not required at this time
Those who do not meet the minimum score for admission may be admitted conditionally if they meet academic requirements—Conditional Admission means students will take English language classes at our ESL Center before entering their program..
The current policy is that applicants to graduate programs must submit all required application materials, which includes proof of English proficiency. Otherwise, the applicant must apply directly to the ESL program. The completion of ESL does not guarantee admission to a graduate program.
Please check the English Language Proficiency for more information.
International Admissions plays only a small role in the process of transferring international credits. We determine what the equivalent credit hours and grades are, but it is the responsibility of the student to meet with an academic advisor to see how these courses fit into your major at Kent State. We cannot guarantee all your credits will transfer to exact equivalents in your program.
If possible, please bring course syllabi and descriptions in English to make this process easier.
DEFER OR CHANGE ENROLL TERM
If you are admitted to Kent State University and choose to attend another institution, you cannot defer your current application but you would need to reapply using your same login and account identification. It is very important to list the current school you are attending on your application and to have your new transcripts sent to ensure the most accurate and current academic information is reflected on your application.
If you have been denied admission, we cannot defer your application. If you are still interested in the program, you may consider applying again for the next available term. We recommend you reach out to intladm [at] kent.edu to find out if this is a suitable course of action for you.
Your application documents and fee are valid for a year. If you are qualified for a deferring and would like to defer/change to a different term please provide us with the following:
- Deferral request through email or a written request (with your name and ID and which term you would like to change to);
- Updated transcripts if applicable;
- Updated financial documents if your financial documents have been expired
Your new letter and I-20 will take five business days to be processed, You will receive an email with tracking information once your I-20 and admission package is sent to the address that you provided. To inquire on the status of your I-20, please contact i20 [at] kent.edu.
REAPPLY for admission
You would need to submit a new application if you fall in one of the below two categories:
If you previously applied to Kent State University but attended another institution; or
If you have been rejected and wish to be considered for a different program.
In these instances, you will need to pay your application fee again with your new application.