International Student's Application Deadline

Undergraduate Applicants: 

Preferred Application Deadlines: October 1 for Spring Semester; June 1 for Fall Semester
Late applications are accepted, but we recommend that international students apply as early as possible to allow time for pre-departure requirements.

Graduate Applicants:

Graduate admission requirements and deadlines differ from program to program, so you will need to follow the expectations of the specific department, school or college you wish to apply to. Sometimes graduate department might consider a late application. Please check the website www.kent.edu/gps for the latest updates.

International Student's Education Level

New freshmen applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.).  A student who has previously enrolled in a post-secondary (higher education) institution is required to apply as a transfer student.

A student must apply as a transfer student if you have attended a college or university after graduation from secondary school/high school. A student who has previously enrolled in any higher education institution cannot apply as a new freshman.  

Graduate admission requirements and deadlines differ from program to program, so you will need to follow the expectations of the specific department, school or college you wish to apply to. Please check the website www.kent.edu/gps for the latest updates.

International Student's GPA Requirement

Freshmen should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ≥ 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 scale. Check for specific majors' selective requirements. Students who want a particular program but do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for the pre-major.

Transfer applicants should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ≥ 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale. Check for specific majors' selective requirements. Students who want a particular program but do not meet the minimum requirements may be considered for the pre-major.

English Language Proficiency

Undergraduate

All undergraduate applicants must obtain:

  • TOEFL score of 71 iBT, 525 pBT(discontinued as of July 2017), 18 average of Revise PBT, or
  • 6.0 IELTS, or
  • Duolingo of 100, or
  • PTE Academic score of 48, or
  • MELAB score of 75, or 
  • Completing the ELS level 112 Intensive English Program, or 
  • On SAT, a minimum of 510 Evidence-based reading and writing / ACT, a minimum of 21 in English
  • All international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions.
  • Students should request that ETS send official TOEFL scores directly to Kent (institution code: 1367). IELTS and PTE report needs to be sent as a scanned PDF.  MELAB report comes directly from MELAB.  All English scores will be verified for authenticity. Student with fraudulent documents will result in denial of admission or immediate dismissal.
  • 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 programs.
  • A student who only wants to apply for ESL program should submit an ESL application; A student who is looking for conditional admission should submit a regular undergraduate application.

Graduate

All graduate applicants must submit an English language proficiency test score to be considered for a graduate program. Graduate programs set their own English requirements.    

Graduate Program English Requirements

  • All international applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions.
  • Students should request that ETS send official TOEFL scores directly to Kent (institution code: 1367). An IELTS report needs to be uploaded to the online application system as a scanned PDF. All English scores will be verified for authenticity. Student with fraudulent documents will result in denial of admission or immediate dismissal.
  • Some graduate programs offer conditional admission. Graduate applicants who are interested in conditional admission should still provide an English language proficiency test to be considered. 

 

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New Freshman Application Process

1.  Submit an online application and nonrefundable application fee of $70

2.  Prepare application documents

  • Passport Biographical Page
  • English Language Proficiency scores
  • Secondary School Graduation Certificate/Diploma/Attending Certificate (Certified English translation and original language)
  • Secondary School Transcripts/detailed mark sheets (Certified English translation and original language)
  • Additional documents if required *Check website for specific majors' selective requirements
  • Financial guarantee (bank statements) that show sufficient funds to cover educational and living expenses.
  • Kent State Affidavit of Financial Support* 

*Financial documents are only required after acceptance. 
**Affidavit of Financial Support is required when you are funded by a sponsor(s). Example: Parent, sibling, relative, friend, government, organization or institute/school

3.  Submission of all required documents to OGE

  • Include the student's full name and Kent State ID when sending documents.
  • For faster processing, documents should be scanned as PDF document (the size of the PDF file should be within 5MB) and sent to the International Admissions Office through intladm@kent.edu. Also, TOEFL scores must be submitted through ETS (institution code: 1367), SAT through College Board (institution code: 1367) and ACT (institution code: 3284) through ACT to be considered.
  • For admission purposes, we accept scanned documents of international credentials and scanned copies of official U.S. credentials (can be a scan of what was issued to the student).  When an applicant is admitted, his/her final and official transcript and diploma should be brought to the International Admissions Office for verification.  This should be done within the first semester (or the first module for ESL students). Otherwise, the student's account will be put on HOLD.   
  • Mailing the application is also acceptable for international applicants to the address here:

         Office of Global Education
         Kent State University
         106 Van Campen Hall
         625 Loop Rd
         Kent OH 44242 USA

4.  Check Status

Please remember that it is your responsibility to check your application status to ensure that we have received all the documents. You should allow three weeks for the status of your application to be updated and please note that items sent to Kent State become the property of the university and will not be returned.

5. Apply for your immigration document (I-20)

Now that you are admitted, you will need an immigration document in order to obtain your student visa, please check the immigration document page for additional information.

6. Transfer your SEVIS record (if applicable)

If you are an F-1 student transferring from a school in the United States, please review the Transfer In Guide regarding your SEVIS record transfer. F-1 students must transfer their SEVIS record in order to maintain their F-1 status. 

7.  Provide final and official documents after arrival 

When an applicant is admitted, his/her final and official transcript and diploma should be brought to the International Admissions Office for verification. This should be done within the first semester (or the first module for ESL students). Otherwise, the student's account will be put on HOLD.


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Freshman Student Information

HONORS COLLEGE

Students with outstanding intellectual and creative ability are encouraged to consider applying to the Honors College. Honors students participate in special classes and colloquiums taught by distinguished faculty. Honors classes are small and stress active participation.

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESS

At Kent State University we are happy to receive your application. Once we receive your application and fee, the process begins with an evaluation of your foreign credentials and English proficiency. The professional staff of the Office of Admissions will make a decision based on this evaluation and the other information you submit on your application. Your paperwork is then sent to the International Student and Scholar Services office where immigration documents will be issued and express mailed to you.