Why Work for Kent State University?

Why Work for Kent State University?

  • Four-time recipient of the NorthCoast 99 Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio
  • Excellent benefits for faculty and staff 
  • Participation in one of the state retirement systems: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) or the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)
  • Tuition waiver: After a 120-day waiting period, all general and instructional fees are waived for full-time faculty and staff members, their spouses, domestic partners and qualified dependent children in accordance with University policy 3342-6-09.1. Part-time classified hourly or unclassified administrative staff who have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours within the previous 12 months prior to the start of the semester are eligible for a four credit-hour waiver. (Note: There are no tuition waiver benefits for dependents of part-time employees.)
  • Employee recognition programs and opportunities to engage in university programs and activities
About Kent State University
  • A comprehensive graduate and undergraduate university;
  • The second largest university in Ohio, with an enrollment of more than 41,000 students on its eight campuses;
  • Ranks among the nation's 77 public research universities demonstrating a high level of research activity and among the top 76 colleges and universities in community engagement, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching;
  • Ranks as one of the top-tier Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report;
  • Generated $1.96 billion in added income to the Northeast Ohio economy;
  • Has more than 200,000 graduates worldwide.

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About the Region

The city of Kent is located in the heart of Northeast Ohio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, within a short drive of rural communities, major recreation and attractions, and major urban areas:

  • 36 miles southeast of Cleveland
  • 10 miles northeast of Akron
  • 20 miles north of Canton
  • 35 miles west of Youngstown

It is the largest city in Portage County, within 500 miles of 55 percent of the total U.S. population. In addition to being the home of Kent State University, Kent is close to three institutions of higher education:

  • 15 miles east of the University of Akron
  • 6 miles northwest of the Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • 6 miles southwest of Hiram College

The city boasts a thriving intellectual and cultural community with art galleries, live music (including the renowned Kent State Folk Festival), historic sites, lectures, theater and poetry — on and off campus. A recent, major downtown revival brought new shops, restaurants, businesses, apartments and condos — plus the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

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Northeast Ohio is a powerful, dynamic region with more to offer than most people realize. You can find a lot to do in Cleveland, of course, but close by you'll also find an array of thriving cities and communities full of vitality, must-see destinations, world-class attractions and exciting business opportunities. The region is made up of 16 counties; the metro areas of Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown; more than four million people and 6,000+ square miles.