Kent State Named Only Northeast Ohio Institution on Top Public Schools List in 2020 U.S. News Rankings

Kent State University has made impressive moves in the rankings in the newly released 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list. Kent State has climbed three spots, a 3% increase, on the Top Public Schools list. Kent State is the only Northeast Ohio institution on the Top Public Schools list. 

In addition, Kent State is again included in the Best National Universities list in the coveted top tier, improving its overall score by 9% compared to last year. Kent State continues to be the only public university in Northeast Ohio to be ranked in the top tier, and it is one of only six Ohio public universities on this prestigious list.

Kent State is also included in the Undergraduate Business Programs list. The university moved up five spots on the list, which represents a 3% improvement over last year.

“We are very pleased that Kent State continues to be ranked among the top public schools and best universities in the nation,” Kent State President Todd Diacon said. “The U.S. News & World Report rankings are an important way for the world to discover what we already know: Kent State offers affordable, top-quality education in a wide variety of majors. This fulfills our mission of keeping higher education attainable for our students.”

Each year, students and their parents rely on the annual U.S. News Best Colleges rankings to help narrow their college choices and to validate the commitment they are making to the university that best fits their needs. The rankings are now in its 35th year.

Kent State’s impressive rankings and rising reputation help attract prospective students to visit campus and experience Kent State’s welcoming community firsthand. Sixty-seven percent of students who tour the vibrant campus apply for admission to Kent State.

The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures, including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources and student excellence. For more information about the 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, visit

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POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2019 - 12:24pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 16, 2019 - 4:01pm
Emily Vincent