Kent State Remains Highest-Ranked Northern Ohio University on Top Public Schools List in 2022-2023 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Kent State University continues to demonstrate its strength as an academic institution with its inclusion on several lists in the new 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

U.S. News has again named Kent State among the Top Public Schools in the nation in the newly released rankings. Kent State ranks No. 107 among public institutions in the nation and is the highest-ranked institution in northern Ohio on the list. 

“These rankings confirm what we know and experience every day – that Kent State is a top public school and a best national university,” said Kent State President Todd Diacon. “Thanks go out to our dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to access, student success and completion so our students can graduate, live successful, satisfying lives and become engaged citizens.”

In addition to being recognized on the Top Public Schools list, Kent State is included on the Best National Universities list in the coveted top tier, moving up one spot to No. 212 among all national public and private institutions compared to last year. Kent State is the highest-ranked institution in northern Ohio on the prestigious Best National Universities list and is one of only seven Ohio public universities to make the list.

Kent State is also recognized on several lists in the 2022-2023 Best Colleges edition. Kent State is the highest-ranked public institution in northern Ohio on the Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs list. Kent State comes in the top 100, ranking at No. 84, among public institutions in the nation. For this list, which debuted last year, Kent State moved up an impressive 26 spots among public universities compared to last year’s list.

Kent State’s academic programs are also recognized on the Best Undergraduate Business Programs list (the highest-ranked public institution in Northeast Ohio) and the Best Undergraduate Computer Science Programs list (the highest-ranked public institution in northern Ohio).

Among national universities, Kent State is also included on the Best Colleges for Veterans list (the highest-ranked university in northern Ohio), which provides data on top-ranked schools that make pursuing a college education more affordable for veterans and active-duty service members; the Top Performers on Social Mobility list, which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants; the Best Value Schools list (the highest-ranked institution in northern Ohio), which helps determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students that factors academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid; and the Economic Diversity list (the only Ohio institution), which recognizes 46 institutions and provides the percentages of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants (for Kent State, the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants in fall 2021 is 57%).

Kent State’s impressive rankings and strong reputation help attract prospective students to visit campus and experience the university’s welcoming community firsthand.

This latest edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings evaluates more than 1,450 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality. For more information about the U.S. News 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings, visit

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POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2022 10:44 AM
UPDATED: Monday, May 27, 2024 08:25 AM
Emily Vincent