Kent State provides a steady stream of employees to employers across Ohio, with skilled graduates ready for the workforce. Career fairs, internships and university partnerships with major Ohio institutions offer students many opportunities to work for companies within the state—boosting the region as well as their own career prospects. 

Whether it’s supplying Ohio employers with intellectual capital, pursuing research partnerships that spur innovation, helping entrepreneurs launch new businesses, or forging connections that benefit communities surrounding the university’s Regional Campuses—Kent State works across the state of Ohio.

On the magazine home page, we share a sampling of stories that illustrate the economic impact—and personal empowerment—of a Kent State education.

As President Todd Diacon recently told the Board of Trustees, stories like these show “the great return on investment Kent State provides for our students, the region and the nation, as well.”

• 63% of KSU graduates stay in Ohio!

• 23.5% of Kent State’s budget comes from the State Share of Instruction investment, which means that EVERY DOLLAR from the state of Ohio leverages an additional $9.47 in the state’s economy 

Rising Scholars


“Everyone involved with Rising Scholars kept me focused on deciding what I want to be and supported me. I know that I want to help others and I want to be able to give back.” 

— Erin Taylor, BA ’22, majored in psychology at Kent State Salem


Kent State Nursing Students BSN

• Top-Tier Research University in the U.S.

• More than One-third of our incoming students are 1st Generation

• Largest BSN Program in Ohio