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Tree Campus: Kent State University was recognized as a Tree Campus USA for the 11th consecutive year, honored for “promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation” by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Military Friendly: Kent State’s Kent Campus earned the 2019-2020 Military Friendly School designation for the 10th consecutive year by the military ratings division of VIQTORY Media. The university’s Stark, Trumbull and Salem campuses also received the 2019-2020 Military Friendly School designation, and the Salem Campus was recognized with a Top 10 School Award and gold-level distinction in the small public schools category.

Healthy Campus: Kent State was one of only six other colleges and universities nationwide to receive the 2018 Healthy Campus Award for “fostering a culture of health and wellness for students and the entire Kent State community” by Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students.

Great Design: Perkins + Will, the design architect selected for the new College of Business Administration building on the Kent Campus, was named a finalist in FastCompany’s Design Company of the Year Competition in 2018.

Among the Best: Kent State University ranks among the top 100 in the 2020 edition of Best Graduate Education Schools; Kent State’s Rehabilitation Counseling program ranks 20th on the 2020 list of Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs; and Kent State’s Online MBA program ranks among the top 100 on the 2019 Best Online MBA Programs list by U.S. News & World Report.

Tops in Diversity Employment: Kent State ranks #1 among universities and #4 among 250 companies nationwide in the list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2019 by Forbes.

Flying High: Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering’s flight training program is recognized as a world-class flight school and one of the best aeronautics programs in the country by major airlines and the United States military. It was named the nation’s best all-around collegiate aviation program by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association. And KSU is one of three universities in the country with the most Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)-accredited programs in aeronautics.

Fashion Leader: Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising ranks #15 internationally and #5 nationally in the 2018 rankings published by Fashionista.

Good Deal: Kent State ranks #2 out of 100 schools nationwide for having the lowest out-of-state tuition by GoBankingRates.


Supporting Visiting Directors: The Roe Green Foundation has given $2.2 million ($175,000 outright and a $2 million bequest) to support and endow The Roe Green Visiting Director Series within Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Advancing Materials Science: George R. Newkome, BS ’61, PhD ’66, and his wife, Mary Jane Saunders, PhD, have pledged $1 million to fund the George R. Newkome Endowed Professorship in Materials Science, a first-time gift to the new Materials Science Program in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Building a New Center for Aeronautics: FedEx Corp. has pledged $5 million, in addition to $1.5 million already given, in support of a new aeronautics academic center located at the Kent State University Airport. Construction of the 17,800-square-foot building, to be named the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center, is currently underway in anticipation of a fall 2019 opening.

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