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Stark County's Public University

Kent State University at Stark Vision

We will educate lifelong learners, pursue academic excellence, foster a civic mindset, and cultivate an inclusive environment, aspiring to transform and uplift individuals, our community, and the world.


Your Hometown University: Creating Pathways to Opportunities  
Kent State University at Stark helps the nearly 7,250 students enrolled year-round find their passion and develop a sense of purpose. As Kent State’s largest regional campus, students receive an affordable, university education on a beautiful 200-acre campus with a private college feel. Our student-faculty ratio of 17:1 means Kent State Stark’s 450 faculty and staff are dedicated to encouraging students to achieve their personal and academic goals. Students have the opportunity to begin coursework in more than 282 Kent State undergraduate degree programs or choose from over 25 bachelor’s, master’s, associate and online degrees that can be completed entirely at the Stark Campus. Stark County’s only public university, Kent State Stark was founded in 1946 and continues today improving the quality of life for this region, spurring a total economic impact in Northeast Ohio of $381.7 million.


Degrees, Majors & Minors
Kent State Stark offers more than 25 bachelor’s, master’s, online and associate degrees and more than 30 minors, as well as the opportunity to begin coursework in more than 282 undergraduate degree programs at Kent State University. Learn more about Kent State Stark's degrees, majors and minors.


Enrollment
Kent State Stark serves more than 7,250 students year-round. In addition, more than 800 high school students from the Stark County area take advantage of the College Credit Plus program.


Kent State Stark's Regional Economic Impact to Stark County and Northeast Ohio
Every day, Kent State University at Stark and its graduates are improving the quality of life for this region, and in the process, they are churning millions annually into the economy. Those are the findings of a newly released report by EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), outlining results of a comprehensive, independent study of Kent State University’s economic and fiscal contributions to local communities, the Northeast Ohio region and the state of Ohio. The study examined five components of the university’s fiscal and economic contributions for Fiscal Year 2017 across 18 counties in Northeast Ohio: operations, capital investments, visitor spending, student spending and alumni earnings.

Kent State Stark’s statistics include:

  • Kent State University at Stark’s total economic impact in Northeast Ohio is $381.7 million; our total economic output in Stark County is $55.3 million.
  • We are a major employer. Nearly 600 Kent State employees live in Stark County, earning nearly $25 million in wages and benefits.
  • We contribute millions to Stark County’s tax base. University employees, supplier and induced activity in FY17 supported $3.2 million in estimated state and local taxes.
  • We support the local economy. Approximately $6.7 million in labor income and an estimated 180 induced jobs resulted from Kent State employees spending money at businesses located in Stark County.
  • We educate Stark County’s workforce. The estimated working 11,433 Kent State alumni in Stark County have projected earnings of $290.5 million.

Administration
Meet Dr. Denise A. Seachrist, Dean & Chief Administrative Officer. Learn more about our dean.


Faculty
As of Fall 2018, Kent State Stark has 285 faculty. The majority of full-time faculty hold a Ph.D. or a terminal degree in their field. All instructors hold at least a master's degree in their teaching field and Kent State Stark does not have graduate assistants teaching classes. The student-faculty ratio is 17-to-1; allowing dedicated professors to work closely with students, helping them achieve success inside the classroom and beyond.


Sustainability
Each day, thousands of students, faculty, staff and community members step on the campus of Kent State University at Stark where the care of the environment is evident from the moment they arrive. As one of the campus' seven core values to "respect and protect the campus green space and our region's ecological environment," Kent State Stark is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of campus operations and promoting environmental sustainability. Learn more about Kent State Stark's sustainability efforts.


Cultural Events
Kent State Stark offers more than 50 cultural events in the Stark County region, including the Featured Speakers Series, which brings national and international experts in civil rights, politics, education, literature, entertainment and arts to campus. Learn more about the cultural events Kent State Stark offers.


Conference Center
Each year, more than 45,000 employees - from as many as 145 companies - participate in corporate meetings and social events at the Conference Center. The center is Ohio's most technologically advanced meeting and events facility and is among the few in the state to receive the stringent accreditation of the International Association of Conference Centers. Skilled multimedia specialists attend to every detail of corporate meetings and events, and expert event planning and catering staff guarantee memorable experiences at the many luncheons, fundraisers and dinners held at the center. Learn more about the Conference Center.


Corporate University
Located in the Conference Center, the Corporate University provides local organizations in the Stark County area with intense learning and development experiences, such as Lean/Six Sigma Training and Certification, Certificate of Supervision, Certificate of Management and Certificate of Executive Assistants. Local organizations can also benefit from services including survey and research, organizational development consulting and customized programs. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Canton SCORE are also located here. Learn more about the Corporate University.


Have a question about Kent State Stark?
Contact the Office of External Affairs at 330-244-3224.