State Authorization

Kent State University, founded in 1910, is a four-year, public research university located in Kent, Ohio. Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Learn more about accreditation for our individual undergraduate and graduate programs.

About State Authorization

Due to changes in federal law brought about during re-authorization of the Higher Education Act in 2010, as well as long-standing consumer protection laws, institutions that wish to offer online or distance learning programs outside of their home states must seek “authorization” to operate from regulatory bodies in other states. The procedures and processes involved in this regulatory compliance for online or distance-learning programs are collectively known as state authorization.

Kent State University is in a continuous process to comply with regulations pursuant to state authorization, including applying for and maintaining approval and/or exemption status for our online programs in other states.

For general inquiries about state authorization at Kent State University, please contact

Status in Each State

When considering Kent State University for your online learning needs, prospective students should consult our Status in each state page for the most up-to-date information regarding state authorization for our online programs.

NC-SARA (National council for state authorization reciprocity agreements)

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Kent State University is approved by The Ohio Department of Higher Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  Learn more about NC-SARA.


Complaint Resolution and State Contact Information

United States Department of Education Federal Integrity Rules stipulate that Kent State University must provide current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with relevant agencies.