Awards and Honors

A Kent State University exploratory student and her mentor meet in the learning community dedicated to exploratory students in February 2020. Kent State University’s Exploratory Program in University College has been awarded two prestigious national awards for its work with exploratory students.  NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) has selected Kent State’s Exploration Plan – Major Action Plan program as the 2021 NASPA Excellence Bronze Award winner...

The University Library is located in the heart of the Kent State University campus. U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State University in the top 20 Best Library and Information Studies Programs in the country in its 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Kent State is the only Ohio institution included in this ranking. Overall, Kent State is recognized in 12 new national rankings in the 2022 edition of Best Graduate...

Participants at Kent State University Kent State University has been designated as a First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success for its commitment to improving the experiences and advancing outcomes of those who are first in their families to attend college. The center is an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher...

Photo of Kent State University ROTC cadet with American flag Kent State University is once again at the top tier when it comes to exhibiting leading practices and supporting post-military students, receiving the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation for its Kent Campus. This is the 12th year in a row that the Kent Campus has received the Military Friendly School honor. The Kent Campus received a...

Newman Civic Fellow Makayla Sejat From a young age, Makayla Sejat has had a passion for serving others. Her life has been full of service, from helping out in community kitchens as a child to now devoting her time in various college leadership roles. Now, she will take her efforts to the next level as Kent State University’s first Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship...

Photo of Kent State University campus by Franklin Hall U.S. News & World Report has named four Kent State University programs as U.S. News Best Online Programs for 2021. Kent State is recognized in the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs, Best Online MBA Programs, Best Online MBA – Business Analytics Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Programs rankings. Kent State’s Online MBA...

2020 President The President’s Award of Distinction was created as a recognition program to reward staff members who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, service, leadership, and dedication to Kent State in advancing the university’s strategic priorities and core values. Nominees for the award must have demonstrated exceptional performance in living...

Photo of the arch on the Lefton Esplanade at Kent State University Kent State University’s College of Business Administration offers one of the nation’s most outstanding online Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles the college in its Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2021 ranking. Kent State earned the 26th spot on the ranking...

Kent State University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Center holds a safe, physically distant small group kickoff event at the start of the 2020 Fall Semester.  Campus Pride has released its 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities list, and for the first time in school history, Kent State University has landed on the distinctive list as one of 40 institutions recognized over six U.S. regions. Kent State is the only school in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and in Northeast Ohio to...

Graphic for Kent State Alumni Awards Kent State University is proud to announce its 2020 Alumni Award recipients. Recipients are chosen based on their exceptional contributions in their chosen profession, in their communities and at Kent State. Sponsored by the alumni association, the Alumni Awards are the university’s most prestigious honors given to alumni. “We were once again...