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Kent State University’s Academic Success Center has received the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for its success as an interactive academic space for students to reinforce what they learn in the classroom. The Kent State University Academic Success Center has received the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for its success as an interactive academic space for students to reinforce what they learn in the classroom. Each year, a two-year institution and a four-year institution are chosen as the recipients for the award. The award focuses...

Kent State student Riley Jernejcic stretches out her arms to hug her new friend during a trip to Nicaragua. The trip was coordinated by the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement. Saying goodbye was more difficult than Riley Jernejcic could have ever imagined. Crouched down on the cobblestone street with her arms stretched out from one end to the other, Jernejcic cried out, “Adios. Abrazo,” which means goodbye and hug in Spanish. About 50 feet away, a little boy, known as Wilder, came running up the hill. “He jumped...

Two students greet each other during the 44th annual New Student Reception and Cookout hosted by the Department of Pan-African Studies held behind Ritchie Hall. Welcome Weekend, Kent State University’s four-day new student orientation, took place on Aug. 25-28. Students were able to select from approximately 50 different events held from Thursday to Sunday. The weekend event helped students transition into the university community and learn about academic and social opportunities at Kent State. ...

Destination Kent State has returned! The summer advising and registration program at Kent State University is a one-and-a-half-day experience that includes an overnight stay in a residence hall. Students are encouraged to invite family members and guests to participate in the program. The students explore important topics, including the...

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USC) have awarded Kent State University a $50,000 micro-grant to help remove the financial barrier to graduation that low-income students may face as they near graduation. Kent State is one of only nine public urban research universities...

Kent State University is one of 17 colleges and universities nationwide being honored by University Business magazine, a leading publication for senior managers at colleges and universities throughout the United States, in its Winter 2015 Models of Excellence recognition program. The Models of Excellence program recognizes innovative approaches to...

Kent State Students Kent State University is the recipient of the 2015 Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The center is committed to setting the standard for excellence in supporting students at critical junctures in the educational pipeline, and it seeks...

Kent State students file past the arch on the Lefton Esplanade on their way to downtown Kent during last year’s Welcome Weekend. Before the fall semester begins on Aug. 31, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that will last from Aug. 27-30 and acclimate students to the Kent State University community. The event is an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about existing academic...

Kent State students file past the arch on the Lefton Esplanade on their way to downtown Kent during last year’s Welcome Weekend. N.J. Akbar, assistant dean of Academic Diversity Success in Kent State’s University College, tells the Akron Beacon Journal that he “understands what is means to be counted out.” As an African-American from a low-income neighborhood, Akbar is the first in his family to go to college. Akbar talks with the Akron Beacon Journal about working...

Kent State students, including members of its athletics teams, fraternities and sororities, joined community members to restore the Mitchell/McClelland Ballpark in the McElrath neighborhood of Ravenna Township, Ohio. Kent State University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.  The Corporation for National and Community Service began awarding this honor in 2006 in...