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Kent State University’s College of Public Health is receiving national recognition for its online Master of Public Health degree. The Best Schools ranked Kent State 22 among colleges and universities around the country. It selected schools based on the quality of the program, the types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings, and reputation, including the school’s reputation for effectively providing online degree programs.

You dedicated four years to studying, preparing and planning for your future career. You have completed almost all your college classes, finished your internship, and now you are a semester away from graduation. But wait! An unexpected emergency happens, and financially you are unable to pay your final tuition bill. All your hopes and dreams are going to be put on hold.

Forbes has named Kent State University one of America’s Best Midsize Employers. Each year, Forbes surveys employees around the country in a quest to compile a list of companies and organizations that “excel at making their employees feel happy, inspired, and well-compensated,” according to its 2017 ranking site. They formed and divided the roster into two categories: large ones with more than 5,000 employees, and midsize with between 1,000 and 5,000 workers. On the distinctive list of American’s Best Midsize Employers, Kent State ranks 170 out of 301.

The music echoed a pronounced, loud drumbeat as 400 female graduates marched step-by-step to the cadence of the drumbeat, down a very long entryway right up to the very edge of the stage.

“It was the most dramatic ceremony I’ve ever seen,” said Kent State University’s President Beverly Warren. “These powerful women marching directly toward us to the beat of this powerful music, as if to say, ‘get ready, world. Here we come!’ It gave me the chills. I’ll remember that moment for a very long time.”

KeyBank Foundation has granted $1 million to Kent State University to support programs to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.

Updated 5/2/17 - Please note that the 47th annual commemoration on May 4 at noon has been moved to the Kent Student Center Ballroom due to the weather.

Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center to serve as keynote speaker

The Kent Campus is blossoming with all the colors of spring!


Kent State University is honored to welcome Academy Award-winning actress and author Octavia Spencer as the keynote speaker for the first university-wide Commencement ceremony on May 13.

Kent State receives $450,000 in grants to help prevent sexual harassment and assault, relationship violence and stalking.

Known for her passion for students and involvement, Associate Professor Jan Leach is a 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient.