Kent State University

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Kent State University is a public research university with more than 300-degree programs. The school offers more than 340 undergraduate programs of study, including programs in business, health professions, and communication. Every undergraduate academic career is launched with the Kent Core, where all students must complete credit hours in courses that focus on critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills as well as ethics, writing, and community inclusion.

  • Kent State is one of the largest universities in Ohio with an enrollment of nearly 41,000 students in the eight-campus system and nearly 27,500 graduate and undergraduate students. 
  • It is ranked among the top 100 national public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools ranking in its 2016 edition of Best Colleges. 
  • It also ranks in the coveted first-tier list in the Best National Universities category. 
  • It is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to make the first tier in the Best National Universities category, and this marks the fifth time in six years the university has received this recognition.
  • About 29% of students receive Pell grants. 
  • Founded in honor of the four students who were slain during a Vietnam War protest in 1970, the School of Peace and Conflict Studies stresses the importance of nonviolent protest.