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Kent State University

Kent, OH

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About This Campus

Kent State University is Northeast Ohio's premier public university. The Kent Campus offers more than 25,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral study opportunities. More than 280 academic degree programs are offered across the Colleges. Make yourself at home in one of 25 residence halls, and never go hungry with 20+ on-campus restaurants, dining halls, and cafes. More than 56% percent of our classes have fewer than 20 students, and more than 92 percent of our classes have fewer than 50 students. Getting involved at Kent State is easy with a choice of more than 370 clubs and organizations, 1,000 programs, activities, and on-campus events, 18 sports teams, and 32 sororities and fraternities. Aside from the personal fit, academic quality backed by nationally recognized faculty seal the deal for those students who want to learn from the best.

Location Information

Located a short drive from four major urban centers (Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown), activities and interests include a National Metro-Parks system, Blossom Music Center, museums of Natural History, Art, Auto, and Science, the NASA Lewis Research Center, and the Rock-n-Roll and Football Halls-of-Fame.

Helpful Information

Students are accepted under freshmen status. The NSE coordinator may need to register a course for student and/or receive permission for student to register him/herself. Thus far, 99% of our incoming NSE students are enrolled in the courses of their choice.

Payment Plan

Home Payment (B)

Fast Facts

Location | Kent
Population | 32,000
Enrollment | 29,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/14
Spring | 01/14-05/10

Campus Diversity

White | 80%
Black | 8%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 3%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
CLOSED: Education, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Architecture, Nursing

Difficult: Business-Upper Division, Many for majors only, all Business courses have prerequisites

Unique Academic Programs

  • Recreation - Professional opportunities are available in, but not limited to: resorts, theme parks, visitor and convention bureaus, local park and recreation departments, state parks, national parks and other protected natural areas, campus recreation and wellness centers, urban recreation centers, youth development, YMCA, YWCA, therapeutic recreation, inclusive recreation, corporate wellness programs, camps and outdoor leadership schools. Kent State is located less than 10 miles to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park!
  • Languages - The ESL Center provides intensive English language instruction to students who want to enter American universities or learn English for other personal or professional reasons. All courses are available at various proficiency levels to insure that students receive the best English training possible. *Please note, ESL courses do have an additional course fee per credit hour.
  • Theater Art - Year-round production opportunities provide students with a quality education in our state-of-the-art facilities, including the recently completed Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance which houses more than 70,000 square feet of learning, performance, and design space. With three performance spaces on site in the Center for the Performing Arts and a fourth in the form of our outdoor summer theatre, Porthouse Theatre, students have frequent chances to display their work.
  • Digital Arts - As an independent school, the School of Digital Sciences is outside all of the university's colleges and draws faculty from colleges across the university to teach its courses. Its students have a unique opportunity to take classes from other programs as part of their major.
  • Nutrition - The Kent State University Didactic Program in Dietetics meets all university, college, and school requirements, as well as incorporate the professional knowledge requirements of ACEND, The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students participate in the Kent State Center of Nutrition Outreach and provide services for individuals and families including nutrition counseling, health assessments, nutrient analysis for business products, menus, and services, and facilitates a 10-week Kids Camp for overweight kids. The KSU Nutrition and Dietetics program also participates in Kent State's Campus Kitchen Project, which prepares meals for more than 350 individuals in need who are serviced by social service agencies, local school districts, and communities facing food insecurity.

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies, Aviation Studies, Flight Technology

Agriculture: Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Life Sciences, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Plant Protection, Plant Resource Sciences, Plant Science, Soil Science, Viticulture

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Architecture: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Multicultural Studies, American Studies, Art Studies, Black Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Gerontology, Hispanic Studies, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, International Studies, Japanse Studies (minor), Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Popular Culture, Russian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Commercial and Advertising Art, Computer Graphics, Crafts, Design, Digital Arts, Drafting, Drawing, Fiber-Fabric, Fine Art, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Fitness Management, Health and Fitness Teaching, Movement Studies, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Applied Biology, Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Field Biology, Forensic Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Business, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Entertainment Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Operation Management, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Insurance, International Business, Law and Public Policy, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing Communication, Operations Management, Organizational Studies, Personnel, Product Design, Public Administration, Public Relations, Small Business Management, Systems Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Audio Production Technology, Broadcasting, Communication, Electronic Media Production and Management, Graphic Communication, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Mass Communication, Multimedia, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Photo Journalism, Radio and Television Studies, Sound Design, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Telecommunications, Visual Communication Technology, Visual Design/Web Media, Writing/Editing

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, Computer Network Security, System Administration

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Economics and Resource Management, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Corporate and Homeland Security, Corrections, Crime and Society, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Forensic Science, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Paralegal Studies, Systems of Justice

Earth Sciences: Earth Science, Geology, Meteorology, Physical Sciences, Planetary and Space Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics

Education: Bilingual, Child Development, Childhood Studies, Early Childhood, English, French, Health Education, Human Development, Junior High/Middle School, Junior High/Middle School Mathematics, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Learning Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering

English: Business Writing, Classical Studies, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Language and Literacy, Linguistics, Literature, Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation, Conservation Biology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geology, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Recreation Management

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising

Food Science: Food Science, Food Services Management, Nutrition

Foreign Language: American Sign Language, Arabic (some courses), Chinese (some courses), Classical Languages, English as a Foreign Language, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (some courses), Language and Culture, Latin, Portuguese, Romance Languages, Russian, Spanish

Forestry: Biotechnology, Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, City Planning, Geographic Information Sciences & Emergency Management, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Dietetics, Environmental Health, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Health Promotion, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Nursing, Occupational Safety and Health, Public Health, Safety Education, School Health

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Hotel/Travel Administration, Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Industrial Technology

Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Applications, Computer Information Systems, Computer Mathematics, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Systems Programming

Interdisciplinary Studies: Non-Profit Programs, Popular Culture

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Library Science: Library Science

Marine Sciences: Oceanography

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Biomathematics/Biometrics, Mathematical Economics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Military Sciences

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Ballet, Choral Music, Dance, Design/Technical, Jazz Composition, Modern Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Technical Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Ethics, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Chemical Physics, Physics

Political Science: Government, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Science, Public Policy Studies

Pre-Professional : Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Child Psychology, Human Development, Psychology

Recreation: Adventure Education, Leisure Studies, Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation Management, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Recreation Leadership, Sports Administration, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Child Care Services Management, Community Services, Gender Studies, Human Services, Law and Society, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Deaf Studies, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Technology: Applied Engineering and Technology, Biological Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, Design Technology, Electronics Technology, Engineering Technology, Graphic Communications Technology, Information Systems Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Technology, Plastics Technology, Radiologic Technology, Technology Education, Technology Studies

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525 paper, N/A computer or N/A Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($456.00 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 05/18/18.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Application Fee $10 Year Plan B Mandatory
NSE Program Fee $50 Year Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $200 Year Plan B Mandatory
Housing Application Fee $40.00 Year Plan B Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $0 per semester.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 05/18/18

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 23% living on campus
  • Double: $3500.00
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus: 1
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
We do not reserve rooms for our NSE students. Rooms are available as needed on a first serve basis.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal plan options: Gold: $2,545/semester - unlimited swipes and $550 declining balance Blue: $2,141/semester - unlimited swipes and $100 declining balance Flash 200 Block: $2,020/semester - 200 meal swipes and $600 declining balance Flash 100 Block: $1,250/semester - 100 meal swipes and $500 declining balance Flash 50 Block: $750/semester - 50 meal swipes and $350 declining balance Flash 30 Block: $500 semester - 30 meal swipes and $250 declining balance Flex Plan: $800/semester - $800 declining balance

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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