History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established in 1910 as a school for training teachers, Kent State University was Ohio’s premier University. In 1913, the School had its first academic year with 144 students, with the enrollment surpassing 1,600 by the Spring of 1914. Then, in 1935, with the addition of a School for Business Administration, Kent State transitioned from a College to a University. Today, Kent State is a leading public research university and the highest ranking public university in Northern Ohio. The university is known for its student activism, during the late 1960s, against the involvement of the US in the Vietnam War. A part of the University System of Ohio, Kent State is affiliated with Space-grant. Kent State University is ranked in the bracket #801-1000 by the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education for the year 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Kent State University has 8 campus locations across Northeast Ohio, a dedicated fashion studio in NYC, several centers across the US and international centers in Europe, India, China, and Geneva. The European location of Kent State is situated in the historic Palazzo Vettori in Florence, where students can spend an exchange semester. The main Kent campus of the university is spread across 953 acres, housing over 100 buildings, gardens, bike trails, and open green stretches. Academically, the university is divided into 12 colleges, each college dealing in a different area of study. These are - Aeronautics and Engineering, Architecture & Environmental Design, Applied and Technical Studies, Arts, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication and Information, Education, Health, and Human Services, Nursing, Podiatric Medicine, Public Health and an Honors College. Collectively, these units offer more than 300-degree programs, consisting of 250 Bachelor’s, 40 Associate’s, 50 Master’s, and 23 Doctoral programs.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Kent State was stated as the third largest university in Ohio in 2019 with an enrollment of 35,000+ in its eight campuses, including around 27,000 students studying at its main campus. The university is also classified among the “R1: Doctoral Universities – very high research activity”. In 2018, the Kent State campus was ranked the safest big college campus in Ohio and 25th safest in the country. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, Kent State is also one of the 20 largest Northeast Ohio employers. Further, the University has, till date, produced an economic impact of the worth of $3.8 billion. The alumni count of Kent State recorded in 2021 was 257,000. From this very long list, some of the most famous people of Kent State are – Eugene Baker (Professional football player in the National Football League), Kaitlyn Black (television and theater actress), Steve Byrne (comedian).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The current student population of Kent State University is 41,000, out of which nearly 35,000 are undergraduates and 5,500 are graduates. Out of this around 3000 students are international who come from over 100 different countries. It was noticed that nearly one third of the total international population attended Kent State from India. The Kent State campus is diverse, welcoming and dynamic; there are 350+ student clubs for the students to socialize with their peers. There are also 15 splendid dining locations on the campus serving great food, including a food truck, which is the campus’ most popular. More than 1000 employers have recruited Kent State graduates across 16 countries worldwide. Some of the top employers at the University include - Grant Thornton, Sherwin Williams, Huntington National Bank, Cleveland Clinic, Macy’s Inc., Kohl’s Corporation, Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters and other academic and corporate organizations.