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Kent State Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to Kent State University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

Test Type
SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 85%, admission to Kent State is lightly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 23.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Kent State admission statistics.


Kent State Admissions Statistics

Kent State’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 85%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 16,145 applicants, Kent State admitted about 13,782. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.36, the average ACT score was 23, and the average SAT score was 1140.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 21, and the 75th percentile score was 25.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1030. The 75th percentile score was 1230.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Kent State is lightly competitive. Even if Kent State is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Kent State’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Kent State Application Requirements

To apply to Kent State, you’ll need to fill out either the Common App or the Kent State Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $50 application fee and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by March 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out either the Common App or the Kent State Online Application
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is March 1st.

Have you been admitted to Kent State? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Kent State Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Kent State, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 39% are male and 61% are female
  • 5% of students are international

Kent State has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 5%
  • Underrepresented minority: 2.7%
  • Two or more races: 3.7%
  • White: 79%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Kent State offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Business
  • Communication
  • Journalism

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Kent State Tuition Figures

At $33,878, Kent State’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $5,437.

Here’s a fuller look at Kent State tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $33,878
  • Average financial aid package: $5,437
  • The average student debt of a Kent State graduate is $33,234

Now, what is life like at Kent State? Let’s take a look.


Kent State Location

Kent State’s main campus is located in Kent, Ohio.

Surrounding the main campus facilities is are thousands of acres of wildlife refuges, marshes and bogs.

Remember, you’re going to Kent State for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Kent State Academics

Kent State has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Botany
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Dance
  • Engineering Technology
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • General Studies
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Painting
  • Photojournalism
  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Special Education and Teaching
  • Zoology

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Kent State.


Student Life at Kent State

Kent State has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Kent State’s student activities:

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  • Build, Grow and Succeed
  • Drawn to Style
  • Flying Club
  • hacKSU
  • Chefology
  • Deaf Power Organization
  • Golden Flash Fiction Club
  • I’m That KSU Girl
  • Fusion Magazine
  • The Black Film Association
  • Kent State Jazz Society
  • East Meets West
  • Camping Club
  • Kent State Golden Gloves
  • Line Dance Club
  • Black Squirrel Improv Troupe

Are you an athlete? Kent State’s got plenty of options for you.


Kent State Athletics

Kent State offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Kent State’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
  • Track & Field

Who might you become with a Kent State degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Kent State has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Comedian Drew Carey
  • TV host Arsenio Hall
  • Boxing promoter Don King
  • Musician Mark Mothersbaugh
  • NFL player James Harrison
  • Artist Diana Al-Hadid
  • First Data Corporation CEO Michael Capellas
  • CNN anchor Carol Costello
  • Writer Joyce Dyer
  • Comedian Steve Harvey
  • College football coach Lou Holtz
  • Neuroscientist Earl K. Miller

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Kent State is lightly competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

Shark Tank Winner, Perfect SAT Scorer, Dermatologist, & #1 Bestselling Author
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