Kent State University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Tel: (330)672-3000
Free: 800-988-KENT
Admissions: (330)672-2444
Fax: (330)672-2499
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State-supported, university, coed. Part of Kent State University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1910. Setting: 1,347-acre suburban campus with easy access to Cleveland. Endowment: $64.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $16.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5514 per student. Total enrollment: 24,347. Faculty: 1,395 (825 full-time, 570 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 11,240 applied, 92% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 33% from top quarter, 69% from top half. 59 valedictorians. Full-time: 15,925 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 3,135 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 60 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 35% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, Lakeland Community College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. One-time mandatory fee: $100. State resident tuition: $7504 full-time, $343 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,516 full-time, $663 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. Part-time tuition varies according to course level, course load, degree level, location, program, reciprocity agreements, and student level. College room and board: $6410. College room only: $3890. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 175 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Kent Interhall Council, Black United Students, All Campus Programming Board, Delta Sigma PI, Late Night Christian Fellowship. Major annual events: FlashFest, Back to School Blastoff, Homecoming Week Celebration. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, campus police and fire department, electronic locks on computer labs, studios and laboratory research areas. 6,546 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Kent State University Libraries & Media Services plus 6 others with 2.3 million books, 1.3 million microform titles, 11,139 serials, 10,266 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $10.9 million. 1,690 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Kent, a city of some 30,000, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, in Portage County, is situated 11 miles east of Akron, 33 miles south of Cleveland, 40 miles west of Youngstown and 28 miles north of Canton. The community provides students with many places to shop and entertain themselves and places of worship for most major denominations. Recreational activities include fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, and golf. The university is located near two major jetports, Cleveland Hopkins International and Akron-Canton.

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