Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State, or KSU) is one of America’s largest university systems, the third largest university in Ohio and the largest residential university in northeast Ohio. From its roots as one of Ohio’s original four-corner universities, Kent State University focuses on teaching and research excellence to serve the public good. Kent State distinguishes itself as a magnet for high-achieving students. Kent State is a traditional, selective, residential public research university while its seven regional campuses serve multicounty regions of Northeast Ohio. The eight campuses provide extensive access to degree programs from the associate to doctoratal and medical degrees. The university’s academic programs and facilities attract students, faculty, and visitors from across the nation and the world.
Kent State is centered in Kent, Ohio, United States, about southeast of Cleveland, northeast of Akron, and northwest of Youngstown. With 34,056 students across eight campuses, Kent State is one of the largest employers in northeast Ohio.
In 1910, the Kent State Normal School was established as a college for training public school teachers as part of the Lowry bill which also created a sister school in Bowling Green, Ohio, now known as Bowling Green State University. The new school was constructed on land donated by William S. Kent (son of Marvin Kent, the namesake for the city of Kent) in what was then the eastern edge of Kent. The first president was John Edward McGilvrey, who served from 1912 to 1926. By 1915, the school was named Kent State Normal College, then Kent State College (after it was authorized to issue Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees), and Kent State University in 1935 when it received university status by Governor Martin L. Davey, a native of Kent.
In 1967, Kent State became the first university to run an independent, student-operated Campus Bus Service. It was unique in that it provided jobs for students, receiving funding from student fees rather than bus fares. Campus Bus Service was the largest such operation in the country until it was sold to the Portage Area Transportation Authority (PARTA) in 2004.
In 1965, Chemistry professor Glenn H. Brown established the Liquid Crystal Institute, a world leader in the development the multibillion-dollar liquid crystal industry, named by Forbes magazine as one of 85 innovations that changed the way we live today.
Kent State shootings
Kent State gained international attention on May 4, 1970 when an Ohio Army National Guard unit fired at students during a war protest on campus, killing four and wounding nine. This event, known as the Kent State shootings, caused an immediate closure of the campus as well as many other college campuses around the nation. The Guard had been called into Kent after several protests in and around campus had become violent, including the rioting of downtown Kent and the burning of the ROTC building. The main cause of the protests was the United States' invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
Kent State was again in the national spotlight in 1977 when construction was set to begin on the Memorial Gym Annex, adjacent to the area where the shootings had occurred in 1970. Protesters organized a tent city in May, which lasted into July. Several attempts were made to block construction even after the end of the tent city, including an appeal to Congress to have the area declared a national historic landmark, but these attempts failed. Construction finally began on September 19, and finished in 1979.
In 1994, Kent State earned status as a Research University II from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2000, the foundation changed its classification system and Kent State is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, one of 90 U.S. public schools with this classification.
Presidents of Kent State University
Kent State University is an eight-campus system in northeastern Ohio, with the main campus and administrative center in Kent. Within the Kent State University system, the main campus is officially referred to as the "Kent Campus", though it is rarely, if ever, referred as such outside of the university community. The campus is a landscaped suburban environment, making up approximately which house over 100 buildings, gardens, bike trails, and open greenery. There are also thousands of additional acres of bogs, marshes, and wildlife refuges adjacent to or near the campus. While the university's official mascot is Flash the Golden Eagle, the campus also has an unofficial mascot in the Black Squirrel, which were brought to Kent in 1961 and can be found on and around the campus. The campus is divided into North, South, and East sections but many areas have come to be referred to as Front Campus, Residential Campus, and Science Row. The main hub of activity and central point is the Student Center and Risman Plaza, which is adjacent to the twelve-story main library. In addition to the campus itself, the university also operates the 18-hole Kent State Golf Course and Centennial Research Park just east of campus in Franklin Township and the Kent State University Airport in Stow.
In addition to the main campus in Kent, there are seven regional campuses. The system is one of the largest and oldest regional campus systems in the United States. The regional campuses serve to provide a small, liberal-arts college feel as opposed to the large university feel of the main campus in Kent. Students at the regional campuses can begin any of Kent State's majors at their respective campus and each campus offers its own unique programs and opportunities that may or may not be availble in Kent. Regional campuses include:
The Ashtabula Campus is currently made up of three buildings: Main Hall, a library, and a technology and art building. It is on a 125-acre site along the shores of Lake Erie
in Ashtabula, Ohio
. Kent State-Ashtabula is noted locally for its nursing program. Seventy-five percent (75%) of registered nurses
working in Ashtabula County
graduated with an Associate's degree
in nursing from Kent State-Ashtabula. On July 17
, ground was broken for a new Health and Science building, which is being constructed for use mainly by the growing nursing and allied health programs.
The East Liverpool
Campus occupies a downtown site overlooking the Ohio River
. It is composed of the Main Building, Memorial Auditorium, Mary Patterson Building, and a Commons area.
Located in Burton, Ohio
, Kent State's Geauga Campus is at the heart of Ohio’s maple syrup country in Geauga County
. The campus provides easy access to urban, suburban and rural areas. The Geauga Campus also includes the Twinsburg Center, a small extension located in Twinsburg, Ohio
Kent State's Salem
Campus is located just south of the city. It features a lake, a 25 acre outdoor classroom, and nature walk. In addition to the Salem Campus, Kent State University Salem owns and operates the old Salem Middle School called the "City Center" in which certain administrative offices, classes, and student services are located.
The Stark Campus is the largest regional campus of Kent State University, serving around 10,300 students each year (5,300 in academic programs, 5,000 in executive and graduate education). It is located on in Jackson Township
just five minutes from the Akron-Canton Regional Airport
. It is composed of seven major buildings and a natural pond and offers three masters and 12 complete bachelor degree programs. Baccalaureate programs include: applied communication, business management, English, general studies, history, justice studies, mathematics, middle childhood education, and nursing, as well as pre-law, technology and psychology degrees. Additionally, there are three associate degrees offered: arts, justice studies, and science. The campus also offers three masters level programs: a professional M.B.A degree and a M.A. or M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching Studies. Ninety percent of Kent State Stark’s full-time faculty hold the highest academic credentials in their field. The Stark campus includes the Professional Education and Conference Center; an advanced meeting, training, and events facility that is one of only ten such centers in the state of Ohio affiliated with the International Association of Conference Centers. The Center also serves as a home to the Office of Corporate and Community Services, which provides intense training and learning exercises for area businesses and organizations.
Kent State's Trumbull Campus is located in Warren, Ohio
just north of the SR 5
bypass on SR 45
. It offers programs in 170 majors at the freshman and sophomore level, as well as 18 certificates and 15 associate degree programs. In addition, there is junior/senior level coursework for baccalaureate degree completion in nursing, justice studies, technology, business management, and English, as well as general studies and psychology degrees. The campus recently opened a new Technology Building that supports a variety of technology degree programs. Including in the building are computer technology education; the new Workforce Development and Continuing Studies Center's program that includes certification for professionals; and an Adaptive Technology Lab that provides education and training to individuals with special needs.
The Tuscarawas Campus, located in New Philadelphia, Ohio
offers 19 associate degrees, six bachelor's, and the Master of Technology Degree. Bacelors degrees are offered in business management, general studies, justice studies, industrial technology, nursing and technology 2+2. The recently constructed Science and Advanced Technology Center provides of laboratory and classroom space for science, nursing and workforce development. The Tuscarawas Campus plans to construct a , $13.5 million Fine and Performing Arts center that will enable the campus to expand academic and cultural programming.
In addition to the eight campuses in northeast Ohio, Kent State operates additional facilities which house study-abroad programs including ones in Florence
; New York City
; and downtown Cleveland, Ohio
Kent State University operates a center in Florence that is a fully accredited institution which has been hosting students studying abroad for years. Recently, KSU-Florence opened its doors to International Studies Abroad in a collaboration that grants students the opportunity to study in historic Florence at its newly-renovated Palazzo dei Cerchi. Palazzo dei Cerchi
is a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence, at the corner of Via della Condotta and Vicolo dei Cerchi, next to the famous Piazza della Signoria
and the birthplace of literary genius Dante Alighieri
. Kent State acquired this facility in 2003 and undertook its complete renovation. The original exterior was maintained and reflects Florence
as it was in the 13th century. The restoration carefully preserved the original structure while creating an efficient space for academic purposes, with an interior that houses state-of-the art classrooms.
New York City Studio
The New York City Studio is located in the heart of New York City
's Garment District. Surrounded by fabric and accessory shops, fashion showrooms, and designer studios; one-third of all clothing manufactured in the USA is designed and produced in this neighborhood. The District is home to America's world-renowned fashion designers, including Oscar De La Renta
, Calvin Klein
, Donna Karan
, Liz Claiborne
, and Nicole Miller
. The facility is a new, state-of-the art, 4,500-square-foot space and includes a 50-person lecture room, 12-station computer lab with instructor station, and a fashion design studio fully outfitted with professional equipment. The NYC studio gives Kent State students the advantage of working within the heart of the fashion, dance and theater industry.
Cleveland Urban Design Center
Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Center is located at 820 Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland’s historic Gateway neighborhood, just off of East 9th Street. The Urban Design Center of Northeast Ohio was created in 1983 under the sponsorship of the Urban University Program, which supports the outreach and community service efforts of Ohio's state universities working in urban areas. Under its founding director, Foster Armstrong, the Center expanded on the existing outreach and public service activities of Kent State's architecture
school, focusing primarily on historic preservation and the problems of Northeast Ohio's smaller towns and cities. In 2003, the CUDC began a collaboration with the Dresden University of Technology
, Kent State’s sister university in Germany
, with a joint vision on the revitalization of the lower Cuyahoga Valley
. Since then, there have been a number of faculty exchanges as the two universities seek to pool their expertise both to enhance students’ experiences and to better serve their respective regions.
Kent State has colleges of:
- Architecture and Environmental Design
- Arts (focusing on fine/performing arts and fashion-related studies)
- Arts and Sciences
- Business Administration
- Communication and Information
- Education, Health, and Human Services
The university has an Honors College and interdisciplinary programs in Biomedical Sciences, Financial Engineering, and Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.
- The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising is in the top tier of fashion education in the nation by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, with programs in Florence, Hong Kong, and New York City, and affiliations in Paris and London.
- The Hugh A Glauser School of Music offers degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Theory and Composition, and Ethnomusicology. The School of Music is one of the few colleges in the US that offer a BM, a MM, and a PhD in Music Education.
- The Kent/Blossom Music program partners with the Cleveland Orchestra each summer for one of the nation's major classical music festivals.
- The Center for the Study of World Musics is one of the primary centers for ethnomusicology in the United States.
- The School Psychology Program (SPSY is the only program in the state accredited by APA and NASP. The SPSY program is a 'flagship' training program in Ohio (graduates comprise about 18% of all SPSY professionals in the state).
- The Visual Communication Design Program (VCD) is one of the most respected in the US.
- Kent State University is one of few universities with graduate programs in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM ) and an online certificate program in Knowledge Management.
- The only institution in Ohio to offer a degree in Library and Information Science, Kent is ranked 19th by U.S. News & World Report.
- Kent's Business School is nationally known and the Financial Engineering program is ranked 13th in the country.
- The College of Technology offers three aeronautics degrees; Flight Technology, Aviation Management and Aeronautical Engineering.
- See also: Kent State University Airport.
- The College of Architecture offers one of the most demanding undergraduate programs in the country. The interior design program is one of the top twelve in the nation.
- Kent State has a complete undergraduate, master's, and doctoral sequence in translation and the only dual masters degree program in the nation.
- Faculty, staff and students collaborate at The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence (ISPV) , bringing together local and national expertise to develop multidisciplinary research that informs the development and implementation of best practices and policy.
- The Center for Peaceful Change, a response to the Kent State shootings of 1970, was established in 1971 "as a living memorial to the events of May 4, 1970." Now known as The Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM), it developed one of the earliest conflict resolution undergraduate degree programs in the United States.
- Pan-African Studies is one of the oldest African American programs in the nation.
- Kent State offers the only B.A. in American Sign Language in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.
- The Wick Poetry Center is one of only ten poetry centers in the nation.
- In conjunction with the University of Akron and Youngstown State University, Kent State is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy program, a six year medical program, one of only 17 combine BS/MD programs in the country.
The following are tuition costs per semester for full-time (at least eleven credit hours) students at Kent State University at its main and regional campuses, effective for the Spring 2008 semester:
- undergraduate tuition $4,215
- graduate tuition $4,484
- undergraduate tuition $7,931
- graduate tuition $7,990
- regional campus lower division credit tuition $2,385
- regional campus upper division credit tuition $2,795
- regional campus lower division credit tuition $6,101
- regional campus upper division credit tuition $6,511
The university offers a large number of opportunities for student involvement at all its campuses, including: student and professional associations, Greek organizations, service organizations, performing ensembles, student publications, student government, and intramural and club athletics.
Kent State offers several local chapters of national Greek organizations.
African American Fraternities
African American Sororities
Service & Honorary Fraternities/Sororities
Through the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance, the university offers numerous performance opportunities in the performing arts, including five concert bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, University Band, and Communiversity Band), Athletic Bands (Marching Golden Flashes and Flasher Brass), three jazz ensembles (Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Jazz Lab Band), six choral ensembles (Kent Chorus, KSU Chorale, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Gospel Choir, and Ars Nova Singers), Orchestra, World Music Ensembles, as well as theater and dance opportunities. Each regional campus also offers their own performing arts opportunitites.
Kent State Student Center Programming offers a varity of programs and events that are free for students across campus. The Black Squirrel Festival, Rock the Runway, Jack Hanna's Animals are just a few of the larger events that take place throughout the year. Karaoke is held every thursday in the Rathskellar and various tournaments (8-ball, Euchre, Poker) are held at various times throughout the semester.
- Kent Interhall Council (KIC)
- Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
- Graduate Student Senate (GSS)
The Daily Kent Stater, colloquially known as the "Stater", is a student newspaper publishing student and guests editorials onday-Friday during the fall and spring semesters and weekly as the Summer Kent Stater during the summer. Stater staff is entirely students, primarily in the journalism. Most editors hold their positions for one semester.
TV2 is Kent State's student-run television station, produced solely by students with live M-F 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm news. Other student-created shows include Sportscorner, a music video show, talk shows and more. News broadcasts are available on KSU cable channel 2, Portage County Time Warner channel 16 and on-demand online.
Student run Black Squirrel Radio broadcasts on the internet with more than 100 disc jockeys.
Kent State operates thirty-five on-campus residence halls
and a twelve-building apartment complex, all of which are located on the main campus in Kent. Each hall is a part of a larger group, usually bound by a common name or a common central area. They are:
- Twin Towers: Beall and McDowell
- Tri-Towers: Koonce, Leebrick, Wright and Korb
- Loop Road: Heer, Harbourt, and Van Campen
- First Year Experience: Apple, Altmann, Humphrey, McSweeney, Metcalf, Munzenmayer, Musselman, and Stewart (also known as "Small Group" dorms)
- Eastway: Allyn, Clark, Fletcher, and Manchester
- New Front: Prentice, Verder, Dunbar, and Engleman)
- Centennial Court: Six buildings lettered A - F
- Quad: Lake, Olson, Johnson, and Stopher
- Allerton: Twelve apartment buildings for family student housing
Dining halls are in Eastway, Tri-Towers, Stewart in First Year Experience and Prentice, as well as multiple loactions in the Student Center. Each of the residence hall dining locations also houses small grocery stores where students may use their board plan.
Within the dorms are 13 Learning Communities based on area of study:
- A Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)
- College of Business Colleagues (CBC)
- CCI Commons
- Centennial Leadership Academy
- Education Learning Community (ELC)
- Global Passport Community
- Honors Hall
- Literacy and Independence for Family Education (LIFE)
- Physical Education Professional Learning Community (PEPLC)
- Science Learning Community (SLC)
Kent State's athletic teams are called the Golden Flashes. Their colors are Navy Blue and Gold. They compete in the NCAA's Division I (Bowl Subdivision for football), and the Mid-American Conference East division. Kent State fields 16 varsity athletic teams and one club team.
The Flashes had success in the Mid-American Conference, earned the Mid-American Conference's Reese Cup for best men's athetic program in 2000, 2002 and 2006 and the Jacoby Cup for best women's athletic program in 1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005. In 2002 the Men's Basketball team advanced to NCAA "Elite Eight", while the baseball team, women's basketball, gymnastics, men's golf, and women's golf teams have won numerous MAC titles and advanced to NCAA tournament play. Some notable athletic alumni include: 2003 British Open Champion and current PGA member Ben Curtis, former New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert, ESPN Analyst and former college football coach Lou Holtz, current San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, current Cleveland Browns return man Joshua Cribbs, former San Diego Padres pitcher Dustin Hermanson, and current Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban.
The Golden Flashes compete in the following sports:
*=the golf teams' season begins in the fall, but continues through most of the school year, culminating in the league and NCAA tournaments in the spring.
City of Kent, Ohio
Kent State Kent Campus is located in Kent, Ohio on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Historically, Kent's growth was influenced by the canals and rail and the city was known as a strong location for the Underground Railroad. Known as the Tree City, Kent is home to the Davey Tree Expert Company, a leader in tree sales and growth. With a population of 27,906 Kent offers a suburban, accessible setting. Nearby cities include Streetsboro, Stow, Hudson, Ravenna and Akron.
Alma Mater & Fight Song
From the beauty land Ohio comes a universal praise,
'Tis the song of Alma Mater that her sons and daughters raise.
'Tis a Hail to Kent forever, on the Cuyahoga shore,
Now we join the loving thousands as they sing it o'er and o'er.
Hail to Thee, our Alma Mater.
O, how beautiful Thou art,
High enthroned upon the hilltop,
Reigning over every heart.
Fight on for KSU
Fight for the Blue and Gold!
We're out to beat the foe;
Fight on brave and bold!
Fight on for victory,
Don't stop until we're through.
We're all together,
Let's go forward, K-S-U!
The Kent State University Press is the publishing arm of Kent State University. Their mission is "to advance knowledge through publishing" and is controlled by an Editorial Board of Kent faculty. As a member of the Association of American University Presses, it is included in the select group of more than 100 university-sponsored scholarly presses, whose outstanding programs make them an important segment of the publishing and academic community.
The Press began in 1965 under the direction of Howard Allen and published in the University faculty strengths in literary criticism. In 1972 Paul Rohmann became the Press's second director and expanded the Press's publishing program to include regional studies and ethnomusicology. In 1985 historian John Hubbell assumed the directorship and for fifteen years saw the staff and publishing program grow to include widely regarded lists in Civil War history and Ohio history. Today, under director Will Underwood, the Press publishes 30 to 35 titles a year and reaches a large and appreciative audience.
- Tom Batiuk, comic strip author of Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft
- Bob Borden, writer and frequent contributor, Late Show with David Letterman
- Bertice Berry, sociologist, author, lecturer, comedian, educator, and former talk show host
- John Caparulo, comedian
- Vincent J. Cardinal, playwright and director
- Drew Carey, actor/comedian (dropped out)
- Carol Costello, anchor and reporter for CNN
- Joshua Cribbs, NFL football player
- Ben Curtis, golfer
- John de Lancie, actor
- John Dennis Sports radio talk show personality and former television sportscaster
- Stephen R. Donaldson, author
- Alan Dunbar, former track & field decathlete
- Donald Erb, composer
- John Filo, photographer
- Quinton Flynn, voice actor
- Angela Funovits, mentalist/illusionist and star of NBC's Phenomenon
- Antonio Gates, NFL football player
- Matt Guerrier, professional baseball player
- Arsenio Hall, talk show host
- James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker
- Jared Hartung, journalist
- Dustin Hermanson, baseball pitcher, Chicago White Sox
- Dave Holmes (sportscaster), winner of ESPN's Dream Job
- Lou Holtz, Former Football Coach and current ESPN Analyst. Joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
- Chrissie Hynde, lead singer, The Pretenders (dropped out)
- Daniel Johnston, singer-songwriter, attended the KSU Arts School at the East Liverpool branch (dropped out)
- Michael Keaton, actor (dropped out after two years)
- Vic Ketchman, sport journalist, senior editor of the official website Jacksonville Jaguars
- Don King, boxing promoter (dropped out)
- Jack Lambert, Pro Football Hall of Fame Member
- Nigel McGuinness professional wrestler, currently working for Ring of Honour
- Gene Michael, Major League Baseball player, mananger, and scout
- Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale, Brian Chojnowski, and Bob Lewis, founders of the new wave band Devo
- Thurman Munson, Major League Baseball player, New York Yankees, Rookie of the Year and MLB Most Valuable Player Award winner. Joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
- Dav Pilkey, children's book author, Captain Underpants
- Jeff Richmond, composer and producer, 30 Rock
- Alice Ripley, actress and singer
- James J. Ruggiero, Class of 2004, Nutrisystem Model, Actor/TV; American Gladiators (2008), Best Week Ever (2008), The Soup (2008) Inside Edition (2008), Brooke Knows Best (2008), Fox Sports Ohio (2002), Guest Appearances: Metal Skool (2006-2007), Buffalo Wild Wings (2007), Summer Sudz (Ind. Film 2008).
- Nick Saban, Current coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide
- Paul Sahre, graphic designer, illustrator, author, educator
- David Sedaris, author (dropped out)
- Connie Schultz, The Plain Dealer columnist, 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner
- Andy Sonnanstine, starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays
- Steve Stone (baseball player), baseball pitcher, won Cy Young Award; sportscaster
- Harry Stout, author and scholar at Yale University (received Ph.D. in History)
- Betty Sutton Congresswoman 13th
- Bonnie Turner, writer/creator, 3rd Rock from the Sun and That 70's Show
- Crista Nicole Wagner, swimsuit model, Playboy Playmate
- Joe Walsh, rock and roll guitarist, The Eagles (dropped out; received honorary doctorate in 2001)
- De'Angelo Wilson, actor
- Brian Windhurst, Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer
- Amy Young, Owner of [Perihelion Arts Contemporary Gallery]
- Thomas "TC" Cletzer, Music Producer (dropped out)
- Kevin Stewart-Magee Fine art muralist and painter
- James Harrison Pittsburgh Steelers starting outside linebacker
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