Kent State University
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Kent State University

Ohio, United States | Public

About

Kent State University (popularly known as KSU or Kent State) is primarily residential, public research university (190 active patents) in Kent, Ohio, USA. Established as a teacher training school in 1910, KSU today provides notable programs such as nursing, business, library science, Aeronautics, journalism, and history. Kent State is one of the largest universities in Ohio, is spread across eight regional campuses with the main campus (known as the "Kent Campus") consisting of above 28,000 students and boasts of having above 2 lakh alumni worldwide. The world remembers KSU as the birthplace of LCD founded in 1965 by Glenn Brown in KSU’s Liquid Crystal Institute.

Cost

Reasonable

$17,010

Average Living Expenses (Bachelors)

$17,010

Average Living Expenses (Masters)

Rankings

#683

US News ranking

#801-1000

Qs ranking

#801-1000

Times New ranking

Admissions

85%

Avg acceptance rate (Bachelors)

$50 - $70

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Campus

Location

The main administrative center of KSU is in Kent, Ohio which provides its students with a landscaped suburban environment. The surroundings include thousands of acres of bogs (wet spongy area) and wildlife which are right adjacent to the campus. Kent State University has its own public airport, which is also used by its Aeronautics program. Among the popular events nearby are Blossom Music Center, the Porthouse Theatre, and the Wick Poetry Center. The neighboring cities of KSU are Cleveland (56 km) and Akron (15 km) and Pittsburgh (138 km). There is a metro bus-shuttle service in the city of Kent. There are various options for bicycling and carpooling too. The Sounder train is a train system that works on weekdays during peak commute hours. Students enjoy various movie theaters, bike paths, 3 golf courses, 4 bowling alleys and at least 25 churches within a 7-8 km distance from the campus.

Campus

Spread across 866 acres, the campus houses over 100 buildings, green patches, gardens and bike trails. The campus is divided into North (Front Campus), South (Residential Campus) and East (Science Row). The central hub of student activity is the Student Center and Risman Plaza. Adjacent to this hub is the twelve-story main library which also houses the Kent University press that publishes about 30-35 titles a year. In 2013, an Esplanade (a long, open, level area next to a river body for people to walk) was inaugurated which both physically and symbolically establishes a connection between the city and university. This Esplanade extends from College Towers apartments to the downtown area of Kent. The main athletic facilities include the 25000-seater Dix Stadium, and 6000-seat Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Some of the other iconic buildings on campus are the Rockwell Hall (Fashion Design School), Franklin Hall (Journalism and Mass Comm), and the Kent State Math and Computer Science Building.
The facilities at nursing, fashion, and education departments are much better than the STEM ones while some students feel that they have to use old and faulty laboratory equipment. Students also warn to take care while staying up late for coursework because a lot of times there is a parking fine coming up ($50 fine and $200 if it is towed away). Parking services need improvement.

Residing Options

While it is not mandatory for freshmen to live on campus, the residence halls of KSU provide accommodation for about 6340 students. Popular residence halls on campus are EastWay (only freshmen), Tri-Towers (one of the newer ones with a built-in gym), Centennial Courts, The Quad and NewFront. Some of the least recommended dorms are Verder Hall (smaller rooms, built-in closets which eat up more space, no-AC), Dunbar Hall (oldest, outdated appliances but location is great), Van CampbellHall (too far from everything, especially for people who don’t like to walk), Beall Hall (too old) and Lake Olson (closer to classes but no AC, close to metal trash cans being smashed up in the night, lack of proper ventilation). Yet, students also mention that if you get placed in these halls, don’t panic. Most people end up making great memories in such situations. The cost of living on-campus is roughly around $6000 per year.

Faculty

The faculty to student ratio is 1: 22 (total 2600 full-time and part-time) and over 57% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. Overall, the class sizes range from small to large depending on your course. The school is highly acclaimed fashion and merchandising course, also the translation programis great. KSU is known to have the best flight program in the country as it has its own airport too. Overall, the students feel that their professors are invested in them. Some of the non-mainstream departments such as Geography and Women’s Studies are also appreciated for being well-organized and highly useful.

Jobs and placements

Average median earning is $36,000 with best-paid alumni making $98000 per year. Nursing jobs paying $87000 per year while account executives are not far behind at $70000. It is said that Cleveland and Columbus in Ohio are filled with Kent grads. Companies coming on campus are Cleveland Clinical Health Systems, Sherwin Williams Co, Accenture, USC, Uber, etc.

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