Undergraduate Freshman Application

Please review the Admission Requirements list and gather the necessary materials before beginning the application. Applicants are able to update and check the status of their applications by logging in with the ID and personal identification number (PIN) established during the application process.

General Instructions

  • The application is divided into multiple sections to allow you the option of completing the application in one session or in multiple sessions. Click the "Finish Later" button to save portions of the application you have already completed.
  • To return to complete the application at a later time, just enter your Login and PIN.
  • To check your application status, click the "Check the Status of an Existing Application" button found on this page. Remember you will need your original Login and PIN to securely check your status.

Tips/Checklist

  • Submit your nonrefundable application fee by using a credit card or checking account.
  • Submit your official high school transcript or GED score report.
  • ACT/SAT score (Not required if you have been out of high school for 3 or more years or if you are over the age of 21.)
  • If you have postsecondary enrollment option credit (for those who completed college coursework while in high school) you need to send an official college or university transcript as soon as you have completed the coursework .
  • Be aware of any additional academic program requirements for your major.

Admission Requirements

Admission Policy for New Freshmen at the Kent Campus

Freshman admission at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based on the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. In addition, some areas of study have additional academic program requirements.

Home School/Alternative Education Policy

Kent State welcomes applications from home-schooled students. Students who are home-schooled may submit an equivalent diploma through a successful General Educational Development (GED) examination and an ACT/SAT* score, or submit the following information for admission consideration:

  1. Written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education
  2. ACT or SAT* score.
  3. A portfolio of the student's work reflecting all secondary coursework completed Students should complete a program of study that covers the material in the full college preparatory program recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education. Non-Ohio students should submit appropriate supporting documents as required by their home state. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further details.

* Since Kent State Regional Campuses do not require ACT/SAT scores for admission, this requirement may be waived by the appropriate campus.

Deferred Admission

The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who show areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus will forward a student's application materials to a Regional Campus at his/her request.  

College Preparatory Curriculum

The full college preparatory curriculum as recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education consists of the following:

  • 4 units of English (emphasis on composition)
  • 4 units of mathematics (Algebra I, II, Geometry, with minimum Algebra II complete)
  • 3 units of science
  • 3 units of social studies
  • 2 units of foreign language
  • 1 unit of the arts or an additional unit of a foreign language

Additional Academic Program Requirements

After review for admission to the Kent Campus, additional academic program requirements are needed for the following academic areas to be admitted.

Aeronautics

Entry into the aeronautics programs requires at least a 2.5 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Architecture

Application Deadline: Jan. 31
To be considered, freshmen need at least a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 25 (minimum ACT sub scores of 25 in both English and math) or 1140 combined critical reading + math SAT score.

B.S./M.D.

Six-Year Medical Program
Application Deadline: Dec. 15
In conjunction with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM),Kent State offers a six-year medical program leading to both the bachelor of science and medical degrees. This program is highly selective and includes interviews of semifinalists before final selections are made. More than 600 applications are submitted;thirty-five students are chosen. Special B.S./M.D. applications can be obtained by calling the Admissions Office at NEOUCOM at 1-800-686-2511 (in Ohio) or 330-325-2511.

Dance

Students must audition before being admitted to the dance program. Inquiries can be directed to the Dance Coordinator, 266 MAC Center Annex, Kent State University, P.O.Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 (or call 330-672-2069).

Education

To qualify for a teacher education program, freshman applicants must have at least a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (980 SAT combined critical reading + math score) OR a 2.75 cumulative high school grade point average and all 16 of the recommended college preparatory units (see the New Freshmen "Admissions Requirements" section for a list of these units).

Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising

Freshman applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or an SAT combined critical reading + math score of 980).

Interior Design

Students are admitted to interior design based on a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (1020 SAT combined critical reading + math score).

Music

Students must audition before being admitted to the School of Music. Inquiries can be directed to the Coordinator of Admissions and Scholarships, School of Music, E-101 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001(or call 330-672-2172).

Musical Theatre

Students must audition before being admitted to the B.F.A degree program in Musical Theatre. Inquiries can be directed to the Theatre Coordinator, B-141 Music and Speech, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001 or call 330-672-2082.

Nursing

Admission to pre-nursing requires the completion of high school math, biology, and chemistry. In addition, students should have at least a 2.7 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 22 (or an SAT combined critical reading + math score of 1020). Students with an ACT composite score of 21 (SAT combined critical reading + math score of 980) need a 2.9 high school grade point average; those with an ACT composite score of 20 (SAT combined critical reading + math score of 940) need a 3.3 cumulative high school grade point average.

Sport Administration

Those students who have a 2.75 high school cumulative grade point average and a 21 ACT score or 980 SAT combined critical reading and math score are admitted to the sport administration major.

Visual Communication Design

Enrollment in the freshman visual communication design courses is limited. Early applicants and those with strong academic credentials will be given preference.

Honors College

Students from any major may seek admission to the Honors College. Selective criteria include high school grade point average, class rank, ACT or SAT scores, college preparatory curriculum, and evidence of creative ability. To be considered for membership in the Honors College and for merit scholarships, you must submit a complete Kent State admissions application by Jan. 15. Students who are selected for Honors College consideration will be sent information on completing the required essays. For more information, visit the Honors College online.

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