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Kent State University

Kent State University
Motto Excellence In Action
Established 1910
Type Public
Endowment $109.1 Million[1]
President Beverly Warren
Academic staff 2,652[2] (September 2012, all campuses)
Admin. staff 3,081[2] (September 2012, all campuses)
Students 29,477 (Kent Campus)
41,213 (all campuses)
Undergraduates 23,328 (Kent Campus)
35,010 (all campuses)
Postgraduates 6,149 (Kent Campus)
6,203 (all campuses)
Location Kent, Ohio, United States
Campus Suburban college town
866 acres (350 ha) (Main campus)[3]
Colors Kent State Blue and Kent State Gold
Athletics NCAA Division I FBS
Mid-American Conference
16 varsity teams
Nickname Golden Flashes
Mascot Flash the golden eagle
Affiliations University System of Ohio, NCACS, APLU
Website .edu.kentwww

Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State, and KSU) is a public research university located in Kent, Ohio, United States. The university has eight campuses around the Northeast Ohio region with the main campus in Kent being the largest. Other campuses are located in Ashtabula, Burton, East Liverpool, Jackson Township, New Philadelphia, Salem, and Warren, Ohio.

As of September 2014, Kent State is one of the largest universities in Ohio with an enrollment of 41,213 students in the eight-campus system and 29,477 students at the main campus in Kent.[5] It is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the top 77 public research universities in the US and one of the top 76 in community engagement.[6] In 2010, Kent State was ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.[7] Kent State offers over 300 degree programs, among them 250 baccalaureate, 40 associate's, 50 master's, and 23 doctoral programs of study,[8] which include such notable programs as nursing, business, history, library science, aeronautics, journalism, fashion design and the Liquid Crystal Institute.

The university was established in 1910 as the Kent State Normal School as a teacher-training school. The first classes were held in 1912 at various locations and in temporary buildings in Kent. Since then, the university has grown to include many additional baccalaureate and graduate programs of study in the arts and sciences, research opportunities, as well as over 1,000 acres (405 ha) and 119 buildings on the Kent campus. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the university was known internationally for its student activism in opposition to US involvement in the Vietnam War, due mainly to the events of May 4, 1970.


  • History 1
    • Early history 1.1
    • 1940s-1960s 1.2
    • Kent State shootings 1.3
    • 1970s-1980s 1.4
    • 1990s-Present 1.5
  • Campuses 2
    • Regional campuses 2.1
      • Ashtabula 2.1.1
      • East Liverpool 2.1.2
      • Geauga 2.1.3
      • Salem 2.1.4
      • Stark 2.1.5
      • Trumbull 2.1.6
      • Tuscarawas 2.1.7
    • Additional facilities 2.2
      • Florence Center 2.2.1
      • New York City Studio 2.2.2
      • Cleveland Urban Design Center 2.2.3
  • Academic divisions 3
  • Notable programs 4
  • Student life 5
    • Greek life 5.1
    • Performing arts 5.2
    • Student events and programming 5.3
    • Student government 5.4
    • Student media 5.5
    • Campus living 5.6
      • Learning communities 5.6.1
  • Athletics 6
  • University Press 7
  • Notable alumni 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11


Early history

Front of Kent Hall, built in 1915, one of the oldest buildings on campus.

Kent State University was established in 1910 as an institution for training public school teachers. It was part of the

  • Kent State University official website
  • Kent State Golden Flashes official athletics website
  • Kent State University Undergraduate Student Government official website

External links

  • Hildebrand, William H.; Dean H. Keller; Anita Dixon Herington (1993). A Book of Memories: Kent State University, 1910-1992. Kent State University Press.  
  • Hildebrand, William H. (2009). A most noble enterprise: the story of Kent State University, 1910-2010. Kent State University Press.  

Further reading

  1. ^ "KSU endowment rebounds from economy". February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Flash Facts Fall 2013". Kent State University. 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kent State University At a Glance". Petersons. December 15, 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2009. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Fifteenth Day Enrollment Statistics". Kent State University. September 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Academics". Kent State University. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "World University Rankings 2010".  
  8. ^ "Graduation Planning System". Kent State University. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  9. ^ Johannesen, Eric, ed. (30 May 1975). National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Ohio State Normal College At Kent. United States Department of the Interior. 
  10. ^ Treichler, F. Robert. "A History of Kent Hall" (PDF). Kent State Psychology Department website. Kent State University. p. 6. Retrieved 23 September 2009. Kent State is unique among Ohio's state-supported schools in being named for an individual. 
  11. ^ a b "John Edward McGilvrey, Papers, 1890-1945". Kent State University Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University. 14 December 2005. 
  12. ^ Treichler, p. 1; "President McGilvery, always a visionary, harbored the prospect that Kent would one day become a great university, and he instructed
  13. ^ a b c d Hildebrand, William H.; Dean H. Keller; Anita Dixon Herington (1993). A Book of Memories. Kent State University Press. pp. 18–20.  
  14. ^ "Special Collections FAQ". Kent State University Special Collections and Archives FAQ. Kent State University. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  15. ^ Grismer, Karl (1932). The History of Kent (2001 Revision ed.).  
  16. ^ Clingman, Curtis T. (17 September 1979). "Dr. Oscar W. Ritchie". Spectrum (1998 Revision ed.) (HieroGraphics Online). Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  17. ^ Elder, Melissa (11 February 2008). "Renovations for Oscar Ritchie on Track". eInside (Kent State University). Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  18. ^ Hildebrand, Herrington, & Keller; pp. 267-270
  19. ^ "London Black Squirrels Take Over Kent State University". 2002. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  20. ^ Hildebrand, Herrington, & Keller; p. 258
  21. ^ Kent Historical Society Book Committee (1999). Darrow, Ralph, ed. Kent Ohio: The Dynamic Decades.  
  22. ^ Johnson, Christopher (1 August 2005). "Liquid Crystal Institute blazes new trails at Kent State". Inside Business (Great Lakes Publishing). Retrieved 2009-09-23. ...the world's No. 1 liquid crystal research center is at Kent State University: the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI). 
  23. ^ Johnson, Christopher (10 May 1999). "Liquid Lessons: The Missed Opportunity of Liquid Crystal Technology isn't Lost on Researchers Striving to Establish a MEMS Industry Here". Crain's Cleveland Business (Crain Communications). Retrieved 2009-09-23. in the 1970s, soon after Kent State University researcher James Fergason first invented the basic liquid crystal. 
  24. ^ Pettypiece, Shannon (29 August 2005). "Crystal clear; Kent State playing lead role in exploring medical, anti-bioterror uses for liquid crystal technology.". Crain's Cleveland Business (Crain Communications). Retrieved 2009-09-23. Since that time, the university has spun off 10 companies developing liquid crystal technology. 
  25. ^ "Kent State University Campus Bus Service: History 1965-2004".  
  26. ^ Hildebrand, Herrington, & Keller; pp. 165-166
  27. ^ "Kent State Shootings". Ohio History Central. Ohio Historical Society. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  28. ^ Hildebrand, Herrington, & Keller; pp. 181-183
  29. ^ "Center for Applied Conflict Management". Kent State University. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  30. ^ Poje, Michelle (24 August 2005). "PERC up: research papers aren't so bad with help from library". Daily Kent Stater ( Retrieved 23 September 2009. With its 12 floors of resources and well-known status as the tallest building in Portage County... 
  31. ^ Hildebrand, Herrington, & Keller; p. 187
  32. ^ Darrow, p. 17
  33. ^ "About NEOUCOM: Universities".  
  34. ^ Slobodinski, Mikhail & Schrager, Jennifer. "Tent City Chronology (Gym Annex Controversy)". Kent State University Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  35. ^ "Carol A. Cartwright". National Public Radio. 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  36. ^ "Carnegie Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive". University of Washington Reference Tools.  
  37. ^ "Kent State University". Ohio History Central. Ohio Historical Society. 1 July 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  38. ^ "Franklin Hall". Directions & Maps. Kent State University. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2009. Franklin Hall rehabilitation marks the last phase of major projects to restore the historic front campus to its former splendor... 
  39. ^ "News Briefs". eInside (Kent State University). 2 March 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  40. ^ Fredmonsky, Matt (15 September 2010). "KSU enrollment breaks record". Record-Courier. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  41. ^ a b "Welcome to Kent State's Eight-Campus System". Kent State University website. Kent State University. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  42. ^ "Ashtabula Campus Breaks Ground for a Healthier Northeast Ohio on July 17". eInside (Kent State University). 2007-07-16. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  43. ^ "Majors & Degree Programs". Kent State University Stark Campus website. Kent State University. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  44. ^ "Welcome to the Professional Education and Conference Center". Kent State University Stark Campus website. Kent State University. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  45. ^ "About Kent State University Stark". Kent State University Stark Campus website. Kent State University. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  46. ^ "Kent State University in Florence". (International Studies Abroad Inc.). Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  47. ^ "Kent State Meets the Big Apple: NYC Studio Announces Official Opening October 11". einside (Kent State University). 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  48. ^ "Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative". CUDC. Kent State University. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  49. ^ "Kent State and Premier Flight Academy Launch Innovative Flight Training Certificate Program". Kent State University. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  50. ^ "International Student Program". Premier Flight Academy. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  51. ^ Rogers, Emily (11 October 2009). "Top 10 Fashion Schools". Runway Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  52. ^
  53. ^ "Library and Information Studies".  
  54. ^ "Board Establishes Nation's First Dual Master's Degree Program in Language Translation". Kent State University. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  55. ^
  56. ^
  57. ^ "Prosperity by Degrees". Kent State Magazine. Spring 2010. p. 3. 
  58. ^ Biliczky, Carol (March 27, 2012). "Kent State unveils mural by Funky Winkerbean creators".  


Major League Baseball players to come from Kent State include current players Emmanuel Burriss, Matt Guerrier, Andy Sonnanstine and Dirk Hayhurst. Past MLB players include Gene Michael, Rich Rollins, Dustin Hermanson, Cy Young Award winner Steve Stone, and Rookie of the Year, and Most Valuable Player winner Thurman Munson. Additional athletic alumni include Canadian professional golfers Jon Mills and Ryan Yip as well as American and 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis, and Olympians Betty-Jean Maycock in gymnastics and Gerald Tinker in track and field.

College football coaches such as four-time National Champion Nick Saban of the University of Alabama, Gary Pinkel of the University of Missouri, and former National Championship winning coach and current ESPN analyst Lou Holtz are also Kent State alumni.

A number of professional athletes are Kent State alumni including current WWE wrestler and two-time World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, National Football League players such as two-time Super Bowl winner James Harrison, Pro Bowl selections Josh Cribbs & Antonio Gates, and Usama Young. Former NFL players include Don Nottingham, Pro Football Hall of Fame member Jack Lambert along with Canadian Football League standouts Jay McNeil, Tony Martino, and Canadian Football Hall of Fame and former Kent State football head coach Jim Corrigall.

Literary and journalism alumni include Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft writer Tom Batiuk,[58] Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz, and Pulitzer Prize nominated columnist Regina Brett. Television journalism alumni include CNN anchor Carol Costello, Cleveland news anchors Ted Henry, Wayne Dawson and Catherine Bosley, and sportscasters Jeff Phelps and ESPN Dream Job winner Dave Holmes.

In politics and government, several politicians in Ohio attended Kent State including former judge and United States Representative Students for a Democratic Society leaders Ken Hammond and Carl Oglesby.

Kent State counts 196,000 alumni as of 2010.[57] It has produced a number of individuals in the entertainment industry including comedian and current Price is Right host Drew Carey, comedian and talk show host Arsenio Hall, actors John de Lancie, Michael Keaton, and Ray Wise, actresses Alaina Reed Hall and Alice Ripley, Phenomenon star Angela Funovits, boxing promoter Don King, 30 Rock producer Jeff Richmond, and That 70s Show creator Bonnie Turner. Musicians from Kent State include several members of the band Devo, which was formed at Kent State in 1973, including Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob Lewis, and Gerald Casale. Additional musicians include singers Chrissie Hynde, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees, and Debra Byrd of American Idol, guitarist Joe Walsh, and drummer Chris Vrenna.

Main Library via Esplanade, which extends from College Towers Apartments to the downtown area of the city of Kent
Rockwell Hall, Fashion Museum and School of Fashion

Notable alumni

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.

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.

May 4 Memorial at night

University Press

*=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.

The Golden Flashes compete in the following sports:

The Flashes had success in the Mid-American Conference, earned the Mid-American Conference's Reese Cup for best men's athletic program in 2000, 2002 and 2006 and the Jacoby Cup for best women's athletic program in 1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005.[7]. 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: Missouri Tigers head football coach Gary Pinkel, 2003 British Open Champion and current PGA member Ben Curtis, former New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, Thomas Jefferson (athlete) 1984 200m Olympic bronze medalist, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, ESPN Analyst and former college football coach Lou Holtz, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (who played basketball at KSU, not football), New York Jets return specialist Joshua Cribbs, former San Diego Padres pitcher Dustin Hermanson, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Matt Guerrier, and Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban, New England Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman.

The Kent defense lines up against Akron at Dix Stadium on September 30, 2006

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 current Kent State athletic logo


  • A Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (A-BBA)
  • Accounting Freshman Interest Group (AFIG)
  • Arts and Sciences Residential College (CAS)
  • College of Business Colleagues (CBC)
  • CCI Commons
  • Education Health & Human Services Residential College (EHHS)
  • Honors Halls
  • International Village Experience (IVE)
  • Physical Education Professional Learning Community (PEPLC)

Within the halls are 11 Learning Communities based on area of study:

Centennial Court B at night

Learning communities

Dining halls are in Eastway, Tri-Towers, and Prentice, as well as multiple locations in the Student Center. Each of the residence hall dining locations also houses small grocery stores where students may use their board plan.

  • Twin Towers: Beall and McDowell
  • Tri-Towers: Koonce, Leebrick, Wright and Korb
  • Loop Road: Van Campen
  • Eastway: Allyn, Clark, Fletcher, and Manchester. These halls plus Korb serve as the First Year Experience residence halls.
  • 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

Kent State operates twenty-five on-campus residence halls and a nine-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:

Eastway Center at night

Campus living

  • The Kent Stater, colloquially known as the "Stater", is a student newspaper publishing student and guests editorials Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 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 school. Most editors hold their positions for one semester.
  • Black Squirrel Radio is Kent State's student-run radio station, which has nearly 120 students on its staff. The station streams constantly online and is also available through iTunes and on campus TV. The station plays urban, rock, and local music, and also broadcasts KSU basketball and football home games live.
  • Fusion Magazine is published twice a year by KSU students in print and on the Internet. The magazine strives to unify people of different backgrounds through education and awareness. Fusion Magazine (Kent State University) addresses sexual minority issues within the general population using illustrative photo essays and in-depth feature articles.
  • Uhuru Magazine is Kent State University's magazine dedicated to minority issues and topics and concentrates on African American issues and topics more specifically.
  • Artemis Magazine is Kent State University's magazine dedicated to women's issues and topics.
  • TV2 KSU is Kent State's student-run television station, produced solely by students with live Monday through Friday 5:30 pm news. Other student-created shows include Sports Corner; The Blurb, an entertainment news show; The Agenda, a comedy/satire show; talk shows and more, including public affairs programming and election coverage. TV2 KSU programming is available on Kent State University cable TV Channel 2.2, Portage County Time Warner Cable Channel 16 and on-demand online. HD Streaming is available at
Tri-Towers Residence Hall Complex

Student media

  • Graduate Student Senate (GSS)
  • Kent Interhall Council (KIC)

The Undergraduate Student Government of Kent State University represents approximately 26,000 students on Kent State's Kent Campus and has been in some form of operation since 1924. The current 25 person governing body was formed after the merger of the All-Campus Programming Board (ACPB) and the Undergraduate Student Senate (USS). USG is led by an executive director and is composed of eight directors, ten college senators, one senator for residence hall students, one senator for commuter and off-campus students, one senator for undergraduate studies, and 3 senators-at-large. USG oversees the USG Programming Board which hosts various concerts, comedians, and performers, as well as the USG Allocations Committee which disburses conference and programming funds to the over 250 registered student organizations on the Kent Campus. Elections for USG are held annually in March, and officers are typically inaugurated in late April.

  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG)

Student government

Kent State Student Center Programming offers a variety 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 Rathskeller and various tournaments (8-ball, Euchre, Poker) are held at various times throughout the semester.

Student events and programming

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 three concert bands (Wind Ensemble, Concert 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 Nova Jazz Singers), one orchestra (KSU Orchestra), World Music Ensembles, as well as theater and dance opportunities. Each regional campus also offers their own performing arts opportunities.

Performing arts

Social fraternities Social sororities Honorary & service societies
Alpha Tau Omega Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Epsilon Pi Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Phi Sigma
Delta Lambda Phi Delta Gamma Alpha Phi Omega
Delta Sigma Phi Delta Zeta Beta Alpha Psi
Delta Tau Delta Sigma Sigma Sigma Chi Sigma Iota
Delta Upsilon Chi Omega Delta Sigma Pi
Lambda Chi Alpha
Sigma Alpha Epsilon African American Fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi
Phi Delta Theta Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Beta Sigma
Mu Chi Delta
Phi Sigma Kappa Omega Psi Phi Phi Alpha Theta
Sigma Chi African American Sororities Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Phi Epsilon Delta Sigma Theta Lambda Pi Eta
Sigma Nu Zeta Phi Beta Phi Sigma Pi
Sigma Tau Gamma Sigma Alpha Lambda
Tau Kappa Epsilon Sigma Tau Delta
Pi Kappa Alpha Tau Beta Sigma
Kappa Sigma Tau Sigma
Psi Chi
Pi Mu Epsilon
Phi Delta Epsilon
Phi Sigma Iota
Kent Student Center which houses many of the student organizations and activities

Greek life at Kent State is overseen by the Center for Student Involvement located in the Kent Student Center. Sorority houses are primarily located on Fraternity Drive located across the street from the main library and fraternity houses are located throughout the city of Kent. Recently, the university has set aside land for the development of a fraternity Greek village.[55] Sigma Nu recently has built a new chapter house on this land located near the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, but is now property of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.[56] Kent State's Greek life claims numerous famous and well-known figures in society including Lou Holtz, a brother of the Kent Delta Upsilon chapter and Drew Carey, a brother of the Kent Delta Tau Delta chapter.

Greek life

The university offers a large number of opportunities for student involvement at all its campuses, including student and professional associations, service organizations, performing ensembles, student publications, student government, and intramural and club athletics.

Student life

  • Kent State has a complete undergraduate, master's, and doctoral sequence in translation and the only dual masters degree program in the nation.[54]
  • Faculty, staff and students collaborate at The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence (ISPV)[5], 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."[6] 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.
  • Kent State offers the only Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.) degree in the state of Ohio.
Kent State Math and Computer Science Building
  • 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. It was named a top-ten fashion school in the United States by Runway Magazine.[51]
  • The Liquid Crystal Institute, founded 1965, is a leader in advanced research and development of liquid crystal optoelectronic materials, technology, and consumer products in connection with the National Science Foundation as part of ALCOM.[52]
  • The Hugh A Glauser School of Music offers degrees in music education, music performance, music theory and composition, ethnomusicology, chamber music, and a new minor in jazz studies. 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) [1] 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 [2]) is one of the most respected in the US. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) it is home to Glyphix [3], an award-winning student-staffed design studio.
  • Kent State University is one of few universities with graduate programs in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM [4]) 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 20th by U.S. News & World Report.[53]
  • Kent's Business School is nationally known and the Financial Engineering program is ranked 13th in the country.
  • The College of Architecture and Environmental Design offers one of the most demanding undergraduate architecture programs in the country. The interior design program is one of the top twelve in the nation.
See also: Kent State University Airport.
  • The College of Technology offers four aeronautics degrees; Flight Technology, Aviation Management, Air Traffic Control and Aeronautical Engineering. In 2008, the University began offering a flight training certificate program through an affiliation with Premier Flight Academy in Akron.[49][50]
Franklin Hall, Home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Student Media

Notable programs

The university has an Honors College and interdisciplinary programs in Biomedical Sciences, Financial Engineering, and Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.

Kent State has colleges of:

KSU Honors College Complex

Academic divisions

Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Center is located at 1309 Euclid Ave in the downtown Cleveland Theater District neighborhood, just off of East 14th Street. The Urban Design Center 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 in Cleveland. 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.[48]

Cleveland Urban Design Center

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 state-of-the-art, 4,500-square-foot (420 m2) 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.[47]

New York City Studio

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.[46]

Ceiling of Main Lecture Room at KSU Florence Facility
Inside main foyer of KSU Florence facility

Florence Center

In addition to the eight campuses in northeast Ohio, Kent State operates facilities for study-abroad programs in Florence, Italy; New York City; Cleveland, Ohio; and Shanghai, China.

Additional facilities

The Tuscarawas Campus in New Philadelphia, Ohio offers 19 associate degrees, six bachelor's degrees, and the Master of Technology Degree. Bachelor's degrees are offered in business management, general studies, justice studies, industrial technology, nursing and technology 2+2. The Science and Advanced Technology Center provides 50,000 square feet (5,000 m2) of laboratory and classroom space for science, nursing and workforce development. The Tuscarawas Campus has constructed a 55,000-square-foot (5,100 m2), $13.5 million Fine and Performing Arts center that will enable the campus to expand academic and cultural programming.


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 upper division coursework for baccalaureate degree completion in nursing, justice studies, technology, business management, and English, as well as general studies and psychology degrees. In 2004 the campus opened a 68,000-square-foot (6,300 m2) Technology Building that includes the Workforce Development and Continuing Studies Center.


[45]) in 2 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 200 acres (0.8 km


Kent State's Salem Campus is located just south of the city. It features a lake, a 25-acre (100,000 m2) 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 administrative offices, classes, and student services are located.


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.


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.

East Liverpool

The Ashtabula Campus is made up of three buildings: Main Hall, a library, and a technology and art building. It is on a 125-acre (0.51 km2) 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, 2007, 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.[42]


In addition to the Kent Campus, there are seven regional campuses. The system is one of the largest and oldest regional campus systems in the United States. The regional campuses provide a small, liberal-arts college feel as opposed to the large university feel of the Kent Campus. 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 available in Kent. Regional campuses include:

Map of KSU campuses.

Regional campuses

Kent State University is an eight-campus system in northeastern Ohio, with the main administrative center in Kent. Within the Kent State University system, the main campus is officially referred to as the "Kent Campus".[41] The Kent Campus is a landscaped suburban environment, covering approximately 866 acres (3.5 km2) 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.[41] 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. The university also operates the 18-hole Kent State Golf Course and Centennial Research Park just east of campus in Franklin Township and the 219-acre (0.9 km2) Kent State University Airport in Stow.

Kent State Gateway Arch on Kent Campus


In March 1991, Kent State once again made history by appointing Carol Cartwright as president of the University, the first female to hold such a position at any state university in Ohio.[35] In 1994, Kent State was named a "Research University II" by the Carnegie Foundation. Today it is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive.[36][37] Beginning in the late 1990s, the University began a series of building renovations and construction, which included the complete renovation of the historic original campus,[38] the construction of several new dormitories, a student recreation center, and additional academic buildings on the Kent Campus and at the regional campuses.[39] In September 2010, the university announced its largest student body ever, with a total enrollment of 41,365.[40]


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 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 the United States Congress and the Department of the Interior to have the area declared a National Historic Landmark, which ended up being unsuccessful. Additional rallies were held that year, including one attended by Joan Baez on August 20. After several additional unsuccessful legal challenges, construction finally began on September 19 and was finished in 1979.[34]

Also in 1970, the university opened its 12-story library, moving from the previous home of Rockwell Hall to the tallest building in Portage County.[30] Dedicated in 1971, the library became a member of the Association of Research Libraries in 1973.[31] Kent State joined with the University of Akron and Youngstown State University in establishing the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1973. It was the world's first medical consortium.[32] Today it includes a college of pharmacy and Cleveland State University as an additional consortium member.[33]


Kent State gained international attention on May 4, 1970, when an Ohio Army National Guard unit fired at students during an anti-war protest on campus, killing four and wounding nine. The Guard had been called into Kent after several protests in and around campus had become violent, including a riot in 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.[26] The shootings caused an immediate closure of the campus with students and faculty given just 60 minutes to pack belongings. Around the country, many college campuses canceled classes or closed for fear of similar violent protests.[27] In Kent, schools were closed and the National Guard restricted entry into the city limits, patrolling the area until May 8. With the campus closed, faculty members came up with a variety of solutions — including holding classes in their homes, at public buildings and places, via telephone, or through the mail — to allow their students to complete the term, which was only a few weeks away at the time.[28] In 1971, the University established the Center for Peaceful Change, now known as the Center for Applied Conflict Management, as a "living memorial" to the students who had died. It offers degree programs in Peace and Conflict Studies[29] and Conflict Resolution and is one of the earliest such programs in the United States. In response to, and protest of, this incident Neil Young wrote and composed the song "Ohio" which was performed by the folk rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Kent State shootings

Main May 4th Memorial

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 merged with the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority in 2004.[25] 1969 saw the opening of a new Memorial Stadium on the far eastern edge of campus and the closure and dismantling of the old Memorial Stadium.

In 1965, chemistry professor Glenn H. Brown established the Liquid Crystal Institute,[21] a world leader in the research and development the multibillion-dollar liquid crystal industry.[22] James Fergasen invented and patented the basic liquid crystal in the 1970s[23] and ten liquid crystal companies have been spun off from the Institute.[24]

The 1950s and 1960s saw continued growth in both enrollment and in the physical size of the campus. Several new dorms and academic buildings were built during this time, including the establishment of additional regional campuses in Warren (1954), Ashtabula (1957), New Philadelphia (1962), Salem (1962), Burton (1964), and East Liverpool, Ohio (1965).[18] In 1961, grounds superintendent Larry Wooddell and Biff Staples of the Davey Tree Expert Company released ten cages of black squirrels obtained from Victoria Park in London, Ontario, Canada, onto the Kent State campus. By 1964 their estimated population was around 150 and today they have spread in and around Kent and have become unofficial mascots of both the city and university. Since 1981, the annual Black Squirrel Festival is held every fall on campus.[19][20]

[17] From 1944 to 1963, the University was led by President George Bowman. During his tenure, the student senate, faculty senate and graduate council were organized. Although it had served Stark County from the 1920s, in 1946, the University's first regional campus, the


McGilvrey's vision for Kent was not shared by many others outside the school, particularly at the state level and at other state schools. His efforts to have the state funding formula changed created opposition, particularly from Ohio State University and its president William Oxley Thompson. This resulted in a 1923 "credit war" where Ohio State refused Kent transfer credits and spread to several other schools taking similar action. It was this development – along with several other factors – which led to the firing of McGilvrey in January 1926.[13] McGilvrey was succeeded first by David Allen Anderson (1926–1928) and James Ozro Engleman from 1928 to 1938, though he continued to be involved with the school for several years as president emeritus and as head of alumni relations from 1934 to 1945.[11] He was present in Columbus on May 17, 1935, when Kent native Governor Martin L. Davey signed a bill that allowed Kent State and Bowling Green to add schools of business administration and graduate programs, giving them each university status.[13]

[15] as it allowed the school to establish a college of arts and sciences.Kent State College In 1929, the state of Ohio changed the name to [13] due to the addition of four-year degrees. By then additional buildings had been added or were under construction. Kent State's enrollment growth was particularly notable during its summer terms. In 1924, the school's registration for summer classes was the largest of any teacher-training school in the United States.[14]Kent State Normal College The school graduated 34 students in its first commencement on July 29, 1914. In 1915, the school was renamed [13] Classes began in 1912 before any buildings had been completed at the campus in Kent. These classes were held at extension centers in 25 cities around the region. By May 1913, classes were being held on the campus in Kent with the opening of Merrill Hall.[12]

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