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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 specific selective admission 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)
3 units of mathematics (Algebra I, II, Geometry)
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