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About Kent State University



A major research university with eight campuses, Kent State University has fostered academic freedom since being founded in 1910. One hundred years after William S. Kent donated his farmland so the state could build a teacher-training school for the area, Kent State stands out as a world-class institution, with programs and partnerships that boldly expand the boundaries of knowledge.Kent State ranks among the nation's 77 public research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has also been ranked among the world's top universities by Times Higher Education, London.

Kent State earns worldwide recognition for its optimum balance of high-quality undergraduate programs, including learning opportunities for 250 bachelor's degrees; significant graduate programs, including master's degrees in more than 100 programs, the educational specialist degree in six areas and two doctoral degrees in more than 48 areas; and selected areas of research excellence, including biology-biomedical sciences, education, liquid crystal technology, mathematics-computer science, physics and psychology.

Kent State's eight-campus system grew from Kent Normal School where the state's first regional campus system was created. Sparked by the driving vision of its first president, Kent State took instruction to rural students even before the campus was ready to open its doors in 1913. Shortly after becoming Kent State College in 1919, the institution pursued a foreign exchange program. In 1935, Kent State College gained university status.

Kent State has the region's only College of Architecture, which includes the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, a unique city-university partnership; one of the nation's top 10 schools of Fashion Design and Merchandising; a School of Journalism and Mass Communication that is pioneering the integration of print and electronic media; and the largest residential nursing program in the country.  The College of Public Health was established in 2009 to meet the state's growing needs for health care professionals and in 2012, the university added the College of Podiatric Medicine, the only accredited podiatry school in Ohio and one of the most respected podiatric medical education institutions in the country.

In addition to its eight campuses, the university has locations in Cleveland, Twinsburg, Independence, Columbus, New York City and Washington D.C, along with facilities in Geneva, Switzerland and Florence, Italy for students enrolled in Education Abroad studies.

The Ohio Employee Ownership Center is another example of the university's breadth in outreach. The center has assisted more than 92 Ohio firms employing about 15,000 persons to make the transition to partial or complete employee ownership. Pioneering breakthroughs in liquid crystal display materials and technology at the Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute® place Kent State in the pivotal role of the world's largest and most comprehensive academic center devoted to research on flat-panel display systems.

Kent State is also on the forefront of distributed learning and information technologies. It's newest school, the School of Digital Sciences combines elements of computer science, computer information systems, computer technology, library information science, visual communication design, journalism, communication studies, and instructional technology.

In addition to academic accomplishments, the university in 2012 opened the May 4 Visitor Center, which pays homage to the seminal events of May 4, set against the political and cultural changes of the 1960s. Using images, artifacts and multimedia, the center's exhibits tell the story of the decade leading up to May 4, 1970, the events of that day that thrust Kent State into the international spotlight, the aftermath and the historical impact.
Kent State's first graduating class in 1914 consisted of 34 members. Today the university boasts nearly 200,000 alumni who live and work around the world.

Mission Statement
The mission of Kent State University is to discover, create, apply and share knowledge, as well as to foster ethical and humanitarian values in the service of Ohio and the global community. As an eight-campus educational system, Kent State offers a broad array of academic programs to engage students in diverse learning environments that educate them to think critically and to expand their intellectual horizons while attaining the knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship and productive careers.

Strategic Goals
Kent State has six strategic goals that define the direction of the university listed below. You can view the university's detailed strategic plan online at

 I. Ensuring student success

II. Enhancing Academic Excellence and Creative Endeavors

III. Expanding Breakthrough Research and Creative Endeavors

IV. Engaging the World Beyond Our Campuses

 V. Securing Our Financial Future

VI. Developing and Recognizing Our People

Human Resources Mission Statement
In support of the university mission, the division of Human Resources (HR) commits to excellence in action by attracting, retaining, and developing a community of talented and diverse individuals. More information on the division of HR and the resources it offers to employees can be found online at

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Kent State is committed to provide all persons equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment. Kent State does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identity as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. This policy also applies to age discrimination, as required by law. Such policy shall apply to, but not necessarily be limited to, employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer; recruitment or recruitment advertising; layoff or termination; rates of pay or other compensation; and selection for training, including apprenticeship. (Policy 3342-6-02)

Consistent with its mission to ensure diversity in its programs and employment, the university practices affirmative action pursuant to, and in accordance with, state and federal law. Any employee who feels he or she is a victim of, or witness to, discrimination or harassment, or subject to retaliation as a result of reporting discrimination or participating in a discrimination investigation should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) at (330) 672-2038.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mission Statement
In support of the university mission, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will promote and implement programs, processes and policy recommendations that work towards sustaining an inclusive, non-discriminatory, welcoming, and highly productive workplace and learning environment for all members of the university community. Visit DEI's webpage online at

What Is Diversity?
At Kent State University, diversity is defined as differences that result from a variety of opinions, abilities, experiences, cultures, races, ethnicities, gender, gender identities and expressions, national origins, religions, languages, appearances, personalities, sexual orientation as well as other types of human distinctions between individuals and groups. 

Kent State's Diversity Stance
Kent State is committed to fostering a campus environment where human differences are recognized, appreciated and leveraged to achieve the highest level of performance among community members. Kent State prides itself on being culturally aware and respectful of human dignity in a world where cultural differences abound. The university views diversity as the inclusion of a dynamic variety of human distinctions and value it as our universal approach to increase the quality of education. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion New Faculty and Staff Resources
DEI conducts various programming and events for new faculty and staff. The programming is generally facilitated by Kent State's Women's Center ( and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Center (