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Kent State Ranked Second Largest University in Ohio

Posted Oct, 15, 2010

Kent State’s Enrollment Growth Propels University to Become Second Largest in State of Ohio

Kent State University now ranks the second largest public university in the state of Ohio, moving up a spot from the number three position it had previously held. Increased enrollment at Kent State’s regional campuses as well as rising enrollment of international students and students among the AALANA (African American, Latino American and Native American) population have helped propel the university to now become the second largest in Ohio.

Photo of the Kent State University campus with students For the fall 2010 semester, Kent State reported 41,365 students, a 7.56 percent increase in enrollment from the prior year and the highest recorded enrollment in the university’s 100-year history. Kent State’s enrollment this fall exceeds the University of Cincinnati’s enrollment by eight students, which had occupied the number two spot. The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the country, remains the largest public university in the state.

“We are, of course, delighted with the enrollment growth that moved us to second place,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “More importantly, we are proud that each year more and more students from across Ohio and around the world recognize the great educational experience provided at Kent State.”

In addition to Kent State’s enrollment growth, the university has recently received recognition from local, national and international organizations. Times Higher Education, a London-based higher education magazine, has ranked Kent State as one of the top 200 universities in the world in its 2010-2011 World University Rankings. Kent State earned a coveted spot in the first-tier list of Best National Universities, appearing in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges. During the university’s Homecoming on Oct. 9, the Mid-American Conference presented the Cartwright Award to Kent State, recognizing its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2009-2010 school year. In addition, the Princeton Review has just named Kent State’s College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management to its The Best 300 Business Schools: 2011 Edition guide.

Kent State’s eight campuses are located in Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Kent, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas. For more information on Kent State, visit

To view Kent State’s enrollment reports, visit

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