Kent State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Kent State University

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Kent State University is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 86%. Located in Kent, Ohio, the main campus of Kent State University is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland. In addition to the main campus, Kent State has seven regional campuses that enroll another 6,000 students. Business Administration, Nursing, and Psychology are the most popular undergraduate majors at Kent State, but the university's general strengths in the liberal arts and sciences have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The university also has an active Greek system. In athletics, the Kent State Golden Flashes compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Considering applying to Kent State? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Kent State University had an acceptance rate of 86%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 86 students were admitted, making Kent State's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 16,308
Percent Admitted 86%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 30%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Kent State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 28% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 620
Math 510 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Kent State's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Kent State scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 620. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1230 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Kent State.

Requirements

Kent State does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Kent State does not superscore SAT scores; the admissions office will consider your highest composite score from a single test date.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Kent State requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 84% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 20 26
Math 19 26
Composite 20 26

This admissions data tells us that most of Kent State's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Kent State received a composite ACT score between 20 and 26 while 25% scored above 26 and 25% scored below 20.

Requirements

Note that Kent State does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Kent State does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average GPA for incoming Kent State freshmen was 3.45. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Kent State have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Kent State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Kent State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Kent State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Kent State University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. While Kent State does not have a holistic admissions process, the admissions committee will consider more than grades and test scores in reviewing applications. The admissions folks will want to see that you have taken rigorous college preparatory courses and that your grades are trending upward. Note that some majors at Kent State have special requirements and higher admissions standards than others.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Successful applicants typically have high school averages of "B-" or higher, combined SAT scores of 950 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 18 or better. Having grades and scores a bit above this lower range improves your chances significantly, and the university enrolls plenty of "A" students.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Kent State University Undergraduate Admissions Office.