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. 
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  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.