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Your chances of getting into Kent State University at Kent

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

88%
Admission Difficulty for Kent State University at Kent
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Kent State is 88%.  Its admission rate is the 58th lowest in Ohio.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Kent State and can you get accepted?

Kent State University at Kent is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 17,929 out of the 20,369 who applied were admitted.

Kent State University at Kent typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.61. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 24% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Kent State?

88% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Kent State University at Kent you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.61 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1110 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Kent State GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.61

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Kent State University at Kent?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Kent State are to have around a 3.61 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.61 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Kent State accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Kent State is 3.61 on the 4.0 scale. 23% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #20 in Ohio for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Kent State is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Kent State University at Kent students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 22.55% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.86% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 19.23% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.97% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 13.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 9.36% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.83% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.2% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Kent State SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Kent State University at Kent. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 20% of students submitted SAT scores and 59% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

990-1220

Applicants Submitting SAT 

20%
SAT Scores for Kent State University at Kent
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 500
Composite 25th Percentile 990
SAT Scores for Kent State University at Kent
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 620
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1220
Average SAT Score 1110

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Kent State University at Kent?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Kent State is 1110 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 990-1220. Students who get into Kent State University at Kent score in the top 62 percent of all SAT test takers..  Kent State ranks #27 in the state of Ohio for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1110 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Kent State regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 990 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 990, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 870, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Kent State University at Kent is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1110 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1105, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1220 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Kent State University at Kent admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1220 and Above Good >93%
1105 to 1220 Avg + 88%-93%
990 to 1105 Avg - 79%-88%
875 to 990 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 875 Low <67%
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Kent State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

59%
ACT Scores for Kent State University at Kent
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Kent State University at Kent
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Kent State?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Kent State is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 25.  The school ranks #35 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Kent State University at Kent.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Kent State University at Kent is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Kent State for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 94% with a 25 ACT score.

Kent State University at Kent admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >94%
21 to 25 Avg + 88%-94%
18 to 21 Avg - 81%-88%
15 to 18 Reach 71%-81%
Less than 15 Low <71%
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High School Class Rank

80% of Kent State University at Kent freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 43% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Kent State University at Kent students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 15.27%
Top 25% of class 42.97%
Top 50% of class 80%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Kent State University at Kent admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,621 7,748 20,369
Accepted 11,300 6,629 17,929
Acceptance Rate 90% 86% 88%
Enrolled 2,726 1,555 4,281
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 23% 24%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

64

Applicants have 64 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Kent State University at Kent is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Kent State University at Kent and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Kent State University at Kent Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Kent State University at Kent
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Kent State University at Kent is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.61 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1110 and ACT of 21 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=203517 IPEDS survey data for Kent State University at Kent.

FAQs

Does Kent State University at Kent prefer SAT or ACT?

20% of students submit their SAT scores to Kent State. 59% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Kent State University at Kent?

88% of those who apply are granted admission to Kent State. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Kent State University at Kent?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 990 and 1220. The average SAT score is 1105. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Kent State University at Kent?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.