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Kent State University (also known as Kent, Kent State, and KSU) is a public research university located in Kent, Ohiomarker, USAmarker. The university has eight campuses around the northeast Ohio region with the main campus in Kent being the largest. Other campuses are located in Ashtabulamarker, Burtonmarker, East Liverpoolmarker, New Philadelphiamarker, North Cantonmarker, Salemmarker, and Warren, Ohiomarker.

The university was established in 1910 as the Kent 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 several additional baccalaureate and graduate programs of study in the arts and sciences, research opportunities, as well as over 1000 acres 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, 1970marker.

Total university enrollment stands at 38,457 as of September 2009, with 25,127 students at the Kent Campus making it the third-largest university in Ohio. 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. Kent State offers over 300 majors including 250 baccalaureate, 40 associate, 50 masters, and 23 doctoral programs of study, which includes such notable programs as nursing, liquid crystals, business, library science, and fashion design.


Early history

Front of Kent Hall, built in 1915, one of the oldest buildings on campus.
What would become Kent State University was established in 1910 as an institution for training public school teachers. It was part of the Lowry bill which also created a sister school in Bowling Green, Ohiomarker, now known as Bowling Green State University. It was initially known under the working name of the Ohio State Normal School at Kent, but was named Kent State Normal School in 1911 in honor of William S. Kent (son of Kent, Ohiomarker namesake Marvin Kent), who donated the used for the original campus. As such, it is the only public university in Ohio named for an individual. The first president was John Edward McGilvrey, who served from 1912 to 1926. McGilvery had an ambitious vision for the school as a large university and began holding classes in 1912 before any buildings had been completed at the campus in Kent. These classes were held at extension centers in twenty-five cities around the region. By May 1913, classes were being held on the campus in Kent with the opening of Merrill Hall. The school would graduate 34 students in its first commencement on July 29, 1914. In 1915, the school was renamed Kent State Normal College due to the addition of four-year degrees. By then additional buildings had been added or were under construction. Kent State's enrollment growth was particularly notable during its summer terms. In 1924, the school's registration for summer classes was the largest of any teacher training school in the United States. In 1929, the state of Ohio changed the name to Kent State College as it allowed the school to establish a college of arts and sciences.

McGilvrey's vision for Kent was not shared by many others outside the school, particularly at the state level and at other state schools. His efforts to have the state funding formula changed created opposition, particularly from Ohio State Universitymarker and its president William Oxley Thompson. This resulted in a 1923 "credit war" where Ohio State refused Kent transfer credits and spread to several other schools taking similar action. This, along with several other factors, led to the firing of McGilvrey in January 1926. McGilvrey would be succeeded first by David Allen Anderson (1926-1928) and James Ozro Englemann from 1928-1938, though he would continue to be involved with the school for several years as president emeritus and as head of alumni relations from 1934-1945. He was present in Columbusmarker On May 17, 1935 when Governor Martin L. Davey, a native of Kentmarker, signed a bill which allowed Kent State and Bowling Green to add schools of business administration and graduate programs, giving them each university status.


Beginning in 1944, the University was led by President George Bowman, who would lead until 1963. During his tenure, the student senate, faculty senate, and graduate council were organized. In 1946, the University's first regional campus, the Stark Campus, was established in Canton, Ohiomarker. In the fall of 1947, Bowman appointed Oscar W. Ritchie as a full-time faculty member. Ritchie's appointment to the faculty made him the first African American to serve on the faculty at Kent State and also made him the first African American professor to serve on the faculty of any state university in Ohio. In 1977, the former Student Union, which had been built in 1949, was rededicated as Oscar Ritchie Hall in his honor. Recently renovated, Oscar Ritchie hall currently houses the department of Pan-African Studies and the Pan-African Cultural Center.

The 1950s and 1960s saw continued growth in both enrollment and in the physical size of the campus. Several new dorms and academic buildings were built during this time, including the establishment of additional regional campuses in Warrenmarker (1954), Ashtabula (1957), New Philadelphiamarker (1962), Salemmarker (1962), Burtonmarker (1964), and East Liverpool, Ohiomarker (1965). In 1961, grounds superintendent Larry Wooddell and Biff Staples of the Davey Tree Expert Company released ten cages of black squirrels obtained from Victoria Park in London, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker, to the Kent State campus. By 1964 their estimated population was around 150 and today they have spread in and around Kent and have become unofficial mascots of both the city and university. Since 1981, the annual Black Squirrel Festival is held every fall on campus.

In 1965, Chemistry professor Glenn H. Brown established the Liquid Crystal Institute, a world leader in the research and development the multibillion-dollar liquid crystal industry. James Fergasen invented and patented the basic liquid crystal in the 1970s and ten liquid crystal companies have been spun off from the Institute.

In 1967, Kent State became the first university to run an independent, student-operated Campus Bus Service. It was unique in that it provided jobs for students, receiving funding from student fees rather than bus fares. Campus Bus Service was the largest such operation in the country until it merged with the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority in 2004. 1969 saw the opening of a new Memorial Stadiummarker on the far eastern edge of campus and the closure and dismantling of the old Memorial Stadium.
Main May 4th Memorial

Kent State shootings

Kent State gained international attention on May 4, 1970 when an Ohio Army National Guard unit fired at students during an anti-war protest on campus, killing four and wounding nine. The Guard had been called into Kent after several protests in and around campus had become violent, including the rioting of downtown Kent and the burning of the ROTC building. The main cause of the protests was the United States' invasion of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The shootings caused an immediate closure of the campus with students and faculty given just 60 minutes to pack belongings. Around the country, many college campuses cancelled classes or closed for fear of similar violent protests. In Kent, schools were closed and the National Guard restricted entry into the city limits, patrolling the area until May 8. With the campus closed, faculty members came up with a variety of solutions — including holding classes in their homes, at public buildings and places, via telephone, or through the mail — to allow their students to complete the term, which was only a few weeks away at the time. In 1971, the University established the Center for Peaceful Change, now known as the Center for Applied Conflict Management, as a "living memorial" to the students who had died. It offers degree programs in Peace and Conflict Studies and Conflict Resolution and is one of the earliest such programs in the United States.


Also in 1970, the university opened its 12-story library, moving from the previous home of Rockwell Hall to the tallest building in Portage Countymarker. Dedicated in 1971, the library became a member of the Association of Research Libraries in 1973. Kent State joined with the University of Akronmarker and Youngstown State Universitymarker in establishing the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicinemarker in 1973. It was the world's first medical consortium. Today it includes a college of pharmacy and Cleveland State Universitymarker as an additional consortium member.

Kent State was again in the national spotlight in 1977 when construction was set to begin on the Memorial Gym Annex, adjacent to the area where the Kent State shootingsmarker had occurred in 1970. Protesters organized a tent city in May, which lasted into July. Several attempts were made to block construction even after the end of the tent city, including an appeal to the United States Congress and the Department of the Interiormarker to have the area declared a National Historic Landmark, which ended up being unsuccessful. Additional rallies were held that year, including one attended by Joan Baez on August 20. After several additional unsuccessful legal challenges, construction finally began on September 19 and was finished in 1979.


In March 1991, Kent State once again made history by appointing Carol Cartwright as president of the University, the first female to hold such a position at any state university in Ohio. In 1994, Kent State was named a "Research University II" by the Carnegie Foundation. Today it is classified as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. Beginning in the late 1990s, the University began a series of building renovations and construction, which included the complete renovation of the historic original campus, the construction of several new dormitories, a student recreation center, and additional academic buildings on the Kent Campus and at the regional campuses. In September 2009, the University announced its largest student body ever, with a total enrollment of 38,457.


Kent State Gateway Arch on Kent Campus
Kent State University is an eight-campus system in northeastern Ohio, with the main administrative center in Kentmarker. Within the Kent State University system, the main campus is officially referred to as the "Kent Campus". The Kent Campus is a landscaped suburban environment, covering approximately which house over 100 buildings, gardens, bike trails, and open greenery. There are also thousands of additional acres of bogs, marshes, and wildlife refuges adjacent to or near the campus. While the university's official mascot is Flash the Golden Eagle, the campus also has an unofficial mascot in the Black Squirrel, which were brought to Kent in 1961 and can be found on and around the campus. The campus is divided into North, South, and East sections but many areas have come to be referred to as Front Campus, Residential Campus, and Science Row. The main hub of activity and central point is the Student Center and Risman Plaza, which is adjacent to the twelve-story main library. The university also operates the 18-hole Kent State Golf Course and Centennial Research Park just east of campus in Franklin Townshipmarker and the Kent State University Airportmarker in Stowmarker.

Regional Campuses

Map of KSU campuses.
In addition to the Kent Campus, there are seven regional campuses. The system is one of the largest and oldest regional campus systems in the United States. The regional campuses provide a small, liberal-arts college feel as opposed to the large university feel of the Kent Campus. Students at the regional campuses can begin any of Kent State's majors at their respective campus and each campus offers its own unique programs and opportunities that may or may not be available in Kent. Regional campuses include:


The Ashtabula Campus is made up of three buildings: Main Hall, a library, and a technology and art building. It is on a site along the shores of Lake Eriemarker in Ashtabula, Ohiomarker. Kent State-Ashtabula is noted locally for its nursing program. Seventy-five percent (75%) of registered nurses working in Ashtabula Countymarker graduated with an Associate's degree in nursing from Kent State-Ashtabula. On July 17, 2007, ground was broken for a new Health and Science building, which is being constructed for use mainly by the growing nursing and allied health programs.

East Liverpool

The East Liverpoolmarker Campus occupies a downtown site overlooking the Ohio River. It is composed of the Main Building, Memorial Auditorium, Mary Patterson Building, and a Commons area.


Located in Burton, Ohiomarker, Kent State's Geauga Campus is at the heart of Ohio's maple syrup country in Geauga Countymarker. The campus provides easy access to urban, suburban and rural areas. The Geauga Campus also includes the Twinsburg Center, a small extension located in Twinsburg, Ohiomarker.


Kent State's Salemmarker Campus is located just south of the city. It features a lake, an outdoor classroom, and nature walk. In addition to the Salem Campus, Kent State University Salem owns and operates the old Salem Middle School called the "City Center" in which administrative offices, classes, and student services are located.


The Stark Campus is the largest regional campus of Kent State University, serving around 10,300 students each year (5,300 in academic programs, 5,000 in executive and graduate education). It is located on in Jackson Townshipmarker just five minutes from the Akron-Canton Regional Airportmarker. It is composed of seven major buildings and a natural pond and offers three masters and 12 complete bachelor degree programs. Baccalaureate programs include: applied communication, business management, English, general studies, history, justice studies, mathematics, middle childhood education, and nursing, as well as pre-law, technology and psychology degrees. Additionally, there are three associate degrees offered: arts, justice studies, and science. The campus also offers three masters level programs: a professional M.B.A degree and a M.A. or M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching Studies. Ninety percent of Kent State Stark's full-time faculty hold the highest academic credentials in their field. The Stark campus includes the Professional Education and Conference Center; an advanced meeting, training, and events facility that is one of only ten such centers in the state of Ohio affiliated with the International Association of Conference Centers. The Center also serves as a home to the Office of Corporate and Community Services, which provides intense training and learning exercises for area businesses and organizations.


Kent State's Trumbull Campus is located in Warren, Ohiomarker just north of the SR 5 bypass on SR 45. It offers programs in 170 majors at the freshman and sophomore level, as well as 18 certificates and 15 associate degree programs. In addition, there is upper division coursework for baccalaureate degree completion in nursing, justice studies, technology, business management, and English, as well as general studies and psychology degrees. In 2004 the campus opened a Technology Building that includes the Workforce Development and Continuing Studies Center and an Adaptive Technology Lab for individuals with special needs.


The Tuscarawas Campus in New Philadelphia, Ohiomarker offers 19 associate degrees, six bachelor's, and the Master of Technology Degree. Bacelors degrees are offered in business management, general studies, justice studies, industrial technology, nursing and technology 2+2. The Science and Advanced Technology Center provides of laboratory and classroom space for science, nursing and workforce development. The Tuscarawas Campus plans to construct a , $13.5 million Fine and Performing Arts center that will enable the campus to expand academic and cultural programming.

Additional Facilities

In addition to the eight campuses in northeast Ohio, Kent State operates facilities for study-abroad programs in Florencemarker, Italy; New York City; and downtown Cleveland, Ohiomarker.

Florence Center

Inside main foyer of KSU Florence facility
Ceiling of Main Lecture Room at KSU Florence Facility
KSU-Florence opened its doors to International Studies Abroad in a collaboration that grants students the opportunity to study in historic Florence at its newly-renovated Palazzo dei Cerchi. Palazzo dei Cerchi is a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence, at the corner of Via della Condotta and Vicolo dei Cerchi, next to the famous Piazza della Signoriamarker and the birthplace of literary genius Dante Alighieri. Kent State acquired this facility in 2003 and undertook its complete renovation. The original exterior was maintained and reflects Florencemarker as it was in the 13th century. The restoration carefully preserved the original structure while creating an efficient space for academic purposes, with an interior that houses state-of-the art classrooms.

New York City Studio

The New York City Studio is located in the heart of New York City's Garment District. Surrounded by fabric and accessory shops, fashion showrooms, and designer studios; one-third of all clothing manufactured in the USA is designed and produced in this neighborhood. The District is home to America's world-renowned fashion designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. The facility is a state-of-the art, space and includes a 50-person lecture room, 12-station computer lab with instructor station, and a fashion design studio fully outfitted with professional equipment. The NYC studio gives Kent State students the advantage of working within the heart of the fashion, dance and theater industry.

Cleveland Urban Design Center

Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Center is located at 820 Prospect Avenue in downtown Cleveland's historic Gateway neighborhood, just off of East 9th Street. The Urban Design Center was created in 1983 under the sponsorship of the Urban University Program, which supports the outreach and community service efforts of Ohio's state universities working in urban areas. Under its founding director, Foster Armstrong, the Center expanded on the existing outreach and public service activities of Kent State's architecture school, focusing primarily on historic preservation and the problems of Northeast Ohio's smaller towns and cities. In 2003, the CUDC began a collaboration with the Dresden University of Technologymarker, Kent State's sister university in Germany, with a joint vision on the revitalization of the lower Cuyahoga Valleymarker in Clevelandmarker. Since then, there have been a number of faculty exchanges as the two universities seek to pool their expertise both to enhance students’ experiences and to better serve their respective regions.

Academic divisions

KSU Honors College Complex
Kent State has colleges of:
  • Architecture and Environmental Design
  • Arts (focusing on fine/performing arts and fashion-related studies)
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Communication and Information
  • Education, Health, and Human Services
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Technology
The university has an Honors College and interdisciplinary programs in Biomedical Sciences, Financial Engineering, and Information Architecture and Knowledge Management.

Notable programs

Franklin Hall, Home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Student Media
  • The College of Technology offers four aeronautics degrees; Flight Technology, Aviation Management, Air Traffic Control and Aeronautical Engineering. In 2008, the University began offering a flight training certificate program through an affilliation with Premier Flight Academy in Akron.

:See also: Kent State University Airportmarker.
  • The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising is in the top tier of fashion education in the nation by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, with programs in Florence, Hong Kong, and New York City, and affiliations in Paris and London.
  • The Hugh A Glauser School of Music offers degrees in music education, music performance, music theory and composition, and ethnomusicology. The School of Music is one of the few colleges in the US that offer a BM, a MM, and a PhD in music education.
  • The Kent/Blossom Music program partners with the Cleveland Orchestra each summer for one of the nation's major classical music festivals.
  • The Center for the Study of World Musics is one of the primary centers for ethnomusicology in the United States.
  • The School Psychology Program (SPSY) [2412] is the only program in the state accredited by APA and NASP. The SPSY program is a 'flagship' training program in Ohio (graduates comprise about 18% of all SPSY professionals in the state).
  • The Visual Communication Design Program (VCD) is one of the most respected in the US.
  • Kent State University is one of few universities with graduate programs in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM [2413]) and an online certificate program in Knowledge Management.
  • The only institution in Ohio to offer a degree in Library and Information Science, Kent is ranked 19th by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Kent's Business School is nationally known and the Financial Engineering program is ranked 13th in the country.
  • The College of Architecture offers one of the most demanding undergraduate programs in the country. The interior design program is one of the top twelve in the nation.
Kent State Math and Computer Science Building
  • Kent State has a complete undergraduate, master's, and doctoral sequence in translation and the only dual masters degree program in the nation.
  • Faculty, staff and students collaborate at The Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence (ISPV)[2414], bringing together local and national expertise to develop multidisciplinary research that informs the development and implementation of best practices and policy.
  • The Center for Peaceful Change, a response to the Kent State shootingsmarker of 1970, was established in 1971 "as a living memorial to the events of May 4, 1970."[2415] Now known as The Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM), it developed one of the earliest conflict resolution undergraduate degree programs in the United States.
  • Pan-African Studies is one of the oldest African American programs in the nation.
  • Kent State offers the only B.A. in American Sign Language in the U.S. east of the Mississippi River.
  • The Wick Poetry Center is one of only ten poetry centers in the nation.
  • In conjunction with the University of Akronmarker and Youngstown State Universitymarker, Kent State is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacymarker program, a six year medical program, one of only 17 combine BS/MD programs in the country.
  • Kent State offers the only Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.) degree in the state of Ohio.

Student life

The university offers a large number of opportunities for student involvement at all its campuses, including student and professional associations, service organizations, performing ensembles, student publications, student government, and intramural and club athletics.

Greek Life

Greek life at Kent State is overseen by the Center for Student Involvement located in the Kent Student Center. Sorority houses are primarily located on Fraternity Drive located across the street from the main library and fraternity houses are located throughout the city of Kent. Recently, the university has set aside land for the development of a fraternity Greek village. Sigma Nu recently has built a new chapter house on this land located near the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Kent State's Greek life claims numerous famous and well-known figures in society including Lou Holtz, a brother of the Kent Delta Upsilon chapter and Drew Carey, a brother of the Kent Delta Tau Delta chapter.

Kent Student Center which Houses many of the student organizations and activities
Social Fraternities Social Sororities Honorary & Service Societies
Alpha Tau Omega Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Epsilon Pi Alpha Xi Delta Alpha Phi Sigma
Delta Chi Delta Gamma Alpha Phi Omega
Delta Lambda Phi Delta Zeta Beta Alpha Psi
Delta Sigma Phi Chi Omega Chi Sigma Iota
Delta Tau Delta Sigma Sigma Sigma Eta Sigma Gamma
Delta Upsilon Delta Sigma Pi
Lambda Chi Alpha African American Fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi
Phi Delta Theta Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Phi
Phi Sigma Kappa Phi Beta Sigma Pi Mu Epsilon
Sigma Chi Omega Psi Phi Phi Alpha Theta
Sigma Alpha Epsilon African American Sororities Phi Delta Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon Delta Sigma Theta Phi Sigma Iota
Sigma Nu Sigma Gamma Rho Lambda Pi Eta
Sigma Tau Gamma Zeta Phi Beta Phi Sigma Pi
Tau Kappa Epsilon Sigma Alpha Lambda
Sigma Tau Delta
Tau Beta Sigma
Tau Sigma
Psi Chi

Performing arts

Through the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance, the university offers numerous performance opportunities in the performing arts, including five concert bands (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, University Band, and Communiversity Band), Athletic Bands (Marching Golden Flashes and Flasher Brass), three jazz ensembles (Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Ensemble II, and Jazz Lab Band), six choral ensembles (Kent Chorus, KSU Chorale, Women's Chorus, Men's Chorus, Gospel Choir, and Ars Nova Singers), Orchestra, World Music Ensembles, as well as theater and dance opportunities. Each regional campus also offers their own performing arts opportunitites.

Student events and programming

Kent State Student Center Programming offers a variety of programs and events that are free for students across campus. The Black Squirrel Festival, Rock the Runway, Jack Hanna's Animals are just a few of the larger events that take place throughout the year. Karaoke is held every Thursday in the Rathskellar and various tournaments (8-ball, Euchre, Poker) are held at various times throughout the semester.

Student government

  • Kent Interhall Council (KIC)
  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • Graduate Student Senate (GSS)

Student media

Tri-Towers Residence Hall Complex
Eastway Dining Hall at Night
Centennial Court A at Night
  • The Daily Kent Stater, colloquially known as the "Stater", is a student newspaper publishing student and guests editorials Monday-Friday 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. Most editors hold their positions for one semester.

  • Black Squirrel Radio is Kent State's student-run radio station, which has nearly 120 students on its staff. The station streams constantly online and is also available through iTunes and on campus TV. The station plays urban, rock, and local music, and also broadcasts KSU basketball and football home games live.

  • Fusion Magazine is published twice a year by KSU students in print and on the Internet. The magazine strives to unify people of different backgrounds through education and awareness. Fusion Magazine addresses sexual minority issues within the general population using illustrative photo essays and in-depth feature articles.

  • TV2 is Kent State's student-run television station, produced solely by students with live M-F 5:30 pm news. Other student-created shows include Sportscorner, a music video show, talk shows and more. News broadcasts are available on KSU cable channel 2, Portage County Time Warner channel 16 and on-demand online.

Campus living

Kent State operates twenty-seven on-campus residence halls and a twelve-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:
  • Twin Towers: Beall and McDowell
  • Tri-Towers: Koonce, Leebrick, Wright and Korb
  • Loop Road: Heer, Harbourt, and Van Campen.
  • Eastway: Allyn, Clark, Fletcher, and Manchester. These also serve as the First Year Experience dorms.
  • 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

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.

Learning communities

Within the dorms are 15 Learning Communities based on area of study:
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration (A-BBA)
  • Accounting Freshman Interest Group (AFIG)
  • A Community of Entrepreneurs (ACE)
  • College of Business Colleagues (CBC)
  • CCI Commons
  • Centennial Leadership Academy
  • Education Learning Community (ELC)
  • Global Passport Community
  • Honors Hall
  • Literacy and Independence for Family Education (LIFE)
  • Pathways
  • Physical Education Professional Learning Community (PEPLC)
  • Science Learning Community (SLC)
  • Quest


The current Kent State athletic logo

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 Flashes had success in the Mid-American Conference, earned the Mid-American Conference's Reese Cup for best men's athetic program in 2000, 2002 and 2006 and the Jacoby Cup for best women's athletic program in 1989, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2005.[2416]. 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 1984 200m Olympic bronze medalist, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert, ESPN Analyst and former college football coach Lou Holtz, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Cleveland Browns return specialist Joshua Cribbs, former San Diego Padres pitcher Dustin Hermanson, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Andy Sonnanstine, Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Guerrier, and Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban.

The Golden Flashes compete in the following sports:
  • Spring Sports
    • Baseball
    • Men's Golf*
    • Women's Golf*
    • Softball
    • Men's Track and Field (Outdoor season)
    • Women's Track and Field (Outdoor season)
*=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.

Alma Mater & Fight Song

Cement Kent on Front Campus
Alma Mater:

From the beauty land Ohio comes a universal praise,

'Tis the song of Alma Mater that her sons and daughters raise.

'Tis a Hail to Kent forever, on the Cuyahoga shore,

Now we join the loving thousands as they sing it o'er and o'er.

Hail to Thee, our Alma Mater.

O, how beautiful Thou art,

High enthroned upon the hilltop,

Reigning over every heart.

Fight Song:

Fight on for KSU

Fight for the Blue and Gold!

We're out to beat the foe;

Fight on brave and bold!

Fight on for victory,

Don't stop until we're through.

We're all together,

Let's go forward, K-S-U!

University Press

May 4 Memorial at Night
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.

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.

Notable alumni

Rockwell Hall, Fashion Museum and School of Fashion
Main Library via Esplanade


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