Kent State University at Kent Graduate Program Reviews

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89%
of students recommend
(3.86 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 159 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 5 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 12 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 30,067 (23,607 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 21 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 42% part-time, 58% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,864 in-state; $18,380 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014

The M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications program is offered on-campus and online. It makes for a perfect balance for professionals who work full-time and are seeking an advanced degree. Although the workload and course assignments can be considered "intense," they are enriching and the interactions I have had with other professionals from around the nation have been insightful and beneficial towards my development as a public relations professional. Using Blackboard, the university oversees online interaction and professors are always available and helpful if I have questions. I've found the program to be a great help to my understanding of both practical and theoretical public relations strategies.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

The program i went for was the LIS (library amd information science). The classes are really simple and the material is not difficult at all as well as workload for the majority of classes is no more than regular undergrad college coursework. The college offers many course online which is a great feature since librarianship is moving towards the digital age anyway. One complaint I did have is the lack of support and guidance in the program and towards a career. I have never met with my advisor and only received one email during my entire time there. I had no clue whether or not the courses I took would apply to my specialization and wasted time and money on classes that wouldn't help me. This would have definitely been a reason for me not to go here if I had known earlier.
2.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Great program, campus life is different from that which I am accustomed to.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2012

Although I was enrolled at the main campus, most of my courses were in the Columbus branch, which isn't an option on the list to choose. So my comments on the area and transportation and safety are pretty neutral (although I'm sure the main campus in Kent is safer than the are in Columbus). My program was library science, and so the competitiveness of the school is pretty obvious, given that it is the ONLY library science program in the state. That said, they have created branches all around the state to carry the program and are increasingly giving online offerings so that people who are mid-career, like myself, can attend school full time and not need to uproot themselves completely. The program is very considerate of those who already work, offering evening classes that meet once a week, and the regular and adjunct faculty are very good, not only giving great instruction but serving as very good references and mentors. The program is also working very hard to stay current with technology and trends and is very concerned with keeping the content and the field competitive, addressing dilemmas and questions that we're facing on the front lines instead of just teaching out of old textbooks. I have only one quibble with the program, really, and that's that since it's so easy to enter--you don't even need a GRE score if you had an undergrad GPA of 3.0--it can be disheartening to see some who put very little effort or care into it coming out with the same credentials as someone who took a very difficult and intense focus, but that's more an issue with the profession than with the school. Kudos, KSU!
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: -Great professors -Program is very accredited Cons: -Longer graduate program than most (3 years) -Not very diverse
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

For my field of study (Applied Geology - Engineering Geology), Kent State is one of only a few schools that offer a comprehensive program dedicated to this discipline. The faculty is top-notch and well-respected by their peers, and national/international organizations. The department fosters a 'family' environment, and both faculty and fellow graduate students are always available and anxious to provide support. The only cons that come to mind are probably common at most universities and most departments--not enough funding for graduate research/teaching assistantships, outdated laboratory equipment (some, not most), and some of the classrooms/graduate student offices could use renovation.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Overall, it is a decent place to be a student if you are fine with living in a small town and your interests match with those of faculty.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

It is a big school that tends to have some committee or another to fret and attend to any if the features listed above, so things are often getting better.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2012

Expect the administration to lose important paperwork on a regular basis, costing you a lot of time and money to rectify the situations.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Very good place is to study, living is not costly, library services are very good, high diversity, lot's of hot girls :) and so on and so far
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