Kent State University

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#153, overall score 41.58/100

Fun Fact:

In August 2017, Kent State students fostered 25 service-dogs-in-training before the dogs began professional training at an outside facility.

Why should Jewish students attend Kent State? Hillel’s home, the Cohn Jewish Student Center, is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility opened in 2009 with upgrades to security and facilities made in 2017. Our students drive Jewish life at Hillel with significant leadership opportunities and over 60 programs a semester. There are plenty of opportunities to find your own unique voice at Hillel or the other six Jewish student organizations on campus. - Adam Hirsh, executive director, Hillel at Kent State University

Kent State has a beautiful Jewish student community; everyone is close with each other and very welcoming to all. At Chabad, our goal is to promote the Jewish pride on campus and that all Jewish students feel that they have a home here at Kent State: A place to hang out and have a fun Jewish experience. We offer kosher food, classes, Israel advocacy, chicken soup for those under the weather, one-on-one studying and personal guidance. - Rabbi Moshe Sasonkin, co-director, Chabad at Kent State


  • Location: Kent, Ohio
  • Region: Midwest
  • Campus type: College town
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 23,684
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 1,000
  • Jewish population share: 4%
  • Student origin: 85% in-state / 15% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Kent Stater
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Golden Flashes
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Damn Gravity

COST & AID Score: 7.5/15

  • Score: 7.5/15
  • In-state tuition: $10,012
  • Out-of-state tuition: $18,376
  • Room & board costs: $10,916
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $5,807
  • Average loan debt: $32,790
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 0/20

  • Score: 0/20
  • Acceptance rate: 88%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 20:1
  • Median SAT range: 1040-1220
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 12.33/20

  • Score: 12.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 25
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: None
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10/11

  • Score: 10/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.46/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 18.77/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.75/34

  • Score: 11.75/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Kent State University
  • Chabad: Chabad at Kent State
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: AEPi
  • Jewish sororities: SDT
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 64
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 45
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 0
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? Most come from Ohio, specifically northeast Ohio. There is a strong contingency of students from all over the country who come to Kent State for its fashion, aviation, architecture, and education programs.
  • Kosher food details: Chabad serves kosher meals Shabbat (Friday night and Shabbat day) and at least once more throughout the week. Hillel has Friday night dinners and occasional meals in the week, and has the only commercial kosher kitchen in the county. Most local stores have many kosher items, but for meat and dairy, you must go to Cleveland, a 45-minute drive away.

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