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Kent State might be synonymous with struggles in the highly politicized 1970s, but the university is far from just that. A diverse and bustling student body attends classes on a number of campuses throughout the state of Ohio, and one of the fastest growing campuses is the one in Salem, where students are able to enjoy a natural setting and contemporary learning in the same place.

Students from West Virginia and Pennsylvania also commute to attend classes at Kent State University – Salem Campus. One of the big factors that attracts students is the high number of advanced degrees that are offered. Undergraduates have over 272 majors to choose from, and many students continue on to receive bachelor’s degrees at four-year schools. As a two-year university, Kent State’s Salem Campus offers certificate programs, associate degree programs, and baccalaureate degrees.

Students interested in certificate programs can study business management technology, child and family advocacy, basic internet, magnetic resonance imaging, medical billing, microcomputer applications, and accounting technology. Classes have a focus on keeping students up to speed in the latest technology and workplace advancements, leaving them prepared to begin work or pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Associate degrees at Salem’s Kent State University campus include associate of arts and sciences, computer technology, radiologic technology, horticulture technology, and information technology for administrative professionals, among other options. Classes in the associate degree program are also offered during non-traditional times, such as weekends and evenings.

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Undergraduates and graduates alike apply to Kent State University to further their academic careers. Freshmen applicants, students who have never attended college before, must submit their official high school transcript or GED score report, their ACT or SAT score, and their completed college application. Transfer students must also submit their official college transcripts, as well as their application.

Graduate students have the option of applying for a number of degrees or courses of study, including doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, certificates, and non-degree options for those who are seeking merely knowledge and not degrees at this moment in time.

Financial Aid

The best way for incoming students to be equipped for the cost of college is to make an appointment with the Salem campus Financial Aid Office, where counselors are able to assist students in an number of ways. Whether it’s assistance with filling out a FAFSA form or applying for a Pell Grant or a need for a helping hand in researching applicable scholarships, the counselors are well-informed and interested in helping. Most counselors keep regular office hours throughout the work week.

In addition to need-based financial aid from the state and federal government, Kent State University – Salem Campus also offers a number of scholarships that are both need and merit based. Students interested in studying computer technology are eligible for the John E. Roncone Scholarship for Computer Technology Students, while those who are non-traditional students are eligible for the Mary B. Howett Scholarship for Non-traditional Students. The Salem Community Foundation also offers to residents of Perry Township and Salem City, and a number of other special scholarships are also available to students.

Those interested in studying horticulture should apply for a number of different school-based scholarships, including the Mew’s Garden Club of Youngstown Laner Scholarship, the Davey Tree Expert Scholarship Fund, the Northern Ohio Golf Course Superintendents Association Scholarship, and the Garden Club of Ohio Inc.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4497th for the average student loan amount.
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Students attending Kent State University – Salem Campus have a number of different options for getting to know their classmates better and getting more involved in their fields of interest and study. Many students are first-time freshmen, but a number of students pursuing their graduate degrees and studies, as well as students attending school at a later age, also make up the campus population.

Students have the use of a number of campus facilities, with an emphasis on outdoor activities and appreciating nature. Located right next to a lake, many students opt to go canoeing or kayaking during their free time. With a 25-acre outdoor classroom and numerous nature walks, there are a lot of opportunities for students to get involved with nature during their free time.

Those who are pursuing academic excellence can get involved with the honors club, which those who are interested in learning more about bureaucracy and civic duty can try to get elected to serve as part of the student government. There is an extensive program for horticulture lovers to learn more outside of class as part of the horticulture club, which has a vast outdoor area of learning to draw from.

Other popular clubs on campus include the nursing club, the radiologic technology club, and the human services technology club.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The school’s official mascot is a golden eagle named Flash, with the school having an equally popular unofficial mascot, the black squirrel. The school’s colors are navy blue and gold, and teams compete in the NCAA Division I’s East Division.

The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Racquetball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Table_tennis
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Volleyball

Information Summary

Ranks 95th in Ohio and 2676th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 35 0.28
Larceny 370 3.01
Vehicle theft 9 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Salem, OH 44460
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population26,973 (16,757 urban / 10,216 rural)
Households10,688 (2.48 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,726
Families7,588 (2.97 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3906

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2855th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,554 $5,554 $13,514
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $253 $253 $615
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $475 $475 $817
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,954 $6,954 $14,914
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,596 $21,596 $29,556
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,636 $11,636 $19,596

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,288 $5,472 $5,288 $5,472 $13,248 $13,432
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,380 $1,420
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,960 $9,210
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,092 $5,248
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,092 $5,248

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2226th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,618 ($69,209 male / $54,127 female)
Number of FT Faculty 45 (17 male / 28 female)
Number of PT Faculty 135
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $1,491,869

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2491 State Route 45 South
Salem, OH 44460
p. 330-332-0361
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