Kent State University at Kent Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (28)
Kent State University's English program provided me with so much more than a simple degree or basic education. The program's teachers are active, engaging, knowledgeable, and extremely creative with their courses. In my last semester, Fall 2016, I had the opportunity to study Shakespeare and Jane Austen, side-by-side, in a course structured around the Folger Shakespeare Library's dual exhibit of both authors in Washington D.C. The course provided each student with the opportunity to learn about and from two of the most influential authors in the history of the English language. But it was more than just that, Professor C., who constructed and instructed the course, inspired each student to think critically about the topics each author presents, and did brilliantly in modernizing each studied work through hands on instruction and interpretation. I could go on and on about each course my English degree provided me, and the intellectual benefits of each, but a list of such would be exhaustive. Kent State University, as a whole, and my English degree in particular, has provided to my personal benefit more than I could have ever expected upon my enrollment in the Fall of 2012.
Kent State is a wonderful place full of diversity and courses that truly do prepare you for success. The faculty at Kent State are kind, and extremely intelligent and know what they are doing. In addition to this, the campus dining options are great, the residence hall floor plans are good, and the atmosphere and aesthetics on campus are breathtaking.
You will find professors who care so much and will push you to become an amazing artist but higher ups get in the way. Make sure you find teachers who won't let the administration push them around. Take the classes you want to take to make you the arrest you want to be even if it means being in school longer you will thank yourself in the long run.
The English program at Kent State is satisfactory, however English is the most pointless degree. So I had to mark low for earning potential and prepared for career since not too many jobs hire you to read classics all day and write reports/evaluations on them.
I felt like there were plenty of resources available for me as an undergrad, especially considering the Wick Poetry Center and all of their opportunities for young teachers and poets. It is a program unlike any of its kind in the nation and if you are interested in writing, poetry, TEFL or English education, I would highly recommend Kent State. The largest problem I encountered at Kent State was with student services. There is a high level of incompetency with the student services department at Kent State- the bursar's office would just shuffle you back and forth between them and the financial aid department in order to delay solving very minor problems. One semester, all of my classes were canceled due to inefficiency on their end and the classes filled up before I had the issue resolved, preventing me from taking a class I need to specifically take that semester. There are huge wait times on the phone, huge lines in person, and very rude people working in that department. It's hard giving that large of a chunk of money to an institution that does not seem to respect you or your education in the slightest. There is also a huge scam on campus called "Parking Services." If you plan to go to Kent State, simply put- ride a bicycle or walk. They keep upping enrollment and not upping the amount of available parking spaces. If you do spend a couple of hundred dollars on a parking pass/semester, especially during your first couple of years, the parking lot where you will have to park your car at during the daytime isn't even on campus. If you park in a different lot, like one just outside of your class, they WILL find you and they WILL ticket you. Parking tickets are like... $35-50/each and if you have a few of them in a semester, they boot your car and then tow it away. It costs at least $200 to get your car back. If you get a parking ticket after you graduate, they won't release your diploma until after you pay the ticket. Say you're working late on campus, it's snowing, you need to park nearby. You come back out after a hard night of work at 2 a.m. to find your car is gone and is locked away until the following Monday in an impound lot a couple of miles down the road from campus, charging you by the night. That is how Kent State rewards hard workers. Consider yourselves warned.
#1. Amazing Faculty and Teachers The fact that you feel like an individual in a school which is comprised of 30,000 students is incredible. KSU is home to amazing teachers who challenge their students, serve as networking contacts and wrote me letters of recommendation. In 3 years I had only 1-2 poor performing professors and when I contacted upper faculty about it, they handled the issues and were sympathetic. I had at least 2-3 amazing professors each semester. Instructors like Dr. de Szalay, Dr. Ortiz, Dr. Drew and Dr. Groff. This is only naming a few but these teachers are excited and enthusiastic about their course material and care a lot about their students. #2. The Campus Environment, TONS OF PARKING Kent is SUPER SAFE, there is tons of restaurants, bars, etc. to keep you busy as well as hiking and biking trails. Campus has an open layout, but is designed in such a way that max walking distance between classes is 10-15 minutes. There is tons of parking and I have never failed to find a parking spot, and every day I actually find an end spot to keep my car from getting dinged up. The Gym is great, they just redid it and added a ton of machines. The facilities are new and updated, and the campus itself is beautiful. #3. Lively Campus There is tons of classes, different activities, plays, basketball games, clubs, and even lectures from scientists being given on campus. The water symposium is a great example of which you can hear world renowned scientists lecture about climate and water resource changes.
Kent is a great school to attend if quality education is your goal. It was a great experience for me, and I highly recommend it to anyone, as you will feel time and money've been spent in the proper place. The program helped me through my career and tough me a lot-I would do I again in a heartbeat!
This university had great diversity of classes and students. A beautiful campus!
I loved going to Kent State University. It's a pretty campus with a safe environment. The campus was spacious but still capable of getting from one side to the other in a reasonable amount of time. Downtown Kent is not too far from campus and offers many things for students to do.
Very good school, nice campus, lots of useful tools/opportunities