Kent State University at Kent Reviews

  • 107 Reviews
  • Kent (OH)
  • Annual Tuition: $19,478
84% of 107 students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of 107 students said they would recommend this school to others
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A student
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2021
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Kent state has been a huge waste of time and money. I graduated with a 3.7 in computer science and have landed a position in the field, but it was very much due to my own interest and motivation to learn. I practically taught myself while simultaneously doing whatever work kent assigned to me. Kent needs to focus on teaching practical skills instead of doing whatever comes easily to them. I somehow graduated with a BS in Computer Science without a single class ever teaching Git. I never used a single C++ library outside of the STL for any of my assignments here. We used makefiles for everything and we were never taught any real build systems that are used in practice. As a CS major who was sold a degree that boasted about teaching C++ and software engineering, I was extremely disappointed to learn that my CS4 Software Engineering course would be entirely based on web development under the instruction of Dr. Delozier. The course would touch base on some software engineering, then randomly veer off into some web-dev stuff about the Python module bottle, HTML, CSS, and some Javascript. Since the rest of the university was learning C++, most students were not able to contribute to the project adequately which made it to be just a very negative and bad experience for everyone involved. The instructor does seem to be a good engineer and I'm willing to accept that this could have just been the result of a poor decision when the project for the was selected. TA's. TA's everywhere, teaching courses I paid hundreds or thousands in instructional fees for a professional to teach. Of course, there was no discount applied to these courses for my financial investment. The only discount I received was in the quality of course content. Some TA's did what I would call 'good enough' but still absolutely not what I paid for. This lack of experience in some courses made later courses where I actually had a real professor more difficult due to some TA's simply not being able to get through all the content of previous courses. Of course this became my problem, which I solved by investing my free time to teach myself topics I already paid to be taught. Very frustrating. For my experience at Kent State University, Arvind Bansal was the final blow that drove me to earn my bachelors and take my tuition elsewhere to finish my masters at another college. The best way I can describe this professor is like playing a board game with a child. When the kid starts to lose, they shuffle the board and claim it's within the rules but they've actually just stacked the deck in their favor. I have never in my life had a teacher that wanted to fail their students. Arvind aboslutely wants to fail his students, as if it would somehow validate his credentials? I'm not sure what his reasoning is for this behavior, but he was disrespectful, refused to write any instructions for assignments and only described our term project verbally. Upon asking him for written instructions, he practically refused. The assignments were vague, he offered no guidance or help, his lectures were convoluted and I taught myself everything for this class. His slides were full of errors, which he tried to blame on his PhD students but let's be real here, if your having students write your slides and not checking them, who's really at fault? Write your own slides. The professor also ignores holidays observed by the university and continues with class, despite the rest of the university being off. That wouldn't bother me if his course content was good, but it's awful. He was opinionated to the point where he actually verbally insulted algorithms from the industry standard book 'Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach', and then he redistributed his own algorithms. The algorithms he wrote were so bad that when he read them himself, he often got confused and had to take a second to figure out what he wrote himself. He sent out these algorithms at least 3 times, each time correcting handfuls of errors - and the final version still had errors. The best thing I did in this course was ignore his instruction and algorithms. Once I tuned him out, I did fine and passed with an A. My experience with Arvind sealed the deal. For this university to ignore the reviews of this professor is not acceptable. Look him up on RateMyProfessor.com - He has almost 50 reviews giving him the worst rating possible, and you will notice my complaints above outline exactly what they describe. See for yourself. Any university that allows a professor like this to continue to make the same mistakes year after year simply doesn't care about their student's learning experience. https://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=59547"
Maria West
  • Reviewed: 1/12/2020
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"I enjoyed attending Kent State University. I began my undergraduate program at another university, but transferred to Kent because it had a better program. They have a great education program with faculty who are experts in their field. These professors took the time to answer any question we had about the education system and provided us with real-life scenarios to prepare us for becoming teachers. For example, there were several field experience opportunities in nearby schools. We had the chance to work with students and observe veteran teachers. They also found placements for our student teaching assignments. When we were near the end of our program, they had career fairs and people to help build our resumes. My advisors at Kent were always helpful. They met with me frequently to make sure I was on track and taking the correct classes. One of the benefits of Kent is that it has regional campuses. I was living off campus in a city about 40 minutes from the main campus. I was able to take classes at their Kent-Stark Regional Campus when it was convenient for my schedule. I loved their campus and had a great experience there. Everything is accessible on campus. There are several parking lots and busses to take you to your buildings. It was easy to navigate and has beautiful scenery. Many of the buildings are updated and have plenty of resources for students. Their recreation center was great on both campuses. Overall, I had a wonderful experience at Kent State University. I would recommend this college for any student considering a school in Ohio!"
Kasey Moore
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"I would say that my experience at Kent State University was great! Kent State is a very diverse campus and offers many academic and extracurricular programs. One of my favorite elements about the university is that they do their best to get everyone involved and make everyone feel included. I feel that I have met so many so many unique people and learned so many things through all of the programs I participated in. As far as my particular field of study, I would say that my academic experience was fair. One downfall about the biology/science department is that they do not offer many class options throughout the semesters. No matter the concentration of biology, every student pretty much took the same exact classes. One thing I did like about the biology department is that there are plenty of opportunities to work/volunteer in research. I absolutely loved the research opportunities! Overall, my experience at Kent State University was good!"
Jennifer Dobrilovic
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2018
  • Degree: Art History
"I was a student at Kent's main campus all 4 years of my undergraduate career. Looking back on the days I spent there will always bring a smile to my face. The teachers were always extremely helpful, often talking with students long after class, as well as staying committed to office hours. They were friendly and helpful for the most part, with many of them being voices of authority and respected in their fields. My professors respected the opinions of students, understanding that we have a growing and changing view on various topics and willing to do research themselves to answer questions that they did not know of the top of their heads. The classes were interesting, with each degree track leaving room for fun classes such as ballroom dancing and piano for non-music majors. I truly received a well rounded education as well as acquired skills that I never thought I would be able to learn as an adult. The campus is beautiful. There is plenty of green space and there are always people outside tossing frisbees to snowballs. It is an overall energetic and exciting place to be with plenty of opportunities to watch performances and attend events. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a well-balanced college experience."
Megan Carrasco
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2018
  • Degree: Communications
"Kent State University is an amazing opportunity for those students looking to get a lot of opportunity with faculty members, looking for opportunities to get involved and students who want a lot of degree options. Kent's advising staff in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications was outstanding. From the day I stepped on campus, they helped me build a schedule and achieve my course goals. I was able to graduate from the Honors College, earn a Bachelor's in applied communication and receive minors in public relations and Spanish. I highly recommend Kent State!"
LHW
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"In my four years at Kent State University, I experienced a mediocre education overall. Within my major, connecting with professors was very challenging due to being turned away for wanting to pursue a counselor education versus clinical psychology. A had a rare few courses that challenged me academically and applied to life outside of the classroom. The worst part about attending Kent State was dealing with financial aid repeatedly throughout the semesters due to their many errors and lack of knowledge when dealing with adverse circumstances. I was often misdirected and discouraged by the financial aid advisors. I was often in contact with their upper management to find resolution."
Divya
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2018
  • Degree: Business
"This is an amazing course and professors. The curriculum is up-to-date and is very relevant to the current jobs in market. Course is more focussed on conceptual and practical learning which gave us a good hands-on on implementation of knowledge attained effectively. We did lot of good Projects and eventually all this helped us to finally get into our dream company. Career services office is also another great department with wonderful po"
Karly Helmuth
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"The Biology Program at Kent State is exceptional. The teachers all have the goal of preparing the kids for their future, and challenge them to think critically about the topic. The faculty of the Biology department is really personable, and are helpful when you want to talk to about your future plans."
Dque
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2018
  • Degree: Business
"Curriculum was in alignment with business today, covered all topics which were in high demand. Practical based learning. Great professors and facilities on campus. Most of the business courses are pretty good. Job fairs every semester are very helpful. Campus is very beautiful."
Renata
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"You are required to communicate with your assigned counselor every semester but when you try to schedule an appointment you can never get the assigned counselor and have to wait to schedule after a date the system allows. Another words, cant schedule appointment until after Tuesday. Im online now and want to schedule now not after Tuesday They bully you into opting to next semester for a class and hurry you instead of taking time to advice on graduating in the 4 years offered in the plan. Also, if you are trying to get a class and it is already full, you have to wait until next semester or it is only available in the fall. Im very disappointed in this school counseling and scheduling of classes."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Accounting
"I commuted to college all 5 years, so I did not live on campus. From my experience, the teachers were educated and the classroom sizes ranged from 30 students to 100 students. The campus is clean."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Kent State was a great place to learn. A small school with great teachers."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Architecture
"Kent State University has a variety of excellent programs, a beautiful campus, and plenty of activities for students to participate in."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"The instruction was fairly good from the professors in my department. The program really emphasized research during the time I was there. The faculty were generally supportive of the students and available for questions and concerns. There was a great deal of transition in the department when I was there, and that definitely impacted the experience I had."
Lisa Mickey
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"Kent State University is an excellent University. The only problem is that funding was mainly allocated to fashion, nursing, and education students. STEM students had old, dangerous, faulty labs and equipment, and the faculty appeared to be more interested in their research then their teaching. I felt as if I could have received a better biochemistry experience elsewhere, but my overall college experience was excellent at Kent."
Mike Swoboda, class of 2011
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"It was the best experience of my life, and the worst decision I ever made because I am not 150+k$ in student loan debt."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"I cannot speak for the University itself, as I was enrolled in a specialized Master's program, and had little contact with the rest of the University. However, my program was excellent, pertinent to my career path, and headed by leading experts in the field."
Kris
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Engineering
"The school itself is very unorganized but I liked my professors and my classes."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Counseling
"My master's degree is the reason I have my current job, but you have to make sure you choose majors and programs that will fill a need with employers. The school may not help you with that."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Kent State has a friendly, highly supportive community. The learning experience was top notch, as everyone was willing to cooperate and help each other and the professors work in the students' best interest."