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Kent State announces ‘immediate changes’ to admissions, waives standardized test requirements

Application fees have also been waived.

KENT, Ohio — As graduating high school students prepare to begin their college career, Kent State University has announced “immediate changes” to the admissions process.

For fall 2020 applicants, Kent State will:

  • Waive ACT/SAT standardized test requirements, recognizing that testing was canceled in many locations leaving students unable to take the test.
  • Utilize a more holistic approach to determine student admission for the 2020 Fall and 2021 Fall Semesters.
  • Accept unofficial transcripts from high school counselors.
  • Waive application fees.
  • Move the deadline to apply for the 2020 Fall Semester and be considered for merit scholarships to May 1, 2020, and the deadline to confirm enrollment to June 1, 2020.

“The success of our students is not linked to a single test score, and a holistic admission process will identify unique talents and diverse perspectives that will contribute to our campus community,” said Sean Broghammer, Ph.D., associate vice president for enrollment management/admissions at Kent State.

Kent State officials said the university will continue to "evaluate applicants using a holistic approach" for fall 2021 as well. Details related to fall 2021 are forthcoming.

Last month, Kent State University suspended all in-person classes due to the coronavirus. Classes are now being taught through remote instruction.

Meanwhile, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has extended the closure of all K-12 schools throughout the state until May 1.


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