Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

International Admissions is here to guide our applicants during the application process and beyond.  We understand that many communities have been impacted by COVID-19 and prospective students may be facing uncertainty about the future. 


International Admissions processes remain uninterrupted. We now provide remote advising sessions. To view our advising schedule or make an appointment visit: the schedule here .  During these uncertain times we will do our best to maintain admission integrity and flexibility for ALL students. If you would need to meet in person to submit your document, please email to make an appointment ahead of time.  


We still do not have official guidance for Spring 2021 regarding online/remote classes, however our expectations are that they will remain the same. That means you could enroll in as many online courses as you would like as long as you meet the credit hour minimums listed above. For students with an Active SEVIS record we are still recommending at least one in-person class in case the guidance changes.  For students with initial I-20s starting in January 2021 and who started their program online this semester, it will be required to have at least one in-person class to come to the U.S. for Spring 2021.


English proficiency test scores are required for admission.  Effective Fall 2020, we now permanently accept Duolingo English Test (DET),  as proof of English proficiency.  Additionally, IELTS and Person Vue online tests, IELTS indicator, TOEFL home version and TOEFL ITP Plus will be temporarily accepted as approved examinations for English proficiency requirements.  The Graduate DET score requirements vary by program as outlined here: (graduate program English requirements).  


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE testing has temporarily been waived from the application process for a number of our graduate programs – both master's and doctoral.  To view GRE waivers for graduate programs.
For programs still requiring GRE and GMAT, at-home testing for GRE and GMAT is now an available option, but we still ask that you contact us before moving forward with this testing option.


We would like to talk to you! International Admissions will host a weekly live chat with our prospective students through Facebook and Instagram Live every Tuesday 9am Eastern Time (Check your local time here). Come and chat with us!
Facebook: Kent State International Admissions
Instagram: @kentstateintladm

Check Schedule Here! 


Kent State University will continue to monitor and track developments to determine how we can best support all prospective and incoming students. For any information about how the university is handling the situation, please visit


General Questions

How can I participate in any campus tours?
How do I get in contact with an admissions counselor?

The International Admissions Office will continue to support our applicants and admits. Walk-in advising is suspended until further notice. We have expanded our remote advising, and we encourage you to visit our advising website for more information. If you have additional questions, please email us at

For Applicant

How can I submit my application documents?

We encourage you to send your application documents through an electronic vendor service or send your materials to postal mail is still received weekly. However, please expect a delay at this time with mail services around the world.

What if I have difficulties obtaining my academic transcripts due to school closure?

We are glad to work with you to look into alternative documents instead of the final and official academic credentials. We can take a scanned copy of your academic credentials for admissions purposes. If you have any concerns, please reach out to us through email or advising

How do I submit my test scores?

Test agencies are still operating and we are monitoring all incoming scores. If you are experiencing difficulties sending your test score, please reach out to us at intladm@kent.eduYour request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Would you consider delaying the deadline for graduate programs?

Our graduate departments have been understanding and flexible. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  

When is the deadline for scholarships?


International Freshman scholarship’s deadline is December 15th (See Link). You will automatically be considered if you are admitted before the deadline and meet eligibility requirements.

Global Scholarship is on a rolling basis. Students will be automatically considered for the scholarship upon admission to the university.


Graduate Assistantship deadline varies. You may also check with the graduate program regarding graduate assistantship deadlines.

Do I need to notarize my financial documents and affidavit of support in order to get my I20?

Given the current Covid19 situation and to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being, you are not required to submit notarized financial documents during this time. However, we still require proof of sufficient finances. Please refer to this page to apply for immigration document.     

For Admitted Student

Can I get my I-20?

Our I-20 team will continue sending out I-20s with the DHL courier service and in case mail delivery is not available in your country, an electronic I-20 will be issued.  Check to see how to receive I-20 

Can I still get my US visa this year?

Routine visa service in the U.S. Embassies and Consulates are starting to resume service. Please check your local embassy and consulate for any updates.  Consulate wait times can be accessed through the US Department of State website:


What if I need to change my starting term?

If you are unable to arrive on campus due to visa delays or for any unforeseen circumstances, you can reach out to us at to defer your application to the next available term. Your application and application fee are valid for one year. If you wish to start classes remotely, we will look into remote options for you to start classes through distance learning. Your academic success is important to Kent State University.

If the U.S. consulates and embassies do not reopen in time for me to apply for a student visa, what options do I have?

If students are unable to apply for a student visa in time to begin school due to the embassy closures and delays, students have the option to defer their admission for up to one year. If this is something that interests you, please contact International Admissions at to discuss the steps.

If I begin remote courses at Kent State, can I transition into into in-person courses once everything returns to normal?

This is surely an option, you can start your classes remote.  Please note that due to the uncertainty of the visa approval process, if you are rejected for a visa for any reason, you might run the risk of starting a program remotely that you cannot complete in person. If the program selected has a fully online option, then there should not be any issues.  We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any concerns.