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Kent State designated an “R1” institution in February 2022

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education named Kent State a R1 (or very high research) institution, which is the highest research ranking that Carnegie designates. This makes Kent State one of the top 146 research universities in the U.S. This announcement followed years of strategic investment in Kent State’s research infrastructure, including the creation of research institutes and a focus on research development.  

Designations occur every three years, and in 2025 the criteria to obtain an R1 designation were simplified to:
1.    Expend at least $50 million in total R&D in a year as reported to the NSF HERD Survey.
2.    Award at least 70 research/scholarship doctorates in a year, as reported to IPEDS.
During FY23 (the year in which data are counted for Carnegie designations) KSU expended $58,984,000 and conferred 165 doctoral degrees, meeting the R1 designation criteria for 2025.

As an institution whose core mission centers on access and completion, the R1 designation shows that Kent State provides not only a fantastic education to students from all backgrounds but also research and creative activity experiences that are more typical of elite institutions that are more expensive and have more restrictive entrance criteria.

Our Research In the News

  • You may have already known that mindful meditation reduces stress and anxiety, helps you sleep better and improves your test taking abilities. But, did you know that it shrinks your amygdala, which is the fear response center of the brain?

  • The Arctic region is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, with melting ice sheets having far-reaching consequences. Allyson Tessin, Ph.D., assistant professor in Kent State University’s Department of Earth Sciences, is conducting a study that seeks to shed light on the complex interactions between ice sheets, oceanic ecosystems and global climate patterns.

  • My name is Joshua A. Daniel and I am a psychology major with a minor in sociology and a concentration in counseling, and I'm graduating in May of 2024. There are a multitude of reasons as to why I’ve chosen to pursue this path of clinical psychology – the first and most important reason being mental health issues amongst African Americans.

  • Soon after her decision to major in psychology at Kent State, someone had suggested to Hannah Fender that she should get involved in research as an undergraduate. So, she signed up to work in the research lab of Clare Stacey, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, looking into how empathy changes over time in medical students. And that's when Fender was first bitten by the research bug.