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Anthony Claytor raises his diploma during his Commencement ceremony at Kent State University.

In 2020, Kent State University President Todd Diacon announced to a group of high school juniors and their families that Kent State would cover four years of tuition costs and one year of room and board. Now, for the LeBron James Family Foundation’s first I PROMISE class, the hard work these students had put in since third grade is paying off. 

Eboni Pringle Speaks at President Diacon's Inauguration in 2019

Spend five minutes with Eboni Pringle, Ph.D., and you'll quickly be convinced of her unwavering drive for student success. 

Adam Cinderich

First-generation graduate reflects on obstacles, successes as his leadership journey comes full circle.

The Center for Undergraduate Excellence is the home of University College.

Kent State's University College helps students decide on the degree program — and career path — that's right for them.

Representatives from KeyBank Foundation visit with University College staff and Key Connections alumni and students at Kent State University.

KeyBank Foundation has awarded a new $200,000 gift to Kent State University to continue KeyBank Foundation’s support for the successful Key Connections program offered by University College at Kent State. The Key Connections program will continue to support student success initiatives for underserved students, including first-generation students and students from limited income backgrounds who will enroll in Fall Semester 2022.

Team LeBron will be playing for Kent State’s I Promise Scholars

Team LeBron will be playing for Kent State’s I Promise Scholars, a program that provides higher education opportunities for underserved students in Northeast Ohio.

Graduates Celebrate Together at Kent State's 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Kent State’s current graduation rate is the highest among public universities in Northeast Ohio and fifth highest among all of Ohio’s public universities, behind Ohio State, Miami, the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. In northern Ohio, the graduation rates of other public universities range from 40 to 55 percent.

A Kent State University exploratory student and her mentor meet in the learning community dedicated to exploratory students in February 2020.

Kent State University’s Exploratory Program in University College has been awarded two prestigious national awards for its work with exploratory students.

Participants at Kent State University's 2019 I Am First campaign

Kent State University has been designated as a First-gen Forward Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success for its commitment to improving the experiences and advancing outcomes of those who are first in their families to attend college.