Dear Alumni and Friends,

In University College, we embrace our students for who they are, then push them to become so much more. To keep an open mind and venture out of their comfort zone. To find their voice and the strength to use it with purpose. To become a better version of themselves and to create a future that they never imagined possible. 

We help students achieve academic success by advising undecided students on degree and career planning; helping students make the transition from high school to college and from college to career; providing tutoring services that promote student learning; and supporting low-income, first-generation students. 

We are so grateful for your philanthropic support of our critical programs that help students explore, engage and succeed...with purpose. Please join us as we work to ensure every student’s success.

Dr. Liz Piatt
Interim Dean of University College

Support our Students


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Helping students thrive, not just survive.

In order to prepare students for the 21st century with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be leaders in the workplace as well as engaged citizens, University College is focusing on these key priorities:

  • Academic - Creating Graduates – Programs that provide students, particularly those most in need (financially or academically) with the tools to be successful, remain on track towards graduation, and launch their career. Most importantly, supporting students when they have small unexpected financial hardships can make the difference between a student earning a degree or not. Give now to support Academic Programming
  • Career - Creating Workforce - We encourage the self-discovery process with academic advising regarding major exploration options, liberal education requirements and overviews of Kent State major requirements. By immersing students in experiences early and often, we are exposing them to new ways of looking at their career options in an ever-changing environment and positioning students to be confident and purposeful with their academic choices and career decisions. Give now to support Career Experiences
  • Community - Creating Citizens – Organized service projects bring the learning out of the classroom while making a tangible impact. These experiences not only build skills but also prepare students to become citizens who contribute meaningfully to their communities. Alternative Breaks expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community engagement and cultural activities during semester breaks. Give now to support Community Engagement
  • Diversity - Creating Equity - Supporting first-generation and high financial need students through creating experiences that allow our students to thrive, not just survive. Research opportunities, internships, and study abroad experiences, along with support that removes barriers to graduation, strengthen a student's collegiate journey and build a support network. Give now to Equity Initiatives.

Support our Students

Payroll Deduction

Select any of the links below to learn more about the most common options for giving to Kent State University:

Cash, Checks, Credit Card, PayPal

The easiest way to donate; contributions can be sent via check to the Kent State Foundation office, or you can make a credit card donation online.


The Kent State Foundation accepts appreciated securities, which may offer a larger tax benefit than a cash gift.

Real Estate

Gifts of long-term, appreciated real estate usually offer an immediate tax benefit.

Gift Planning

Bequests present a way to leave a legacy after your lifetime. You may also establish a trust or annuity that can provide income to you or a loved one while benefiting the university. Our advisers can help you determine the best options.

Payroll Deduction

Employees of Kent State University can make their contributions through automatic deductions from their paychecks.

Employer Matching Program

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.

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