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Admission Classifications

Kent State University at Ashtabula is an open admission campus, accepting prospective students from high school graduates, GED holders and high school students admitted under the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO) to present and former college students. Each admission category has its own requirements and application forms are available in the Student Services Office.

New Freshmen
Kent State Ashtabula welcomes students who are just graduating from high school or may have been out of high school for a few years. Follow the New Student Checklist.

Home-schooled Students
KSUA welcomes applications from homeschooled students. A student may submit an equivalent diploma through a successful General Educational Development (GED) test OR submit the following information:

1. Written verification from the appropriate school district that the student has been excused from compulsory attendance for home education;
2. A portfolio of the student's work reflecting all secondary coursework completed.

Students should complete a program of study that covers the material in the full college preparatory program recommended by the Ohio State Board of Education. Non-Ohio students should submit appropriate supporting documents as required by their home states. The Ashtabula Campus does not require ACT or SAT scores, however these scores can be used in conjunction with the COMPASS Assessment to help determine class placement. Call Admissions at (440) 964-4217 for further details.

Students who attended a college or university other than Kent State and want to continue an education at Kent State University is termed a transfer student. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or schools previously attended, plus high school transcripts and $40 admission fee, to Kent State University Ashtabula. In addition, financial aid applicants currently enrolled elsewhere must arrange for financial aid transcripts to be sent from all colleges previously attended. Follow New Student Checklist.

Students with a bachelor's or other advanced degree wishing to pursue further undergraduate work can enroll at Kent State University at Ashtabula after providing official transcripts.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO)
High school students may be eligible to enroll in university coursework under PSEO during fall and spring semesters. In most cases, both high school and university credit may be earned simultaneously and can be applied toward a Kent State degree or transferred to another institution. Contact the PSEO Coordinator at (440)964-4242 for more information or learn more about PSEO here.

Guest Student (May be defined as either)
1. Students enrolled at other colleges or universities may take classes at Kent State University at Ashtabula and apply earned credits to their home schools as transient students. Apply here now.

2. Students who wish to do coursework without earning a degree at this time. To be admitted at the undergraduate level, an applicant must have a high school diploma, a GED certificate, or the equivalent. To be admitted at the graduate level, a baccalaureate degree must have been earned. Guest students may attempt up to 18 semester hours of Kent State University credit (6 hours as a graduate student) under this admission status. Those wishing to pursue a degree or to continue beyond the 18 semester hour limit must apply for regular admission. Anyone who has been denied admission to the University is not eligible for guest student status. Guest students are not eligible for financial aid from Kent State University. Apply here now.

Learn more about the Guest Admissions Status.