College Junior 2013-12-07T00:18:50Z
While I checked off marijuana and alcohol, alcohol is really the biggest problem. On the weekends and some school nights students take to the streets looking for parties where they can get wasted, even if they aren't of age. Marijuana is definitely a problem as well but no where near alcohol.
College Junior 2013-12-07T00:16:51Z
Only one of the dorms allows of age student to posses and drink alcohol. Some classes don't require attendance, but the ones that do can be troublesome. I believe that if a student can learn more from provided material online and their books then they should be allowed to learn that way instead of being penalized for missing class. New student organizations are fairly easy to form if you have the required members and a faculty advisor. Drug use is common but strictly enforced if you are caught. I remember someone on my floor in the dorms freshman year was caught with marijuana and he got in a lot of trouble. There are many religious and political demonstrations on campus throughout the year. Underage drinking is strictly enforced and I know a lot of people who have gotten in trouble for it. Visitation in dorms is not allowed after a certain time, but if you aren't causing trouble or making noise you can get away with it. Parking on campus is strictly enforced. There are some times, usually during the weekends, when parking in some areas is allowed, but if you are parked in the wrong area at the wrong time be prepared to get fined. If you receive enough violations your vehicle will be towed. I just wish there were more areas for students to park throughout the week. It is not a terrible problem as long as you follow the rules. Most places on campus are within walking distance.
College Junior 2013-12-07T00:09:07Z
When I lived in Koonce at Tri-Towers my freshman year I didn't have a terrible experience but it wasn't great. I guess all part of learning life isn't perfect. After that I moved into my fraternity's lettered house on campus. Some of the dorm halls are new and some of the older ones are being renovated. The Centennial buildings and honors dorms are the nicest and most expensive on campus.
College Junior 2013-12-07T00:06:27Z
Kent is not a big city but downtown is not a bad place to hang out. The closest big cities are Cleveland and Pittsburgh. There are some shopping plazas about 20-30 minutes away but that a haul if you don't have your own car. I hate Cleveland professional sports but I love Pittsburgh professional sports. Luckily there are many fellow Pennsylvanians that attend Kent State so it's a fun rivalry. The town is pretty safe and there are always police out and a fire department very close by. I have never had any negative reaction from locals. The only recent interaction I have had was someone coming out of their house to thank us while we were doing community service.
College Junior 2013-12-07T00:01:47Z
Guys & Girls:
I'm not a party animal, but I have met a few girls on campus who aren't so bad. There are far more females who attend Kent State then males so you don't have to worry about that. The fashion and nursing schools attract many good looking females and I honestly can't complain about the availability of single women.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:59:08Z
My parents and I filled out the FAFSA financial aid application. The problem is they make too much money for me to receive any aid at all, but not enough to pay out of pocket for tuition. The main reason we filled it out was so we could get loans.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:57:16Z
I have had an internship for my major, Construction Management, but it was not through the school. The Construction Management Student Organization has two job fairs each year, which is great considering this major is brand new, where students can meet with businesses looking for interns. I also receive emails weekly about new internships. The internship I had was with Kiewit Mining Group in Texas. I worked 12 hours a day, 60 hours a week, and was paid $18 and hour plus over time each week for hours over 40. The company paid mileage for me to travel to and from Texas, and provided housing and utilities. They had plenty of learning experiences throughout the summer, a company golf outing we participated in for free, and an Internship Outing at the end of the Summer. I have another internship with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. in the summer of 2014. Having an internship is required for my degree and if you are interested in Construction Management at Kent State you should have no trouble finding one with the help available.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:57:16Z
The construction field has a positive outlook on new jobs until 2020. I am very satisfied with the courses I have taken so far and I would do it over again if I had the opportunity. I would like to get a job with Kiewit since I have interned with them once and have another next Summer. The only thing on my mind is whether or not I would have been happier had I pursued my original major choice in Administration of Justice and got a job as a police officer.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:49:15Z
University busses run on a regular schedule and although I walk most of the time or drive my own vehicle, they are very useful if you need them. Taxis are not as utilized but they are available. The Zip cars are not currently available at Kent State but through a presentation on sustainability I had in a class, I found out the university is actively trying to get a few on campus for student use at a reasonable price ($7-$8 an hour, including gas).
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:46:19Z
To be completely honest the first school I went to out of high school was because my best friends from high school went there. I had gotten accepted to several schools and was contemplating where to go based on academic program reputation, tuition, and distance from home. I ended up applying to the school I went to just before the deadline. After a year of commuting I decided I wanted to transfer. I don't know why I chose Kent State, but one of my friends from the first college and I transferred and became roommates. Now that I have been a college student for 5 semesters, gone to Kent for 3 semester, and changed my major once, I can say that I do love Kent State, but I'm not sure what would have happened and I made different decisions. There will always be that "what if". Not that my experience at Kent State has caused this feeling because I truly do love where I am now, I just contemplate what life would have been like had I gone somewhere else and finished my first major.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:40:49Z
Having been non-Greek for a year at another school, then coming to Kent and joining a fraternity I have the opportunity to give insight from both perspectives. When I was not Greek or a GDI G*d damn independent as some call it, I had a friend in a fraternity. After seeing and talking to him I had no interest in Greek life whatsoever. It seemed like the usual party scene and reminded me of Animal House. When I transferred to Kent State I originally had the same opinion. My roommate and I were bored one night when the Inter Fraternal Council was hosting an event outside of our dorm room to facilitate recruitment for the fraternities. We decided we would go and check them out and see what happened. That is when we found our home. I have to say no matter what fraternity your friend or family member is in or any previous experiences you have had, not all fraternities are the same. It just matters where you fit in and how your values align with the group of men in a particular fraternity at a particular college. Another thing is just because you had a bad experience with fraternity "X" and college "A" doesn't mean you wouldn't love fraternity "X" at college "B". The same fraternity at a different college most likely has a different group of men with different personalities. What I want people to understand is that yes, there are those fraternities that represent the movie Animal House, but there are also some that will become a part of your life and change you for the rest of your life in a positive way. If your interested go in with an open mind and don't settle for something that is okay when there is probably somewhere that in your opinion would be great. At Kent State social fraternities are organizations for anyone to join. They organize their own philanthropies where they raise money for a good cause, they do community service, build strong leaders, they are conducted in a professional manner, and yes there are parties. There are also professional fraternities for some majors at Kent that you may join if you are in that college. These fraternities do some of the same things but also help build strong leaders in their specific fields of study. There are a good number of on-campus Greek houses that Greeks can live in, as well as off campus Greek houses. Non-greeks usually do not have a strong opinion either way. The one's that have very negative opinions usually join a fraternity/sorority they do not really fit into, or have a bad experience with a specific member of a fraternity/sorority and associate those experiences with the entire Greek community. I am a member of Phi Delta Theta at Kent State and I would not want to have it any other way. A famous quote about Greek life, "From the outside looking in, you can't understand it, and from the inside looking out, you can't describe it".
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:24:01Z
While there are the usually fast food and chain restaurants, there are a good number of locally owned businesses unique to Kent State. Down town is not a bad place to go for a meal, though you will pay the normal price for a restaurant meal. I am not aware of any student discounts on or off campus. One of the places my friends and I eat at regularly is Franklin Square Deli, a small town, family owned business. If you have the chance, go on a Thursday and get a pulled pork sandwich. You won't be disappointed.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:20:42Z
There are a few good options when going out for a night of fun. There are several bars, restaurants, and wine bars a short drive or 15 minute walk from campus that get a lot of business on Thursday and Saturday nights. Fraternity parties are also enjoyable events, even though they are usually closed to GDI males. The best method of transportation is the use of a sober driver, but there are taxis available as well. Underage nightlife is decent though not as many options are available.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:16:53Z
From what I have gathered from my fraternity's alumni and my own experience Kent State has come a long way in the last 10 years. New green spaces are popping up everywhere. We have had a few big name concerts brought to campus for a cheap price to students, and are well known for black squirrels. Intramural sports in indoor soccer, football, volleyball, softball, and a few other sports are available to those who are interested.The recreational center on campus is one of the best in my opinion and offers a great place where students and the community can go to workout or participate in sports. It has a free weight area, workout machine area, four basketball courts, racket ball courts, rock climbing wall, pool, and indoor 1/6 mile track. Down town Kent also offers great places to eat, hangout, and spend time when the weather is nice. The only downside of these improvements is the construction on campus and downtown, but in the long run it will be beneficial. Acorn Alley is a popular place to spend free time down town.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:16:53Z
Some of the on-campus facilities and organizations students can participate in are high quality. I personally am in the Construction Management major and Construction Management Student Organization. The curriculum is brand new and there are plenty of opportunities to do community service, network with companies, and great support from staff. I am also in a fraternity on campus. Greek life has been a great experience so far even though it seems support from Kent State is minimal. Greek life is another great opportunity to network, make lifelong friends, and enrich your college experience.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:05:47Z
There are plenty of off-campus apartment complexes. Most are very expensive, but close to campus. The campus and surrounding community is generally a safe place to be. Police are seen everywhere on campus throughout most of the day and there is a fire department close by. I have never felt unsafe while walking through campus no matter what time of day.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:03:24Z
While there are plenty of options for meal plans on campus, it is ridiculously expensive. There is no pay a set price and eat a meal in a cafeteria setting. Students pay high prices for each item they buy. For instance if one were to oder a hamburger, french fries, and a drink, they will not pay a "meal price" they will pay a specific amount for each item. Rosie's dinner has decent food and is open from 6am to 4am everyday. The healthiest option on campus is probably Subway.
College Junior 2013-12-06T23:00:35Z
Sports at Kent State are decent but do not have a lot of fan support. If students are not busy they may attend an event to pass the time. Usually the first few games of the season and homecoming have decent attendance but other than that the attendance is nothing to brag about. Our baseball, golf, and women's volleyball teams are well known and have great records. The football team gained recognition for their performance last year. Dix stadium is not great but not terrible either. The MACC is a decent venue to watch sports as well.
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:21:12Z
The area has a lot of houses for rent, apartments are lacking
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:20:18Z
There is very little observable drug use and alcohol problems.
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:19:17Z
There are a wide variety of options from Asian to pizza to Quaker steak lube
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:18:03Z
There is plenty to do in the local area and with Akron and Cleveland fairly close the options are almost unlimited.
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:16:50Z
The classes and teachers are particularly geared to finding a job.
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:15:34Z
Main parking lot passes fill up quickly and you might have to park farther away, but the buses are regular and frequent.
College Junior 2013-12-06T18:14:17Z
There are so few options for aerospace engineering around the country and kent is great at it. You will have to take some non-major related classes but over all everthing is great.
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