Kent State University at Kent Top Questions

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Elizabeth

The snow. In the winter the weather can be brutal. I'm more of a fun in the type person and Kent usually gets a lot of snow in the winter.

Joseph

There's really not one thing I dislike, but if I pinpointed one thing it would have to be the advisement schedules. Possibly being able to have more advisors to consult on in case of emergencies would be the best.

Brittany

The worst thing aboout my school would have to be the food. The same things are served every week. It just gets tiring not having any new food choices.

Tessa

That the courses for the major I am persuing are only offered at the Kent Campus and not at other branches like Tuscarawas or Stark Campus. I have to commute 1 hour and 15 minutes one way just to get to college because I live in New Phila with my son and am unable to move to the city of Kent.

Genevieve

There can be a tendency towards irresponsibility on campus. The administrators sometimes seem to have the mentality that kids will be kids and so they will not deal with issues as authoratatively as I believe they should. When students, especially those belonging to sports teams or fraternities/sororities cause an issue, it seems like most of the time they are let go with a warning and these students do not have to face the full consequences of their actions. This kind of mentality will not help those students in the future and thus may eventually negatively affect others as well.

Chante

The worst thing about my school is the location. I really don't like the cold or snow and that is what the weather is like most of the school year. When it snows really bad or is really cold outside students don't want to go to class or do any type of activities. If Kent State was in another location I would love it so much more.

Ryan

The worst thing about my school is so many people go home on the weekends.

Nick

The only thing that I can say is bad about the school is the parking. Sometimes it takes forever to walk to and from campus. The amount of parking is limited, so sometimes it is required to walk a few blocks away from school.

Amy

The worst thing about my school is the cost of admission, room and board. It is extremely expensive and nearly impossible to afford living on campus all four years if you are not be helped by your parents or family. You are also required to live two years on campus which has strained me financially for the future.

Madeline

I think the worst thing is how spread out and hilly our campus is, especially in the winter. It is very windy here and during the winter, that makes walking to class that much worse. You have to manage the time it takes to walk to class better than other schools because the average walk to class is probably around ten minutes. It is nice though seeing all the trees and squirrels everywhere. Even walking to dinner takes me about ten to fifteen minutes, but I do not even notice anymore. I cannot really complain about anything else here.

Garrett

Kent State University overall has been a great experience. My one criticism would be with the parking here on the university. Last year reportedly the University parking services issued 800,000 dollars in parking fines. In my opinion, that was a little excessive, but at the same time I know there does need to be order and organization with repsect to parking.

Bailey

The worst thing about school is the time it takes away time from your social life. There is less time to spend with your firends and family. I worry way to much about my grades and schooling that there is barely any time for me to do anything for myself. I would like more time with my friends and family.

Gabriella

The only thing I tend to dislike about this school is a rather small portion of the students who attend here. The population is rather large, and very few students are the ones I'm talking about. These students are people who somewhat live life believing they are better than others. The attitudes among them are very poor, and that is the only thing I would consider telling incoming freshman. Its important to remember who you are and that you are probably better than any of them, morally and emotionally.

Caroline

The worst thing about my school is that it isn't always easy to meet people. The classrooms are large so it is sometimes difficult to know people.

Rachel

The worst thing about my school is the expense. Although it isn't more than any other state school, the extreme cost of education makes it hard for many students to attend and live comfortably. I wish more scholarships were awarded based on performance.

David

What I consider as the worst thing about my school is that even though it is a major university, Kent State can still be labeled as a commuter college. A large percentage of the students that are attending school here live at home in different cities. And even the students that live on campus or around it still go home on the weekends very frequently. On some weekends the campus seems like a ghost town strictly because that lack of students. This would definitely be what I consider as the worst thing about my school.

Alyssa

The only thing that has bothered me about Kent State University is the lack food choice diversity. I am a vegetarian of eight years and find that looking for meals is difficult. When I go into one of the markets there is only a small selection of items that I would consider a meal. There are times when I get sick of all the items they have and either don’t eat anything or eat junk food.

Kathryn

I think the worst thing about KSU is that they never cleared the sidewalks when it snowed. Honestly! It can get pretty bad, and you would have to trudge to school through a foot of snow. It was awful.

Ashley

Its a little over two hours away and it's a lot of money to go back and forth.

Lynda

I don't consider anything bad about the school. The only complaint I have is the weather during the winter because we live in the snow belt. But, that isn't a problem with the school.

Mark

The worst thing about my school is the lack of a job placement program. There wasn't much emphasis on finding a job after college. The career counselors/academic advisors didn't really do much with that either. I graduated during the worst economic times in the last decade and there wasn't much emphasis on finding a job after college. What needs to happen is an active job placement program that would remedy this situation.

Marissa

Kent can be slightly crowded. For this reason it is imprtant you give yourself plenty of time to get to and from classes.

Anthea

The worst thing about my school is that in the winter it is very difficult to get from class to class because the sidewalks are not always paved and the bus system is not very efficient at times. Also, missing a class, even if it is for a legitimate reason, is very difficult because the penalties are slightly ridiculous and it could at times be difficult to get the right documents. And if one misses class for a reason other than what is described by university policies,(but is still a good reason) one is penalized, in my opinion, unfairly.

Matthew

The red tape. It takes multiple signatures from all of these people, most of which don't want to take the time to talk to you, in order to get a lot of things done.

Amnea

No one really knows whats going on. You find out important information after its too late.

Kristi

The worst thing I consider about Kent is the food. A lot of it is fried, sugary and not enough fresh vegetables or fruit. I may have not gained the "freshman 15," but I notice my pants fitting more snug. This year they are working on this by making sure each cafeteria has salads and other options for those more health-conscious. Also, it is very expensive to buy meals there. A lot of students run out of money on their meal plan before the semester is over.

Michael

Nothing really too bad about Kent State University. Everything easy going but, if I were to choose one thing I would say it's location. It's location is right in the middle of neighborhoods and restaurants and it's just so far away from everything to me. I can't complain about that. I commute and catch the bus out there, and I hear other students complain how they have to drive 35 mins before school starts to arrive on time. With over 40,000 students attending Kent State housing is very limited within the area.

Sierra

I really do not like the location of the school. I am always freezing no matter how bundled up I am outside.

Beatrice

I do not have a bad thing to say about Kent State, as my second year attending KSU I have found it a great school. It is challenging yet I feel like I have become a better person because of it.

Thaddeus

The worst thing about Kent State is parking and the lack there of. This is my first full year with a car on campus and getting a parking pass in itself is difficult unless you an upperclassmen or try and buy one the day they go on sale. For me, all my classes are virtually in the same building so I tried getting a parking pass as close to that building as I could and I was unable to on the second day of parking pass sales. Besides parking, however, Kent is a great campus!

Molly

The worst thing about our school, to be honest, has nothing to do with academics. The people that work on campus that work to clean up the snow we get in the winter season, don't do a very good job. They barely shovel sidewalks so you can walk to class or from class to class, making it absolutely impossible.

Kayla

The worst thing at Kent State is the winter. In Nothern Ohio, the winters can be pretty terrible. Walking to campus in freezing temperatures can be very disheartening. There is always tons of snow, so my shoes get wet and it can get a little icy. The best advice for dealing with the snow is to pack a pair of snow or rain boots and nice warm jacket. The KSU bookstore also sells very nice hats, scarves, etc. You can find everything you need for winter weather on campus.

Natasha

I think the worst thing about my school is the dorms. Every other college i have gone to or talk to my friends about, they say that there dorm rooms are actually nice. They have a living room, and its big and they do not feel like they are in some box. We have our suits but they are not even as nice as the normal dorms at other schools.

Rachel

It is large and at times impersonal.

Emily

The worst thing about my school is the lack of help I have received for future plans like a career or graduate school. Kent does have a career fair every year but attracts only large corporations and not local businesses and there is almost no help for people who want to go graduate school.

M.

The worst thing about Kent is probably the winters. The campus is one giant wind tunnel and so in winter you want to bundle up.

Jessica

I think the worst thing about my school is how expensive everything is. Yes, it is a great school but you really have to do your research with scholarships ext. to be able to live comfortably. The food is pretty expensive, but typically as research has shown, college students usually have finacial issues for some time. So whether its because i fall into the statistic or that my school is just expensive, either way, its expensive.

Amanda

Parking and having to walk all over campus to get to classes, but a good work. It just sucks in the snow.

Rachel

A large school means a lot of students and staff, so parking was always a hassle. The school does allow freshman to have cars, but they must be parked off campus in the football stadium parking lot. Waiting for the bus at night after parking my car was not enjoyable; especially when the bus was late.

Anthony

I am a transfer student and transferring from my previous school to Kent State was very difficult. There were many classes that Kent State did not accept transfer credits for that were equivalent to classes at Kent State so I had to retake these classes which wasted both time and money.

Amanda

The worst thing about Kent State is the size of their classes. Many classes have at least 100 or more students. It is sometimes difficult to get help from professors one on one.

Emily

The worse thing about Kent would be that the library closes at 9 on weekends. This is the worse becuase I have a lot of projects and research that I tend to be up late doing. If it was open later than I would be able to get more done and have more free time.

Karen

The first thing that comes to mind for many people when they hear the words "Kent State" is the shootings on May 4th, 1970. I think this negative connotation associated with the title of my university is the only 'worst' thing I can label to Kent State University. I wish people would come visit Kent State, see the memorial and learn what our May 4th task force has done to educate all who visit about this historic date. I think Kent State has been overlooked by many because of this prejudice that gets overplayed especially in the media.

Renata

That would definitely be the sidewalks in the winter. Seeing everyone carefully tip-toeing to class making sure not to step in that slippery patch of ice, knowing that any false step could lead to every person in your vicinity laughing with you because it's already happened to them. I guess, I could call that the worst thing, but then again I could just call it an occupational hazard, too.

Kristen

The worst thing about my school is the fact that sometimes they don't do a good job at spreading the word about on campus events that may be interesting for many students. This results in a lot of people missing events and activities that may help them get involved and meet new people. Don't depend on just flyers to tell you what is happening - pick up the news paper or go to the student center and look on the activity board to find things that interst you.

Kathryn

The fact that financial aid doesn't care, cause they told me to just go to tri-c and that they couldn't even try to help me.

Aliya

The worst thing about my school is the location, because I live in Cleveland and commute to Kent OH.

Joe

The wors thing about my Community College is the counseling and advising Staff. My experience with the advisers has always been bad and ends up going through un needed advice and class suggestions that do not appeal to me.

Aubrey

The worst thing that is present at my school is the separation of different races and ethnic backgrounds. Even though the University has a diverse amount of students, it seems like everyone sticks with their own group. It would be much better if everyone had an open mind and didn't use skin color or ethnicity as a barrier of civil communication.

Patricia

I haven't found anything wrong with Kent State University. Everyone that I have had contact with have been extremely helpful.

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