Kent State University

Sanford, FL

Located in Kent, Ohio, Kent State University offers a bachelor’s degree program with a number of concentrations students can choose from and a graduate program. The program also offers 6 aeronautic minors students can add to their degree plan. The school is dedicated to educating well rounded aviation professionals no matter the concentration they land on.

Program Highlights

Kent State professional pilot students fly out of Kent State University Airport (1G3), 10 minutes from the main campus.

Programs Kent State offers include:

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Aeronautics
  • Concentrations
    • Aviation Management
    • Aeronautical Studies
    • Air Traffic Control
    • Professional Pilot
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Minors
    • Aviation Law and Policy
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems
    • Flight Technology
    • Aviation Weather
    • Aviation Management
    • Aviation Dispatch
  • Master of Science
    • Aviation Management and Logistics

Kent State University is one of only 40 schools that are Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) accredited. The school is also part of National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region 3.


Kent State University’s base tuition is higher than average. An in-state resident can expect to pay about $24,000 a year. For out-of-state students, tuition is $33,000 a year.

On top of base tuition, students can expect to spend an extra $70,000-$80,000 over the course of four years. This includes some flight courses that are optional like multiengine flight instructor training.

Financial aid such as grants, loans, and scholarships are available for students to take advantage of.

Some scholarships available to aviation students at KSU include:

● The Edward And Patricia Bloebaum Memorial Scholarship
● The Theodore J. Orris Endowed Scholarship
● The Brooks And Mary Weingart Endowed Scholarship

Kent State University accepts veteran’s benefits for academic and flight training.

Kent State is able to expose students to pilot pathway programs to jumpstart their career while flight training. KSU works with FedEx, Delta Propel, Endeavor Air, and others airlines to provide students the availability to gain conditional job offers before graduation.

In addition to pathway programs Kent State offers, the school also provides career service for their aviation students. The career service they offer can help students find internships, co-ops, and connect students with potential employers.

Fleet and Facilities

Kent State University offers a traditional fleet of aircraft to train students, including:

● Cessna 152s
● Cessna 172s
● Piper Arrows
● Piper Seminoles

Graduates of Kent State University’s Part 141 bachelor’s degree flight program are eligible to obtain a restricted airline transport pilot certificate with as few as 1,000 flight hours.

Campus Life

Kent State University provides students with 25 housing options. Aviation students have the option to reside in a living learning community which houses only aeronautics and engineering students. KSU also hosts 18 on-campus dining locations.

Students have many clubs and organizations to be a part of. KSU has more than 350 organizations students can look into. Intramural sports are also available for students with a competitive itch. In addition to the many clubs and organizations KSU houses, the school also has a rich Greek life.

The Bottom Line

Kent State University’s aviation students can look forward to hands-on learning in state of the art facilities. Industry connections with airline pathway programs can help student network and gain job offers before graduation. In addition to great academics, Kent State can provide students with traditional college experience like clubs, sports, and Greek life.

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $24,000
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$33,000
  • Flight Cost $75,000
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$171,000
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$207,000
  • NIFA (Y/N)Yes
  • NIFA Region3

Kent State University Score

Overall: 40 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

9 out of 10 in Industry Partners

6 out of 10 in Value

8 out of 10 in Fleet

9 out of 10 in Campus Life

8 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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