@2kidsinky Sorry for the delay in replying. Your questions were specific enough that I passed them on to my daughter. Here goes:
Q: Anyway, would you estimate that about half of freshman and sophomores are actual local commuters living at home with parents throughout the week as well?
A: I can’t say whether it’s half or not, but a decent portion of students do go home on weekends. However, communities like the Honors College and the Verder Art Community attract more out of state students than the regular dorms, so you’ll find those students stick around more. Also, having some friends that live in the area can be nice if your daughter wants to get off campus for a weekend.
Q:If so, that doesn’t really concern me because there are lots of students who will be on campus as well. Is it difficult to stay in on campus housing after 2 years, if a student wants to, due to space?
A:Kent is having space issues with dorms, but I’m not sure how that would directly affect your daughter. I’d reach out to their housing department if you’re looking for more specific figures. The honors college is fairly isolated from that though, as it represents a definite minority of students.
Q: I understand that at other colleges it is common for students to want more space and a kitchen, plus more independence after spending some time in dorms. My daughter is accepted to the honors college and I liked the Honors dorm when we toured it months ago, but she is also interested in the art living learning community. If you know anything about that please share.
A: The honors dorms are definitely way nicer dorms than Verder, where the art community is. I lived in the honors dorms and had friends with Verder studio access, so I would walk the 5 minute walk and hang out in studio with them. If your daughter is studying art, having the constant studio access is really convenient.
Beastman adds: Stopher/Johnson has a community kitchen adjacent to their fabulous study lounges and D and friends cooked some dinners there.
Q: It looked like that dorm might be older?
Verder is much older and the rooms are significantly smaller than Stopher/Johnson. It’s a trade off between really nice, big rooms, and the convenience of having studio space.
Q: Anyway she is vegetarian and I had read about the food being good!
A: Kent does have some pretty good vegetarian options. Great salad bars, especially. Vegan options are more scarce, but it’s not impossible. Within the last few years they’ve opened up a lot of vegetarian-friendly meal plan options. Of course, living off campus and cooking for yourself makes vegetarian/vegan eating way easier.