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Destination Kent State

Destination Kent State is a three-part orientation program designed for first-year students to familiarize them with Kent State University, and provide them with the tools necessary to enjoy a successful journey to graduation.


Advising and Registration: All admitted freshmen are required to attend Destination Kent State to register for their first semester courses. Students admitted for the summer and fall semester and their parents are invited to campus for a one-and-a-half day orientation to Kent State beginning in June. Freshmen admitted for the spring semester attend a one-day orientation to Kent State in November or January. The primary goals of Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration are to acquaint students and family members with university programs and services; provide an individual advising session for each student; and register students for first semester classes.

Family programming is also available to assist families in partnering with their student and Kent State to make a successful transition to college. Families are welcome to stay overnight on campus during the summer program. Special program opportunities are designed for adult students and those who will need to register in absentia.


Welcome Weekend is a required three-day orientation program that occurs the weekend prior to the start of the fall semester. All new students are required to participate in the weekend events. The weekend is designed as an opportunity for students to become familiar with their new surroundings and gain valuable information and skills to prepare them for their new academic, co-curricular and extracurricular journey. Special program opportunities are designed for transfer, adult and commuter students. Students who enroll for the spring semester are also invited to attend an orientation program offered to students prior to the beginning of the spring semester.


The First Year Experience course (US 10097) is designed to assist students in making a successful academic transition to the university through experiential and/or intellectually engaged discipline-based content.

Faculty and student instructors, academic advisors and professional staff assist students in understanding Kent State's expectations for a university community, as well as the academic requirements of the university and college. Students enrolled in the FYE course also have an opportunity to select from a variety of workshops offered through the Student Success Series to fulfill course requirements.

The FYE course is required of all new freshman and transfer students with 24 or fewer semester hours and who are 20 years or younger at the time of their initial Kent State University enrollment. Students who have earned a GED are encouraged to enroll in the course regardless of age or credit hours earned. Special course opportunities are available for transfer and adult students.

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