Whether you are researching how to become a student at Kent State, waiting to hear the status of your application or have been recently admitted as a Golden Flash, the following list is designed to help give you a sense of how you will get started at Kent State.
Newly Admitted Students
You will receive an account to Kent State’s student portal, FlashLine. Once you log into your FlashLine account, you will gain access to a detailed, dynamic checklist. This checklist will act as your official go-to-guide to help you navigate your transition to the university.
New Freshman & Parent Welcome Packets
Transfer, Post-Undergraduate & Guest Student Welcome Packet
Review the Transfer, Post-Undergraduate and Guest Welcome Packet (PDF) for detailed information on enrollment and registration information.
Pay your enrollment fee to preserve your enrollment at Kent State. You can pay your fee online by logging into FlashLine or by mailing a check to Admissions.
Apply for financial aid as soon as possible after Jan. 1, and find scholarships. The deadline for scholarships is Jan. 15.
This is your student photo ID, your dining plan card and a reloadable debit card – all in one.
Start a Travel Fund
It’s not too early to start thinking about – and saving for – a study abroad experience through Kent State. It’s an essential part of some programs and can be an enriching experience for any student, while also making you more marketable to future employers.
Before You Arrive
Apply for Housing, Along with a Dining Plan, or Request a Commuter Exemption
Kent State requires that students live on campus and participate in a dining plan for the first two years of enrollment. You can find out about residence hall options and theme living communities. Commuters can check out our special resources for commuter students.
Take Your Placement Assessments
Prior to arriving at Destination Kent State (DKS) you will be required to complete a placement assessment that is designed to help your academic advisor determine which courses will provide the best opportunity for your success. Your assessment areas will be available on FlashLine under the New@KSU Tab.
Once you have activated your FlashLine account and registered for classes, you will want to order your parking permit online. Permits are sold in order of class rank, and they are generally available two months prior to the start of classes. Remember spaces are limited.
Find a Job
Be one of the over 6,000 students who work on campus each year! You’ll meet new people, develop the skills employers are seeking, gain experiences & references to include on your resume, and add money to your pocket!
See How You Can Learn by Doing
Kent State programs blend classroom instruction with hands-on, learning experiences outside the classroom in which students help professionals in the community. These experiential learning programs benefit the community and also provide students with marketable advantages and experience for their careers.
Before you start classes, there are both Advising and Registration sessions for new freshmen and transfer students, to help get all your entry paperwork completed. Be sure to attend the Kent State Welcome Weekend for a chance to explore campus.
Sign up for Flash ALERTS
Flash ALERTS are official campus announcements sent right to your phone and will let you know instantly about important things happening on campus, including class cancellations and delays or emergency situations. You can sign your parents up, too, by adding an additional phone number when you sign up.
Connect to all of Kent State’s official social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Foursquare and more!) here - along with all of your favorite Kent State colleges, departments and organizations.
Take Advantage of KSUView
Protect your personal data and privacy. Keep your FlashLine information secure, while also allowing your parents to access the information they need for payments and more. KSUView lets you customize secure access to the information you choose to share.