New Student Orientation | Kent State University

New Student Orientation

What is New Student Orientation?

New Student Orientation is designed to give you an inside track into what it means to be a Kent State Ashtabula student. New Student Orientation will help you become familiar with the campus, identify the resources available to help you succeed, give you the opportunity to develop relationships with our faculty and staff, and prepare you for new and exciting experiences at KSUA.

Who Should Attend New Student Orientation?

New first year students and transfer students are required to attend New Student Orientation prior to registering for classes.  Students who have earned a bachelor's degree, guest/transient students, and students who have attended any Kent State campus in the past five years are not required to attend.  New Student Orientation is a family program; we encourage all students to bring parents or other guests.

When Should I Register for New Student Orientation?

Students can register for New Student Orientation after they have received their acceptance letter.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Don't wait - students should register for New Student Orientation as early as possible so they can complete the registration process in a timely manner.

How do I register for New Student Orientation?

Register for New Student Orientation by clicking on the link below.  When you register for New Student Orientation, please have your acceptance letter ready and be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your Kent State ID number and FlashLine User Name (found in your acceptance letter)
  • Your intended program of study
  • The number of guests who will be attending with you

MAKE YOUR New Student Orientation RESERVATION

Frequently Asked Questions:

I'm a transfer student, do I need to attend New Student Orientation?
Yes.  Every college and university is different and we want our transfer students to learn about our services and resources, which can be very different than other schools. 

Where do I check in once I arrive for New Student Orientation?
Please check in outside of the Auditorium, which is just inside the east entrance of Main Hall.

What should I wear to New Student Orientation?
We suggest that you wear something comfortable and appropriate for the weather conditions, keeping in mind that you may be walking to other buildings on campus.  Dress in layers so that you can be comfortable regardless of the temperature in the buildings.

What is the program schedule?
The agenda can vary, but the program will typically begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 12:00 p.m.  We ask students to arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. so that they have time to check in and get their picture taken for their student ID card.

Will I get to schedule my classes at New Student Orientation?
Your academic advisor will contact you after you have completed your New Student Orientation registration to schedule an individual advising appointment with you to schedule your classes.  

Is a campus tour offered at New Student Orientation?
Students can choose to participate in an optional campus tour following New Student Orientation at 12:15.

I haven't completed placement testing, can I still attend New Student Orientation?
No. Students are required to complete testing prior to attending New Student Orientation.  Click here to schedule placement testing.

Will I be able to talk to someone about accommodations for my disability?
Private walk-in appointments will be offered for students wanting to discuss accommodations for disabilities following New Student Orientation at 12:15 p.m.

Can I bring my parents or other guests to New Student Orientation?
Absolutely!  We encourage students to bring parents or other guests to New Student Orientation.  You will be able to indicate how many guests you plan to bring when you register.

I need to reschedule New Student Orientation, what do I do?
Contact Student Services at 440-964-4217 to reschedule you New Student Orientation date.

What will I learn at New Student Orientation?
As a result of attending New Student Orientation, new Kent State University at Ashtabula students will be able to:

  • Navigate the physical campus 
  • Develop a connection to the Kent Ashtabula community
  • Identify campus academic and support services 
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technology resources 
  • Gain insight into the role of academic advising
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate financial services information
  • Acquire an understanding of and appreciation for the Kent Core
  • Understand the uses for their FlashCard