Senior Guest Program | Kent State University

Senior Guest Program

The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows Ohio residents age 60 years and older to attend regular university on-campus classes on a tuition-free basis.

Fall 2017 Registration Dates

Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Office of Continuing and Distance Education, Lincoln Building, 120 North Lincoln Street, Kent Campus
(Lincoln and Main, behind Papa John's Pizza)


Registration steps

  1. All registrations much be completed in-person at 120 North Lincoln Street at the dates above (parking available adjacent to building) 
  2. Bring proof of age (including driver's license or State ID). Senior guests must be 60 years of age or older and have been a resident of Ohio for at least the last 12 months. 
  3. Determine what classes you want to take prior to the in-person registration. See the Schedule of Classes for a list of courses. 
  4. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education will make the request to the instructor for your admittance into a class after your in-person registration. You should not contact the instructor directly. 
  5. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify Senior Guests of their permission to attend the courses they have selected. An email notification will be sent to your personal email address upon acceptance into the class. 

Senior Guests are permitted to enroll in 1 to 2 classes per semester. Senior Guests will be permitted to attend classes only after degree seeking students have registered, space is still available in the classes, and the instructor/department has given the Office of Continuing and Distance Education permission for Senior Guests to join. The registration period for the Senior Guest program is immediately prior to the start of each semester. 

For questions or more details, email or call the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-2002 or 330-672-3100.


Additional senior guest program notes

  • Late registrations will not be accepted
  • Workshops are excluded
  • College credit is not awarded
  • A Senior Guest must either satisfy prerequisite class requirements or the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will request instructor/department permission
  • Senior Guests are responsible for special course fees that some classes have to cover materials and supplies. Fees can be viewed during registration. Special course fees must be paid prior to attending class. ONLY checks are accepted as a form of payment for fees. Senior Guests are responsible for the purchase of books, parking permits, and their own transportation. 
  • Senior Guest students are encouraged to do the assignments and to participate fully in class discussion and activities, but always at the discretion of the instructor. Taking exams is optional. 


Campus Resources

Weather Advisory

Kent State’s Advisory Web page at This page lists any closings across the university’s eight-campus system. A red bar will appear on the top of the home page if there is a cancellation or closing. The information is also posted to the university’s Facebook page and Twitter.

Television and radio broadcasts. For a complete listing of all of the television and radio stations to which Kent Campus cancellation information is reported, please visit this guide.

Below is additional information about the University and some of its many resources available to members of the community:

Kent State University Library

Senior Guests 60 years of age or older may become library users at any Kent State University Library free of charge. If you would like to receive your Senior Guest library card, check the “Senior Guest Library Card” box on the Senior Guest registration form. Your request will be processed by the University Library, and a card will be mailed to your home address. Your Senior Guest library card privileges are valid for one year. Senior Guests who register for classes at least yearly will have their privileges renewed by the Library through the Senior Guest program.


Senior Guests are responsible for purchasing their parking permits through Parking Services. Parking in any lots requires a parking permit. Contact Parking Services at 330-672-4432 for parking fees. Parking Services is located in the Schwartz Center, room 123 first floor, 800 E Summit. Office hours are 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Mon-Fri. If you have a Golden Buckeye card, you may park free for two hours in the Student Center parking lot ONLY.

Bus Service

Senior Guests may ride the Campus Bus free of charge on the campus. There is a nominal charge for use of the off-campus buses.