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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Welcome Weekend Required? How do I sign up for Campus Employment? What is a Bursar? Answers to these questions and more can be found here.

 

 


Attendance Requirements

  • Q. Are families required to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. Families are not required to attend Welcome Weekend events, however we will have a few activities on Thursday Aug. 21st, including a Family Reception in the Evening.  Families are also encouraged to attend Convocation on Friday Aug. 22nd.

  • Q. As a commuter, am I required to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. Commuter and off-campus students are required to attend Welcome Weekend. We are, however, very conscious that commuter students will need to drive to campus each time to participate in the activities so we have blocked the required activities to make it easier for you to attend. Please see required events highlighted on the Welcome Weekend schedule. We also highly encourage and welcome you to participate in all events during the weekend.

  • Q. Is Welcome Weekend required?

    A. Welcome Weekend is required. However, you will have an opportunity to pick and choose some of the events. All students are required to attend Welcome Weekend Check-in to pick up information and supplies, attend all events scheduled all day (9am-8pm) on Thursday, Aug. 21st, and early in the morning Friday the 22nd for commuter students). See the required events highlighted on the Welcome Weekend Schedule.

  • Q. How will I know what is required throughout the weekend?

    A. View the Welcome Weekend Schedule located on the left tab of this page.  All required events are on this schedule

  • Q. Why am I required to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. All new students are required to attend Welcome Weekend to prepare for this new experience. It is important that you have an opportunity before the semester begins to learn what is expected, how to be successful, where to find the available resources and where your classes are located.

  • Q. Do I need to register to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. There is no registration for Welcome Weekend other than attending Check-in. Students can choose to attend a community service activity on Saturday Aug. 23rd which is limited to 200 students and requires advance registration. Contact Ann Gosky at agosky@kent.edu to register.

  • Q. Do I need to register to participate in specific Welcome Weekend events?

    A. Students have a choice on Saturday to attend a community service activity. The community service activity is limited to 200 students and requires advance registration. The community service registration deadline is in mid-July. E-mail Ann Gosky at agosky@kent.edu to register. There is no registration for any other Welcome Weekend event. All students must attend the Welcome Weekend Check-in.

  • Q. How many programs/events am I required to attend?

    A. Please view the schedule at the top left of this page.

  • Q. What if I cannot attend (at all, or certain events) during Welcome Weekend?

    A. All new students are required to attend Welcome Weekend to prepare for this new experience. It is important that you have an opportunity before the semester begins to learn what is expected, how to be successful, what resources are available, where to find the available resources, and where your classes are located. Please contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 330-672-9292 if you have additional questions regarding this requirement.

  • Q. I took summer classes; do I still need to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. All new students are required to attend Welcome Weekend to prepare for the start of fall classes. Summer classes provide a very different experience than what will occur during the fall. In the summer, we have approximately 2000 students on campus vs. the over 20,000 that will join the campus on August 25th. It is important that you have a chance to learn more about Kent State before the semester begins.

  • Q. Are adult students required to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. It is highly recommended that adult students attend at least the Friday schedule. Those students enrolled into the Adult Student Orientation will have their first class meeting, Friday, Aug. 22nd.

  • Q. Are transfer students required to attend Welcome Weekend?

    A. It is highly recommended that transfer students attend Welcome Weekend. Those students enrolled First Year experience will have their first class meeting, Friday, Aug. 22nd.

Commuter and Off-Campus Students

  • Q. Will I have to pay to stay in my room during Welcome Weekend?

    A. Welcome Weekend activites are after the official freshman move in day.  There is no additional room for Welcome Weekend. 

  • Q. Will I be able to eat on campus?

  • A. A $5.50 fee will be charged to each student's dining plan to cover the cost of the Lunch with First Year Experience classmates.

  • Q. As a commuter, am I required to attend Welcome Weekend?

A. Commuter and off-campus students are required to attend Welcome Weekend.  We are however very conscious that commuter students will need to drive to campus each time to participate in the activities so we have blocked the required activities to make it easier for you to attend.  Please see required events on the Welcome Weekend schedule.  We also highly encourage and welcome you to participate in all events during the weekend.

Residence Hall Information

  • Q. Will there be people to help me move my things into my room?

    A. Yes there will be a number of volunteers on hand to assist you with moving your belongings into your room. Each year the Kent Interhall Council organizes this massive volunteer effort called Moovers and Groovers.

  • Q. When will I move into my Residence Hall room?

    A. All new students will move on campus on Thursday, Aug. 21st between 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Students will move in to their assigned room based on the first letter of their last name. Residence Services will provide a move-in schedule prior to Welcome Weekend.

  • Q. Will I be able to move-in early?

    A. Residence Services asks that all students follow the move-in schedule to ensure that all students are able to move in easily. Please contact Residence Services at 330-672-7000 if you have questions regarding the move-in schedule.

  • Q. What should I bring to campus?

    A. Visit the Residence Services Website for a recommended list of items to bring. Also remember to check with your roommate to coordinate what each of you will bring.

Supplies

  • Q. Do I need to bring anything for Welcome Weekend?

    A. Yes. Remember to bring the following items to Welcome Weekend:

    • Fall Semester Class Schedule
    • Common Reading Assignment
    • Also check this list.

General FAQ

  • Q. What is Welcome Weekend?

    A. The fall semester will begin with Welcome Weekend, a three-day orientation program that will run Aug. 21st - Aug. 24th. Welcome Weekend will include a combination of excitement, learning, and new experiences. Students living on campus will move in on Aug. 21st.

    What Do Students Gain?

    • Further transitions students into the university environment
    • Students will learn critical information that can be applied just-in-time: for classes to start
    • Social activities where you can meet new friends
    • Pride in being a KSU student
    • Explore the Kent community
    • College-specific programming that include time for college open houses meetings

 

  • Q. Is there a charge for Welcome Weekend?

    A. There is no charge for Welcome Weekend.  A $5.50 fee will be charged to each student's dining plan to cover the cost of the Lunch with First Year Experience classmates.

  • Q. Will there be any staff around to answer my questions?

  • A. There will be several Welcome Weekend staff members and volunteers on campus to answer any question you may have. Look for the "We Can Help" booths located in various areas on campus and the table located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center. 

  • Q. My parents brought me to Advising and Registration, but I will be coming alone for Welcome Weekend. How do I get to campus?                                                                                                                  

    A. You can find campus maps and directions to campus on the Kent State Web site

  • Q. Will there be campus transportation available during Welcome Weekend?

    A. PARTA will provide limited service during Welcome Weekend.  View bus schedules and additional information on the PARTA Web site.

  • Q. Where will I park during Welcome Weekend?

    A. Residence hall students with Kent State University parking permits - including those with Stadium permits - are required to move their vehicle to their assigned parking area by the end of move-in day. All parking regulations will be in effect immediately following move-in.

    Commuter students with Summit East, Allerton Sports Complex, Morning/Weekend, and Evening/Weekend permits may park in any "C" commuter lot on campus during Welcome Weekend.

    If you have any additional questions please contact Parking Services at 330-672-4432.

  • Q. Will offices be open during Welcome Weekend?

    A. If you still have a few business items to take care of before school starts, please see the list of offices that will be open and available to assist you during Welcome Weekend.

Common Reading Project

  • Q. Is the Common Reading homework required?

    A. The Common Reading project serves as your preparation for the discussion that will occur on Friday, Aug. 22nd. Each student will be asked to contribute to the discussion and may be asked to share their response to the Common Reading homework questions.

  • Q. Where do I get information about the Common Reading Project?

    A. You can access information about the Common Reading Project book and the Common Reading Project homework on the Student Success Programs Website under the 'future students' tab.