The goal of University College is to help students achieve academic success at Kent State University. It fosters student academic success by providing extensive academic advising services as well as coordinating advising support throughout the university.

In addition, University College is responsible for assisting undecided students with degree and career planning; assessing the basic skills of all entering freshman students; providing tutoring services that promote student learning; and providing support tools and resources for low-income, first generation and precollege students.


We are pleased to have you join the Kent State University community. Destination Kent State, our three-step orientation program, is designed to help in the transition to becoming a Golden Flash. The first step is “Advising & Registration,” an orientation program that will take place before you start classes.

Students will take placement assessments, meet one-on-one with their college academic advisor to plan their course schedule and have an opportunity to visit with multiple offices, including Financial Aid, Bursars, Residence Services, and Commuter Services to name a few.


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Kent State University is the recipient of the 2015 Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The center is committed to setting the standard for excellence in supporting students at critical junctures in the educational pipeline, and it seeks to promote intentional and integrative connections within and across institutions and educational sectors to enhance the student transition experience

Kent State received the award for its Exploration Plan Program housed in the University College, which is designed to enrich the freshman experience for undecided students and to expedite a shift into a degree-granting program within the first three semesters. As a result of the implementation of the Exploration Plan Program, Kent State has increased the retention of undecided students, the number of students transitioning from undecided to declaring a major by the time they earn 45 semester credit hours, and the average sophomore to junior persistence rate for exploratory students.

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Got 15? - Formula to Finish encourages students to complete their degree on time. The benefits of successfully completing at least 15 hours per semester saves time, money, and increases post graduation options (graduate school & earning potential). Most degrees at Kent State University require at least 120 credits to complete, so if students want to finish their associate degree in two years or bachelor’s degree in four years, they need to take a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.

Students who take at least 15 credits each semester:

Are more likely to complete college on time and earn better grades than their peers who take fewer credits.
Finish college faster and can start on a career that provides financial independence and increased lifetime earnings.