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.
As a part of the "excellence agenda," the university has embarked on a major, multifaceted initiative to make each of our eight campuses everything a world-class, 21st-century campus should be — for the sake of our students, faculty and staff, and the many other stakeholders who count on Kent State every day.
Prominently located on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade, Olson Hall is home to University College. The existing office and meeting space will be completely renovated beginning Spring 2014 and will include a new addition featuring an open common area for students and Wi-Fi bars. The building, which will be called the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, is scheduled to be completed in March 2015. During the renovation, University College offices have relocated to the fifth floor of the Kent State Library.
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.