Admitted Student Checklist

Congratulations, you’re in! Here are your next steps as an admitted student.

All Student Types

College Credit Plus

Next Steps for Graduate Students

As you get ready to start your graduate journey here at Kent State, there are some important next steps you need to take in order to get started. We are here to help along the way so you get your graduate career off to a great start!

View your admission decision

View your admission decision through your online application portal. Visit the Application Review Process on the application requirements for more information.

Visit campus (optional)

Even if you’re only taking a couple of courses, consider coming on campus to see what makes our student experience distinctively unique! Busy schedule? No problem. Kent State offers self-guided tours so you can tour at your own pace and at any time that's convenient for you. Access our tours and events page to choose from a variety of options.

Accept your offer of admission

Admitted students, please confirm your offer of admission through your application portal

Log in to the Kent State student portal, FlashLine

FlashLine is Kent State’s secure online portal and is the gateway to world-class intranet services, where you will register for classes, get your transfer credit evaluation, select your chosen name and much more.

Get Started

  1. To log in for the first time, go to welcome.kent.edu and click on "Start here" after "New user?"
  2. Enter your username. This is the first part of your email address (ex. "janedoe@kent.edu" is "janedoe"). Refer to your admission letter for your Kent State email address and your username.
  3. New students are given a temporary password when their account is created. Enter your temporary password.
  4. The format of the password is: mmmyyxxxxx where:
    1. mmm = first three letters of the birth month.
    2. yy = last two digits of the birth year.
    3. xxxxx = last five digits of the Kent State Identification Number (see admission letter).
  5. Once you have successfully logged in with this temporary password, you will be prompted to select a new password. You are also asked to provide an alternate email address and to answer challenge questions that you can use to reset your password in case it is forgotten.

If you need login assistance, contact the Help Desk at 330-672-4357 or go to support.kent.edu.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal and state financial aid programs. Access our FAFSA page for helpful videos, important dates and other information related to FAFSA.

Complete program-specific next steps (if applicable)

Some programs have specific next steps that need to be completed. You’ll want to communicate with your program to make sure you are all set to get started. Find your program director by visiting the graduate programs catalog.

You may also reach out to our graduate admissions counselor.

Request your chosen name

Creating and embracing an inclusive environment is important to the mission of Kent State University. We recognize that some students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves, so Kent State has established a process for students to request a chosen name. We suggest completing this before you arrive on campus.

Here are the steps for indicating a chosen name:

  1. Log in to FlashLine and select "Student" in the left-hand column.
  2. Under "Student," select "Resources."
  3. Under "Resources," select "Requests and Authorizations."
  4. The webpage will be displayed; double click on "Chosen Name Request."
Plan your arrival

Visit our orientation page for upcoming dates and activities.

Next Steps for First-Year Students

Log in to the Kent State student portal, FlashLine

FlashLine is Kent State’s secure online portal and is the gateway to world-class intranet services, where you will register for classes, get your transfer credit evaluation, select your chosen name and much more.

Get Started

  1. To log in for the first time, go to welcome.kent.edu and click on "Start here" after "New user?"
  2. Enter your username. This is the first part of your email address (ex. "janedoe@kent.edu" is "janedoe"). Refer to your admission letter for your Kent State email address and your username.
  3. New students are given a temporary password when their account is created. Enter your temporary password.
  4. The format of the password is: mmmyyxxxxx where:
    1. mmm = first three letters of the birth month.
    2. yy = last two digits of the birth year.
    3. xxxxx = last five digits of the Kent State Identification Number (see admission letter).
  5. Once you have successfully logged in with this temporary password, you will be prompted to select a new password. You are also asked to provide an alternate email address and to answer challenge questions that you can use to reset your password in case it is forgotten.

If you need login assistance, contact the Help Desk at 330-672-4357 or go to support.kent.edu.

Set up Your KSUview Account for Parent and Family Access

KSUview is an easy and safe way to share your student information such as financial aid, personal information (address, phone and email), registration (status and schedule) and your student account (detail, summary, tax notification and holds).

This could be helpful if your parent or family member will help you with financial aid or need information about account balances, which are other items you will address as part of this checklist.

If you would like to give your parent of family member access to your information, complete these steps:

  • Log in to FlashLine and select "Student" in the left-hand column.
  • Under "Student" select "Resources."
  • Under "Resources" select "Requests and Authorizations."
  • The webpage will be displayed; double click on KSUview.
  • Choose "Add Designee" and fill in the fields for First Name, Last Name and Email Address for the person you’re giving access to; click "Add Designee."
  • Click on "Expand" (designee name). In the Profile tab, complete the information requested for your designee. On the Authorization tab, select the items you’d like your designee to view online.
Review your first-year priority dates

Pay close attention to dates for financial aid, on-campus housing and Destination Kent State (DKS), New Student Orientation. 

New First-Year Students Entering in the Fall 2023 Semester

New First-Year Students Entering in the Spring 2023 Semester

Download the ZeeMee App

You're invited to join the Kent State University private chat community for admitted students on ZeeMee! Join this platform of over 8,000 Future Flashes to chat about anything and everything Kent State.

Get involved and explore all the ways to connect:

  • Chat with fellow admitted students who share your interests
  • Ask important questions with University Housing or your Admissions Counselor
  • Take the roommate quiz to find your best match for on-campus housing
  • Participate in live, social events

Download the app on Your Mobile Device

Pay your $150 enrollment fee

Here's How

To pay the enrollment fee online, log in to FlashLine and click on "My Lists" and the checkmark icon in the upper right-hand corner. Click on "Pay Enrollment Fee" and follow the payment instructions.

The enrollment fee is refundable until Dec. 1 for spring 2023 and May 1 for fall 2023. You can request a refund in writing to: Enrollment Fee Refund, Admissions Office, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH, 44242-0001. 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You can submit the FAFSA beginning Oct. 1. Don't forget to complete your scholarship search, too!

We want to help everyone achieve their dream of attending college. Our financial aid experts can help students and families find the best combination of aid and scholarships to help them reach their goals.

Visit the financial aid website for more information.

Apply for housing or submit exemption form

You can apply to live in one of our 23 residence halls beginning Oct. 15 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023.

Or, if you plan to commute, you will need to submit the exemption form.

Register for Destination Kent State, New Student Orientation

Register for Destination Kent State, New Student Orientation (DKS)!

You can register beginning Oct. 1 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023. DKS is a required orientation program where you will meet with an advisor and schedule all your classes.

Submit your final transcripts and scores

Ask your school counselor to send us your final high school transcript with your graduation date, which is a required item to begin taking classes at Kent State. To receive college credit for any college-level courses taken in high school, you also need to send us your final college transcript(s) from the college(s) awarding credit and/or your Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate scores.

Review class scheduling timelines and tuition payment options

You can find this information on the One Stop for Student Services website.

Request your chosen name

Creating and embracing an inclusive environment is important to the mission of Kent State University. We recognize that some students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves, so Kent State has established a process for students to request a chosen name. We suggest completing this before you arrive on campus.

Here are the steps for indicating a chosen name:

  1. Log in to FlashLine and select "Student" in the left-hand column.
  2. Under "Student," select "Resources."
  3. Under "Resources," select "Requests and Authorizations."
  4. The webpage will be displayed; double click on "Chosen Name Request."
Move in and attend KSU Kickoff activities!

See the Student Success Website for KSU Kickoff details.

Residence hall move-in:

  • Spring 2023 students: Jan. 14, 2023
  • Fall 2023 students: TBD

Congratulations on your admission to Kent State University! As you prepare for your visa interview and arrival to Kent State, we want to take you through the process step by step. Students who intend to study virtually for the start of their program can learn more about available resources by reviewing our Virtual Study Resources page.

 

Enrollment Updates & FAQs

 

  Welcome to the university community. To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your FlashLine account.  
  2. Request your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019).  
  3. Apply for your student visa.  
  4. Review the immunization and health insurance requirements.  
  5. Arrange your travels.  
  6. Start the hybrid International Student Orientation program.  
    • Note: Only students with a valid immigration document can participate in ISO. 
  7. Register for your Kent State Orientation Program:  
  8. Schedule your classes.  
  9. Arrange your housing.  
  10. Arrive to Kent State.  

Next Steps for Post-Undergraduate, Non-Degree and Guest Students

Log in to the Kent State student portal, FlashLine

FlashLine is Kent State’s secure online portal and is the gateway to world-class intranet services, where you will register for classes, get your transfer credit evaluation, select your chosen name and much more.

Get Started

  1. To log in for the first time, go to welcome.kent.edu and click on "Start here" after "New user?"
  2. Enter your username. This is the first part of your email address (ex. "janedoe@kent.edu" is "janedoe"). Refer to your admission letter for your Kent State email address and your username.
  3. New students are given a temporary password when their account is created. Enter your temporary password.
  4. The format of the password is: mmmyyxxxxx where:
    1. mmm = first three letters of the birth month.
    2. yy = last two digits of the birth year.
    3. xxxxx = last five digits of the Kent State Identification Number (see admission letter).
  5. Once you have successfully logged in with this temporary password, you will be prompted to select a new password. You are also asked to provide an alternate email address and to answer challenge questions that you can use to reset your password in case it is forgotten.

If you need login assistance, contact the Help Desk at 330-672-4357 or go to support.kent.edu.

Kent State email and Transfer Credit Evaluation review

Kent State Email Account

We will send important updates and next-step information via your Kent State email address. Be sure to check it regularly when you first get started and as you proceed through your academic career at Kent State! One of these important notifications will let you know that your Transfer Credit Evaluation has been completed.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Early on you’ll receive an email notification in your kent.edu email notifying you that your Transfer Credit Evaluation is complete. The Transfer Credit Evaluation is a report of how your credits transferred from your previous school(s) and is provided to all transfer students. To access your report, log in to your FlashLine account and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Student" category on the left, then expand the "Resources" section. Next, click on "Advising and GPS."
  2. In the "Advising and GPS" section, click on "GPS Audit and Plan." A new window will open.
  3. On the left side of the page, under the "GPS Audits" tab, click on "What-If."
  4. Under the "What-If" blue bar, choose the following options in the corresponding drop-down boxes:                        
    1. Level: Undergraduate
    2. Degree: Transfer Articulation
    3. Catalog: Your catalog year
  5. Above the "What-If" blue bar, click the "Process What-If" button.
  6. Your transfer evaluation will open.
  7. If you have trouble accessing your FlashLine account, call 330-672-HELP for assistance.
Register for classes!
  1. Post-undergraduate and non-degree students: Register for classes via the "Student" menu in FlashLine. Contact your academic advising office for advising and registration assistance.
  2. Guest students: Register for classes via the "Student" menu in FlashLine. Enrollment and course registration information for guest students can be found at www.kent.edu/guest. If you need additional assistance, please send an email message to guest@kent.edu.
Learn about financial aid

We want to help everyone achieve their dream of attending college. Our financial aid experts can help students and families find the best combination of aid and scholarships to help them reach their goals.

Visit the financial aid website for more information about various types of financial aid.

Post-undergraduate students: Submit your final transcripts

If you had in-progress coursework or have completed additional classes since your initial transcript was submitted, forward your final transcripts to the Admissions Office.

Sign up for housing, parking and FLASHCards

Take care of day-to-day living needs! Housing, parking and your Kent State ID are key daily essentials. Tackle these in any order you choose - but be certain you check these items off of your must-do list.

Housing 

  • If you are looking to live on campus, submit your application on the University Housing website. Applications for housing open Oct. 15 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023.

Kent State ID, FLASHcard!

  • See current instructions on how to upload your photo and where to pick up your FLASHcard. 
  • The FLASHcard is your Kent State University ID card and more. Your card will let you take materials out of the Kent State libraries, access services such as Student Recreation and Wellness Center and athletic events, and purchase goods and services both on and off campus. If you have a meal plan, you will use your FLASHcard to purchase meals in our dining halls.

Parking Permit

Request your chosen name

Creating and embracing an inclusive environment is important to the mission of Kent State University. We recognize that some students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves, so Kent State has established a process for students to request a chosen name. We suggest completing this before you arrive on campus.

Here are the steps for indicating a chosen name:

  1. Log in to FlashLine and select "Student" in the left-hand column.
  2. Under "Student," select "Resources."
  3. Under "Resources," select "Requests and Authorizations."
  4. The webpage will be displayed; double click on "Chosen Name Request."

Next Steps for Parents of First-Year Students

Review your student’s admission letter

Notify the Admissions Office of any changes to your address, phone number or student’s intended major by calling 800-988-5368.

Log in to FlashLine

Your student will need to follow the instructions to log in to FlashLine for a new user as shared in the admissions acceptance letter.

Once logged in, your student can:

  1. Review a personalized, dynamic student checklist.
  2. Set up your parent/guardian KSUview account.
  3. Establish a chosen name.

KSUView

You must have a KSUview account if you would like to view your student’s financial aid, personal information, registration and student account information. Your student will need to set up your KSUview account for parent or family member access.

KSUview provides a safe and easy way for your student to identify you as a designee and grant you permission to view selected student information​​​ such as financial aid, personal information (address, phone and email), registration (status and schedule) and student account information (detail, summary, tax notification and holds). For a parent or family member to be added as a designee, the following steps must be completed by the student: 

  • Log in to FlashLine and select "Student" in the left-hand column.
  • Under "Student," select "Resources."
  • Under "Resources," select "Requests and Authorizations."
  • The webpage will be displayed; double click on "KSUview."
  • Choose "Add Designee" and fill in the fields for First Name, Last Name and Email Address for the person you’re giving access to; click "Add Designee."
  • Click on "Expand (designee name)". In the "Profile" tab, complete the information requested for your designee. On the "Authorization" tab, select the items you’d like your designee to view online.
Pay the $150 enrollment fee

The enrollment fee reserves your student’s place in the incoming class.

To pay the enrollment fee online, log in to FlashLine and click on "My Lists" and the checkmark icon in the upper right-hand corner in FlashLine. Click on "Pay Enrollment Fee" and follow the payment instructions.

The enrollment fee is refundable until Dec. 1 for spring 2023 and May 1 for fall 2023. You can request a refund in writing to: Enrollment Fee Refund, Admissions Office, Kent State University, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH, 44242-0001.

Review new first-year priority dates

Be sure to follow these important dates for financial aid, on-campus housing and Destination Kent State (DKS), New Student Orientation. These include:

New First-Year Students Entering in the Fall 2023 Semester

New First-Year Students Entering in the Spring 2023 Semester

Find financial aid and scholarships

We want to help everyone achieve their dream of attending college. Our financial aid experts can help students and families find the best combination of aid and scholarships to help them reach their goals.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Complete a scholarship search.
Apply for housing or submit exemption form

Your student can apply to live in one of our 23 on-campus residence halls beginning Oct. 15 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023.

If your student plans to commute, they must submit the Mandatory Housing Exemption form via the University Housing website.

Register for Destination Kent State (DKS), New Student Orientation

An important step your student will take to become a Golden Flash is attending our orientation program. At orientation, your student will register for classes, connect with campus and have the opportunity get a Flashcard. Destination Kent State (DKS), New Student Orientation is mandatory for first-year students – plus parents, family and guests can attend.

Registration opens Oct. 1 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023.

Prepare for classes and DKS

It is very important that your student completes the steps on this checklist so they will be able to register for classes at DKS. Make sure your student has:

  1. Completed the placement assessments at least three days before attending DKS. These will be available in FlashLine.
  2. Submitted their final high school transcripts and scores.
    1. This includes AP/IB scores and college transcripts for any college courses completed during high school. You will submit this information to the Admissions Office.
  3. Reviewed class scheduling timelines to ensure that they get the classes they are most interested in.
  4. Reviewed tuition payment options. Access this information with your student on the One Stop website.

Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions. We’re here to help!

Plan for arriving on campus

Students planning to live on campus should check out residence hall rules and move-in information. Your student will also want to learn more about KSU Kickoff – the university’s welcome celebration to all new students!

  1. Review residence hall move-in details.
  2. Review information and attend KSU Kickoff 

Next Steps for Transfer Students

Log in to the Kent State student portal, FlashLine

FlashLine is Kent State’s secure online portal and is the gateway to world-class Intranet services.

Follow the instructions for a new user. Once logged in, you can review your student checklist. Details about logging in are below.

  1. To log in for the first time, go to login.kent.edu, click on “Start here” after “New user?“
  2. Enter your username. This is the first part of your email address (ex. “” is “janedoe”). Refer to your admission letter for your Kent State email address and your username.
  3. New students are given a temporary password when their account is created. Enter your temporary password.
  4. The format of the password is: mmmyyxxxxx where:
    1. mmm = first three letters of the birth month
    2. yy = last two digits of the birth year
    3. xxxxx = last five digits of the Kent State Identification Number (see admission letter).
  5. Once you have successfully logged in with this temporary password, you will be prompted to select a new password. You are also asked to provide an alternate email address and to answer challenge questions that you can use to reset your password in case it is forgotten.

If you need login assistance, contact the Help Desk at 330-672-4357 or go to support.kent.edu.

Review your transfer student priority dates

Pay close attention to dates for financial aid, on-campus housing and Transfer Kent State orientation program.

Transfer Students Entering in the Fall 2023 Semester

Transfer Students Entering in the Spring 2023 Semester

Download the ZeeMee App

You're invited to join the Kent State University private chat community for admitted students on ZeeMee! Join this platform of over 8,000 Future Flashes to chat about anything and everything Kent State.

Get involved and explore all the ways to connect:

  • Chat with fellow admitted students who share your interests
  • Ask important questions with University Housing or your Admissions Counselor
  • Take the roommate quiz to find your best match for on-campus housing
  • Participate in live, social events

Download the app on Your Mobile Device

Transfer Credit Evaluation

A Transfer Credit Evaluation is a report of how your credits transferred from your previous school(s) and is provided to all transfer students. You will receive an email notification in your kent.edu email account once your Transfer Credit Evaluation is complete. 

This is helpful to review prior to attending TKS, where you will register for classes.

How to Review

To access your report, log in to your FlashLine account and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the "Student" category on the left, then expand the "Resources" section. Next, click on "Advising and GPS."
  2. In the "Advising and GPS" section, click on "GPS Audit and Plan." A new window will open.
  3. On the left side of the page, under the "GPS Audits" tab, click on "What-If."
  4. Under the "What-If" blue bar, choose the following options in the corresponding drop-down boxes:
    1. Level: Undergraduate
    2. Degree: Transfer Articulation
    3. Catalog: your catalog year
  5. Above the "What-If" blue bar, click the "Process What-If" button.
  6. Your transfer evaluation will open.
  7. If you have trouble accessing your FlashLine account, call 330-672-HELP for assistance.
Register for Transfer Kent State (TKS)

Register for Transfer Kent State (TKS) orientation!

You can register beginning Oct. 1 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023. TKS is a required orientation program where you will meet with an advisor and schedule all your classes.

Learn about financial aid

We want to help everyone achieve their dream of attending college. Our financial aid experts can help students and families find the best combination of aid and scholarships to help them reach their goals.

Visit the financial aid website for more information about various types of financial aid.

Submit your final college transcripts

If you had in-progress coursework or have completed additional classes since your initial transcript was submitted, forward your final transcripts to the Admissions Office.

Pay your $95 enrollment fee

Confirm your attendance by paying the $95 Transfer Enrollment Fee online through FlashLine.

Sign up for housing, parking and FLASHCards

Take care of day-to-day living needs! Housing, parking and your Kent State ID are key daily essentials. Tackle these in any order you choose - but be certain you check these items off of your must-do list.

Housing 

  • If you are looking to live on campus, submit your application on the University Housing website. Applications for housing open Oct. 15 for spring 2023 and Feb. 1 for fall 2023.

Kent State ID, FLASHcard!

  • See current instructions on how to upload your photo and where to pick up your FLASHcard. 
  • The FLASHcard is your Kent State University ID card and more. Your card will let you take materials out of the Kent State libraries, access services such as Student Recreation and Wellness Center and athletic events, and purchase goods and services both on and off campus. If you have a meal plan, you will use your FLASHcard to purchase meals in our dining halls.

Parking Permit

Request chosen name

Creating and embracing an inclusive environment is important to the mission of Kent State University. We recognize that some students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves, so Kent State has established a process for students to request a chosen name.

Here are the steps for indicating a chosen name:

  1. Log in to FlashLine and select "Student" in the left-hand column.
  2. Under "Student" select "Resources."
  3. Under "Resources" select "Requests and Authorizations."
  4. The webpage will be displayed; double click on "Chosen Name Request."

 

Move in and attend KSU Kickoff activities!

See the Student Success Website for KSU Kickoff details.

Residence hall move-in:

  • Spring 2023 students: Jan. 14, 2023
  • Fall 2023 students: TBD

#FutureFlashes

 

Deferral Procedures

If you only intend to study remotely temporarily or you are interested in deferring your admission, please notify us of your plans by clicking this button, Deferral Request Process.  This will direct you how to defer your admission within your student portal.  The International Admissions and the team that creates your I-20 know that changes need to be made. If you already have an I-20, then you will need an updated immigration document.  Following these instructions will help us to take the necessary steps to provide that document to you.

Deferral Request Process 

Additional Resources

 

Have questions that aren't addressed above? Contact us!

Questions regarding how to receive your Form I-20 (F visa): Contact the I-20 team at i20@kent.edu or call +1 330-672-7980.

Questions regarding your admission or academic program: Contact International Admissions at intladm@kent.edu or call +1 330-672-7970.

Questions regarding arrival information, immigration, etc.: Contact International Student and Scholar Services at isss@kent.edu. To schedule an appointment or call us during phone advising, please refer to our Office and Advising Hours webpage.

Common FAQs

We are here to help make your college journey as simple as possible. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our admitted students.

Common Graduate Student Questions

We are here to help make your college journey as simple as possible. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from graduate students.

First-Year Student FAQs

We are here to help make your college journey as simple as possible. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our admitted students.

Get in Touch

Here’s some contact information that might come in handy as you’re getting to know Kent State.

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