NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

New Student Orientation is designed to give you an inside track into what it means to be a Kent State Ashtabula student. It’s a required program where you meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to set goals and explore opportunities. You’ll register for classes and have a great time meeting new friends.

New Student Orientation will help you achieve the following goals:

  • Navigate our campus and academic buildings
  • Identify academic and support resources that will help you succeed as a student
  • Hear from Financial Aid and answer any questions you may still have
  • Schedule your classes for your first semester with an academic advisor
  • Obtain your FlashCard student ID

What can I expect?

  • Throughout orientation, you’ll explore and learn about KSUA from various resourceful departments. You will work with an Academic Advisor to finalize your class schedule (if you have completed your Placement Testing requirements), receive your FlashCard student ID, and have an opportunity to meet with Financial Aid. We encourage you to come with a list of questions to ask so you can feel even more confident in your decision to become part of the Ashtabula family. 

Who should attend New Student Orientation?

  • New freshmen and transfer students with under 30 college credits hours are required to attend New Student Orientation prior to registering for classes.  Students who have over 30 college credit hours, guest/transient students, and students who have attended any Kent State campus in the past five years are not required to attend.  New Student Orientation is a family program; we encourage all students to bring parents or other guests.

I took college courses while in high school (either through KSUA or another college/university). Do I need to attend New Student Orientation?

  • Yes. Students who took advantage of post-secondary enrollment options and/or Advanced Placement courses, regardless of the hours transferred, are required to attend New Student Orientation. 

I’m a transfer student with more than 30 credit hours. What do I do?

  • You may still need to take placement testing depending on the coursework completed at your previous institution. Please contact our Student Services Office at 440-964-4217 to verify your testing needs and schedule an advising appointment with your academic advisor.  

I haven’t completed placement testing. Can I still attend New Student Orientation?

  • It is strongly encouraged that students complete testing prior to New Student Orientation, but there will be a window of time scheduled during orientation for students to test. Be advised that students cannot be given a schedule until their placement tests are complete. See the placement testing tab to register for a placement testing date. If you are unsure of your placement testing requirements, please contact our student services office at 440-964-4217. 

I need to reschedule New Student Orientation. What do I do?

  • Contact our Student Services Office at 440-964-4217 for any changes or cancellations in your orientation registration. 

What should I wear to New Student Orientation?

  • We suggest that you wear something comfortable and appropriate for the weather conditions, keeping in mind that you may be walking to other buildings on campus.  Dress in layers so that you can be comfortable regardless of the temperature in the buildings.

Will I be able to talk to someone about accommodations for my disability?

  • Private walk-in appointments will be offered for students wanting to discuss accommodations for disabilities. 

Contact Student Accessibilty Services

Prior to New Student Orientation

During orientation

  • Attend campus resource presentation
  • Meet your Academic Advisor
  • Get your class schedule for the upcoming semester
  • Meet at least one person who can be a resource during the upcoming semester
  • Meet with Financial Aid to clarify any questions you may have (if applicable)
  • Get your Flashcard student ID
  • Ask questions
  • HAVE FUN!

After orientation

  • Check your @kent.edu Kent State email daily! Email is the Kent State Ashtabula’s primary form of communication with you
  • Become familiar navigating Flashline and Blackboard
  • Sign up for Flash Alerts – an emergency information texting system
  • Ensure FAFSA is complete and aid is committed to your account
  • Pay tuition and fees – your bill can be found online through Flashline

Spring 2020 Placement Testing Dates

Remember that you must register for a placement testing date that is BEFORE your New Student Orientation date. 

Date Time Location Registration Link
November 4, 2019 10:00am Main Hall C210 Register
November 13, 2019 10:00am Main Hall C210 Register
November 25, 2019 1:00pm Library L217 Register
December 4, 2019 9:00am Main Hall C111 Register
January 6, 2020 1:00pm Library L118 Register

 

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Placement Testing Dates TBD

Registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 New Student Orientation will begin in April. You will receive communication when it is time to register.

 

Placement Testing FAQ's

What is Placement Testing?

  • ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing and ALEKS mathematics are comprehensive, self-paced computer testing programs that help place students into appropriate courses and maximizes the information colleges need to insure student success. Your test results are used by Academic Advisors to determine proper course placement.

Do I need to take Placement Testing?

  • Our Academic Advisors determine each student's testing needs on an individual basis. Students required to take Placement Testing will receive a letter prompting them to register for an upcoming date. Registration will begin in April for Fall semester admission and October for Spring semester admission. If you are unsure of your testing requirements, please contact our Student Services office at 440-964-4217.

How long will Placement Testing take?

  • ALEKS mathematics may take up to 90 minutes to complete. ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing may take up to 60 minutes to complete. Allow yourself 2-3 hours total to complete your exam.

Does Placement Testing cost anything?

  • ALEKS and ACCUPLACER are administered at no charge

How can I prepare?

  • Preparation materials for all of our placement tests are available online to help you show your highest potential.  To find materials for the ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing Assessments and ALEKS Math Assessment, please visit the Placement Testing Preparation page

Tutoring and Testing Homepage

Before registering for New Student Orientation, be sure to review the following questions:

  • Do you have any placement testing requirements? If so, make sure your registration date is BEFORE your new student orientation date.

Register for Testing 

  • Do you, a family member, and/or guest require disability accommodation?

Contact Student Accessibility Services

Spring 2020 New Student Orientation Registration Dates

Once you have successfully registered for a new student orientation date, you will receive a confirmation email to the email address you provided to us. 

Date Time Location Registration Link
November 15, 2019 9:00am Auditorium, Main Hall Register
December 16, 2019 9:00am Auditorium, Main Hall Register
January 8, 2020 9:00am Auditorium, Main Hall Register

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 New Student Orientation Dates TBD

Registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 New Student Orientation will begin in April. You will receive communication when it is time to register.