College of Business Administration: Destination Kent State (DKS) Advising FAQ

Welcome to the Golden Flash Family! The College of Business Administration is excited to meet with you this summer for Destination Kent State orientation advising.

Below are common questions to help you prepare for your first academic advising appointment during DKS and first semester at Kent State.

My DKS Appointment
  • How do I connect with my advisor for my appointment?

    • Check your Kent State email 48 hours before your DKS advising date for a message with the details for your appointment. The email will include the Microsoft Teams meeting link.
    • To join the meeting select the purple “Click here to join meeting” link at the time of your appointment. We recommend you download the Microsoft Teams app before joining your appointment as you will experiences less technical issues. You will continue to use the application as a KSU student. Use your Flashline username and email to access the Microsoft Teams. For technical issues, please contact the 24/7 Tech Help line at 330-672-4357.
    • If you do not have reliable access to the internet, you may use a phone to call in to the appointment. Instructions are provided.

 

  • What should I complete before attending my appointment?

    • Complete the entire Pre-Advising Questionnaire. We recommend you complete the survey at least 48 hours prior to your appointment, but a minimum of 24 hours is required. This survey provides your advisor with critical information to help them prepare for your appointment such as your Kent Core selections and prior college credit.
    • Take the ALEKS Math placement test.
    • Download the Microsoft Teams app before your DKS Advising appointment. Joining through the application will cause you to experience less technical issues during your appointment. For technical issues, please contact the 24/7 Tech Help line at 330-672-4357.
    • Complete the ALEKS Math placement test prior to meeting with your academic advisor during DKS.
    • Completing a foreign language placement test is recommended if you have studied a foreign language in the past. Foreign language courses are not required for a business degree. However, the international business minor, as well as some other programs across the University, do require foreign language courses. Speak to your advisor if you have question.

 

  • What if I cannot find the appointment email?

 

  • What if I cannot attend at the scheduled time of my appointment?

    • Email Tiffany Mostov, business DKS coordinator or reply to the person who sent you the details of your DKS advising appointment.

 

  • What if my family member wants to attend the appointment?

    • Ideally, appointments are one-on-one meetings between the student and the advisor. The appointment is a time for you to share your interests and goals, while also building a relationship with an academic advisor.  If you feel you need the support, your guests may attend with your permission. However, please note that your academic records and test scores will be discussed in the meeting.

 

  • What if I am a student athlete?

    • ​​​​​​​Connect with your athletic academic advisor before your appointment. You are required to meet with a business academic advisor in addition to your athletic advisor during DKS and each semester to discuss your major requirements and resources available to business majors.

 

  • ​​​​​​​What if I am a Honors Student?

    • ​​​​​​​The Honors College will pre-register you for your honors courses prior to meeting with your business advisor. If you have questions about your honors classes, contact your honors advisor. If your bring questions related to honors coursework to your DKS appointment, your business advisor will connect with an honors advisor to assist you with your questions.
Changing my Major or Minor
  • What if I want to change my major or add a second major before my DKS advising appointment?

    • Email Tiffany Mostov, business DKS coordinator, from your Kent State email address. Be sure to include your name, Kent State ID number, and the new major. Be sure to tell her if you are changing your major or requesting a second major be added. Tiffany will assist you in updating your major before your appointment or connect with your new college if you are leaving the College of Business Administration/adding a new major outside of the college.

 

  • What if I decide to change my major over the summer after my DKS advising appointment?

    • ​​​​​​​Email your DKS advisor or advisingbus@kent.edu with your name, Kent State ID number, and the new major.  The advisor will help you change your major and adjust your schedule as needed, or if you leaving the college they will connect you to your new college.

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  • ​​​​​​​What if I want to declare a minor?

    • ​​​​​​​Students can declare minors after the start of their first term.  So, minors are typically declared during your first appointment in the next semester, or at a later time in your first or second year. Be sure to mention the minor in your DKS Advising appointment. 
Placement and Testing
  • What testing do I need to complete prior to my DKS advising appointment?

    • Complete the ALEKS Math placement test prior to meeting with your academic advisor during DKS.
    • Completing a foreign language placement test is recommended if you have studied a foreign language in the past. Foreign language courses are not required for a business degree. However, the international business minor, as well as some other programs across the University, do require foreign language courses. Speak to your advisor if you have questions.

 

  • What if I did not take the ACT/SAT tests? How will this affect my placement?

    • ACT and SAT tests can be used to place students into math or English courses. However, if you did not complete these tests advisors will use a combination of your ALEKS Math placement score and high school GPA to place you into your first-year courses.

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  • What if I am not satisfied with my math placement results?

    • ​​​​​​​You have the opportunity to complete self-paced learning modules and then complete a reassessment exam prior to the start of your first term. If your score improves, please email your DKS advisor or advisingbus@kent.edu to change your schedule. Visit Testing Services to learn more and register for the math reassessment.

 

  • What if I am not satisfied with my English placement results?

    • ​​​​​​​You can have your writing placement reassessed using Accuplacer. Visit Testing Services to learn more. 

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  • Do I need to complete a foreign language placement test?

    • ​​​​​​​The foreign language placement test is not required for a business degree. However, we do recommend students complete the placement if you have studied a foreign language in the past. Visit the Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies for information on foreign language placements, or ask your academic advisor for more details.

 

  • What if I have already extensively studied and feel fluent in another language?

    • ​​​​​​​Speak with your advisor during the advising appointment. You may be able to complete the requirement and/or earn credit through testing programs such as CLEP or Credit by Exam
Prior College Credit
  • What if I have prior college credit from another college/university?

    • Contact the other institution send Kent State an official transcript.  It’s recommended you do this well in advance of DKS to have your credits on your official Kent State record in time for your advising appointment.  If your DKS advising appointment is tomorrow get an unofficial transcript from the institution by taking a screenshot/image of your credits to share with your advisor.
    • If courses were taken at Kent State through any of the campuses you do not need to provide transcripts.
    • Course equivalences can be found on the Kent State Transfer Credit Guide. Some courses may require additional evaluation by faculty. If this is the case your advisor will ask you to supply the course syllabus for review. 
    • Your advisor will review your earned college credit and how it applies to your business major during your appointment. Follow up may be required if the advisor receives this information during the appointment.
    • You will still enroll in a First-Year Experience course.

 

  • What if I have Advanced Placement (AP) credit?

    • Access your College Board account and have the score sent to Kent State in order to have the credit(s) applied to your Kent State record in time for your DKS advising appointment. If your DKS advising appointment is tomorrow, provide your advisor with your unofficial scores during your advising appointment (screenshots/images of your test results are preferred).
    • Kent State accepts scores of 3, 4 or 5. Visit the Kent State Advanced Placement website to learn more about which AP tests are accepted, course equivalencies, and how to report scores.

 

  • What if I do not have my score from an AP test I completed?

    • Discuss which tests you completed with your academic advisor during your appointment. Your advisor and you will discuss the best course of action based on the exams you completed. Once you receive your score over the summer, email your DKS advisor or email advisingbus@kent.edu with documentation of your score if you received a 3 or higher.  We will follow up with you to review your schedule and discuss next steps.

 

  • What if I have International Baccalaureate (IB) credit?

    • Prepare documentation of your IB credit for your advising appointment. Access more information about IB credit, course equivalencies, and how to report scores here.

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  • What if I have tech and career prep credit?

    • ​​​​​​​Request that your official transcripts be sent to Kent State.
    • These courses will provide you general elective credits. Generally, they do not impact course scheduling.  Learn more here. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Opportunities for Business Students
  • What if I plan to study abroad?

    • Explore programs through the Office of Global Education and mention this to your advisor. 

 

  • What if I am part of the Business Learning Community (BLC) or want to join?

    • Learn more about the Business Learning Community here .
    • Email Morgan Benson, BLC Coordinator.

 

  • What if I have questions about being a business student and want to talk to a current business student?

    • Connect with one of undergraduate business peer mentors this summer by calling 330-672-2872. To learn more about the mentoring program through MAPS visit here.

 

  • What if I want to participate in diversity initiatives, programs and support?

    • Email Jimmal Ball, Academic Diversity and Outreach Coordinator.

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  • ​​​​​​​What if I have questions about careers in business or want to learn more about job/internship opportunities on or off campus?

Next Steps
  • How do I contact the business academic advising office over the summer?

    • The business undergraduate advisors are available throughout the summer. We are still working remotely due to the pandemic, so you can reach our office by:
    • Phone: Call 330-672-2872, normal business hours are Monday-Friday from 8-5pm
    • Email: advisingbus@kent.edu; or email the advisor you met with during the summer or your assigned academic advisor.
    • Schedule a Virtual Advising Appointment. Login with your Flashline username and password, click on the Schedule an Appointment tab, select “College of Business Administration” as your group.  Follow the directions on the page that comes up to schedule an appointment or contact us during Phone Advising hours.

 

  • What if I need to change my schedule over the summer?

    • Contact the business undergraduate advising office by calling 330-672-2872 or email advisingbus@kent.edu to schedule an advising appointment. You may also email the advisor you met with over DKS or your assigned academic advisor.

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  • How will I know who my assigned advisor is and how do I contact them?

    • ​​​​​​​You will receive an email the day after your DKS appointment from your assigned advisor. You can work with your DKS or assigned advisor for questions over the summer. You can also email questions to advisingbus@kent.edu.

 

  • What if I want to take classes over summer instead of starting in the fall?

    • ​​​​​​​Contact Undergraduate Admissions to change your admit term to the summer and connect with an advisor to register summer classes.