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Welcome to Summer Source

Your one-stop-shop for summer programming at Kent State University. 

Each year Kent State University hosts a variety of programs during the summer which is of great value to our local community and beyond. These programs are managed through offices and academic departments across campus and target current Kent State students, youth, senior citizens, and everyone in between. 

If you have questions about a specific program, please contact the department or department coordinator provided under the program listing.

If you have general questions about summer programming at Kent State, please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-3100 or continuinged@kent.edu

Academic
Academic Advantage (Undergraduate Students)

Academic Advantage is an educational journey based on Career Exploration, Success Coaching, and Academic Coursework. The program is designed to assist underrepresented students to graduate in four years and envision a path for the future by building a support network of peers and professional staff. All undergraduate underrepresented students are encouraged to apply!

What’s New with Academic Advantage 2021?

Academic Advantage, formerly known as Summer Advantage, will be offered in the Spring! Students who register and enroll in a 1-2 credit leadership or student development course such as the Peer Leader Training course, Success Seminar, Career Navigation, etc. can apply to Academic Advantage.

The program benefits include:

  • Book and Course Supply Assistance up to $500
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Career Exploration Workshops
  • Cultural and Service-Learning Activities
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections

For additional info, contact: Academic Diversity Outreach at 330-672-1837 or uc-ado@kent.edu.

Academic S.T.A.R.S. (Freshman)

Academic S.T.A.R.S. (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success) is a cultural transition and retention program designed for newly admitted African-American, Latinx American, Hispanic, Native American, and Multiracial freshmen. The program helps to prepare students to achieve academic success, enrich their college experience and explore their cultural heritage. As a result of participating in the program, we hope students will: develop academic, personal, professional, and social skills, establish a community with peers, faculty, and staff at Kent State University,  and enrich their cultural identity and self-awareness. Students selected to this program will receive two classes at the university level, plus meals and lodging during the six weeks of the program.

Summer Program Schedule and Information:

  • Monday, February 1: Application Opens
  • Friday, April 9: Application Closes
  • Saturday, April 24: Interview & Selection Day
  • Sunday, June 6: Students Move-In
  • Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9: DKS Date
  • Thursday, June 10: Classes Begin
  • Friday, July 23: Students Move Out

For additional info, contact: The Student Multicultural Center at 330-672- 3560 or STUDENT_MULTICULTURAL_CENTER@kent.edu

Bridges Summer Program (Incoming First-Year Students)

The Bridges Summer Program is designed for and offered to incoming first-year students from historically underrepresented and first-generation groups looking to pursue a degree in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.

Advantages of Participating in the Summer Bridges Program:

  • A 5-week experience that includes FREE on-campus housing and meal plan
  • Receive up to 7 credits hours before starting the fall semester
  • Students have access to peer-tutoring and mentoring provided by/from the EHHS faculty and staff
  • Access to College Success workshops and opportunities to explore social and cultural activities in Portage County
  • Involvement through Community Service projects and initiatives
  • Gain life-long friendships and campus confidence

Request Additional Information Here 
For additional info, contact: The Office of Diversity Outreach and Development at 330-672-2537 or ehhsdiversity@kent.edu

Credit Workshops (Undergraduate, Graduate, Transfer, and Non-Kent State Students) 

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education offers a variety of workshops in education, art education, and other areas. Credit workshops, like for-credit continuing education courses, meet university and Ohio Board of Regents standards for contact hours and out-of-class time and adhere to the cost per credit hour set by the University Board of Trustees.

Dates: Summer 2021
Cost: Varies depending on the workshop
Find More Information on Credit Workshops Here 
For additional info, contact: The Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-3100 or continuinged@kent.edu

Florence Summer Institute (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Guest Students)

Prepare for the experience of a lifetime!

Check out Program Information to learn about the program dates, academics, accommodations, flights, study tours, and much more.

Ready to apply? Then click on Applying to Kent State Florence Summer Institute for instructions about how to apply through our online system.

Read about Life in Florence to learn about fun activities the city offers as well as the history of the historic buildings of the Kent State Florence campus.

For detailed information about classes, including course descriptions, refer to the Course Offerings page.

To review Florence Summer Institute fees and what those fees include, check out Program Costs.

Location: Florence, Italy 
Register Here for Florence Summer Institute 
For additional info, contact: Kristina Spangler, Education Abroad Advisor at kspangl6@kent.edu 

Geneva Summer Program (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Guest Students)

Kent State University has been educating students in Geneva for more than 30 years. Continuing this rich tradition, Kent State, in partnership with Webster University, offers this exciting summer program in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland. Participants will experience an enriching academic and cultural setting for the 7-week summer program, as well as have the opportunity for independent travel around Europe.

Program Requirements:

  • Full-time degree-seeking university student
  • Undergraduate Students - 2.5 cumulative GPA (3.3 cumulative GPA required for Internship Program)
  • Undergraduate Students - Earned a minimum of 15.0 credit hours
  • Graduate Students - 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Graduate Students - Earned a minimum of 6.0 credit hours.

An admissions decision will only be made once your application is complete and reviewed by both Kent State University and Webster University.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Register Here for Geneva Summer Program 
For additional info, contact: Kristina Spangler, Education Abroad Advisor at kspangl6@kent.edu 

Geology - Summer Field Camp (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)

The fundamental purpose of this course is to teach geology in the field. Because geology in the field involves the creation and interpretation of geologic maps, various field techniques are introduced in this course as necessary for the map-making exercises. Scholarships are available. 

Dates: Due to the current pandemic situation, we plan to offer remote Field Camp in Summer 2021 and return to our normal in-person study away Field Camp in Summer 2022
Location: Black Hills, South Dakota, and adjacent parts of Wyoming
More Information for Summer Field Camp
For additional info, contact: Dr. David B. Hacker, Director, Geology Summer Field Camp, Kent State University at 330-672-7883 or dhacker@kent.edu or the Department of Geology Secretary at 330-672-2680. 

Kupita/Transiciones (Undergraduate Students)

Kupita/Transiciones (K/T) is a free program that includes a cultural orientation, transition experience, and year-long mentoring program for newly admitted and transfers African American, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American, and Multiracial students in mind. Spanning over the academic year, students will engage in activities to learn how to successfully navigate their college career by focusing on the cultural and social climate of Kent State University.​​​​​​  All students are welcome to join.

As a result of participating in the Kupita/Transiciones (K/T) program, we hope students:

  • Feel more connected to Kent State University
  • Establish their Kent State University Familia
  • Are affirmed in their cultural Identity
  • Gain an appreciation for different cultures
  • Identify opportunities of engagement at Kent State University

After students participants in the cultural orientation and transition experience, students will continue into the K/T Mentoring Program. The K/T Mentoring Program offers students an opportunity to have their mentor from K/T provide continue assistance, guidance, and support throughout their entire freshman year.

Dates: 2021 (Registration opens on May 17, 2021)
Program Cost: Free
Find Additional Information Here
For additional info, contact: The Student Multicultural Center at 330-672- 3560 or STUDENT_MULTICULTURAL_CENTER @kent.edu

Porthouse College Academy (Prospective BFA Students) 

The Porthouse College Academy is a musical theatre summer intensive program for high school graduates intending to enroll at Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance as a theatre major. Participants may enroll in either the 3 or 6 credit hour program. 

We look forward to welcoming students back to Porthouse's educational programs in the summer of 2021.

Dates: Summer 2021
Find More Information Here for The Porthouse College Academy 
For additional info, contact: Jennifer Korecki, Coordinator, Porthouse Academy at jkoreck1@kent.edu 

Porthouse International Academy (International Students) 

Founded in 2015, the Porthouse International Academy is an opportunity for international students to experience the workings of a professional American theatre and take theatre classes for college credit. The International Academy runs concurrently with the Porthouse College Academy. 

Dates: Check back for 2021 information
Find More Information Here for The Porthouse International Academy 
For additional info, contact: Jakyung Seo, Coordinator, Porthouse International Academy at 330-672-2055 or jseo1@kent.edu 

Summer Writing Commons 

Summer Writing Commons are available Schedule an Appointment to schedule an email, text chat, or video conference session with a tutor.

Dates: January 25 - May 4, 2021
Location: Online
For additional info, contact: writing@kent.edu

Senior Guest Program (Ohio residents Age 60 years+) 

The Senior Guest Program at Kent State University allows Ohio residents age 60 years and older to attend regular university on-campus classes tuition-free on a space-available basis.

Dates: Summer 2021
Cost: Senior Guests are responsible for the payment of special course fees covering materials and supplies as well as the $12 per credit hour distance learning fee assessed for all online courses.
Find More Information on the Senior Guest Program and Class Schedules Here 
For additional info, contact: The Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 330-672-2002 or continuinged@kent.edu

Summer Sessions (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Transfer Students) 

Whether you are a current Kent State student or attend a different college, Summer Sessions at Kent State are a great way to catch up and get ahead. Hundreds of summer classes are available—including many you can take online. See how far you can advance – when you see yourself at Kent State this summer!

Dates: Intersession: May 20-June 9, 2021 (Duration: 3 weeks); Summer I: June 10-July 14, 2021 (Duration: 5 weeks); Summer II: June 10-August 8, 2021 (Duration: 8 weeks); Summer III: July 15-August 18, 2021 (Duration: 5 weeks) 
Cost: Varies depending on the class
Find More Information on Summer Sessions and Class Schedules Here 
For additional info, contact: Marilyn Bokrass, Outreach Program Director at 330-672-8658 or summer@kent.edu

Art & Performing Arts
Elementary General: A Music Theory Approach (Instrumental, General, and Vocal Educators of all levels)

Through the lens of Gordon's Music Learning Theory, the course is focused on K-6 general music and developing effective strategies for learner-centered growth, musicianship, movement, curriculum, inclusion, and assessment. GIML professional development course level 1.

Dates: June 28 - July 9, 2021
Instructor: Dr. Herbert Marshall
Learn more about Elementary General

Kent/Blossom Music Festival (All Ages)

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is open to musicians of all ages, ranging from talented high school conservatory students to post-doctoral professionals. 

Dates: Summer 2021 Dates Coming Soon
Time: All Day
More Information on Kent/Blossom Music Festival

Methods in Rock Band and Pedagogy (Undergraduate students)

Experience performing as a member of a rock band while examining the pedagogy of this type of ensemble. Workshop participants will learn techniques for coaching rock ensembles in the K-12 environment including selecting repertoires and equipment, amplifying instruments, and recording/editing performances. 

Dates: July 10-16, 2021
Instructor: Dr. Jay Dorfman
Learn more about Methods in Rock Band and Pedagogy

Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education (Educators)

Level 1 - Develop Orff-Schulwerk principles and techniques through instruction in recorder, pitched, and unpitched percussion, singing, movement, and Orff process. The workshop is appropriate for all educators with a music degree. 

Level 2 - Develop Orff-Schulwerk principles and techniques through instruction in recorder, pitched, and unpitched percussion, singing, movement, and Orff process. The workshop is appropriate for all educators who have completed level I at AOSA-approved institutions.

Level 3 - Develop Orff-Schulwerk principles and techniques through instruction in recorder, pitched, and unpitched percussion, singing, movement, and Orff process. The workshop is appropriate for all educators who have completed levels I and II at AOSA-approved institutions. 

Dates: June 14-25, 2021
Instructor: Dr. Herbert Marshall
Learn more about Orff-Schulwerk

Porthouse High School Academy Shadow Program (High School Students)

Experience Porthouse Theatre Behind-the-Scenes 

The Porthouse High School Academy Shadow Program is an exclusive opportunity that allows students to participate in live theatre as it happens and provides the in-depth learning that comes from a student/mentor educational model. During their academy experience, students will choose a week to shadow a professional in one of the following areas:

  • Directing
  • Lighting
  • Acting 
  • Sound
  • Scenic
  • Management
  • Music Direction
  • Costuming

Dates: Due to the program's structure, times and dates will be flexible and each student will spend one week in the area of their choice. 
Location: 
The Academy will take place at the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance which is located on Kent State University's Kent Campus - Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242 
Find More Information Here for The Porthouse High School Academy Shadow Program
For additional info, contact: Jennifer Korecki, Coordinator, Porthouse Academy at jkoreck1@kent.edu

Porthouse College Academy (Prospective BFA Students) 

The Porthouse College Academy is a musical theatre summer intensive program for high school graduates intending to enroll at Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance as a theatre major. Participants may enroll in either the 3 or 6 credit hour program.

Find More Information Here for The Porthouse College Academy 
For additional info, contact: Jennifer Korecki, Coordinator, Porthouse Academy at jkoreck1@kent.edu 

Porthouse International Academy (International Students) 

Founded in 2015, the Porthouse International Academy is an opportunity for international students to experience the workings of a professional American theatre and take theatre classes for college credit. The International Academy runs concurrently with the Porthouse College Academy. 

Find More Information Here for The Porthouse International Academy 
For additional info, contact: Jakyung Seo, Coordinator, Porthouse International Academy at 330-672-2055 or jseo1@kent.edu 

Summer Fashion Academy (Students 16-18 years old)

The 2021 Summer Fashion Academy at the Kent State University School of Fashion has been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

The academy is a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. The Summer Fashion Academy will allow creative, motivated teens to explore their passion for fashion in a pre-college, summer residence program. Our mission is to inspire creative and resourceful fashion leaders.

Dates: Canceled for Summer 2021
Find More Information for Summer Fashion Academy 
For additional info, contact: The Fashion School at 330-672-3010 or fashionschoolacademy@kent.edu

Athletics & Recreation
Kent State Recreational Services Youth Programming (All Ages)

The Department of Recreational Services is proud to offer a variety of youth programming for Future Flashes of all ages! Our signature program, PEAK Summer Camp, features nine weeks of summer fun for kids ages 6 to 15. Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey and Learn to Swim lessons are offered year-round. We also offer a youth swim team, Golden Splashes, for more advanced swimmers. Recreational Services provides a great way for kids to earn physical activity credit with our Home School Gym and Swim program. Additional programs throughout the year include fitness classes, sport prep clinics, and more! Check back often for new program offerings and information about special events for kids and families.

Dates: 2021 activities canceled 
Time: Varies depending on the activity
Register Here for Youth Programming (Select your activity)
For additional info, contact: Joshua Dietrich, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at 330-672-0460 or jdietr12@kent.edu

Kent State Sports Camps (All Ages)

Kent State Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Camps provide opportunities for athletes of all ages to develop their skills in a fun, sportsmanlike environment. In addition to fundamental instruction, campers will be exposed to sport-specific strategies and will have the chance to meet new people. Sports include baseball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, wrestling, and more. 

Dates: Check back for more 2021 information 
Register Here for Kent State Sports Camps (Select your individual sport) 
For additional info, contact: David Rush, Assistant Athletic Director, at 330-672-8407 or drush3@kent.edu

Peak Summer Camps (Ages 6-15)

PEAK Summer Camp is not offered in summer 2021.

After careful consideration and much discussion, we have decided not to offer the PEAK Summer Camp program this summer. To guide our decision, we spent significant time researching and benchmarking with our peer institutions, referencing best practices, consulting with public professionals, and working to determine what is best for the and safety of our patrons, staff, and the Kent community. Moving forward, we look forward to a full return to PEAK Summer Camp programming in 2022, as well as launching additional youth program offerings throughout the year.

Dates: canceled for 2021
Register Here for Peak Summer Camps -- Registration has been Delayed until Further Notice
For additional info, contact: Joshua Dietrich, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at 330-672-0460 or jdietr12@kent.edu

Language Arts
Camp Read-A-Lot (Grades 1-6) 

Camp Read-A-Lot will not be held during the summer of 2021, and with the changes in the college-level portion of our program, there are no openings for school-age children to be tutored.
We encourage you to review our Online Resources for Parents webpage and also your local library’s website for summer literacy activities.

The Kent State University (KSU) Summer Clinical Practicum in Corrective Reading intervention program, aka Camp Read-A-Lot, has a strong record of improving student achievement in literacy while also assisting graduate students (already certified teachers) in strengthening and refining their instructional practices in the language arts. The program begins with an assessment of each child's literacy strengths and needs. At the conclusion of the program, the teachers write a letter to share pre- and post-assessment results and to provide specific recommendations for home and school. 

Dates: Canceled for 2021
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
Register Here for Camp Read-A-Lot 
For additional info, contact: Sherry Ernsberger, Special Assistant, at 330-672-0622 or sernsber@kent.edu

Foreign Language Academy (Ohio High School Students) 

If you are an Ohio high school student, the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy is an opportunity for you to start on your way to advanced-level proficiency in the critical-need languages of Chinese and Russian. Talk to your parents and guidance counselor about this unique opportunity and apply to the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University!

For questions, contact: The Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies, at 330-672-2150 or mcls@kent.edu 

Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy (High school students) 

If you are an Ohio high school student, the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy is an opportunity for you to start on your way to advanced-level proficiency in the critical-need languages of Chinese and Russian. Talk to your parents and guidance counselor about this unique opportunity and apply to the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University!

For additional info, contact: The Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies at 330-672-2150 or mcls@kent.edu

Summer Writing Commons 

The Writing Commons physical locations are closed due to COVID-19.

Tutors are working virtually. Click on "Schedule an Appointment" to schedule your session today!

  • Choose "Live Video Chat" session for a video conference session with a tutor, using your Kent State University Google Meet application.
  • Choose a "Live-Text Chat" session to chat with your tutor using your Kent State University Google Hangouts chat tool.
  • Or send your work to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) for email-based feedback from your tutor.

Location: Online
For additional info, contact: writing@kent.edu

Wick Juniors Summer Camp (Grades 3-12) 

We are excited to be able to offer a 2021 version of Wick Juniors Summer Writing Camp for students entering grades 3 through 12. To adapt to the best health and safety guidelines, this summer's Wick Juniors will be a day camp without the overnight experience. We hope to host your young writers for four weekdays, two on the Kent Campus and two at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

All involved staff members and teaching artists will be fully vaccinated. We will comply with federal CDC regulations and Kent State’s COVID-19 response regarding physical distancing and face masks. More details are coming soon. Due to the pandemic and federal regulations, spots are extremely limited (32 students)!

Tentative schedule
Information about the schedule will be updated as soon as possible.
Tuesday, July 27 - On Kent Campus
Wednesday, July 28 - CVNP
Thursday, July 29 - CVNP
Friday, July 30 - On Kent Campus with a closing reading

Dates: Tuesday, July 27 - Friday, July 30, 2021
Registration fee: $175
Register Here for Wick Juniors Summer Camp 
For additional info, contact: wickjuniors@kent.edu

Science/Technology/Engineering/ Mathematics (STEM)
Aeronautics Careers Education Academy (A.C.E. Academy) (High School Students)

The Aeronautics Careers Education Academy is designed to allow high school students to experience facilities rarely open to the public. In a partnership with the Six District Educational Compact, this annual week-long program for 25 students entering grades 10-12 exposes students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace engineering, including Air Traffic Control (ATC), professional pilot, aviation management, and aeronautical engineering. 

Interested in piloting your own aircraft? Learning more about the history of military aviation? Experiencing the luxury of corporate aviation?

If the answer is yes, save the date for this tuition-based, three-day program designed to allow high school students to experience facilities rarely open to the public. This unique experience is sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and registered students receive clearance allowing them access.

  • Visit the Military Aviation Preservation Museum (MAPS) (and a possible visit to the Goodyear Airship).
  • Hear a presentation by a professional pilot and learn about corporate aviation.
  • Explore the inside of a corporate jet.
  • Learn about the aerodynamics of fixed-wing flight and rotary flight.
  • Try hands-on experiences, including building and launching a high-powered rocket, in Kent State University’s aeronautics engineering labs and flight simulation.
  • Fly a Kent State University single-engine Cessna with a KSU flight instructor at the Kent State University Airport.

Dates: Monday, June 14, 2021 (All day) to Wednesday, June 16, 2021 (All day)
Cost: The Six District Educational Compact (students in the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, and Woodridge school districts) is still determining a cost for the camp this year. Once the cost is determined, payments will be made online.
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 10, 2021. Limited to 15 students. 
Required Orientation Meeting: Wednesday, May 12, 2020, at 7 p.m., location to be determined (and may be held virtually). Students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) must attend to learn about the final details and sign important forms.
For additional info, contact: The College of Aeronautics and Engineering at 330-672-2892 or cae@kent.edu

FANUC Robot Training (Undergraduate Students)

Kent State University is a FANUC Authorized Certified Education Training Facility that is able to provide training to students enrolled in academic programs as well as industry representatives. FANUC certified professors conduct all training at Kent State and are committed to providing the best learning experience.  

Dates: Dates TBD
Location: Room 028, Aeronautics and Technology Building, Kent State University 
Register Here for FANUC Robot Training  
For additional info, contact: Danielle Muckley Scerbovsky, Director, External Affairs, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, 330-605-5773 or dmuckley@kent.edu

Girls Geared for Engineering Camp (Middle School Students)

From the Kent State College of Aeronautics and Engineering, campers experience aerospace engineering and mechatronics, the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer, and systems engineering, on the Kent State University campus in this multi-disciplinary, week-long day camp. Campers will also take part in fun and challenging engineering projects and activities, such as flying mini-drones and launching a rocket. Campers will explore career opportunities during site visits to two well-known companies. 

Register Here for Girls Geared for Engineering Camp
For additional info, contact: Liz Porter at 330-672-4449 or eporte11@kent.edu

STEAM Camp (Children 3-5 years)

Housed within Kent State University's Child Development Center, these early learning summer camps are for children ages 3, 4, and 5. 

Dates: TBD
Steam Camp Registration Coming Soon
For additional info, contact: Pam Hutchins, M.Ed, Child Development Center at phutchin@kent.edu

Summer STEM & Innovation Camps (Grades 3-6+)

Presented by Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology & Bio-Med Science Academy. Summer STEM & Innovation Camps will be hosted at the Rootstown Campus of Bio-Med Science Academy located in Rootstown.

Full STEAM Ahead with LEGO® SPIKE™ Prime
Grades 6+
Schedule: June 21-24, 9-11:30 a.m.

Programming & Robotics with LEGO® WeDo 2.0
Grades 3+
Schedule: June 21-24, 1-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to JavaScript with Bitsbox
Grades 3+
Schedule: July 12-15, 9-11:30 a.m.

Build and Program Your Own mBot Robot
Grade 4+
Schedule: July 19-22, 9-11:30 a.m.

Video Game Design with RPG Maker MV
Grades 4+
Schedule: July 26-29, 9-11:30 a.m.

Tinkering with LEGO WeDo Robotics and Drones
Grades 3+
Schedule: July 26-29, 1-3:30 p.m.

Learn more about Summer STEM & Innovation Camps
For additional info, contact: rcet@kent.edu

Upward Bound Summer Institute (9th & 10th-grade students)

The Kent State University Upward Bound Classic Program has been in existence since 1971 between the Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, John R. Buchtel (Akron) High Schools, and those communities to promote college readiness and success.

Dates: Summer 2021
Find More Information for Upward Bound Here 
For additional info, contact: The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 330-672-2920 or diversity@kent.edu 

Travel
Florence Summer Institute (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Guest Students)

Prepare for the experience of a lifetime!

Check out Program Information to learn about the program dates, academics, accommodations, flights, study tours, and much more.

Ready to apply? Then click on Applying to Kent State Florence Summer Institute for instructions about how to apply through our online system.

Read about Life in Florence to learn about fun activities the city offers as well as the history of the historic buildings of the Kent State Florence campus.

For detailed information about classes, including course descriptions, refer to the Course Offerings page.

To review Florence Summer Institute fees and what those fees include, check out Program Costs.

Location: Florence, Italy 
Register Here for Florence Summer Institute 
For additional info, contact: Kristina Spangler, Education Abroad Advisor at kspangl6@kent.edu 

Geneva Summer Program (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Guest Students)

Kent State University has been educating students in Geneva for more than 30 years. Continuing this rich tradition, Kent State, in partnership with Webster University, offers this exciting summer program in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland. Participants will experience an enriching academic and cultural setting for the 7-week summer program, as well as have the opportunity for independent travel around Europe.

Program Requirements:

  • Full-time degree-seeking university student
  • Undergraduate Students - 2.5 cumulative GPA (3.3 cumulative GPA required for Internship Program)
  • Undergraduate Students - Earned a minimum of 15.0 credit hours
  • Graduate Students - 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Graduate Students - Earned a minimum of 6.0 credit hours.

An admissions decision will only be made once your application is complete and reviewed by both Kent State University and Webster University.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Register Here for Geneva Summer Program 
For additional info, contact: Kristina Spangler, Education Abroad Advisor at kspangl6@kent.edu 

Geology - Summer Field Camp (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)

The fundamental purpose of this course is to teach geology in the field. Because geology in the field involves the creation and interpretation of geologic maps, various field techniques are introduced in this course as necessary for the map-making exercises. Scholarships are available. 

Dates: Due to the current pandemic situation, we plan to offer remote Field Camp in Summer 2021 and return to our normal in-person study away Field Camp in Summer 2022
Location: Black Hills, South Dakota, and adjacent parts of Wyoming
More Information for Summer Field Camp
For additional info, contact: Dr. David B. Hacker, Director, Geology Summer Field Camp, Kent State University at 330-672-7883 or dhacker@kent.edu or the Department of Geology Secretary at 330-672-2680. 

Youth
Aeronautics Careers Education Academy (A.C.E. Academy) (High School Students)

The Aeronautics Careers Education Academy is designed to allow high school students to experience facilities rarely open to the public. In a partnership with the Six District Educational Compact, this annual week-long program for 25 students entering grades 10-12 exposes students to a wide variety of career opportunities in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace engineering, including Air Traffic Control (ATC), professional pilot, aviation management, and aeronautical engineering. 

Interested in piloting your own aircraft? Learning more about the history of military aviation? Experiencing the luxury of corporate aviation?

If the answer is yes, save the date for this tuition-based, three-day program designed to allow high school students to experience facilities rarely open to the public. This unique experience is sanctioned by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and registered students receive clearance allowing them access.

  • Visit the Military Aviation Preservation Museum (MAPS) (and a possible visit to the Goodyear Airship).
  • Hear a presentation by a professional pilot and learn about corporate aviation.
  • Explore the inside of a corporate jet.
  • Learn about the aerodynamics of fixed-wing flight and rotary flight.
  • Try hands-on experiences, including building and launching a high-powered rocket, in Kent State University’s aeronautics engineering labs and flight simulation.
  • Fly a Kent State University single-engine Cessna with a KSU flight instructor at the Kent State University Airport.

Dates: Monday, June 14, 2021 (All day) to Wednesday, June 16, 2021 (All day)
Cost: The Six District Educational Compact (students in the Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, and Woodridge school districts) is still determining a cost for the camp this year. Once the cost is determined, payments will be made online.
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 10, 2021. Limited to 15 students. 
Required Orientation Meeting: Wednesday, May 12, 2020, at 7 p.m., location to be determined (and may be held virtually). Students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) must attend to learn about the final details and sign important forms.
For additional info, contact: The College of Aeronautics and Engineering at 330-672-2892 or cae@kent.edu

Camp Read-A-Lot (Grades 1-6) 

Camp Read-A-Lot will not be held during the summer of 2021, and with the changes in the college-level portion of our program, there are no openings for school-age children to be tutored.
We encourage you to review our Online Resources for Parents webpage and also your local library’s website for summer literacy activities.

The Kent State University (KSU) Summer Clinical Practicum in Corrective Reading intervention program, aka Camp Read-A-Lot, has a strong record of improving student achievement in literacy while also assisting graduate students (already certified teachers) in strengthening and refining their instructional practices in the language arts. The program begins with an assessment of each child's literacy strengths and needs. At the conclusion of the program, the teachers write a letter to share pre-and post-assessment results and to provide specific recommendations for home and school. 

Dates: Canceled for 2021
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
Register Here for Camp Read-A-Lot 
For additional info, contact: Sherry Ernsberger, Special Assistant, at 330-672-0622 or sernsber@kent.edu

FANUC Robot Training (Undergraduate Students)

Kent State University is a FANUC Authorized Certified Education Training Facility that is able to provide training to students enrolled in academic programs as well as industry representatives. FANUC certified professors conduct all training at Kent State and are committed to providing the best learning experience.  

Dates: Dates TBD
Location: Room 028, Aeronautics and Technology Building, Kent State University 
Register Here for FANUC Robot Training  
For additional info, contact: Danielle Muckley Scerbovsky, Director, External Affairs, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, 330-605-5773 or dmuckley@kent.edu

Foreign Language Academy (Ohio High School Students) 

If you are an Ohio high school student, the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy is an opportunity for you to start on your way to advanced-level proficiency in the critical-need languages of Chinese and Russian. Talk to your parents and guidance counselor about this unique opportunity and apply to the Regents STARTALK Foreign Language Academy at Kent State University!

For questions, contact: The Department of Modern & Classical Language Studies, at 330-672-2150 or mcls@kent.edu 

Girls Geared for Engineering Camp (Middle School Students)

From the Kent State College of Aeronautics and Engineering, campers experience aerospace engineering and mechatronics, the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer, and systems engineering, on the Kent State University campus in this multi-disciplinary, week-long day camp. Campers will also take part in fun and challenging engineering projects and activities, such as flying mini-drones and launching a rocket. Campers will explore career opportunities during site visits to two well-known companies. 

Register Here for Girls Geared for Engineering Camp
For additional info, contact: Liz Porter at 330-672-4449 or eporte11@kent.edu

Kent State Recreational Services Youth Programming (All Ages)

The Department of Recreational Services is proud to offer a variety of youth programming for Future Flashes of all ages! Our signature program, PEAK Summer Camp, features nine weeks of summer fun for kids ages 6 to 15. Learn to Skate/Learn to Play Hockey and Learn to Swim lessons are offered year-round. We also offer a youth swim team, Golden Splashes, for more advanced swimmers. Recreational Services provides a great way for kids to earn physical activity credit with our Home School Gym and Swim program. Additional programs throughout the year include fitness classes, sport prep clinics, and more! Check back often for new program offerings and information about special events for kids and families.

Dates: 2021 activities canceled 
Time: Varies depending on the activity
Register Here for Youth Programming (Select your activity)
For additional info, contact: Joshua Dietrich, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at 330-672-0460 or jdietr12@kent.edu

Kent State Sports Camps (All Ages)

Kent State Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Camps provide opportunities for athletes of all ages to develop their skills in a fun, sportsmanlike environment. In addition to fundamental instruction, campers will be exposed to sport-specific strategies and will have the chance to meet new people. Sports include baseball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, softball, track, volleyball, wrestling, and more. 

Dates: Check back for more 2021 information 
Register Here for Kent State Sports Camps (Select your individual sport) 
For additional info, contact: David Rush, Assistant Athletic Director, at 330-672-8407 or drush3@kent.edu

Peak Summer Camps (Ages 6-15)

PEAK Summer Camp is not offered in summer 2021.

After careful consideration and much discussion, we have decided not to offer the PEAK Summer Camp program this summer. To guide our decision, we spent significant time researching and benchmarking with our peer institutions, referencing best practices, consulting with public professionals, and working to determine what is best for the and safety of our patrons, staff, and the Kent community. Moving forward, we look forward to a full return to PEAK Summer Camp programming in 2022, as well as launching additional youth program offerings throughout the year.

Dates: canceled for 2021
Register Here for Peak Summer Camps -- Registration has been Delayed until Further Notice
For additional info, contact: Joshua Dietrich, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at 330-672-0460 or jdietr12@kent.edu

STEAM Camp (Children 3-5 years)

Housed within Kent State University's Child Development Center, these early learning summer camps are for children ages 3, 4, and 5. 

Dates: TBD
Steam Camp Registration Coming Soon
For additional info, contact: Pam Hutchins, M.Ed, Child Development Center at phutchin@kent.edu

Summer Fashion Academy (Students 16-18 years old)

The 2021 Summer Fashion Academy at the Kent State University School of Fashion has been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

The academy is a one-week program that introduces high school students to key areas in fashion design and merchandising. The Summer Fashion Academy will allow creative, motivated teens to explore their passion for fashion in a pre-college, summer residence program. Our mission is to inspire creative and resourceful fashion leaders.

Dates: Canceled for Summer 2021
Find More Information for Summer Fashion Academy 
For additional info, contact: The Fashion School at 330-672-3010 or fashionschoolacademy@kent.edu

Summer STEM & Innovation Camps (Grades 3-6+)

Presented by Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology & Bio-Med Science Academy. Summer STEM & Innovation Camps will be hosted at the Rootstown Campus of Bio-Med Science Academy located in Rootstown.

Full STEAM Ahead with LEGO® SPIKE™ Prime
Grades 6+
Schedule: June 21-24, 9-11:30 a.m.

Programming & Robotics with LEGO® WeDo 2.0
Grades 3+
Schedule: June 21-24, 1-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to JavaScript with Bitsbox
Grades 3+
Schedule: July 12-15, 9-11:30 a.m.

Build and Program Your Own mBot Robot
Grade 4+
Schedule: July 19-22, 9-11:30 a.m.

Video Game Design with RPG Maker MV
Grades 4+
Schedule: July 26-29, 9-11:30 a.m.

Tinkering with LEGO WeDo Robotics and Drones
Grades 3+
Schedule: July 26-29, 1-3:30 p.m.

Learn more about Summer STEM & Innovation Camps
For additional info, contact: rcet@kent.edu

Summer Writing Commons 

The Writing Commons physical locations are closed due to COVID-19.

Tutors are working virtually. Click on "Schedule an Appointment" to schedule your session today!

  • Choose "Live Video Chat" session for a video conference session with a tutor, using your Kent State University Google Meet application.
  • Choose a "Live-Text Chat" session to chat with your tutor using your Kent State University Google Hangouts chat tool.
  • Or send your work to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) for email-based feedback from your tutor.

Location: Online
For additional info, contact: writing@kent.edu

Upward Bound Summer Institute (9th & 10th-grade students)

The Kent State University Upward Bound Classic Program has been in existence since 1971 between the Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, John R. Buchtel (Akron) High Schools, and those communities to promote college readiness and success.

Dates: Summer 2021
Find More Information for Upward Bound Here 
For additional info, contact: The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at 330-672-2920 or diversity@kent.edu 

Wick Juniors Summer Camp (Grades 3-12) 

We are excited to be able to offer a 2021 version of Wick Juniors Summer Writing Camp for students entering grades 3 through 12. To adapt to the best health and safety guidelines, this summer's Wick Juniors will be a day camp without the overnight experience. We hope to host your young writers for four weekdays, two on the Kent Campus and two at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

All involved staff members and teaching artists will be fully vaccinated. We will comply with federal CDC regulations and Kent State’s COVID-19 response regarding physical distancing and face masks. More details are coming soon. Due to the pandemic and federal regulations, spots are extremely limited (32 students)!

Tentative schedule
Information about the schedule will be updated as soon as possible.
Tuesday, July 27 - On Kent Campus
Wednesday, July 28 - CVNP
Thursday, July 29 - CVNP
Friday, July 30 - On Kent Campus with a closing reading

Dates: Tuesday, July 27 - Friday, July 30, 2021
Registration fee: $175
Register Here for Wick Juniors Summer Camp 
For additional info, contact: wickjuniors@kent.edu