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. 

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 Education at 330-672-3100 or continuinged@kent.edu

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

Academic S.T.A.R.S. (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success) is a seven-week cultural transition and retention program designed for newly admitted African-American, Latinx, 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. All students are welcome to join.

As a result of participating in the program, we hope students will:

  • Earn college credits towards graduation
  • Develop academic, personal, professional, and social skills
  • Establish a community with peers, faculty, and staff at Kent State University
  • Enrich their cultural identity and self-awareness

Program Cost: The program is free with the exception of covering the administrative fee of approximately $100. Students selected for this program will receive two classes at the university level, plus meals and lodging during the seven weeks of the program.

Visit For Eligibility and Application Dates.

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 a 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 2022
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 the 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: June 8 - July 13, 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 for engagement at Kent State University

After students participate 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 continued assistance, guidance, and support throughout their entire freshman year.

Dates: Registration Deadline is August 1, 2022
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. 

Dates: Check back for 2022 dates
Find More Information Here for The Porthouse College Academy 
For additional info, contact: Jennifer Korecki, Coordinator, Porthouse Academy at jkoreck1@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: Summer 2022
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 aged 60 years and older to attend regular university on-campus classes tuition-free on a space-available basis.

Dates: Summer Registration May 6-12, 2022
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 
Questions? Contact your campus Senior Guest Administrator

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! The summer schedule is available on January 17, 2022, and registration begins on February 21, 2022. See the summer schedule of classes

Dates: Intersession: May 19-June 8, 2022 (Duration: 3 weeks); Summer I: June 9-July 13, 2022 (Duration: 5 weeks); Summer II: June 9-August 3, 2022 (Duration: 8 weeks); Summer III: July 14-August 17, 2022 (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
Kent/Blossom Music Festival (All Ages)

Join us for our 54th season: July 3rd - August 8th, 2022

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The Kent Blossom Music Festival is open to musicians of all ages, ranging from talented high school conservatory students to post-doctoral professionals.
  • Participants will arrive on campus on Sunday, July 3rd, before 4 p.m. the first day of the festival for registration.
  • Final event will conclude on the evening of August 7th. That evening our students will perform a side-by-side concert with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center.
  • Check-out will be on Monday, August 8th.
  • Festival Costs:
  • Program Fee: $1,000
    • Scholarships are available and awarded based on financial need.
    • Housing Accommodations: KSU Residence Hall, $1,500 per student o A payment of $2,500 must be received by April 30th, 2022
    • Parking: $25 (if you plan to have a vehicle on campus) o Meals (on your own, estimated cost): $500 (this is not a fee due to KBMF)
  • See an overview of a Kent Blossom Music Festival Young Artist experience.

Visit our website at www.kent.edu/blossom
Call us at 330-672-0397

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 27 - July 8, 2022 (no classes on July 3 & 4)
Instructor: Dr. Herbert Marshall
Learn more about Orff-Schulwerk

Porthouse Theatre

Spend your summer at Porthouse! Every year, Porthouse Theatre welcomes dozens of professional and student designers, technicians, and staff, who along with actors and musicians, comprise the Porthouse Theatre company.
WORK FOR PORTHOUSE THEATRE IN 2022
Porthouse Theatre is hiring for the summer of 2022 and has positions open in company management, stage management, costumes and wardrobe, scenic construction and art, electrics and lighting, sound, box office, and facilities.

Find More Information Here on Porthouse Theatre
For additional info about working at Porthouse, contact: Karl Erdmann, Production Manager at 330-672-0118 or kerdmann@kent.edu 

Summer Fashion Academy (Students 16-18 years old)

Due to major building renovations, the Summer Fashion Academy at the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising will not take place in 2022.

Thank you for your interest and please check back in the future for further summer opportunities. For more information about studying Fashion at Kent State University, please visit https://www.kent.edu/fashion/admissions.

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: Summer 2022
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: Summer 2022
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 program will tentatively be offered this summer 2022, as well as launching additional youth program offerings throughout the year. Registration starts March 1, 2022

Dates: June 6-10, 2022
Register Here for Peak Summer Camps
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 2022, 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 2022
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
For additional info, contact: Sherry Ernsberger, Special Assistant, at 330-672-0622 or sernsber@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: Summer 2022
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 2022 version of Wick Juniors Summer Writing Camp for students entering grades 3 through 12. We hope to host your young writers on the Kent Campus and for two days at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Dates: July 27 - 31, 2022
For additional info, contact: wickjuniors@kent.edu

Science/Technology/Engineering/ Mathematics (STEM)
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

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

Presented by Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology & Bio-Med Science Academy. Visit the link below for Summer 2022 camp dates.

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 Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, John R. Buchtel (Akron) High Schools, and those communities to promote college readiness and success.


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: June 8 - July 13, 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
Camp Read-A-Lot (Grades 1-6) 

Camp Read-A-Lot will not be held during the summer of 2022, 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 2022
Location: Kent State University, Reading & Writing Center, White Hall
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

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.


Date/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: Summer 2022
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 program will tentatively be offered this summer 2022, as well as launching additional youth program offerings throughout the year. Registration starts March 1, 2022.

Dates:  June 6-10, 2022
Register Here for Peak Summer Camps
For additional info, contact: Joshua Dietrich, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at 330-672-0460 or jdietr12@kent.edu

Summer Fashion Academy (Students 16-18 years old)

Due to major building renovations, the Summer Fashion Academy at the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising will not take place in 2022.

Thank you for your interest and please check back in the future for further summer opportunities. For more information about studying Fashion at Kent State University, please visit https://www.kent.edu/fashion/admissions.

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

Presented by Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology & Bio-Med Science Academy. Visit the link below for Summer 2022 camp dates.

Learn more about Summer STEM & Innovation Camps
For additional info, contact: rcet@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: Summer 2022
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 Kent State University, Barberton, Warren G. Harding, John R. Buchtel (Akron) High Schools, and those communities to promote college readiness and success.
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 2022 version of Wick Juniors Summer Writing Camp for students entering grades 3 through 12. We hope to host your young writers on the Kent Campus and for two days at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Dates: July 27 - 31, 2022
For additional info, contact: wickjuniors@kent.edu