Planning for Summer and Fall

Dear Kent State University Students,

We are embarking on a summer of transition as we plan for a robust return to campus for the 2021 Fall Semester.

In response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that state health orders will be lifted on June 2 and considering changing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are reviewing our health requirements and guidelines to determine best practices for keeping our community safe and healthy for the upcoming semesters. We will be sharing more information soon. We also will be sending regular updates throughout the summer, and I encourage you to read them to keep informed as decisions are made and new information is released regarding the fall semester.

Summer Schedules and Hours

Our first summer session for academic courses begins May 20. Summer sessions will include a mix of in-person and remote courses.

Summer session dates are:

  • Intersession: May 20-June 9.
  • Summer I: June 10-July 14.
  • Summer II: June 10-Aug. 4.
  • Summer III: July 15-Aug. 18.

Additional summer hours for various services and buildings on the Kent Campus may be found here:

These sites may be updated throughout the summer as we move from session to session, so please check them to stay informed should information change.

For building schedules on Regional Campuses, please check their respective websites or call the main number for each Regional Campus.

Fall Scheduling

Fall 2021 will feature a strong return to in-person instruction, and class scheduling for the fall semester is currently underway.

If you are a current undergraduate student who has registered for the 2021 Fall Semester and would like assistance identifying additional in-person classes, please contact your academic advisor or fill out this form. The completed form will be sent to an academic advisor who will contact you within one to two business days using the phone number you have provided. Graduate students should consult with their program coordinators.

Vaccines and Testing

Vaccines are the single most effective way of protecting our community and the quickest path back to normal. We strongly encourage all Flashes to get vaccinated. This is how we show Flashes Take Care of Flashes.

Vaccines are available from University Health Services at the DeWeese Health Center on the Kent Campus for any student, faculty or staff member and their spouses, domestic partners and dependents. Call the DeWeese Health Center at 330-672-2322 to schedule a vaccine or schedule an appointment online.

You also can visit the state’s vaccination portal to make an appointment for a shot at a location near you.

As you may be aware, Gov. DeWine announced that everyone 18 and older who has been vaccinated may enter a state lottery for five chances to win $1 million. He also shared that everyone ages 12-17 who has had at least their first vaccination shot may enter a lottery for five, full-ride scholarships to a public university in Ohio. Enter either lottery at, where additional information on entry deadlines and drawing dates can be found.

For fall, students living in residence halls who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from weekly testing. More information on how fully vaccinated students can submit proof of their vaccination status will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 testing continues to be available at DeWeese for any students who are showing symptoms of the virus.

While the pandemic is not over, we believe that diligent planning over the summer will enable everyone in our university community to return to vibrant campus life in the fall.

I hope the summer months are a time of rejuvenation for you, with some time to spend relaxing and enjoying the seasonal weather. I look forward to seeing everyone back on our campuses in person later this summer.


Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dean, Division of Graduate Studies
Chair, Pandemic Leadership Committee

POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 8:47am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 1:01pm
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs