Is Destination Kent State New Student Orientation required?

Yes, The DKS New Student orientation program is a required overnight orientation program for all incoming first-year students, regardless if you are living on or off campus. At Kent State, we believe in giving students the tools they need to succeed – this starts at orientation.  

I took college courses while in high school (either at Kent State or another college/university). Do I need to complete New Student Orientation?

Yes. Any student who took advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit in high school, (i.e. College Credit Plus, Advanced Placement, CLEP or International Baccalaureate exams) regardless of the number of hours transferred to Kent State, is required to complete the New Student Orientation program.  

Don’t forget to submit your unofficial transcripts or test scores prior to your orientation date.   

What do I need to do to prepare for DKS?
  1. Register for DKS on Flashline – you must register for DKS via your new student checklist on Flashline. To register for DKS visit  
  2. Download DKS Mobile – Kent State University’s official new student orientation app that will provide you with orientation-related information prior to, during and after your DKS visit. 
  3. Complete any required Placement Assessments – if you are required to take any placement assessments prior to DKS, you can do so via your student checklist in Flashline. For more information, visit:  
  4. Complete your pre-advising questionnaire – In order to prepare for your academic advising appointment during DKS, your advisor wants to hear from you! If you haven’t already completed your pre-advising questionnaire (located in DKS Mobile), use this link to complete it today:  
What happens during DKS?

On Day 1 of DKS, students and registered guests will attend a variety of orientation-related programming centered around crucial topics: financial aid, housing, commuting, health and safety and academic advising prep. During this fully immersive Kent State experience, students will stay in our residence halls, eat in our dining halls and have the opportunity to begin connecting with incoming and current Kent State students. 

  • Day 1 for students runs from approximately 7:45 AM – 10:00 PM 
  • Day 1 for guests runs approximately 7:45 AM – 6:30 PM 

On Day 2 of DKS, there will be completely separate programming for students and their guests. 

  • Students will attend success workshops, meet with an academic advisor to discuss and register for their first semester classes and even pick up their Flashcard! 
  • Day 2 for students runs approximately from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
  • Depending on advising appointment time and any business that needs completed (meeting with campus resources, etc..) students may leave later than 12:00 PM. 
  • Guests will attend programming centered around how to best support your student during their transition to university life. They will also explore campus and take care of any business while here. 
How do I print my DKS Parking Pass?
What should I do if I want to change my major?
  • Prior to your DKS New Student Orientation Date:
    • If you decide to change your major, contact the Admissions office at (330) 672-2444 as soon as possible. It is best to make the changes prior to making your appointment for Destination Kent State so that you can speak with the advisor for your major. (Changing your major may necessitate changing your orientation date.) 
  • After completing DKS New Student Orientation:
    • If you decide to change your major after attending, contact your academic advisor.​​​​​​​
What should I do if I want to add a minor or concentration?

Speak with your academic advisor during orientation to discuss adding a minor or concentration. 

Is it possible to change my DKS visit date or add/remove any guests?

Yes! All you have to do is login to FlashLine and modify your answers via your student checklist. This is where you registered for DKS. 

Am I eligible for a refund for any DKS fees I have already paid if I change my answers to remove overnight stays or guests?

Yes – you are eligible to apply for a refund for any DKS fees paid if you modify your answers to qualify for a refund. Once you modify your answers in Flashline via your student checklist, you will be prompted to fill out a refund request.  

Refund requests must made be at least 7 days prior to your DKS visit.