Tell Me What DKS Includes

Things you should know about Destination Kent State right now:

  • At Kent State, Destination Kent State New Student Orientation is called "DKS" for short.
  • DKS is a required day-and-a-half, overnight program for students that runs  June 1 - July 1.
    • Parents and guests are welcome to attend as well!
  • All incoming first-year students, regardless of prior college credit or whether they are living on or off campus in the fall, are required to attend DKS.
  • Day 1 of DKS for students runs approximately 7:45 a.m. - 10 p.m. Day 1 of DKS for guests runs approximately from 7:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Day 2 of DKS runs approximately 8 a.m. - noon for students and guests. 
    • Depending on advising appointment time and any business that needs to be completed (meeting with campus resources, etc.) students may leave later than noon.  


All incoming new first-year students admitted for Fall 2022 are required to complete orientation consisting of:

STEP 1 | DKS Mobile

Complete 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. 

Students will download the DKS Mobile app prior to their DKS visit. This app will guide students through important pre-orientation information consisting of: Technology, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Getting Involved, and more!  DKS Mobile is available for students and families to download from any app store. You will utilize DKS Mobile before, during and after your DKS visit.

STEP 2 | Attend DKS New Student Orientation

Attend DKS | Attend your two-day,  overnight, on-campus orientation during June 2022.

Students are required to register for DKS. They can select a two-day date that works for their schedule by accessing their Student Checklist in FlashLine.  


What happens during DKS?

DKS Day 1

On Day 1 of DKS, students and registered guests will attend a variety of orientation-related programming centered on 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.  

DKS Day 2

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! Guests will attend programming centered on 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.