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.
  • In the months of November and January, students are invited to attend a one-day, in-person orientation experience.
    • Parents and guests are welcome to attend as well!
    • You do not need to register guests for the program - just make sure they arrive with you at check-in!
      • Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
  • All incoming first-year students, regardless of prior college credit or whether they are living on or off campus, are required to attend DKS.
    • DKS for students and their guests runs approximately 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   

All incoming new first-year students admitted for Spring 2024 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 one-day on-campus orientation on November 21, 2023 or January 11, 2024. 

Students are required to register for DKS. They can register for their one-day DKS date by accessing their Student Checklist in FlashLine.  


What happens during DKS?


During 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 eat in our dining halls, have the opportunity to begin connecting with incoming and current Kent State students and begin to explore their new home. 

In the afternoon, there will be 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 

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.