Pipeline Campus Visit Initiative | Kent State University

Pipeline Campus Visit Initiative

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Pipeline Campus Visit Initiative is a pre-college educational program that focuses on inspiring young scholars by providing a positive college campus visit experience and highlighting various academic, social and career possibilities. The purpose of the campus visit is for academic enrichment and exposure, and an opportunity for young scholars in middle and high school to begin to seriously explore their aspirations in higher education.

This program is not intended to serve as site-seeing or a general school fieldtrip. The entire experience is tailored to “start planting the seeds early” for university or college preparedness. The Pipeline Initiative is therefore intentional, informational, and inspirationally arranged with the prospective college student in mind. These visits encourage all, especially underserved and historically underrepresented scholars and their families to consider college in their future as they “Aspire on it. Plan on it. Act on it.” 


Schedule Your Pipeline Campus Visit 

Our administrator-led campus tours include a 30-minute presentation and a 90-minute walking tour. Tours are offered Monday through Friday when classes are in session at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on select Saturday mornings in the fall and spring. Counselors are available to meet privately with families both before and after the tour. 

  Schedule your Pipeline Campus Visit


WHY PLAN FOR COLLEGE EARLY?  

Increasing college access for low-income, first-generation, and other underrepresented groups is an urgent and daunting endeavor. Early planning helps students and families to dot i’s and cross t’s under less pressure. Colleges and universities have a compelling interest in diversifying and integrating the campus by augmenting college enrollment for all. In addition, there is greater attention paid to college selection and fit, specifically to combat “undermatching” - when academically talented students fail to even apply for colleges that are more selective.  
  • Research supports that there are quantifiable advantages to starting college and career exploration and planning in middle school (or earlier) 
  • Early exposure to a college campus makes a difference, especially for poor and underprivileged students who do not have role models and have little opportunity to visit colleges. 
  • Federal grant dollars are now being tied to increasing college awareness at an early age. As a result, more and more schools and organizations are seeking campus visits for younger students. 
  • Additionally, a benefit for offering campus visit opportunities for younger students is that when they return as juniors and seniors, they will be better prepared to participate in regular campus visit programs.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR VISIT? 

 During the visit, the scholars will interact with current Kent State students from various majors and diverse backgrounds who will share their unique experiences as Golden Flashes. Depending on how much time they have, the scholars will have the opportunity to tour some critical landmarks on campus, such as the May 4th Memorial, the MACC  Annex, Student Recreation Center, Residence Life, Dining Services, and potentially meet a college professor. The college tour, in general, gives the scholars an opportunity to learn about the infrastructural aspect of Kent State University, academic programs, campus life, and admission requirements. By taking advantage of this opportunity, students learn the benefits of successfully preparing for post-secondary education. 

  1. Welcome the scholars at the bus stop.
  2. Brief presentation (uniquely designed to fit the group) or a panel discussion with three to four current Kent State University students.
  3. Campus tour.
  4. Scholars departure.

Testimonials

“We at Central really believe in the impact these campus visits can have on our students and their future. We are so thankful that Kent State opens their doors to providing an eye-opening experience for our seventh grade students. We believe it is never too early for students to start to dream about what their futures can be…We look forward to continuing our partnership with KSU”.

Mike Mennel, Principal of Euclid Central Middle School


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    Information/Questions

    If need additional information or have questions about a visit, please submit your inquiry to H. Baté Agbor-Baiyee, DEI Program Coordinator, at hagborba@kent.edu or (330) 672-9212.