Tour Overview

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, 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 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.

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.