Transfer In Guide


In order to transfer from your current institution to Kent State, an F-1 student must notify an international student advisor at their current institution of the intent to transfer and inform Kent State’s International Student and Scholar Services of his/her Transfer Release Date See 8 CFR § 214.2 (f)(8).

What is a SEVIS Transfer?

F-1 students must complete a SEVIS record transfer in addition to transferring any academic records prior to attending Kent State University.

A SEVIS record transfer is the process of your former or current educational institute in the U.S. releasing your SEVIS record to Kent State University. Your SEVIS record is the electronic version of your I-20. Therefore, you will need to follow the process below in order to successfully complete a SEVIS transfer.

If you have questions or need help throughout your transfer process, please email If you have general questions about applying to your academic program please email

SEVIS Transfer Eligibility

An F-1 student may transfer to Kent State University of all of the following conditions are met:

  • You are in valid F-1 student status at another SEVIS-approved institution. This means you attended any of the following as an F-1 student: high school, University, College, or Language Training program.
  • You have been accepted into an academic program at Kent State University.
  • You can provide financial documentation that covers 1 year of expenses at Kent State University. Current Tuition Rates can be found here.

NOTE: If your SEVIS record is out of status, you must apply for reinstatement or depart the U.S. and re-enter on a new initial I-20 issued by Kent State University. If you need assistance with this process, please email and clearly identify that you need more information on transferring from one school in the U.S. to Kent State University, but that you are out of status. 

Apply to Kent State University

Apply as a transfer student if you have attended any of the following in the United States: high school, University, College, Language Training program, or other SEVIS certified schools. 

In order to submit an application, please visit the International Admissions page by clicking the button below. 

International Admissions


Transfer SEVIS Record

Once you have gained admission to Kent State University, you should also transfer your SEVIS record. You must transfer your SEVIS record from the school you are transferring out of to Kent State University. 

Step 1. Notify your current or former school that you need to perform a SEVIS record transfer. You may need to provide the following information to your current or former DSO (Designated School Official):

Step 2. Identify a SEVIS transfer release date. Work with your current or former DSO to identify the best date to have your SEVIS record transferred to Kent State University. 

  • Inform your advisor if you have plans to leave the United States, or are currently out of the United States, as this may impact your transfer release date.

Step 3.  Complete the SEVIS Transfer-In Request Form. Transfer-In Request Form

Step 4. Once your SEVIS record has been released to Kent State University AND all necessary application documents have been received, your "Transfer Pending I-20" will be created. An ISSS advisor will email you to confirm the mailing address of where you would like to have your documents shipped.

Attend Orientation

You must attend International Student Orientation

You are required to attend the next available International Student Orientation. Be sure to register by clicking on the button below. International Student Orientation is mandatory.

Therefore, plan your arrival to campus accordingly. 

International Student Orientation

Other Considerations

You will receive more communication prior to your arrival to Kent State University. However, you should review all of the information available to you on the Newly Admitted Students page for other important considerations such as:

  • Logging into your Flashline Account
  • Travel Tips
  • Airports/Arrivals
  • Housing

Newly Admitted Students Page