Preparing Your Student

Getting Started

After your child makes the decision to become a Kent State Golden Flash take advantage of the newly admitted student checklist. This list will help you both stay on track with important information pertaining to things like:

  • Registration
  • Finances
  • Parking
  • Alerts
  • Grades

Get Started  View the Housing Guide for Parents


Can My Student Afford College?

College is an investment with a lifetime return on investment . A college education provides your student with exponential opportunities, as they embark on their personal and professional goals. Of course, the earlier you start saving the better; but, there are also multiple financing options available. Not to mention, financial aid, investments, loans and scholarships. Regardless of your financial position, it is possible to make your student’s dream a reality.

See how you can afford college


First-Year Students

Welcome to the Kent State family network. From day one, we want to help your student stay on track and keep you informed. Be sure to review the Parent Welcome Packet that includes important information about your student’s next steps in the enrollment process, following their admission to Kent State.

Destination Kent State (Freshman) and Transfer Student Orientation offer registration and advising sessions that will help your student become oriented with campus.

Take the First Step Transferring for Success


Campus Living

The Kent State campus is a vibrant learning community. Our collaborative academic efforts stem further than the classroom and reach into our state-of-the-art residence halls. Your student’s FlashCard functions as a photo ID and works like a reloadable debit card for their dining plan. It’s also your student’s key to our Student Recreation and Wellness Center, where they can borrow a bike for the day via Flashfleet, our bike-sharing service.

A Parents Guide to Housing


Commuter & Off-Campus Living

Of course, we realize that not all students will live on campus. We also have special resources available to our commuter and off-campus students, that make up 80 percent of Kent State's student body.

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Choosing a Career

Career Exploration and Development is dedicated to serving students by connecting them with faculty, staff and employers across career communities, which are structured by industry cluster rather than focusing on major only.   These communities encourage students to explore a broad range of career interests.  You can support your student with their decision on both major and career by learning more about how to initiate the important Career Conversation as well as encourage them to visit our office and/or website.  



As you prepare to watch your child walk across the stage at commencement, know this: Your support has brought them here. This is a milestone achievement for both of you. Your student’s experience at Kent State was a shared journey.

As you prepare for Kent State Commencement, access key information about, seating, directions, lodging, parking (all lots are free on Commencement Day), tickets, flowers, video and more.

View Commencement Details Dean's/President's & Graduation Lists


Send a Hug

We know you might want to surprise your students with a bit more than a phone call or e-mail at times, especially for special occasions like birthdays or during particularly stressful times, such as, midterms or finals. We have provided a few ways for you to remind your students that you are thinking of them.

Send a care package



Your student’s health is important to us. Non-emergent outpatient care is available to eligible students from University Health Services located in the Deweese Health Center offers outpatient care to all students.  Experienced board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners provide a range of health services, including:

  • Treatment for acute illness
  • Case Management for chronic illnesses
  • Minor injuries
  • Immunizations
  • Women’s health care
  • X-ray
  • Psychological services
  • Pharmacy services

Psychological Counseling Services Suicide Prevention


Academic Resources

Kent State is dedicated to every student’s success. We provide many ways for your child to get help with their studies on campus. From the Writing Commons to tutoring services and student note takers, resources are readily available. Kent State has been recognized for providing high-level support to students with disabilities through assistive technology, scholarships, and more. We pride ourselves on providing equal opportunities, so that everyone can benefit from all that the university has to offer.

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Working On Campus

Is your student looking for a job on campus?  Our Career Exploration and Development office is committed to ensuring your student has the knowledge and resources to look for on-campus employment, the benefits of working on campus, and more! Please visit our website to find out more