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Academic S.T.A.R.S. (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success) is a six-week cultural transition and retention program designed for newly admitted African-American, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial freshmen. The program helps to prepare students to achieve academic success, enrich their college experience and explore their cultural heritage. All students are welcome to join.

As a result of participating in the program, we hope students will:

  • Develop academic, personal, professional and social skills
  • Establish a community with peers, faculty and staff at Kent State University 
  • Enrich their cultural identity and self-awareness

Program Cost
The program is free with the exception of covering the administrative fee of approximately $100. Students selected to this program will receive two classes at the university level, plus meals and lodging during the six weeks of the program.

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Application Period

Eligibility and Application

The Student Multicultural Center has decided to forego the 2021 Academic S.T.A.R.S. program. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic our center is not in the position to host the program in the ways we envision students having the most meaningful experience. With the current state of Ohio still operating in a very limited in-person capacity, we feel the integrity of the program would be compromised including some of the most essential components. Although we had every intention to host Academic S.T.A.R.S. this summer, we must consider the immense pressure to keep students, faculty, and staff healthy and safe while still delivering a quality experience to all those involved.


If you need any additional information or have any questions, please contact the Student Multicultural Center at (330) 672-3560 or via email at

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