Academic S.T.A.R.S. (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success) is a cultural transition and retention program designed with newly admitted African-American, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial freshmen in mind. 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

Summer Program Schedule and Information

We appreciate your interest in the Academic S.T.A.R.S. Program. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has decided to transition summer session one courses completely online. As the university’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, this decision is necessary and what is best to ensure the welfare of our Kent State community.

Due to the nature of this program being strongly dependent on in-person interaction, community building and interpersonal relationships, we have had to make the difficult decision NOT to host the Academic S.T.A.R.S. Program at Kent State University during the 2020 academic year. Please contact us directly at the number and email listed below.


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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