What is Academic S.T.A.R.S.?

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

what happens during the summer program?

Attend Courses
  • Students will enroll in two college courses and earn six credit hours that count towards graduation​.

Attend Study Tables
  • Students will attend study tables every day with their S.T.A.R.S. brothers and sisters to study and complete class assignments.

Build a Community
  • Students will engage in activities to create a sense of community within the group.

Develop Skills
  • Students will participate in the S.T.A.R.S. workshop twice a week. The S.T.A.R.S. workshop will equip students with tools to help them develop academic, personal, professional and social skills.

Engage in a Cultural Rites of Passage Experience
  • Students will participate in a Rites of Passage experience the last week of the program. Rite of Passage promotes self-pride, acceptance of student’s cultural heritage and awareness as well as appreciation of cultural differences.

when does the program take place?

  • The program will begin Sunday, June 9th and will end Friday, July 19th.

    when does the application process begin and end?

  • The application process is now closed and participants have been selected.

S.T.A.R.S. ImpacT

Frequently asked questions about the Academic S.T.A.R.S. Program