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Academic S.T.A.R.S. (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success) is a seven-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:

  • Earn college credits towards graduation 
  • 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 seven weeks of the program.

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Application Period

January 3, 2022: Application Opens

February 5, 2022: SMC Info Day and Early Applicant Interviews

April 3, 2022: Application Closes

April 16, 2022: Interview Day 

Eligibility and Application


June 5, 2022: Program Move-in and Welcome

June 6-7, 2022: Destination Kent State

June 9, 2022: First day of classes

July 22, 2022: Program ends and Move-Out

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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