Academic STARS FAQs | Student Multicultural Center | Kent State University

Academic S.T.A.R.S. Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many students will be selected and what is the criteria?

  1. Traditionally, between 20 - 25 students are selected to participate. In terms of program selection, the following is taken into consideration:
    • The Application, which includes
      • An Essay
      •  High School Transcript (does not have to be official) 
      • 3 Recommendations
    • Application Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019
    • An Interview (Interview Day: Saturday, April 27, 2019)
Q. Is there a charge for the program?

A. Yes. Students are only responsible for their program fee which ranges up to $100.00. Other than the program fee, the Student Multicultural Center covers the  academic expenses associated with one’s participation in the program (i.e.., Housing, Meals, Tuition, and Books). Families will pay the program fees and  traveling costs to Kent State University for the on-campus interview, move-in orientation and at the end of the program when students move-out. 

Q. Will I be able to go home on the weekends?

A. Students are allowed ONE (1) home visitation during the July 4th holiday.

Q. When will I move into my Residence Hall?

A. Students will move into the residence halls on Sunday, June 9th. Students who are selected for program participation will receive information about move-in and the residential location once selected to participate in the program. 

Q. I am unable to attend the Interview on Saturday, April 27, 2019 is there another time I can schedule to participate in the interview?

A. If you are unable to attend the on-campus interview, please contact the SMC Assistant Director, Mike Daniels, via phone (330) 672-7865 or via email

Q. I have scheduled for Destination Kent and will need to attend during the program. Will I still be able to attend?

A. Yes, students who are selected to participate in the Academic S.T.A.R.S. program will attend Destination Kent State as a group on a specific date. Students will receive more information once they are selected into the Academic S.T.A.R.S. program.

Q. I already have post secondary credits, am I still eligible to apply?