First Step

WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

Now that you’ve been admitted to Kent State University at Stark, your next step is to enroll in classes through First Step, our first-year advising and registration program. Check your Kent State email for your First Step invitation. 

We look forward to meeting you and getting you acclimated to campus!


WHAT IS FIRST STEP?

First Step is our first-year advising and registration program. First Step is required for all new Kent State Stark first-year students.

During First Step, you'll attend an advising workshop, learn about tuition and the financial aid process, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your major requirements, schedule your classes, get your FLASHcard student ID and have your parking hang tag issued.


WHEN DOES FIRST STEP TAKE PLACE?

  • Fall 2023 - First Step begins in May. Multiple dates are offered during the summer.
  • Spring 2024 - First Step takes place in December.

The First Step program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.


CHECK YOUR KENT STATE EMAIL FOR YOUR INVITATION

You should receive your email invitation to First Step around April 1 (or shortly after you've been admitted). Your First Step email invitation includes instructions on how to register for a First Step day. The registration portal opens April 1.


REVIEW THESE FAQS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

How do I register for First Step?

Your email invitation will include a link to select a First Step day. Choose a date that best fits your schedule. We urge you to attend the earliest First Step day possible for the best course selection.

You will log in with your portal credentials. If you forgot your login credentials, select "Forgot Your Password" and follow the prompts.

What is covered during First Step?

First Step takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes:

  • an advising workshop to prepare you to select classes when meeting with an academic advisor
  • a Paying for College session
  • programming for parents and guests
  • placement testing (if required for you)
  • meeting individually with an academic advisor to discuss your major and select classes
  • a hands-on registration lab
  • an opportunity to pick up your parking hang tag and FLASHcard

Plan your day accordingly so that you can attend First Step for its entire duration.

Should my parents/guardians attend First Step with me?

Your parents/guardians are welcome to attend First Step with you, but their attendance is optional. We will have programming specifically for parents/guests if they attend.

Will I take a campus tour at First Step?

Campus tours are not offered during your First Step day.

In-person campus tours are scheduled separately and are offered on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 10 a.m. We highly encourage you come visit our beautiful campus!

Schedule an in-person tour.

Do I need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)?

YES! Even if you don't think you will qualify for aid, you should still file the FAFSA.

You can file your FAFSA beginning Oct. 1. File early so your aid is awarded before tuition is due.

Reach out to Student Financial Aid to get a head start on your financial aid. Our staff is committed to providing a high level of service and will explore all possible financial aid options with you. 

Can I register for classes without attending First Step?

No. All new Kent State Stark students must complete the First Step program in order to enroll in classes.

Do I have to take placement tests?

Kent State University requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in mathematics, English (writing), reading, and foreign language. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills through GPA, ACT or SAT scores, and/or placement tests.

Placement tests are designed to help academic advisors and students determine which courses will provide the best opportunity for success. Your academic advisor will review your placements with you during First Step. If placement tests are required, you will complete them on your First Step day.

I completed a college-level course at another university or at my high school (CCP) and received a grade. Who should I tell?

You will need to contact the college or university where you received credit and have them send an official copy of your transcript to starkadmissions@kent.edu. Please bring an unofficial copy of your current transcript with you to First Step in case your classes have not been processed. We will use this information to help advise you on classes to prevent overlap.

What if I get locked out of FlashLine? How do I fix it before attending First Step?

How to resolve:

  • Click on FlashLine Login in the top navigation bar of any Kent State website, select Forgot your Username or Password? under the Login button and follow the prompts.
  • Visit support.kent.edu/password for self-service help.
  • Contact the Stark Campus helpdesk at 330-244-3490.
My transcripts are not up to date or not on file, how do I take care of this?

You will need to contact the college or university where you took your classes and have them send an official copy of your transcript to starkadmissions@kent.edu. Please bring an unofficial copy of your current transcript with you to First Step in case your classes have not been processed. We will use this information to help advise you on classes to prevent overlap.  

Make sure you have your final high school transcript sent to Kent State Stark after graduation.

I took an AP exam, how do I report my score?

Send your scores directly to Kent State University. We can only accept scores officially submitted by the College Board. Once your credit is received and processed it will be added to your student record. If your scores are not official, please let your advisor know which exams you completed so we can help guide your course selection. 

What do I do if want to change my major?

Contact the Office of Admissions in writing with your current major and requested change. They can be reached at starkadmissions@kent.edu. If you are changing to music, you will be required to complete a placement & audition process. 

I can't attend my scheduled First Step date, how do I change it?

Contact Kristi Yerian at 330-244-3278 or starkfirststep@kent.edu. You also can cancel your current reservation and a place a new one online.

What do I need to have ready or bring with me when I attend my First Step day?

Plan to attend First Step from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Critical information pertaining to registration will be provided so plan your day accordingly to attend First Step for its duration.

  • Know your FlashLine password and be able to log in. View first-time user login instructions.
  • File your FAFSA, if you haven't already. Financial Aid representatives will be available to make sure your financial aid is ready to go.
  • College Credit Plus: If you have College Credit Plus credit from another school, have a transcript from the college where credit was earned sent to us.
  • AP or Tech Prep: Bring course names of any AP or Tech Prep courses you took in high school.
  • Review Did you earn college credit in high school? pdf
  • Bring a photo ID with you so you can get your student ID and parking hang tag.
  • Take a picture of your license plate so you can register your vehicle.

If you need to change your scheduled First Step day, contact Kristi Yerian at 330-244-3278 or starkfirststep@kent.edu. You also can cancel your current reservation and a place a new one online.

We're looking forward to seeing you at First Step!