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. 

Communication regarding First Step begins in mid-March. Registration for the program begins April 1. We look forward to serving you and getting you acclimated to campus!

Please reach out if you have questions.

Contact:
Kristi Yerian
starkfirststep@kent.edu
330-244-3278


WHO ATTENDS FIRST STEP?

First Step is required for all new Kent State Stark first-year students. 


WHEN DOES FIRST STEP TAKE PLACE?

  • Fall 2022: Registration begins April 1. Check your email for details.
  • Spring 2023: Watch for communication starting in November.

HOW WILL I RECEIVE MY INVITATION TO FIRST STEP?

CHECK YOUR EMAIL. 

Your First Step email invitation is customized specifically to you and includes instructions that you will need to follow in order to participate in First Step. 

  • Fall 2022: Registration begins April 1.
  • Spring 2023: Communication will begin in November.

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. Plan to spend a full day with us. 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 3 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.


CAN I TAKE A CAMPUS TOUR?

In-person campus tours are available prior to First Step. Schedule an in-person tour or you can launch a virtual campus tour.


DO I NEED TO FILE THE FAFSA?

Yes, even if you don't think you will qualify for aid, you should still file the FAFSA. Financial Aid representatives will follow up with you throughout the First Step process to make sure your financial aid is ready to go. Reach out to Student Financial Aid to get a head start on your financial aid.
 

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