Smart Start Orientation

Welcome! We're so glad you've chosen Kent State University at Stark and we can't wait to have you on campus. We hope you will join us for new student orientation on Saturday, Aug. 17.

SATURDAY, AUG. 17, 2019

  • Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Recreation & Wellness Center.
  • Smart Start Orientation is for new students at Kent State Stark starting in Fall 2019. Attendance is mandatory.
  • Park in Lot 101, the large student lot to the right of the Frank Avenue entrance.


We are no longer taking online reservations, however, you are still highly encouraged to come on Saturday. When you check-in, go to the NO RSVP, WALK-UP line. We'll be happy to assist you!

Smart Start Schedule

Smart Start Orientation programming begins at 9:15 a.m. Please arrive on time!

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in at the Recreation & Wellness Center Park in Lots 100 & 101
9:15 - 10:30 Starting College Presentation  
10:30 - 11:00 Class Photo | Parent Message Photos  
11:00 - 12:50 Breakout Sessions  
1:00 - 2:00 Visit resource tables, open offices, the bookstore, find your classrooms,
stop at the Ask Me table and enjoy lunch!
2:00 Smart Start Orientation ends  

Dress for the Weather

During Smart Start Orientation, students and guests will be walking between buildings on campus. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for warm weather and bring umbrellas if there's a chance of rain.

Open Offices & SERVICES

  • Student Services: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Bookstore: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Academic Success Center: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Parking Services: Available at the Ask Me table
  • Student Employment: Available at the resource tables 
  • Learning Resource Center (Library): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Recreation & Wellness Center: 7 a.m - 2 p.m.


Join the Kent State Stark Recreation & Wellness Center in this unique networking event for new incoming students. Interact with fellow new students along this 3-mile canoeing adventure! Don't worry about getting hungry, there will be cookout after!

Transportation is not provided. We will meet at the Trailhead Canoe Livery at 3 p.m. following Smart Start Orientation.

Cost: $20 per student
Location: Lake Avenue Trailhead, 135 Lake Ave. NW, Massillon, Ohio
Register by Aug. 15:

Questions? Contact Stacie Humm at or 330-244-3390.


Kristi Yerian
Coordinator, First Year Experience
Office of Student Services
132 Main Hall