Smart Start Saturday Orientation | Kent State University

Smart Start Saturday Orientation


Due to inclement weather, Kent State Stark will close at noon on Friday, Jan. 12 and will remain closed through Saturday. Smart Start Saturday has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

First week student help:

  • Pick up a new student folder and blanket in Student Services, 132 Main Hall, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 until 4:45 p.m on Friday, Jan. 19.
  • If you need to change your class schedule, see an academic advisor during Walk-in Advising on Jan. 16 & 17 (8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) in Student Services, 132 Main Hall
  • For tuition and financial aid questions, see a Financial Aid advisor in Student Services, 132 Main Hall
  • If you need your FLASHcard student ID, stop in Student Services, 132 Main Hall, with a photo ID
  • Pick up parking passes in the Facilities Office, 131 Main Hall, if you haven't received yours in the mail
  • Purchase textbooks from the Bookstore
    • Textbook requirements are located in FlashLine > Student > Resources > Courses and Registration > View or Print Course Schedule and Purchase Textbooks > Purchase Books from the Kent State University Bookstore
  • View Kent State wireless connection information at or stop by the East Wing Computer Lab for assistance
  • Sign up for FlashAlerts (campus emergency notifications) at
  • Ask Welcome Team students (in lobbies of all buildings) for assistance finding classrooms
  • Establish tutoring services for classes early in the semester at
  • Establish services through the Student Accessibility Services office if you have a current diagnosis and/or had an IEP in high school at
  • Take advantage of Student Involvement opportunities at
  • Utilize free counseling services as needed at
  • Add the Campus Security phone number to your cell phone contacts - 330-244-3333 

Direct questions to:
Office of Student Services
132 Main Hall

Kent State University at Stark welcomes you to campus on January 13 for Smart Start Saturday. This is your new student orientation that will prepare you for the first day of classes - and your new college life.

Smart Start Saturday is for new students at Kent State Stark starting in Spring 2018. Attendance is mandatory.


  • Parental/guest attendance is optional, but welcome! (limit 2 parents/guests per student)
  • Check-in begins at 9 a.m. in the Main Hall Lobby
  • Park in Lot 101, the large student parking lot to the right of the Frank Avenue entrance
  • Find out what you need to know for the first day of classes
  • Participate in new student orientation sessions
  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch for you and your parents/guests
  • Receive a free Kent State Stark fleece blanket (1 per student/family)
  • Pick up or buy your books at the Bookstore 
  • Get your Kent State FLASHcard
  • Explore campus to find your classrooms before classes begin

Dress for the Weather:

During Smart Start Saturday, students and guests will be walking between buildings on campus. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for cold weather and bring umbrellas in case of rain or wet snow.

Open Offices:

  • Student Services: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Bookstore: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Parking Services: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Learning Resource Center (Library): 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Kristi Yerian
Assistant Director for FYE
Office of Student Services
132 Main Hall