Advising and Registration

We are pleased to have you join the Kent State University community. Destination Kent State, our three-step orientation program, is designed to help in the transition to becoming a Golden Flash. The first step is “Advising & Registration,” an orientation program that will take place before you start classes. Students will take placement assessments, meet one-on-one with their college academic advisor to plan their course schedule and have an opportunity to visit with multiple offices, including Financial Aid, Bursars, Residence Services, and Commuter Services to name a few.

Information about Advising and Registration - Orientation 

There are many things you should do in preparation for your Destination Kent State: Advising & Registration visit.

  • Registration begins March 1st.
  • Log-in and regularly check your Flashline account. All admitted students receive information in their admission letter about their Flashline portal account (includes email) which includes your login, Student ID number, and password. Students will be required to complete some activities within the Flash Line portal. Please be aware that email is the official form of communication at Kent State University and students should begin checking their accounts regularly.
  • There are 25 DKS Advising and Registration programs starting on June 6 and ending on July 20. You will select one date.
  • Complete the FAFSA. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon as possible after Jan. 1 to determine eligibility for federal and state aid including student and parent loans. Kent State's Title IV School Code is 003051.
  • Take a moment to download and read the Guide to DKS below.

Download the DKS Guide (PDF) 

Below is a list of items we would recommend bringing to your Advising & Registration session:

  • Casual Clothing and comfortable walking shoes (you will visit many places on campus)
  • Umbrella (rain or shine, you may do some campus navigating during your visit!)
  • Paper and pen/pencil
  • Photo ID to obtain your student ID Card (Flashcard)
  • Jacket or sweater (many of our buildings are air-conditioned and may get chilly)
  • Advanced Placement Test scores, Post-Secondary credits, or college transcripts as appropriate. Transcripts may be unofficial for advising purposes.
  • Your FlashLine username (Kent State University e-mail address) and password

On the day of your visit, check in at The Governance Chambers, between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

For parking use the Student Center Parking lot GPS location: 1101-1115 Summit St, Kent, OH 44240.

Attendees for the Destination Kent State Advising & Registration program park in the Student Center parking lot. Use your Destination Kent State Parking Pass for this lot. You may print a parking permit by clicking on the link in your confirmation email that you will be sent after you register for Destination Kent State or by printing the parking pass here.

To familiarize yourself with the campus before you arrive, view the Kent Campus Interactive Map.

 DKS Parking Pass (PDF) KSU Transportation Information

Kent State University is committed to student success.

Programs that require math and/or foreign language will require students to complete a placement assessment (personal calculators are not permitted). Please take the ALEKS placement assessment and Foreign Language Assessment (foreign language is not required for all students) 72 hours (3 days) prior to arrival for DKS. Students without ACT or SAT scores will take a reading and/or writing assessment. See your Next Steps Checklist in Flashline for assistance in determining which placements are required.

Learn More About Placement Assessments

The enrollment fee of $150.00 must be paid before you can register for the DKS: Advising & Registration program.

Registration for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016; Wednesday, Jan. 11 & Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Destination Kent State programs will begin on Oct. 10, 2016. To make your appointment for Destination Kent State: Advising & Registration, please log on to your FlashLine account and follow the links to the Destination Kent State registration system. Select the date that is available for your major (that date will be a “live” link in the scheduling system).

Have your answers to the following questions ready when logging in to your FlashLine account to register for Destination Kent State.

  • Will you have any college credit that will transfer including Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEOP), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB)?
  • If you have college credit, all official transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions Office at least two weeks prior to your scheduled appointment. Please indicate the number of anticipated transfer credit hours.