KSU Kickoff is required. However, you will have an opportunity to create a personalized schedule at KSU Kickoff Check-in. All students living on campus are required to attend KSU Kickoff Check-in to pick up information and supplies after moving into the Residence Halls. Commuter students will check-in on Monday, Aug. 20. All students are required to attend the events scheduled on Monday, Aug. 20. See the required events highlighted on the KSU Kickoff Schedule.
All transfer students are encouraged to attend both general and transfer student-specific KSU Kickoff events. Transfer students taking the First Year Experience course are required to attend the first class session and participate in the Common Reading Experience on Monday, Aug. 20. Please review the KSU Kickoff schedule for detailed information.
Commuter and off-campus students are required to attend KSU Kickoff. We are, however, very conscious that commuter students will need to drive to campus each time to participate in the activities, so we have blocked the required activities to make it easier for you to attend. Please see required events highlighted on the KSU Kickoff schedule. We also highly encourage and welcome you to participate in all events during KSU Kickoff.
It is highly recommended that adult students attend some of the events Monday, Aug. 20 to become acquainted to their academic colleges. Those students enrolled in the Adult Student Orientation will have their first class meeting during that day as well.
All new students are required to attend KSU Kickoff to prepare for this new experience as a Golden Flash. It is important that you have an opportunity before the semester begins to become more familiar with campus, make new friends, and have a successful start to your KSU journey.
There is no registration for KSU Kickoff other than attending Check-in. Check-in takes place in the Ballroom on the second floor of the Kent State Student Center. Students should come check-in immediately after moving into their residence hall room.
Students can choose to participate in Freshman Day of Service: Ambassadors in Action community service activity, which requires advance registration. There is no registration for any other KSU Kickoff event. All students must attend the KSU Kickoff Check-in.
All new students are required to attend KSU Kickoff to prepare for this new experience. It is important that you have an opportunity before the semester begins to learn what is expected, how to be successful, what resources are available, where to find the available resources, and where your classes are located. Please contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 330-672-9292 if you have additional questions regarding this requirement.
All new students are required to attend KSU Kickoff to prepare for the start of fall classes. Summer classes provide a very different experience than what will occur during the fall. In the summer, we have approximately 2,000 students on campus vs. the over 20,000 that will join the campus on August 22. It is important that you have a chance to learn more about Kent State before the semester begins.
Yes, there will be a number of volunteers on hand to assist you with moving your belongings into your room. Each year the Kent Interhall Council organizes a massive volunteer effort called Movers and Groovers that helps all students moving in during KSU Kickoff take things from their vehicles to their residence hall rooms.
All new students will move on campus on Sunday, Aug. 19 between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Students will move into their assigned room based on the first letter of their last name. Residence Services will provide a move-in schedule prior to KSU Kickoff.
Residence Services asks that all students follow the move-in schedule to ensure that all students are able to move in easily. Please contact Residence Services at 330-672-7000 if you have questions regarding the move-in schedule.
KSU Kickoff is a four-day welcome to your new home and introduction to your Kent State Family. This celebration is the start of your first semester as a Golden Flash that runs from Sunday, Aug. 19 –Wednesday Aug. 22.
What Do Students Gain
Assistance to further transition into the university environment as a college student
Critical information that can be applied just-in-time for classes to start
Opportunities to attend KSU Kickoff activities to meet new friends
Exclusive time to meet the Dean of your academic college that houses your major
There will be several KSU Kickoff staff members and Welcome Crew student leaders on campus to answer any question you may have. Look for the "We Can Help" booths located in various areas on campus and the table located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center.
Residence hall students with Kent State University parking permits - including those with Stadium permits - are required to move their vehicle to their assigned parking area by the end of move-in day. All parking regulations will be in effect immediately following move-in.
Commuter students with Summit East, Allerton Sports Complex, Morning/Weekend, and Evening/Weekend permits may park in any "C" commuter lot on campus during KSU Kickoff.
If you have any additional questions please contact Parking Services at 330-672-4432.