Schedule | Student Success Programs | Kent State University

Day 1

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for Flashperks


8:00am - 8:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables

Need help? The Welcome Crew will be in the Student Center, Manchester Field, and by Dunbar Hall. 


9:00am - 5:00pm

Residence Hall Move-In (R)

Follow your assigned move in times from Residence Services mailing.

Residence Halls

10:00am - 8:00pm

KSU Kickoff Check-In (R)

Bring your cell phone to download your KSU Kickoff schedule and work with the Welcome Crew to learn about all the events for KSU Kickoff 2018.

Ballroom, Kent Student Center

10:00am - 5:00pm

Open House for Jewish Students and Parents

Hillel invites incoming Jewish students and their families to drop-in, nosh, and meet the Hillel staff. Learn about upcoming programs during KSU Kickoff, Shabbat & High Holiday information, leadership & volunteer opportunities and free trips to Israel.

The Cohn Jewish Student Center

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Honor's College Meet and Greet (R)

If you're in the Honor's College, come to the Rec Center to meet your peers.

Student Recreation and wellness center

All day

Information Services Presents Tech Help

Visit the Information Services tents to learn about all the services IS offers to help you be successful in school!

Various locations

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Move-In Day Ice Cream Social with Hillel

Hillel at Kent State University invites students to cool down after move-in with delicious ice cream creations. Come mix-in toppings and mix with new friends at this laid back social event that includes summer’s perfect dessert. This program is completely FREE for students! 

the Cohn Jewish Student Center

9:00pm -10:00pm

Residence Hall Floor Meetings (R)

Residence hall staff members will cover important hall and safety information as well as introduce you to resources available to assist you in building relationships with others while enjoying a safe and fun living environment. This floor meeting is mandatory. Please see your Resident Assistant for more information.

Your Residence Hall

10:00pm - 11:30pm

Kent State Shuffle

So you think you can dance? Show off your moves or just stop by to meet other KSU students.

Student Green, outside the kent student center

Day 2

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for Flashperks


7:00am - 8:00am

Commuter Student Check-in

Pick up your KSU Kickoff schedule.

Second floor, Kent student center

8:00am - 9:00am

Commuter Student Informational (R)

Join the staff of UCommute and the Transfer Center for information on resources and ways to get involved with the Commuter and Off Campus Student Organization (COSO) and around campus.

Ballroom, kent student center

8:00am - 8:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables

Need help? If you missed check-in or have questions find the Welcome Crew on the first floor of the Student Center, Manchester Field or on Front Campus.

Various Locations

8:00am - 4:00pm

Meet Your Subject Librarian! 

Each discipline has a specific librarian for their college. Stop by the main library  and learn about your subject librarian. 

University Library, 1st Floor

All day

Information Services Presents TechHelp

Visit the Information Services tents to learn about all the services IS offers to help you be successful in school!

Various Locations

9:30am - 10:00am

Dean's Welcome (R)

Come and meet the Dean of your College, as well as other staff and students from your college.


• College of Aeronautics & Engineering: Governance Chambers – 2nd Floor Kent Student Center 

• College of Architecture and Environmental Design: Schwartz Center Auditorium 

• College of Arts: Stump Theatre 

• College of Arts and Sciences: Ballroom- 2nd Floor Kent Student Center 

• College of Business: 100 & 200 Business Administration 

• College of Communication and Information: 214 Oscar Ritchie Hall 

• College of Education, Health & Human Services: 133 & 137 Bowman 

• College of Nursing: KIVA 

• College of Public Health: 143 Lowry Hall 

• University College: Cartwright Hall Auditorium 

Various Locations

10:30am - 11:30am

Convocation (R)

Convocation introduces incoming freshman to the administration of the university and serves as their first academic ceremony. 


11:45am - 12:45pm

Lunch with FYE Classmates (R)

Grab some lunch and chat with your classmates.
Note: a $7.00 fee will be charged to each student’s dining plan. 

Kent student center

1:00pm - 2:00pm

First Year Experience Course Meeting (R)

Meet your classmates and get connected with a peer leader. This session will help you to make some new friends and get ready for classes this week.

Find Your Location at

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Common Reading Experience (R)

Engage in a peer-led discussion activities about Everyday Ambassador by Kate Otto. 

Same room as your FYE course meeting


Cookies at the CUE with University College

Open to all Exploratory students; University College would like to welcome our first-year students to the college and to Kent State with an informal meet and greet. Come meet Deans, advisors, First-Year Experience faculty and staff. 

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE)

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Department of Sociology Pizza Party!

The Department of Sociology invites all new Criminology & Justice Studies and Sociology students to Merrill Hall for pizza! Meet faculty, advisors, and other new students.

Merrill Hall Brain Plaza

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Jewish Freshman Welcome Dinner

Join other Jewish students from the Class of 2022 for a free meal on Hillel and icebreakers while learning about what the Jewish community at Kent State can offer you from your freshman to senior year and beyond including leadership & volunteer opportunities and free trips to Israel

The Cohn Jewish Student Center

7:00pm - 9:00pm

VIP Event

Get 1-on-1 help with textbooks, mingle with new friends, enjoy a sweet treat, prizes, and more at the Kent State University Bookstore!  Follow us on Facebook for updates on this exclusive event:

Bookstore, Kent student center

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Back to School Bingo*

Not your grandma’s bingo! Win cool prizes like high performance headphones, Kent State gear and much more. Limited to the first 400 participants. Follow us @CSIKent on Twitter for more information. 

Ballroom, kent student center

10:30pm - 12:00am

Late Night College Skate

The Ice Arena is a cool place to meet new friends! Free skate rental is available.

KSU Ice Arena



Day 3

(R) = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for Flashperks



8:00am - 9:00am

Army ROTC Welcome Breakfast

Army ROTC welcome and orientation for incoming Freshmen. Both registered and interested students are welcome to attend.

Terrace Hall


Air Force ROTC New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP)

Air Force ROTC new cadet orientation is for registered cadets only.

Terrace Hall

10:00am - 3:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables 

Need help? The Welcome Crew will be in the Student Center and out on Manchester Field. 


10:30AM - 11:30AM

This Is Kent State! (R)

Put on your Kent State T-Shirt, and join Kent State Athletics to show some school spirit. Learn everything you need to know about becoming a MACC Maniac!


11:30 am - 2:00pm

Discover Downtown*

The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Kent and College Town Kent invite you to come downtown and see up close and personal everything that is right here in your own backyard: great, unique places to eat and shop and bring friends and family when they come to visit. In addition, organizations/businesses located outside of the downtown area will be set up in Hometown Bank Plaza, along with KSU Athletics. Main Street Kent will host a Scavenger Hunt with prizes! Come downtown and check out all your new home away from home has to offer.

Downtown Kent

12:00pm - 3:00pm

FSL Festival

Come join members of Fraternity and Sorority Life as they welcome you to campus! 

Student Green, Outside the kent student center

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Center for Adult and Veteran Services

2-3pm... We've Got Your Back: An Introduction to Support Services on Campus. (For veterans and service members only) 3-4pm... Navigating VA Education Benefits (mandatory for anyone receiving VA education benefits)

306 AB, Kent student center

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Learning Community Meet and Greet (R)

Meet and Greets are only for the students in the Living Learning Communities listed below.

• Aeronautics: Koonce Hall Sky Lounge
• Business Learning Community: BSA 200
• College of Arts and Sciences: Wright Hall 106
• College of Communication and Information Commons: Taylor Hall 226
• Computer Science: Wright Sky Lounge 
• Education, Health and Human Services: Manchester Hall Glass Lounge (1st Floor)
• EXCEL Community: Lounge of Lake Hall
• Global Village: Clark Hall Lounge
• LGBTQA Living-Learning Community: Korb Hall Lounge
• Living in the Arts: Verder Art Studio


3:00pm - 6:00pm

The Great Inflatable Races

Think you can complete the obstacle course the fastest? Test your skill and strength with this awesome inflatable obstacle course! Come out and enjoy some music, cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones with Kent Interhall Council!

Manchester Field

5:00pm - 8:00pm

New Student Reception and Cookout

The 46th annual new student reception and cookout will be held on the green behind Oscar Ritchie Hall. There will be plenty of food, dancing, and music (featuring DJ LoKey). Designed with new students in mind, there are opportunities to meet and greet DPAS faculty and staff, and engage with student organizations.

Oscar Ritchie Hall Commons

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Back Cookout

Calling all Jewish students! Welcome back to campus! Come to Hillel for hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, desserts, a DJ, outdoor games, and so much more. This program is completely FREE for students! 

the cohn jewish center

10:00pm -11:00pm

Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony

Need a good laugh? Come to the Ballroom for an hour of great comedy. 

Ballroom, kent student center

10:00pm - 12:00am

Real Late Reels Under the Stars*

Join us for a viewing of Avengers: Infinity War! Follow us @CSIKent on Twitter for more information!

Student Green, outside the kent student center

Day 4

* = Required KSU Kickoff event   * = Counts for Flashperks


9:15am - 1:00pm

Freshman Day of Service: Ambassadors in Action

Engage with your community through meaningful service projects. Connect with other freshman and upper class student leaders who share your interests while serving a local non-profit organization. Choose your service site at Registration required.

Ballroom, kent student center

9:00am - 3:00pm

KSU Kickoff Information Tables

Need help? The Welcome Crew will be in the Student Center. 



Air Force ROTC New Cadet Orientation Program (NCOP)

Air Force ROTC new cadet orientation is for registered cadets only.

Terrace Hall

10:00am - 3:00pm

Find Your Class

Guess what? Classes start tomorrow. Take this time to stop by and meet our Welcome Weekend staff who can assist you with any final questions  or classroom locations.

First Floor, kent student center

11:00am to 1:00pm

Department of English lunch

The Department of English is hosting a lunch to welcome our new English majors. Join English faculty and student leaders for food, fun, and information.

112 Satterfield hall

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Freshman Advisory Council (R)

Freshman Advisory Council Meeting
If you want to become a part of a great group of first year student leaders, come checkout what the Freshman Advisory Council is all about at this informational meeting.


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Provost's Leadership Academy Ice Cream Social (R)

For all admitted members of the Provost’s Leadership Academy. Enjoy ice cream while socializing with Provost Diacon, key Kent State staff members and other PLA members and your PLA Mentors during our kick-off event for the year. 

Ballroom Balcony, Kent student center

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Transfer Student Welcome Reception

New KSU transfer students are invited to mingle with other new students, meet continuing students, and get some KSU swag while enjoying some Handel’s Ice Cream and other refreshments!

CUE Wifi Area

2:00pm - 4:00pm

LGBTQ+ Fall Kickoff

Drop by the Student Center Ballroom to hear about the student organizations and community agents that support LGBTQ+ students. In addition to finding out about upcoming events & opportunities to get involved, there will food, games, and drawings for door prizes and giveaways. So come make some new friends, have some fun, and welcome to your new home! Hosted by the LGBTQ Student Center.

Ballroom, Kent Student Center

4:30pm - 8:00pm

Blastoff! (R)

Come check out everything Kent State Student Organizations have to offer. Over 250 student groups participate in Blastoff each year! Stop by and join a group! This is one of the best traditions at Kent State!

Student Green, outside the kent student center

8:00pm - 9:30pm

Glow Dance

Don't leave Blastoff too soon or you'll miss the live DJ and laser light show!

Student Green, Outside the Kent Student Center