Schedule | Kent State University


* = Required KSU Kickoff event

Time KSU Kickoff Event Location

8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Move-In*

Follow your assigned move-in times from Residence Services mailing.

Residence Halls

9:00 A.M. 

Air Force ROTC New Cadet Move-In

Air Force ROTC cadets will be available to assist new cadets with early move-in and other activities throughout the day.

Dunbar Hall

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

KSU Kickoff Check-In*

Bring your cell phone to download your KSU Kickoff schedule and work with KSU Kickoff staff to learn about all the events for KSU Kickoff 2017.

Kent Student Center 

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Key Connections Registration

Key Connections students, stop by our table to check-in and register for this years' activities and receive a small gift. Invitation Only.

2nd Floor,
Kent Student Center 

All Weekend 

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

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Parents & Families Evening Reception with the Alumni Association

Relax and network with other KSU parents at this informal reception. Brief program at 6:30. Complimentary refreshments, soft drinks and cash bar (beer and wine only)

Kent Market II,
Kent Student Center

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

The Student Multicultural Center Presents: The Kupita/Transiciones Talent Show

Come and support the students who participated and served in leadership roles during the Kupita/Transiciones cultural orientation as they show off their talents! In the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) we value the growth of the individual student, cultural affirmation, empowerment of students, creating a sense of belonging and connecting communities that affirms appreciation for difference.

Cartwright Auditorium

7:00 - 9:00 P.M.


Hillel at Kent State University invites students for a delicious ice cream creation. Come mix-in toppings and mix with new friends at this laid back social event that includes summer’s perfect dessert.

Cohn Jewish Student Center-
613 East Summit Street

9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Meetings

Residence hall staff members will cover important hall and safety information and introduce you to resources available to assist you in building relationships with others and enjoying a safe and fun living environment.

Various Locations

8:00 - 10:30 P.M.


Show off your vocal skills or just cheer on your friends while your favorite music plays! 
Sponsored by Kent Student Center Programming

Lower Level
Kent Student center

10:00 - 11:30 P.M.

Kent State Shuffle

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

Student Green




* = Required KSU Kickoff event

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Commuter Student Check-In*

Pick up your KSU Kickoff schedule.

2nd Floor,
Kent Student Center

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Key Connections Registration

Key Connections students, stop by our table to check-in and register for this years' activities and receive a small gift. Invitation Only.

2nd Floor,
Kent Student Center

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Commuter Student Informational*

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

Kent Student Center

8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

KSU Kickoff Information Table

If you missed check-in or have questions, stop by and ask KSU Kickoff staff for help.

Various Locations

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Army ROTC Welcome breakfast

New student welcome and Army ROTC orientation. The session will provide information about the Army ROTC Program to students registered for the course, and those interested in registering. 

Terrace Hall

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Dean’s Welcome*

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

  • Architecture & Environmental Design: Schwartz Center Auditorium
  • Arts: Stump Theatre, Center for Performing Arts
  • Arts & Sciences: Ballroom, Kent Student Center
  • Business: 100 & 200 Business Administration Building
  • Communication & Information: 214 Oscar Ritchie Hall
  • EHHS: University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
  • Nursing: 201 Henderson Hall & 101 Cunningham Hall
  • Public Health: 143 Lowry Hall
  • Aeronautics and Engineering: Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center
  • University College: 133 & 137 Bowman Hall

Various Locations

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Come experience the grandeur of university ceremonies and meet President Beverly Warren. With this rite of passage, you are now officially part of the Kent State family.

Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center (MACC)

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

First-year experience lunch*

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

Kent Student Center

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

First-Year Experience Course First Meeting*

Meet your course instructor, student success leader, and classmates. Get your questions answered about starting classes next week.


Various Locations

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Veterans Success Track (Required for student veterans)

Welcome to Kent State University student veterans and service members!  We have a track designed specifically for your academic success that will discuss academic advising, tutoring options, student accessibility services, and a presentation from our One-Stop.  Last but definitely not least; a panel of your student veteran and service member peers who are successful KSU students are going to talk about student activities, tips and tricks and tools to help you transition to college.

room 303, Kent Student Center

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Common Reading Discussion*

Engage in meaningful discussion with other First Year students about this year’s Common Reading book Everyday Ambassador, by Kate Otto. Bring your book and your typed essay assignment. 


More information on the Common Reading Assignment can be found here.

Various Locations

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Sno-Cone Zone in the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts & Sciences would like to invite our new students to visit the Sno-Cone Zone for an informal gathering with the Arts & Sciences Deans and academic advisors. Please join us to cool off with an icy cold sno-cone and conversation as we welcome you to Kent State University.

Bowman Hall,
North Entrance
(facing Stopher/Johnson halls)

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Oscar Ritchie Scholars Reception

Welcome Oscar Ritchie Scholars! Congratulations to those of you who are recipient of a very prestigious scholarship at Kent State University. Oscar Ritchie was the first African-American male to serve on the faculty of any predominately white University in Ohio. As a scholar, you have an opportunity to connect, engage and thrive at Kent State University and beyond. Please join us for a welcome reception to honor you and introduce you to the Student Multicultural Center staff and individuals in your college who are advocates for you during your journey with us! Invitation only

Ballroom, Kent student center

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department of Sociology Meet and Greet

The Department of Sociology welcomes all Criminology & Justice Studies and Sociology majors to Merrill Hall to meet faculty, advisors, and other students. We will provide pizza and refreshments. Please join us!

Merrill Hill Courtyard

3:30 - 4:30 P.M. 

Computer Design Animation and Game Design Open House

The Computer Design Animation and Game Design program welcomes our new students! Please join us for pizza, goody bags, time to meet your classmates, your advisor, and members of our faculty.

Aeronautics and technology building, room 102

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Women's Center / Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services Open House

Please join us to celebrate the start of the academic year at Kent State University as we welcome ALL new students (not just women). Stop by to learn about the services and programs that the Women’s Center and SRVSS Office offer and ways to get involved while enjoying free food and giveaways. We will also be sharing information and details about upcoming Green Dot events and opportunities. Hope to see you there!

Williamson House

3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Academic Success Center Tours

The Academic Success Center would like to welcome you to Kent State University and offer you a tour of our facility.  Come learn about the free academic support services we provide and pick up your ASC T-shirt while you are here.

Center for Undergraduate Excellence

3:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Cookies with University College

Open to all of our 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, faculty, and staff as we welcome you to campus!

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (CUE) Wifi Area

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

VA Educational Benefit Overview

All veterans, service members and dependents of veterans using VA Benefits are required to attend this program. We will cover all aspects of your VA educational benefits.
(This is a required event for all students that have been working with the Center for Adult and Veterans Services)

room 306, Kent Student Center

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Psychology Open House

The Psychology Department would like to welcome all new Psychology majors to KSU. Join Psychology faculty and students for a reception in your honor. Pizza and refreshments provided.

Kent Hall - 1st Floor

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Provost’s Leadership Academy Ice Cream Social

All students in the Provost’s Leadership Academy are welcome to enjoy ice cream while socializing with Provost Diacon, key Kent State staff members, other PLA members and your PLA Mentors during our kick-off event for the year.

Ballroom Balcony,
Kent Student Center

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Learning Community Meet and Greet

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

  • Aeronautics: Koonce Hall Sky Lounge
  • Air Force ROTC: Dunbar Hall Lounge, 1st Floor
  • Army ROTC: Dunbar Hall Lounge, 1st Floor
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Wright Hall
  • College of Business Communities: Prentice Hall Multipurpose Rooms (129/131)
  • College of Communication and Information Commons: Franklin Hall 340
  • EXCEL Community: Lake Hall Lounge
  • Education, Health and Human Services: Manchester Hall Glass Lounge, 1st Floor
  • Fine Arts Community (College of Architecture & Environmental Design and College of the Arts): Verder Art Studio
  • Honors College (5 - 7 pm): Stopher/Johnson Basketball Court
  • International Village Experience: Clark Hall Lounge, 1st Floor                    
  • Ida B. Wells-Atonkwa Village: Wright Hall, 1st Floor
  • LGBTQA Living-Learning Community: Korb Hall Lounge

Various Locations

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Veteran and Family Reception

Veterans, Service Members, and their families, please stop down and enjoy some great food courtesy of the KSU Veterans Club!

room 306, Kent Student center

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Pan-African Studies Annual New Student Reception and Cookout

There will be plenty of food, dancing and music (feat. DJ Lowkey) at the 45th Annual New Student Reception and Cookout. There will be opportunities to meet and greet DPA's faculty and staff and engage with student organizations

Oscar Ritchie Hall Commons

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Freshmen Shabbat

Join Hillel for Shabbat before the school year starts. Meet fellow students from the Class of 2021 and your new community! Shabbat at Hillel includes services led by students and staff and a kosher home-cooked meal. Free for students. All are welcome, bring your friends!

Cohn Jewish Student Center
613 E Summit Street

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ice Skating

Open skating at the Ice Arena.

Please present your Kent State student ID for free admission (includes skate rentals)

Ice Arena

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

VIP Shopping Event powered by Yuzu

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!

First Floor
Kent Student Center

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Back to School Bingo

Not your grandma’s bingo! Win cool prizes like high-performance headphones, Kent State gear or the new iPad. Limited to the first 500 participants. Sponsored by Kent Student Center Programming

Kent Market II,
Kent Student Center

9:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Late Night @ the Library

Don’t go home just yet! Stop by the University Library and enjoy free pizza, drinks, and popcorn. Come dance the night away with our live DJ or challenge friends with some classic board games. If you don’t feel like dancing, pick up a controller and play some of your favorite video games! Join us for a night of music, freebies, games, and fun at University Libraries.

 university Library

10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Real Late Reels

Join us for a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Sponsored by Kent Student Center Programming 

FLASHperks Event: 100 points

Kent Student Center




* = Required KSU Kickoff event

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 A.m.

Ambassadors in action

(pre-registration required)
Take your first step to becoming an Everyday Ambassador by engaging in the two-hour service event, Ambassadors in Action. Join the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement for various on-campus service projects designed to get you involved in the campus community from day one. Experience the rewards of serving; meet new friends, explore your new community, and give something back. Click here to register and learn more about service sites and locations.


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

This is Kent State!*

Get excited about Kent State Athletics with the help of the band and sports teams. This session will provide you with everything you need to know about the upcoming athletic schedules. Go Golden Flashes!

Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC)

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 P.M.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services will be open on a drop-in basis to answer brief questions.
Students are welcome to schedule an appointment with an accessibility specialist during SAS regular business hours.

1st Floor, University Library 

11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Discover Downtown

The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to come downtown and see up close and personal everything that is right here in your own backyard: great, unique places to eat, shop and spend your leisure time. Businesses of all types and sizes with giveaways and offers will be set up on Main Street to help welcome you to your new home away from home.
FLASHperks event: 500 points

walking tours depart from
MACC Front Steps

Trolley's Depart from Manchester Field by the Student Memorial Garden

12:00 P.M

FSL Festival

Come learn about our 34 fraternities and sororities and have some fun while doing it! This is a Flashperks event, so come earn points as well!
FLASHperks Event: 300 points

Manchester Field

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Bask and Relax

It’s the calm before the storm. Pamper yourself island-style with relaxing activities.

The Nest, 2nd Floor kent student center

2:00 - 3:00PM

Start the Conversation: Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Attend a session from 2-3pm about how to talk to your professors about your accommodations! Refer to your email for more details. The office will be open from 11am-2pm on a drop-in basis to answer questions. You are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an accessibility specialist during SAS regular business hours.

1st Floor, university Library

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Join Kent Interhall Council in the fields next to Eastway Center to hit the ground running into the fall semester! Enjoy music, delicious refreshments, and meet some new friends along the way! Learn how to get involved in KIC as you race your friends in an obstacle course that is over 100 ft long!

Eastway FIELDS

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Early Bird Reels

Join us for a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Sponsored by Kent Student Center Programming

FLASHperks Event: 100 points

Kent Student Center

10:00 - 11:00 p.m.


Will you or a friend get hypnotized by one of the most successful stage hypnotist in the world today? Come and see for yourself! 

Kent Student Center

10:00 P.M. - 12:00 a.m.

Real Late Reels

Don’t miss the last chance to catch the weekend movie with the final showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
Sponsored by Kent Student Center Programming
FLASHperks Event: 100 points

Kent Student Center




* = Required KSU Kickoff event

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Find your class

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

First Floor,
Kent Student Center

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Freshman Advisory Council Meeting

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

Kent Student Center

2:00 - 4:00 P.M.


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 and opportunities to get involved, there will be food, games, and drawings for door prizes and giveaways. Come make some new friends and have some fun! Welcome to your new home! 

Kent Student Center

4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Transfer Student Welcome Reception

New Transfer students to KSU will have an opportunity to mingle with other new students while enjoying Handles, meet current KSU students and staff, receive important information to support their transition and get free KSU gear! 

Center for Undergraduate Excellence (cue),
Wifi Area

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Choral Music Department Welcome Reception

For new and returning students interested in singing in a choir at Kent State. Come to learn about our ensembles, meet the directors, and hear about audition and voice placement procedures. Music majors and non-music majors alike welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Room 306 AB, Kent Student Center

3:00 - 5:00 P.M.

Department of English Sunday dinner

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

room 112, Satterfield Hall

5:30 - 6:30 P.M.

Key Connections Snack Hour

Get Connected! All Key Connections students are invited to a snack hour! Come meet your fellow Key Connections students and Kent State staff members. Enjoy food and fun as we welcome you to campus Invitation Only.

Second-floor cafeteria,
Kent Student Center

6:00 - 9:30 p.m.


One of the best traditions at Kent State!
Kent State student organizations and community groups will be here to welcome you to campus. Don’t miss the hot air balloon rides, live music, and other great activities!

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