What is First Step?
First Step is Kent State University at Stark's first year advising and registration program. It's how new first year students register for fall classes.
We realize that college is an exciting and challenging time for you and your family, so we've developed First Step to help you make a smooth transition to your life as a college student.
Who Attends First Step?
First Step is required for all new first year students age 20 and under who will begin at Kent State Stark in the fall.
Students who are 21 and older should make an individual advising appointment to register for Fall 2014 classes. Schedule an appointment online or call 330-244-3251.
What is Covered During First Step?
First Step is a day-long program (9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.) that includes:
- meeting with an academic advisor
- registering for Fall 2014 classes
- receiving your Kent State FLASHcard ID
- a session on paying for college
- a session for parents/guardians
- complimentary lunch for students and parents/guardians (maximum 2)
You must plan your day accordingly so that you can attend First Step for its entire duration. First Step is considered an excused absence for high school seniors and participation letters for Guidance Offices can be provided.
When Does First Step Take Place?
First Step is offered several times per month beginning in March. You are encouraged to choose the earliest First Step date available to get the best selection of classes.
How Do I Register for First Step?
In February, or shortly after you've been admitted, you will receive an official invitation to First Step. Follow the instructions carefully in your invitation. Before you can attend First Step, you may be required to take placement assessments which will be detailed in your invitation letter.
First Step Contact:
Office of Student Services
After you've been admitted to Kent State Stark, you will receive an invitation to First Step. Follow the instructions detailed in your letter.