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First Step

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.

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 2015 classes
  • receiving your Kent State FLASHcard ID
  • a session on paying for college
  • complimentary lunch for students and parents/guardians (maximum 3)

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 will be offered several times a month beginning in March for students admitted for Fall 2015.

How Do I Register for First Step?

After you've been admitted, you will receive an official invitation to First Step (invitations will be mailed the first week of March for students who have already been admitted for Fall 2015). 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:

Bobbi Groves
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.